Networking Differences - Silicon Valley and Boston

Published: 6/28/2007 10:08:22 AM, comments: 0

I've heard that the prevalance of event-oriented networking opportunities is far less in the Boston-Waltham region than in Silicon Valley.

Anyone agree or disagree with that assertion?  Is it the bad weather during winter in Boston that reduces the interest in getting to an event?  If so, then you'd think that during the good weather months, there would be all this pent-up demand for meeting and greeting?

In Silicon Valley, the number of networking opportunities for technology-related companies is amazing.  In any one week, there are probably 75 events, meetings, panels, etc to meet people and learn something new.

I'm not saying one is better than the other, just different.  I wonder why...

Don Jones

Getting The Most Out Of VentureDeal

Published: 6/20/2007 10:48:26 AM, comments: 0

One feature that helps subscribers to VentureDeal save time is Transaction Alerts.

Based on an email push technology, the Transaction Alerts allows users to be notified whenever a transaction meeting their criteria hits the database.

For example, if you're interested in Northeastern U.S. biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies getting funding in series A and B rounds, you'll be automatically notified with one email whenever companies meeting that criteria are funded or involved in an M&A transaction.  You would receive one email, with links to each of that day's transactions within the VentureDeal database.

It's a great way to stay on top of all the activity in the regions, industries and development stages of your choice.

Don Jones

Silicon Valley Is On Fire...Again

Published: 6/14/2007 10:08:40 AM, comments: 0

The valley is hot again, and I'm not just talking about the latest heat wave we're experiencing.  I've spoken with a number of people in the industry, from attorneys who focus on tech deals to colleagues in various angel groups.  The common discussion is that they are swamped with new work or new deals that are in due diligence.

The strength appears to be across the board, in most industries, though semiconductor and pure telecom deals are in shorter supply than others.

While Silicon Valley has been busy and upbeat for the past 18 months, the current environment feels like it is up another notch in intensity.  Watch for news stories at a media outlet near you...

Don Jones

VentureDeal And Smartfundit Announce Partnership

Published: 6/12/2007 8:38:03 AM, comments: 0

We're pleased to announce a partnership between VentureDeal and smartfundit, the web's finance on demand for technology buyers.

Smartfundit is a UK-based firm that offers a web-based platform to match up technology buyers with technology finance companies.  Partnering with VentureDeal was an ideal expansion of their one-stop service offering strategy.

Under the terms of the alliance, visitors to smartfundit will enjoy full access to VentureDeal's co-branded database on the same terms as current subscribers.  The benefit to VentureDeal will be the first implementation of its co-brand database strategy. 

Smartfundit will benefit by offering the full range of financial options, both short term and strategic, to their customers.  Smartfundit arranged approximately $400 million in transactions in 2006.

Don Jones

Marketing Mistakes That Startups Make

Published: 6/4/2007 12:44:04 PM, comments: 0

One marketing mistake that is common among startups is neglecting to view their product or service launch as a process, rather than a one-time event.

A single national press release doesn't equal a product launch.  Startup entrepreneurs need to think in terms of at least the first 9-12 months.  How will the company keep the spotlight on itself and its product or service after the initial launch?

At a minimum, press releases need to be issued at least once per quarter.  Anything less and you risk looking stale.  Media outreach over time should be organized.  Planned system upgrades should be announced as they occur and successful customer wins made known to the market.

The launch should be viewed as the beginning of the beginning, as part of a longer term plan to educate the marketplace about your solution to their problem.

Don Jones

Don Jones
CEO, VentureDeal

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