20 Questions for Pitch Preparation

In a classic game of 20 questions, one person thinks of an object, and then the other players can ask up to 20 questions to help identify what the object is. Players can use both broad and specific questions to tease out the object’s essential characteristics. All...

3 New Year’s Themes (Not Resolutions) for Startup Founders

I like the idea of choosing New Year’s themes better than making resolutions. Resolutions are too all-or-nothing. Plus, breaking a resolution has the effect of lowering the resolve in your head, often leading to dropping the resolution altogether. Themes on the other...

SBA Grant backs Small Business Growth in WNC

1×1 Media is excited to announce that co-founder-in-chief, Steve Poland, will be leading a significant small business training program called ScaleUP WNC. The program spans a total of 5 years and is backed by an SBA grant. The goal of ScaleUP WNC is to provide...

Convertible Debt – A Winning Funding Formula

Everybody talks about VCs and Venture Capital as the holy grail of startup funding, and yes, multi-million dollar investment rounds make great headlines. But the reality is, Angel investors write 16 times more checks than VCs. And the preferred initial funding...

A Cure for That Blank Look

It was my first meeting with a seasoned angel investor—a lead member of the Bluegrass Angels in Kentucky. I had my implementation plan pasted to the wall so it was easy to review. I had a detailed budget prepared detailing the costs for each phase of our plan. I had a...