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The Successful Pitch with John Livesay

The Successful Pitch interviews successful thought leaders and entrepreneurs who share their stories so you can have a road map to success. Join your host John Livesay, sales keynote speaker, sales expert and author as he provides insights on how to make your pitch compelling, clear and concise. You can download the Free sneak peek of his book "Better Selling Through Storytelling at http://www.johnlivesay.com.
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Feb 8, 2016

Episode Summary

Annette Lavoie started out as a medical device entrepreneur and currently provides mentorship to startup companies. After more than ten years in the medical device industry, she sold her first company and has incredible experience on how startup founders can succeed in the scary world of venture capital. Annette talks to John on how to evaluate startup companies, pre-revenue; and how to maintain your position as a founder after being funded.

Key Takeaways

  • 02:45 - How did Annette get started?

  • 03:40 - Why did she become an entrepreneur?

  • 08:10 - How did Annette convince investors to fund her?

  • 12:20 - What kind of investment strategies should an entrepreneur have before they meet with VCs?

  • 15:35 - Do your homework.

  • 19:45 - The ideal founder has a strong team in the beginning.

  • 20:15 - When your company gets larger, it's easier to overcome some of the team dynamics.

  • 20:55 - Annette talks about pre-revenue valuation.

  • 24:40 - Know your numbers really well or be upfront with not knowing. Never make them up.

  • 28:50 - What should entrepreneurs know before they go into a VC meeting?

  • 29:55 - How can you keep your position as a founder in your company?

  • 32:10 - Annette recommends three books entrepreneurs should read.

Tweetables

The opportunity is more important than the product.
Valuation is an art.
Be in the right room.
Know your exit strategy.

Links Mentioned

Dead on Arrival by Roger Royse
Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
How to Be a Power Connector by Judy Robinett
Annette Lavoie Website
Annette Lavoie Twitter

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