Category: Strategic Planning
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
06 Sep, 2016

Investor Presentations, Part 2: The Nine Rules for Making Your Pitch

Per Part 1 of our musings on Investor Presentations, writing your investor presentation is actually the easiest part of raising funds; giving your presentation to investors is the first place where the battle is won or lost.  The best Investors have sat through hundreds of presentations and have pretty much seen...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
30 Aug, 2016

Investor Presentations, Part 1: Building Your Winning Pitch

High quality investment funds see hundreds of business plans a year and even more executive summaries; however, they fund maybe three to five companies per year. Most companies that submit plans never get a first meeting.  Those that do still face incredibly long odds.  Here’s the math – both...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
21 Jul, 2016

Congratulations! Your Company Is Now a Scaleup

It’s late on a Friday afternoon in the summertime, and, as the CEO of a hot startup, you should be feeling pretty good.  The key metrics on your monthly dashboard are all glowingly positive.  Revenues have passed $400K per month and are accelerating.  The Company just turned cash flow...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
21 Apr, 2016

Knowing When It’s Time to Give Up the Ghost

Thankfully, entrepreneurs are optimistic creatures.  Most launch their companies on a wing and a prayer and then work with their radically under resourced teams to create their first product and gain initial customers. Sometimes, things go smoothly.  Funding comes in, customers sign up, and product reviews come back positive. ...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
22 Mar, 2016

Creating the World’s Best Executive Summary

There is a well-worn saying that “every journey begins with the first step.”  It’s true with fictional quests – like the quest in the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy – and it’s true in business, too.  For CEOs and their teams, the first step is the idea, the...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
17 Mar, 2016

Don’t Build Your Company to be a One Trick Pony

There’s an excellent Paul Simon song circa 1980 called “One Trick Pony.”  It is the title song from a movie about the life of a rock musician (played by Simon), who scores a big hit with his anti-war anthem, “Parachutes,” but can’t replicate his previous success even though he...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
05 Nov, 2015

Your Financial Model Matters – Today and Tomorrow

Most entrepreneurs pay very close attention to current cash flow; fewer have a deep understanding of the current and future financial model for their business.  By building a forecast model, you can gain early and lasting insight into how your business really works – both today and for tomorrow....
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
14 Oct, 2015

Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Valuation

First of all, there is no magic formula for valuation.  It’s a negotiation based on the characteristics of your market, your company’s performance, and the quality of your team. Secondly, not all money is the same.  Your company’s valuation matters, but it’s not the only thing that matters when...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
30 Sep, 2015

The Virtues of Pattern Matching for your Business

Pattern Matching is about more than crunching data in analytics applications.  It’s about looking for opportunities in quantitative AND qualitative data and personal interactions and then acting on your insights faster and with better execution than your uninformed competitors.  Apple, Uber, and GE are Masters of Pattern Matching.  Your...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
15 Sep, 2015

Managing your Board So That It Won’t Over Manage You

On the surface, the job of the Board of Directors appears to be pretty simple.  The Board debates and approves the company strategy.  It uses full Board meetings, committee meetings related to finance and operations, and monthly reports from management to track things over time.  This system works well...


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