Ep. 229 – 12 Questions Every Investment Pitch Deck Must Answer – Part 2 of 4

SIBP-Blog-NEW-4 Welcome to Episode 229 of the Success in Business Podcast. Today your host Tom Ryan and producer Jason Pyles continue discussing the kind of thorough preparation you must do before meeting with an investor. There are 12 questions every investment pitch deck must answer. We’ll break this into 4 parts. Today, in part two, we cover questions four through six:

4. What’s so special about your offering? This is a unique opportunity for you to prove that you have something innovative to bring to the table.

5. How do they make money? The investor is looking to make money. This isn’t a philanthropic venture for them. Basically, you have to remove all doubt that there is a real problem here for you to remedy. How is the investor going to make money?

6. How many customers will you reach, and how can you reach them? (How big is big?) OK, show them your traction. Show them who your customers are and how you find them.

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Ep. 219 – Startup Secret Weapon: See Risk Like an Investor Part 2


Welcome to Episode 219 of the Success in Business Podcast, your host Tom Ryan is joined by producer Jason Pyles. This episode is Part 2 of 3, where Tom shares his StartUp Secret Weapon: Approaching Risk Like An Investor.

There are four major risk categories that every entrepreneur needs to understand and to be able to reduce in order to be successful.

1) Team Risk
2) Product Risk
3) Market Risk
4) Execution Risk

Today Tom will be talking to us about Team Risk. The notion that people invest in people is never more appropriate than Continue reading

Ep. 211 – An Honest Take on Soul Searching in Business, Part 2


Welcome to the Success in Business Podcast. In Episode 211, your host and business coach Tom Ryan continues interviewing Melody Herman about how to chart a career path when things don’t go just as planned. Melody shares her experiences with start-ups. Sometimes they worked out and sometimes they didn’t, and it wasn’t until she gave her back up career choice an honest try that she realized it was a great opportunity in disguise. Thanks for listening!

Links for Today’s Episode:

E-mail: melody ( AT ) popbenefits.com
Tweet Melody at: @PopBenefits and @ISI_PSI
Instagram: @PopBenefits
On LinkedIn
On Facebook
Pine Street Insurance.com

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Ep. 155 – Donald Miller’s “How to Tell a Story” eBook – Part 2

StoryGreat stories require structure. You might not realize it, but every story that has entertained you, informed you and stuck with you over the years follows a similar structure. To reach your biggest audience, your company’s story needs the same kind of structure. This, in a nutshell, is what Donald Miller’s How to Tell a Story is all about.

We continue our multi-part review of How to Tell a Story in this episode. Host and business coach Tom Ryan and co-host/producer Jason Pyles talk about the ways effective storytelling can enhance every part of your business, from increasing sales to wowing potential investors. Continue reading