May 10, 2016

Kara Kennedy Joins First Look Equities Advisory Board

Kara Kennedy Joins First Look Equities Advisory Board, and was recently interviewed by Investor Town Hall on her experience teaming up with First Look Equities. As a compliance solutions specialist for small and mid-capital businesses, Kara has attended prior business networking events and subsequently, she has valuable insight into how First Look Equities stands out above the rest. WE ARE DIFFERENT One of the most notable differences that Kara remarks upon during her interview is that networking events coordinated by First Look Equities have a very grassroots, local, personal feel to them. She contrasted the warm, proactive introductions offered during the First Look Equities event she attended to others in the industry, where contacts can be difficult to initiate among new faces and companies. WE GROW NEW BUSINESS Kara also emphasized how impressed she was by the strategic and intentional follow-up with clients that resulted from the First Look Equities event. […]
April 25, 2016

Gene Wright Joins First Look Advisory Board

Northstar Consulting founder Gene Wright has joined the Board of Directors here at First Look Equities. Recently, Gene gave an interview to Investor Town Hall regarding his experience working in crowdfunding, and how First Look Equities stands above the rest. PROGRESSIVE ENVIRONMENT Having attended prior First Look Equities conferences, Gene lauded our progressive business networking environment. He noted that we combine “virtual connectivity platforms with quarterly meetings,” and added, “Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of resources available at First Look Equities.” ATTENDEE QUALITY A strong representation of both companies and funders is important in the business of fundraising and crowdfunding. On this topic, Gene was highly enthusiastic about the quality of the companies he had seen presenting at First Look Equities conferences. “They’re exceptionally well-prepared,” stated Gene, adding that any investor would likely say their time was very well spent at the conference due to this high standard. FOSTERING […]
June 22, 2016

If I Had More Time, I’d Have Written a Shorter Speech

Too many people talk too long when they get the chance to present. Anyone can stand up and ramble on forever, boring their audience and never reaching a clear conclusion. You may think you’re interesting and that you’ve covered a lot of territory, but your listener is asking, “So what’s in it for me?” It takes a lot of preparation to make your points short and sweet but the rewards will be worth it. People will remember what you say. People will understand your ideas. People will respond to your call to action. Why is brevity so critically important? First of all, Steve Jobs, who left nothing to chance, is quoted in the book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs as saying, “after 10 minutes you’re going to lose your listeners’ attention.” According to the master presenter, people simply can’t concentrate for longer than that so you’ve got to either keep […]
June 13, 2016

Gene Wright Joins First Look Advisory Board

Northstar Consulting founder Gene Wright has joined the Board of Directors here at First Look Equities. Recently, Gene gave an interview to Investor Town Hall regarding his experience working in crowdfunding, and how First Look Equities stands above the rest. PROGRESSIVE ENVIRONMENT Having attended prior First Look Equities conferences, Gene lauded our progressive business networking environment. He noted that we combine “virtual connectivity platforms with quarterly meetings,” and added, “Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of resources available at First Look Equities.” ATTENDEE QUALITY A strong representation of both companies and funders is important in the business of fundraising and crowdfunding. On this topic, Gene was highly enthusiastic about the quality of the companies he had seen presenting at First Look Equities conferences. “They’re exceptionally well-prepared,” stated Gene, adding that any investor would likely say their time was very well spent at the conference due to this high standard. FOSTERING […]
May 10, 2016

Regulation A+: The Key To Success Is Marketing

  JOBS Act equity crowdfunding and Regulation A+ Mini-IPOs are not like the Field of Dreams. Going online and creating a funding campaign on a site like BankRoll does not mean that investors will come. Without marketing, the campaign will likely fail. The good news is, marketed correctly and effectively, you can raise millions of dollars in new capital. My article for Entrepreneur on this topic is linked here and tells you all about this. But for those who do not have 5 minutes to read the brief article, here are some highlights: • With a Mini-IPO, unlike full-blown IPOs, there is no Goldman Sachs or Merrill Lynch instructing thousands of their brokers to push the IPO stock out to clients. With a Regulation A+ offering, nobody is promoting the stock to potential investors except the company raising money, and whoever they hire to market the offering. • Most people have […]
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