Why you should use a pitch deck

28.03.2019   |  Featured  |  Press  |  Startup
They say the most successful entrepreneurs are the best planners, to the smallest details. That’s true, but if you want your start-up to attract the attention of an angel investor, you must know how to synthesize all the above details in a simple and clear formula. The document that contains that formula has been known in recent years as pitch deck. Since I’m perceived as an investor, I receive financing proposals on a weekly basis at least, both on Octavianpatrascu.com and on LinkedIn. Some of them are very attractive. However, I’ve noticed that startup entrepreneurs could earn a lot if they offered information in appropriate dosages and in an optimal sequence. And the pitch deck is exactly that: a short but relevant PowerPoint presentation, that takes you to the next level of the conversation, the one that refers to the money itself.  (more…)
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How I take the decision to invest in a startup

25.02.2019   |  Startup
An investor receives far more funding requests than the ones he can actually get involved in. Even the proposals that include a good pitch and business plan have to go through a screening procedure in which the potential investor obtains his necessary clarifications. We do have such procedures in our companies and they’re not secret – but, instead, they are highly relevant about any investor’s expectations and steps that entrepreneurs have to follow through. This is the reason I’ve chosen to present our procedure in brief. (more…)
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Romania seen through foreign investor eyes

21.01.2019   |  Business Travel  |  Featured  |  Startup
I am a Romanian businessman, but I consider myself lucky for being born in a time when business became borderless. In other words, I’ve been interacting with non-Romanian partners for almost 10 years. So, since this text is in English, you are surely interested in a short list of my foreign partners’ perceptions of Romania. Warning: most positive things have a downside.  (more…)
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A few clarifications on startups

16.01.2019   |  Press  |  Startup
In entrepreneurs' and investors' lingo, the meaning of the term startup is pretty clear. However, after several years of business in this field, I've noticed the necessity of some clarifications, both for experienced businessmen and young people who tackle business for the first time. (more…)
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