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6 Tips for Startups:

1) Socialize and exploit every networking opportunity! Communicate and meet with other participants! Conference is the best place to establish useful business contacts and meet with fellow entrepreneurs. Set a minimum requirement for yourself – to get not less than 30 business cards per day. Focus most of your time on the people who can help you the most.

2) Don’t be shy! IDCEE conference provides a unique chance to get acquainted with and get advice from well-known gurus of venture capital business. It would be foolish to spend the whole conference in a chair waiting for a miracle. You should search for the most useful investors for your project and “catch” them.

3) Don’t try to pitch your startup to an investor, who has just finished his or her speech. This is not the best time for an elevator pitch. Instead, introduce yourself; mention briefly what impressed you most in the speech and exchange business cards. The most important thing for you is to get speaker’s business card. It will allow you to get in touch with the investor after the conference.

4) Come to the conference well prepared! While preparing for such a major event, it would be advisable to learn about the people who will be attending it. Focus on the IDCEE 2012 investors and speakers. Check the information about their specialty and interests, some of them might be interested particularly in your startup.

5) Prepare your elevator pitch! You should be able to pitch your startup in 60 seconds in exciting and effective manner. It should be a compelling story. Certainly, you should have a PPT presentation on file (in case your startup will be selected among the 12 finalists of the IDCEE 2012 startup competition). You should also have an elevator pitch ready to go in case investor stops by your stand in the startup alley or you will have a chance to pitch your startup while introducing yourself to an investor. We also recommend that your team wear T-shirts with your company’s logo during the Conference.

6) Be proactive! Don’t expect somebody to do your job for you and don’t miss the chance to make your dreams come true!

How to pitch?


Suggested List of must reads for Startups:

1.     The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick

2.     Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

3.     Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki

4.     The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki

5.     The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank

6.     The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank

7.     The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

8.     Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld

9.     Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Company by Brad Feld

10.      Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder

11.      The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman

12.      Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

13.      Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes by Tarang Shah 

14.      Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore 

15.      The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman

16.      Venture Capitalists at Work: How VCs Identify and Build Billion-Dollar Successes by Tarang Shah and Sheetal Shah

List of Blogs on Technology/VC:

1.     Techcrunch http://techcrunch.com/

2.     Crunchbase http://www.crunchbase.com/

3.     Techcrunch Europe http://eu.techcrunch.com/

4.     The Next Web http://thenextweb.com/

5.     Venturebeat http://venturebeat.com/

6.     Venture Hacks http://venturehacks.com

7.     ReadWriteWeb http://www.readwriteweb.com/

8.     Mashable http://mashable.com/

9.     AVC http://www.avc.com

10.   Both Sides of the Table http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/

11.   Master of 500 Hats http://500hats.typepad.com/500blogs/

12.   Chris Dixon’s Blog http://cdixon.org/

13.   Paul Graham’s Blog http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html

14.   Steve Blank’s Blog http://steveblank.com/

15.    Feld  Thougts http://www.feld.com/wp/

16.    Lessons Learned http://www.startuplessonslearned.com

17.    Gigaom http://gigaom.com/

18.     East-West Digital News http://www.ewdn.com

19.     Habrahabr http://habrahabr.ru

20.     AIN http://ain.ua/

21.     Watcher http://watcher.com.ua

22.      Unova http://www.unova.ru/

23.      Quintura Blog http://blog.quintura.com/

24.      StartupAfisha http://startupafisha.ru