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"Like a great Mel Brooks scene from The History of The World, think about whether or not the audience for your pitch isn’t sitting there thinking slap slap slap as you try to get a word in edgewise." #startups  
Any startup founder who uses buzzwords in their pitch gets slapped.
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Where geographically to find #Austin VC
As an entrepreneur you might ask yourself if time is well spend along those corridors connecting with S3 Ventures, LiveOak, ARCH Venture Partners, Guggenheim, G-51, Duchossois, Triton Venture Partners, Silverton, Vista Equity Partners, Arena Growth Partners, Next Step Capital, Tritium, ATX Seed, Diversity Fund, and Recurring Capital. And that's by no means an exhaustive nor up to date list; merely, a representation of where to think about your ti...
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Takeaways from what has been called the best venture capital funding seminar in Austin; a look at why and how your startup might get funded.
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Meet with and talk to Austin's venture capital community in one fell swoop. Texas State is hosting two afternoons with Central Texas Angel Network's Rick Timmins, LiveOak Venture Partners' Krishna Srinivasan, True Wealth Ventures' Sara Brand, Casoro Capital's Yeun Yung, Arena Growth Partners Jim Brown, Able Lending's Will Davis, as well as Shark Tank featured founders Courtney Turich and Christie Cullen Barany. High level themes are exploring 1. Why anyone would fund you and 2. From where you might get funding.

Austin Inno, Silicon Hills News, and ABJ will all be joining us so if you're interested in the VC community, economy, network, or just want to have your voice heard, join us!

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-your-funding-runway-running-short-tickets-21675955366
Entrepreneurs come to us all the time with a technology and say “help me find money.” Their two biggest problems: using the wrong market entry strategy and chasing the wrong type of funding. These two sessions bring together an experienced crowd lender, angel investors and venture capitalists to share “the good, the bad and the ugly” of funding tech startups. Expect candid conversations and the raw, honest truth about what it really takes to buil...
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Great headliners! Can't wait for these sessions! 
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Worth a look if you're into Home Automation and/or security
A security system like no other.
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When you're wondering why Austin?? you have to appreciate that the explosive growth of tech and tech investment in Texas is largely the result of NW Austin where capital, technology, and tech professionals really dominate the scene.
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Work in Real Estate? A thought on how real estate is pivotal to Austin technology innovation and a distinction unique to Texas. I'd love the thoughts of Austin Influencers as I'm certain the bridge from real estate development to tech entrepreneurship is a key to our future.

http://seobrien.com/real-estate-tech-texas
Texas venture capital, experiences in innovation, and demand for technology evident through real estate and the future or Real Estate Tech is Texas.
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TrendKite, Sprinklr, People Pattern, Umbel... Austin is building the intelligence platforms that will drive the future economy but what does it mean for startups?

If you haven't yet seen the awesome new Galvanize - Austin campus, here's a great opportunity. Next week Wednesday night, Lindsey Schell of Bizologie, Chief Data Scientist Lisa Burton, Galvanize's Jessica Cox, and I are going to explore what data does for entrepreneurship.

Data scientists, engineers, analysts, founders, and investors are encouraged as I'm sure we'll explore everything from Google Analytics to Market Validation to Industry Trends and Opportunities. A key question we've been discussing, "What data should be captured to enable a model that proves value to investors?"

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Join us for a panel discussion on what data means to startups at all stages. Learn from a former CMO, librarian and data scientist -- all turned entrepreneurs -- on the state of data in startups in Austin. We'll also cover how to create your business data strategy to understand your business better and monetize data down the road and how to do market research and communicate effectively when seeking investment. Panelists Paul O'Brien (Startup Co...
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Tech incubators, advisors, and angel investors are telling startups they need to have customers yet VC seems to be falling short & everyone is constrained.
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Good executive advice, from serial startup executives, might be the key to what really works.
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Redditor?   Austinites are working to get /r/austinstartups off the ground so if you're there, join us!
https://www.reddit.com/r/austinstartups/
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