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What is the Most Important Character Trait for a Start-up Entrepreneur?

November 5th, 2014 by NVBC Admin

The following is Part IV of a multi-part series on value, segmentation and pricing by guest contributor Steven Forth, Partner at Rocket Builders and eFund Member. Read Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here. This week, a change of pace. Steven shares his perspective on the most important character trait needed for an entrepreneur.

image credit S Khan.

Courage. It really is that simple.

Not that courage is a simple thing. It comes in many forms and the people with the most people often don’t know they have it or that is what they are showing.

What kinds of courage does a start-up entrepreneur need?

You need the courage to … Read more

When to Start Thinking About Pricing

October 30th, 2014 by NVBC Admin

The following is Part III of a multi-part series on value, segmentation and pricing by guest contributor Steven Forth, Partner at Rocket Builders and eFund Member. Read Part I here and Part II here. Also, Steven spoke at a NVBC seminar earlier this year on Choosing a Business Model – catch the video here

You have found a gap in the market, or maybe a place where a whole new market can blossom. You have brought together some committed people. And there is some money to get to that first take on a minimum viable product.

So when do you start to think about pricing? Read more

2010 Competitor Raises $2 Million Investment Round

October 24th, 2014 by NVBC Admin

2010 Top 10 finalist Jostle announced yesterday that it has secured a further $2 million equity investment.

This financing round was fully sold to private investors, continuing the company’s tradition of independence from institutional investors. Jostle is using these funds to further accelerate customer acquisition and to enhance its reinvention of the employee intranet. Read more

GTEx Forum Covers Energy Options including LNG

October 23rd, 2014 by NVBC Admin

The next GTEx Forum is happening on Wednesday, October 29th and the theme is Understanding Energy Options: LNG?

The global energy focus is at a compelling inflection point and the Pacific north west has an opportunity to affect change pertaining to our energy mix. Speed and agility certainly play an important role for industry, however, serendipity is also needed in attracting both capital and consumer interest in the energy sector. Read more

VEF Presents Cloud Computing – Changing the Face of IT

October 23rd, 2014 by NVBC Admin

With cloud computing replacing infrastructure, hardware, software and everything in between, it is changing the face of IT.

Questions are arising about the future of IT professionals in the enterprise and the new role that vendors need to play to adapt to the changes. Join the VEF next week as their panel engages in a lively discussion on cloud computing. Read more