Ep 36: Angels and Getting Funded- Things to Know with David Friedman [Replay]
As the year winds down, and I reflect on all the conversations and brilliant guests. I realized the “founder” attitude is a remarkable mindset. Our world is changing rapidly – socially, economically, technologically. Small businesses that were successful and had a great business model are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. To manage this great change business owners can learn much from how the ‘startup founder” deals with change. To get you thinking like a founder – or if you are already a startup founder to shorten your journey – this conversation with David Friedman President of Tech Coast Angels is a fantastic place to start.
The Savvy Founder interviews David Friedman, the current President of Tech Coast Angels of Orange County. David provides insights on the following topics:
- What are angel investors?
- When to approach an angel?
- What does it mean to be investable?
- What does it mean to be coachable?
- What and who is Tech Coast Angels?
- How many pitch decks do you review a year?
- What are the odds of getting funding?
- What is a good elevator pitch?
- What’s a good story?
- How do you decide what to invest in?
- What advice would you give yourself?
- How do you meet an angel investor?
About the Guest:
David Friedman is a tech-savvy marketing and operations executive with more than 30 years’ expertise in bringing to market new technology. He plays at the intersection of technology and the customer; his real love is innovation and commercializing technology to meet the needs of customers. A member of the TechCoastAngels of Orange County since 2009, he serves as President, TechCoastAngels, Orange County, and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of TCA. He is also a senior consultant with the Small Business Development Lead Center and founder and managing partner of C-Level Partners, a business advisory that focuses on helping companies grow their top-line revenue.
During his career, he has introduced more than $1.5 billion in new products. In his corporate career, he has helped companies build top-line revenue growth and EBITDA while mentoring the next generation of business leaders. David has been executive vice president and Chief Marketing Officer for ATX Group (now Sirius Connected Car) which provides telematics and information services to automobile manufacturers. Previously, he was Vice President, Marketing and Direct Sales at Connexion by Boeing, and commercialized the first Wi-Fi services available to passengers onboard commercial airplanes. He also held executive positions with US Cellular, Covia Technologies, Ameritech Services, and RCA.
Friedman holds an MBA (economics) from George Washington University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (summa cum laude) from City College of New York.
Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder. Philip has an inquisitive mind and a passion for ideas. He’s impatient to see tomorrow’s future today. He helps technical founders build the business they want. He helps established businesses tap into their start-up founder to conquer a changing world. With more than 25 years across start-ups and corporate roles, Philip has been everything from janitor to the Founder and Chief Everything Officer.
Words of Wisdom
- Ideas are worthless; revenues are priceless; surround yourself with smart people.
- Life is a journey – mole hills or mountains? it’s your choice.
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