My first business partner, Raj Choudhury

Jeff Hilimire

I met Raj in college at UNC-Charlotte in 1996. I can ensure you that he had more fun in his one semester at UNC-Charlotte than I did during my entire time. To say its been a strange few weeks for me would be an understatement. Excellent, exciting, invigorating…but yeah, strange.

It Takes Longer and Costs More

Taffy Williams

Now you are preparing to present the business strategy to raise capital or find a partner for the technology. One would think that with practice, the predictions are much closer, but it is not possible to figure in the unknown events that effect your business. No investor wants to give funds to a company and see it run out of money before reaching a key event. In fact, they would rather the company have extra funds in the bank on reaching the event.

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Win Twice Maybe Even Thrice

Taffy Williams

It is extremelyimportant to read the tealeaves and head this type of event off before it goestoo far. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of entrepreneur partnering Startup negotiatingNegotiatingcan have positive and negative aspects. Discussions often focus on what each party gets and whether they believeit is enough.

Did You Forget Something?

Taffy Williams

Negotiations, networking, searching for jobs,seeking funding, and many other activities are common events. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of 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.

Startup Blog: Project Planning Is a Must

Taffy Williams

Monday, July 11, 2011 Project Planning Is a Must People plan for events in a variety of ways. The sequence of all the events leading to a launch is what requires planning and monitoring to ensure a timely product launch. A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technolo.

100 plus articles published in the Examiner

Taffy Williams

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

Entrepreneurs experience piling on

Taffy Williams

Piling on is an event that may occur to entrepreneurs on their startup playing field. It occurs when numerous people or groups follow the herd after some company event. Some events can be great for the management and the company.

Clash of the Titans

Taffy Williams

No, this not a story of ancient times, but a desire to create an awareness of how EGO can affect a wide array of events in your business. 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.

Are You Drinking Your Own Cool Aide

Taffy Williams

One of theactivities of any entrepreneur is to make investor and partnering pitches. Quite often these are learning events as wellas sales activities. 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 Your listeners willoften provide feedback and criticism which in turn is used to modify and improvethe presentation for the next group.

3 Main startup traits attract money and talent

Taffy Williams

Future employees, investors, or potential business partners may describe my factors in different terms. I expect to have an ultimate reward being a large appreciation in my equity coupled with a liquidity event that takes place in my lifetime!

Unintended Consequences

Taffy Williams

These unexpected events can be good orbad. One day a director of thesuing company gets a call from a possible partner. This is the short version of a good outcomeand ability to act quickly to an unexpected event. The take home message is that you must be aware thatunexpected events happen. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of One day someone will tell you to watch out for the law of “ UnintendedConsequences.”

Your gut does not always lead you to the best decisions

Taffy Williams

The use of analytics helps when applied to such events. They review by computer the lead firm and the lead partner making investments. If you come to them with such information, this firm will invest based on the statistics of success of that partner and firm!

Did Simon and Garfunkel Sing About Your Startup?

Taffy Williams

Startups mayhave several key events that need to be managed simultaneously: 1) find money,2) build a product, 3) find partners, 4) set up overseas operations, and 5)manage a product launch. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Simon and Garfunkel produced a songwith the lyrics starting “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last.” You might not think this relates to astartup, but in some cases, it does.

Startup Blog: Prioritize!

Taffy Williams

Developing timelines is critical and putting all the steps/events on the timeline is required if you want to manage the program and get to the proper endpoint in a timely manner. It is also important that you be able to make adjustments that allow for adaptation to related changes in events.

Who Is That?

Taffy Williams

By the way, this tends to be similar in manybusiness development scenarios with prospective partners. Making contact with new people at meetingsand networking events is a great way to build a list of people you can rely on. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Networkingis an essential part of building any startup.

Startup Blog: Stuck? Mix it up a bit!

Taffy Williams

And, for no obvious reasons, the company is not moving at the pace expected, you are just not getting funding, or some game changing event has occurred. Change the Pitch : Convincing people to invest, partner, or buy a product usually involves telling them a story and pressing for closure.

Startup Blog: Yep, You and Your Startup Are Topics in the Rumor Mill

Taffy Williams

In addition, some will contact companies they are already invested in and suggest the company start collecting info on you and your business since you may be a competitor or a possible partner. What if it is a business networking event?

Startup Blog: Got Money or Need Money? Doesn't Matter. Focus.

Taffy Williams

You may want to seek partners for the technologies that are not selected. These product opportunities could allow for the company to find a partner that will bring money to the program and facilitate getting a lower ranked pipeline product to market.

Inside Edison Nation: A Willy Wonka-Style Warehouse of Inventions

Inc Startups

Turns out, they’re housed in a renovated grist mill on the outskirts of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. One such company, Bed Bath & Beyond, partnered with Edison Nation in 2009 to conduct a search for new dorm room gadgets.

Dilution and Investment - An Answer You May Not Expect

Taffy Williams

Getting deals with large corporate partners were also a major issue. Having cash in the bank is sometimes the only way you can survive when the “Black Swan” events occur. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of You may remember the Dot.Com bubble which burst around 2000-2001 timeframe. Prior to the burst, investment and valuations were out of control.

Cashing In on the Campaign

Inc Startups

It also worked with a printing partner to wrap the vehicles in decorative vinyl. Hargrove Event Planning Transforming the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, into the home of the Democratic National Convention in September was no easy feat.

Startup Blog: It's a Meltdown! Now what?

Taffy Williams

What you take from this event will hopefully help you to improve responses and plans for the future. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technolo.

Startup Blog: Who's the Boss?

Taffy Williams

If you are unsure of yourself, don’t like to be in front of people and answer tough questions, or you are unwilling to take the heat when a bad event happens in the company, the business may do much better with someone else in charge.

Startup Blog: Take a Stand!

Taffy Williams

You will have the difficult issues of income and stability contributing to your anxiety, but what if you are right and the whole direction leads to a catastrophic event in the company. As time progressed, greater stability allowed for a greater ability to try changing events.

43 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Businesses


One of the main reasons why my partners and I started TopFire Media is to fill a void within the franchise arena. The store started as a 3,000 sq ft bookstore and when they sold it 30 years later, it was 58,000 sq ft with a full restaurant and events held every day.

Startup Blog: Patents and Investors - Mistakes to Avoid to Attract.

Taffy Williams 704-927-0400 [link] A note from Taffy Williams: Blake Vande Garde is an excellent IP attorney in the Charlotte, NC area. He participates in many events which are designed to help entrepreneurs. A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technolo.

Startup Blog: Why Do I Keep Doing This to Myself!

Taffy Williams

Some of these events can be overwhelming but, as the founder CEO, it is your job to get the business back on track. · Talk it over with your partners, mentors, board members or friends. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of

Highlights On The Business of Software (2012)


a privately held IT consulting firm servicing enterprise customers with offices in Atlanta, GA ; Birmingham, AL ; Charlotte, NC ; Chattanooga, TN ; and Mobile, AL. Beyond the Team / Investors, Partners. The following is a guest post by Matthew Dean.

My Journey as a Diverse Member of a Junior League

Austin Startup

Audrey Ring and Terri enjoying dinner during the December AJLI Board Meeting in Charlotte. “It’s I was blessed to serve in many roles, including Communications Vice President, Membership Vice President, 80th Anniversary Event Chair, and Capital Campaign Chair.

A Fast Fashion Revolution -- via Facebook

Inc Startups

She started to show her garments at Junior League events and began to establish a small following for Lolly Wolly Doodle.

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Mandatory Redeemable Preferred - Equity Not Debt, According to IRS

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In the event of any dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the affairs of the Fund, whether voluntary or involuntary, the holders of New Preferred Shares would be entitled to receive out of the Fund's assets available for distribution to shareholders, after satisfying claims of creditors but before any distribution or payment made in respect of the common shares, a liquidation distribution. Joyce, Partner, By Thomas F. Joyce and Theodore L.

The Untold Story of Larry Page's Incredible Comeback

Inc Startups

He was a partner to Page, if, ultimately, a junior one. As Steven Levy reported, John Doerr, the partner from Kleiner Perkins, told Page that a world-class CEO would do a "much better job of building a world-class management team."