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George Deeb
Works at Red Rocket Ventures
Attended University of Michigan
Lives in Northfield, IL
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Lesson #243:  What is Your Digital Business REALLY Worth?
I was recently reading a great blog post from Digital Exits, a business broker based in Los Angeles that has expertise selling digital companies. Their president, Jock Purtle, has been compiling exit data from 712 digital businesses that were sold over the last four years.
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Stop Cherry Coating Your True Opinion!!
Too often in business, people want to be nice, avoid conflict or not upset their boss or co-workers by stating their true opinions. All that does is create problems for all involved. You get frustrated that the business is not going in the direction you think is most logical.
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Lesson #241: Successful Selling Only Begins With the Sale
Let's face facts. Sales people love to close sales, because that is how they are incentivized, through sales commissions. Call it the thrill of the hunt. And, most sales teams, sales managers and sales pipeline reports are all built up around closing the sale. But, the sad reality is, ...
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[NEWS] The Red Rocket Blog Passes 750,000 Reads!!
We just logged in to write our next blog post and were pleasantly surprised when we got an alert that the Red Rocket Blog just passed the 750000 reads mark!! We are so excited our reader base continues to grow and keeps coming back, month after month, for our growing list of lessons in ...
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Chicago Family Investment Offices
One of the growing trends in the venture scene is the addition of family offices to the mix of prospective investors. It used to be family offices would just invest in professionally managed venture funds, but many are now building in-house teams and starting to make direct investments.
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What Exactly is Venture Capital?
I have been writing about how to raise venture capital for years. But, I got a very unexpected question the other day: what exactly is venture capital? I just assumed everyone understood what venture capital actually was. But, for those of you who are new to the startup or fund raising scene, ...
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Lesson #242: Top 50 Content Marketing Strategies
I have been wanting to write a how-to lesson on how best to optimize your content marketing efforts, and I was fortunate to stumble on a great post from my good colleague Andy Crestodina, Strategic Director at Orbit Media Studios, a content marketing agency who is expert on the topic.
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Sales Not Closing? Know When to Panic!
Most B2B businesses are sales driven organizations, often with a team of expensive sales people in the market trying to hunt down and close new clients. This is typically a really stressful process for early-stage startups, as they typically are incurring the costs of the sales team, ...
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Chicago Private Equity Firms
In addition to our list of Chicago Venture Capital Firms and Chicago Family Investment Offices, here is a list of Chicago Private Equity Firms investing in later stage companies. I included a high-level summary of their investment criteria, as communicated on their websites.
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6 Key Tips to Taking Your Business Global
If your business has seen successful growth in the US, it most likely will see success in other countries as well. And, you may want to lock up those markets, before some other company does. I recently met a startup that had successfully tripled its revenues, largely from the results of a ...
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[NEWS] @georgedeeb Presents Recruiting Tips for Startups on the @StrongSuitHires Podcast
This week, Red Rocket's George Deeb had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jeff Hyman, the Chief Talent Officer at Strong Suit, a small business playbook for early-stage recruiting. In this 20 minute podcast, George talks about the five things to look for when recruiting startup executives and ...
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Lesson #240: Document Your Processes, Before They Walk Out the Door!!
Let's face it, most entrepreneurs are really busy people. They are focused on launching their new products, raising capital or a multitude of other things. And, with the limited number of hours in a day, who could fault them if they let documenting their business processes slip down their ...
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Startup consultant/digital executive
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  • Red Rocket Ventures
    Managing Partner, 2010 - present
  • MediaRecall
    CEO, 2009 - 2010
  • iExplore
    Founder & CEO, 1999 - 2008
  • Credit Suisse First Boston
    Investment Banking-VP, 1991 - 1999
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Northfield, IL
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Chicago, IL - New York, NY - Ann Arbor, MI - Grosse Pointe, MI
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Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures
Introduction
Digital consultant and growth advisor to over 400 companies.  Crains Tech 50.  Mentor at TechStars Chicago & Founder Institute.  Former CEO/CMO at iExplore and MediaRecall.  Author of widely read "101 Startup Lessons" online book.  Entrepreneurial contributor Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, TNW, Startup Beat and more.
Bragging rights
Built in Chicago "Mentor of the Year" finalist. Founder and CEO of "Best Adventure Travel" website, iExplore. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2001). Sold two venture backed companies to $1BN companies.
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  • University of Michigan
    Finance-BBA, 1987 - 1991
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