100 plus articles published in the Examiner

Taffy Williams

The following articles are published in the Examiner.com and cover issues of startups and entrepreneurship. The list covers all articles published as of April 10, 2013.

Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?

Taffy Williams

Reference Articles: Investors and partners may not think agile CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861. Check out the group Startup Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

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Startup Blog: Startup Basics Recap from Interview

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As an example, note the enthusiasm exhibited by a local business owner as highlighted in the Fox News in Charlotte, NC June 5, 2011 in a story covered by Renee LaSalle. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Know the competition and key decision maker before your next pitch

Taffy Williams

Planning a business and developing a sales pitch for customers, partners, or investors is part of the startup effort. Company : “How can we partner to advance the technology?” Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Interpretation Please!

Taffy Williams

A poor attitude toward the team evolves over time and can eventually creep into the way you behave with your potential partners. Approaching partners with a “hand full of give me” and offering nothing in return does not lead to a great relationship. You need your business partners just as you need your team. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. personnel entrepreneur Startup partner management

Presentation Dynamics

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Companies are always meeting with multiplepotential new partners. Your pitch to capture partners or financing may take multiple attemptswith substantial business progress over time to attract interest. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. strategy pitch entrepreneur partnering investor presentation financingDuring yourtenure as the CEO, you will give presentations extensively.

Got a Great Pitch, GET IN LINE

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They are always refining the story in aneffort to improve it and gain investments or partners. ALL of the prospective investors,business partners, contractors, sales people, and service providers have theirown pitch. Yourprospective partners or service providers want your business. The companies, partners, or investors mayalso be terrific (or not). The need forknowing and trusting your possible partners also goes for trust in your investors.

Startup Blog: Licensing Technologies from Universities ? Tips for.

Taffy Williams

If the university sees spin-out companies as potential sources of research funding, an agreement that the university would be the company’s preferred partner for any SBIR, STTR, or other types of grants could be mutually beneficial.

Win Twice Maybe Even Thrice

Taffy Williams

Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. entrepreneur partnering Startup negotiatingNegotiatingcan have positive and negative aspects. Discussions often focus on what each party gets and whether they believeit is enough. When parties are too farapart, the discussions stall and people believe they are so disadvantaged thatthey want to walk away, or worse, they decide to take negative actions thatharm both parties.

Did You Forget Something?

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Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. pitch entrepreneur partnering Startup financing networkingWhy is it thatsmart people sometimes forget to do smart things? I am always amazed at how stories from othersmatch my experiences and confirm failures of people trying to make contact. Negotiations, networking, searching for jobs,seeking funding, and many other activities are common events.

Putting Lipstick On The PIG

Taffy Williams

In a previous article, “ Gota Great Pitch, GET IN LINE ” described the fact that buyers and sellers havepitches and it is important to see the facts in addition to the hype. Adding new data and company enhancements greatly improves the pitch forfunding, sale, or partnering. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. strategy entrepreneur partnering investor Startup

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Agile success generates great feelings

Taffy Williams

Finding partners and getting deals completed can be a huge energy consuming effort. They may come around or not, yet you must press on and keep trying to find the best partner for you. He has written more than 300 articles for: Startup Blog and Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business.

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Sales and Marketing Is Up to the Startup CEO

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The selling is required for business deals with partners. Partnering does allow more help from the team as they interact extensively with the potential partner. Over time, every entrepreneur will develop the needed skills to attract and close with investors or partners. Startups need money and/or partners to grow. Most often, the funds come from investors or partners.

Starting Off the Year: Healthcare with a Twist

Taffy Williams

Nearly every company my clients wantto partner with are there taking meetings to see what technologies areavailable. The point of this article is thatfor your New Year Resolution consider attending the most important conferencein your field. Use the meeting toNETWORK, IDENTIFY EMPLOYEES, FIND MONEY AND MEET POTENTIAL PARTNERS. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

A Corporate Spy Shop

Taffy Williams

Investors & Potential Partners : If you are on the road raising capital, investors or potential partners may have reviewed companies that compete in your space. Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

3 Words that can prevent feelings of guilt

Taffy Williams

Business partners may elect to adopt a less interactive posture if they feel you are not meeting their needs rapidly enough. Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. What will your tomorrow look like?

Entrepreneurs experience piling on

Taffy Williams

For example, a company has an extremely exciting and valuable technology and finds that potential partners, investors, or consumers clamor for rights or access. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Good leaders understand that questions often appear as an inquisition

Taffy Williams

Teams or potential business partners may be on the receiving end of the questions. This occurs between family members, team members at work, prospective partners, and most anyone. Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Develop better filters and your sales efforts will improve

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Your ability to identify the factors that may influence the intended customer, investor, or prospective partner may help you tailor the pitch to that individual or group. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Go away!

Are You Drinking Your Own Cool Aide

Taffy Williams

One of theactivities of any entrepreneur is to make investor and partnering pitches. Maybe you will find the answer that will take an investor or partner toa YES. Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Quite often these are learning events as wellas sales activities. Your listeners willoften provide feedback and criticism which in turn is used to modify and improvethe presentation for the next group.

Your gut does not always lead you to the best decisions

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In a recent article , brief description of a key point, your gut may be wrong , was mentioned. They review by computer the lead firm and the lead partner making investments. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Bring something to the party when working with others

Taffy Williams

You want to develop a business relationship with a potential partner, investor, or strategic interest. Coming back to the topic, you must review your objectives and determine what you plan to do for your partner or business associate, not just what you want from the relationship.

Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors

Taffy Williams

A recent article in CNN Money titled “ Cash is king: 8 tips for optimizing your startup financing strategy ” describes issues in developing a strategy toward raising capital. GrowVC recently wrote an article titled “ 5 Ways to Initiate The Crowd In Crowdfunding. ” An article titled, “ Choosing a business angel ” describes some attributes you may want to look for in investors in your startup. Licensing or Partnering with a BigCo or Vendor.

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3 Main startup traits attract money and talent

Taffy Williams

Future employees, investors, or potential business partners may describe my factors in different terms. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Do You Have A Closed Mind or Are You Really Interested?

Taffy Williams

In addition to full time staff, there areadvisors, consultants, and partners that are working hard to make the companysuccessful. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Being anentrepreneur requires changing direction and activities regularly with the solepurpose of making things work. Thismeans trying to keep an open mind about how to get tasks accomplished.

Investors may be attracted to a startup for one of these

Taffy Williams

It is common to find new partners or investors in a fund seeking to develop better awareness about a new field. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I do not care what you are selling, let's talk about what I need!

Clash of the Titans

Taffy Williams

You may have heard of longtime partners ending up in court after one leaves the business on bad terms. You may even see a partner become a future competitor. On the other hand, a meshing of the personalities can result in an accelerated business transaction that results in two people becoming lifelong friends and business partners. This is the most difficult when your EGO is involved, but your primary responsibility is to your shareholders, employees, and partners etc.

Answer the Question

Taffy Williams

Typical conversations with friends, interactions with staff orsupervisors, sales & marketing, business partnering discussions, raisingcapital and most every other kind of interaction has a Q & Acomponent. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of thefirst things you are likely to encounter when interacting with others is thequestion and answer interactions.

Startup Blog: Where is Your Market? Adjust Your Pitch to Fit.

Taffy Williams

· Partners : These are the companies that you may decide to work with, license to, sell the company to, or other activities. The potential partners will consider buying your company or obtaining rights to use or sell your products. Great article.

Startup Blog: I Did What?

Taffy Williams

So it is not too uncommon to get rather defensive when asked questions by potential investors and partners. On the other hand, maybe you are in a partnering meeting. Why not, you have a lot at stake and want to show your stuff and have them be your partner.

It Is Not a Fit

Taffy Williams

Theycome from investors, potential partners, friends, family, and YOU. This includes things like eating M&Ms allthe way finding the right business relationship with a partner. Your job is to evaluate as much aspossible the landscape and help show the fit to the investor, partner or otherentity. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. What did that investor mean “ it is not a fit ?”

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Founders behaving badly negatively affect the business

Taffy Williams

You can read more on this topic by seeing an earlier article: “ Risk and uncertainty stymies decision making.” Non-employees may be potential business partners or future employees. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Dialing for Dollars

Taffy Williams

The funds come from a wide range of sourceslike VCs, Funds, Super Angels, Partners, and other business relationships. One greatway to get non-dilutive financing is by partnering a product you may not wishto develop or sell yourself. Reaching out tothem requires having a sales pitch that is product specific and demonstratesthe value of the product in general and to the possible partner. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Questions for assessing risks and rewards

Taffy Williams

The article “ Risk and uncertainty stymies decision making ” described the impact of risk and uncertainty on making decisions. This step may help in many situations like testing a new service provider or manufacturing partner. Does the reward outweigh the risk?

You Cannot Fix STUPID

Taffy Williams

The CEO can focus on investors, finances, raising capital, PR, IR, partnering, legal, contractual matters, and general oversight. Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. As an entrepreneur starting a company, you have a serious obligation to know or at least learn the business. Starting new business has enough risk without adding the risks of managing a team developing a product of which you do not understand.

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5 Reasons entrepreneurs never get their big exit

Taffy Williams

Sometimes a single slip-up or error can cause investors, customers, or partners to stay away for long periods. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Try to avoid going down the wrong roads!

Inform the NEW HIRE

Taffy Williams

The new hire is to seek viable companies and network to find possible partners. Try calling a prospective partner to convince them to work with you and discover they agreed to engage in discussions months ago. Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Personnel turnover is inevitable. There is no way to eliminate it and you must learn to work with the changes that take place. Hiring new people takes time.

What Kind of Person Are You?

Taffy Williams

Whenhaving partnering meetings, the same thing applies. Always have your prospective partners leavewanting to interact with you, not wondering what value you bring to thetable. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Starting acompany is tough enough without having your personality get in the way. Interactions and first impressions areessential. “ You never get a chance to make a first impression.”

I Am a What?

Taffy Williams

You may be the greatest person and care aboutall those you work with, but failing to act that way will cause partners oremployees to eventually desire to work elsewhere. You want your partners and employees toperform with enthusiasm and deliver quality. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I once had a boss that would provide input to questions in ahighly political manner.

Unintended Consequences

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I mentioned a few examplesin the last article titled “ If It Ain’tBroke, Don’t Fix It.” One day a director of thesuing company gets a call from a possible partner. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One day someone will tell you to watch out for the law of “ UnintendedConsequences.” You willcertainly run into this law as you perform your entrepreneurialactivities.