Friday, March 10, 2006

Questions for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists

I'll be attending the VentureOne Summit venture capital conference on March 22-23, 2006 in San Francisco, which is focuses on dozens of entrepreneurs giving presentations on their companies and a fair number of venture capitalists whose attention the entrepreneurs would like to get. I'll be attending as "press" for my finance and economics commentary, Finaxyz.com. Here are the questions which I intend to ask as many attendees as possible, both entrepreneurs and investors:

  1. What is your target market space and demographics?
  2. Are you building the company for the long term or building to "flip" within a couple of years?
  3. Are you committed to shooting for an IPO?
  4. If you decide to sell the company, who would be an ideal acquirer?
  5. What is your vision of where your company will be in 5 to 10 years?
  6. How many jobs will your company have created here in the U.S. over the next 5 to 10 years?
  7. What will be the most positive contribution of your venture to society?

I don't intend to do a scientific survey, but at least I do hope to start some very stimulating conversations.

-- Jack Krupansky

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