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David S. Rose, Founder and CEO of Gust.com joins me today to discuss raising capital for your startup.  Gust is a global collaboration platform for early stage angel investing, connecting hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and investors in over 75 countries.  This is an interview rich with insight, expertise, and rock-solid advice for helping you turn your great idea into reality.  It is truly a delight to have David come on my show today and I think you will agree.

In addition his role at Gust.com, David is Managing Principal of Rose Tech Ventures, one of the country’s leading seed stage investors and he is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of New York Angels, the world’s most active angel investment group.  In addition, he is Associate Founder, and Founding Track Chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship, at Singularity University, the Google/NASA sponsored graduate program training the next generation of technology leaders.

David S. Rose, described by BusinessWeek as a “world conquering entrepreneur” and by Forbes as “New York’s Archangel”, is a technology visionary and investor who has founded or funded over 85 pioneering companies that are helping to define the future.  An Inc. 500 CEO and industry thought leader, he is a dynamic keynote speaker on the topics of future technology, venture investing, entrepreneurship, and presentation skills.

As you listen to the podcast consider the following: No matter how brilliant your ideas are there are potentially hundreds of people out there with the same exact idea. As David explains, that is why investors don’t fund ideas. Ideas, sometimes referred to as "vision" goes no where without good execution. 

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Today I am joined by prominent angel investor, Brian S. Cohen, the first investor in Pinterest, chairman of New York Angels, and the author of What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know: An Insider Reveals How To Get Smart Funding For Your Billion-Dollar Idea."
 
So you have a great idea, your research, your trusted friends and advisors all say you’re onto something.  But you need money.  Ah, yes, money.  So many great ideas need money to help you turn them into reality. 

To help you learn more about ways you can get money for your great idea, last week I attended the GUST Venture Forward Conference.  This was a one day event where angel investors got together with other angel investors to talk about trends, ideas, deals, and of course, you!. 

It was while I was in New York that I had the chance to sit down with Brian to get his refreshing take on angel investing.  Over the past decade, Brian estimates he has considered more than 1,000 pitches for startups.  Again, he is also the first investor in Pinterest.

New York Angels, the group of which Brian is chairman, is comprised of over 100 members.  This group leads deals ranging from $100,000–$1.0 million. With a sizable network of angel groups and venture capital firms, they can syndicate to do deals up to $2 million. The New York Angels has invested over $45 million in more than 70 venture companies.

In his new book, which you need to get if you’re serious about raising capital for your great idea, Brian outlines the things that irritate him most when entrepreneurs are pitching for his investment.  We get into that in today's interview, including Brian’s belief that connecting with the right angel investor is like finding a new best friend.   

Listen to today’s podcast and you will hear first-hand how an angel investor thinks about angel investing, you, and your great idea.  Specifically, you will learn about:

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How bored would you be if you had to make the same boring drive to your boring bank every single week to deposit yet another batch of checks that came in?  These are checks that keep coming because you are executing so well on turning your great idea into reality.  I’ve made that weekly bank run to deposit newly received checks.  I promise you, it never gets boring!  But how do you do it?  Is there something that raises the potential that you too get to make this wonderful drive?

To help you get into that same drive-to-the-bank routine yourself today, I continue the discussion I started in Episode #10 with Verne Harnish on what I like to call the basic, the boring, but the oh-so-critical building blocks of success.  To help me with this theme, on today’s show I am joined by author and speaker, Joe Calloway, as we explore all of this as well as his new book, "Be the Best at What Matters Most" (affiliate link).

As Joe likes to say, excellence is most frequently found by doing a basic set of functions well and consistently over time.  I totally agree with this and much of Joe’s perspective on what it really takes to succeed with turning your great idea into reality.  That’s why I invited Joe to come on the QI podcast.  I know from experience it’s this kind of thinking that goes far in setting you up for that weekly “boring” drive to deposits checks at the bank.

I freely admit that the sort of thinking I'm putting forth today is not trendy.  It's also not some fad pimped by a self-serving pseudo expert – Ugh, do I hate that stuff!.  All I can say is this is the most basic of common sense. That's why so many people, those second-tier wannabes, find it easy to ignore. Good, I say, let them ignore it.  You and I don't have time for them.

Bottom line:  I know from experience this building block stuff works.  Like I said above, I have made those weekly bank runs to deposit checks as a result.  Boy is that fun!!! 

Listen to today’s podcast and you will hear about some of the most simple, yet incredibly powerful ways you need to think and plan as you execute on your vision. 

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Today's show is a high-impact conversation with a well-respected thought leader from the world of elite and successful entrepreneurs, Mr. Verne Harnish.  In just one hour, Verne gives you some of the most valuable tools and techniques that any entrepreneur, startup, or idea person can immediately deploy for turning their great ideas into reality.  

Many times you've heard me say that while every great idea starts with vision, passion, and excitement, that’s not enough.  At some point, it takes real work paired with meaningful discipline.  Yet, the demands on your time and resources can be overwhelming.  How you solve this can make the difference between taking your great idea the next step, or having it end up on the waste heap with all the other failed ideas out there. 

Fortunately, there are a number of simple, yet highly effective, disciplines you can bring to your day-to-day that will dramatically raise the odds your great idea really does indeed become reality.  This is true whether you are the solopreneur just getting going, or you are further along. 

Listen to today’s podcast and you will discover how some of the most successful people on the planet have, and still are, using many of the ideas Verne shares for turning their own great ideas into reality.  Specifically, today you will learn about:

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No matter how smart, capable, or hard working you are, at some point you are going to need help turning your great idea into reality.  In today's show my guest is Matt Cooper, the Vice President of Enterprise for oDesk, the largest global freelance platform out there.  Matt and I talk about what a freelance contractor is, how you find them, how to choose and manage them once you do find them, as well as things to watch out for when hiring and working with a freelance contractor.

Overall, I am immensely satisfied with the concept of freelance contractors and only wish it existed the last time I started new companies, way back in 2000.  It was because of my positive experience with the concept that I decided to invite someone from oDesk to come on the show. 

In Today's Expert Interview You Will Learn About:

  • The concept of freelance contractors, how they work, and how they can help you.
  • The changes in the global workplace that enable freelance contractors to thrive as a concept benefitting both the contractor and the client.
  • The types of talent that make practical sense to hire as freelance contractors.
  • How they get paid.
  • Tips and things to watch out for when recruiting and hiring a freelance contractor.

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No matter where you are with your great idea, at some point you need to figure out your computer infrastructure. Today we have a special guest to help you do that.  We’ll talk about where to start, what to think about, and we’ll even get into some of the more common mistakes startups, entrepreneurs, and idea people make when it comes to this critical element of turning their great ideas into reality.  

My guest today is Keith Schoolcroft, founder and CEO of a local tech support firm called A Couple of Gurus.  I’ve known Keith for over a decade now.   We both met early on after having recently launched our own great ideas at the time; that is, our own companies.  We both went onto to achieve wonderful success, often because of the business partnership approach we took to things early on.  In the podcast I comment on why you should be wary of that word "partner" and then discuss why such wariness did not apply to Keith and his firm.

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