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Jeff Kofman The Accidental CEO

I like to talk about a lot of different things on this podcast including technology, venture capital, how businesses and industries arise to solve problems and address needs.

I like to talk about first-time business owners and Boomerpreneurs – people who start a business in their retirement years. Most of all, I like speaking with creative and interesting people.

In today’s program I am bringing you all of that in the person of Jeff Kofman, who is CEO and co-founder and an incredible startup called Trint.

After 33 years as a broadcast journalist for CBC, BBC, CBS and ABC, Jeff Kofman became “The Accidental CEO” of this London-based tech startup.

In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Jeff talks about how he came to be an entrepreneur at this stage in his life and the similarities between being a war correspondent and the CEO of a fast-growing company.

HOW TO CONTACT JEFF KOFMAN

Trint.com Website

Jeff’s Email Address

How To Talk To Angel Investors

I believe that an investor pitch presentation is one of the most challenging forms of human communication.

There is a huge chasm between the speaker and the recipient.

The entrepreneur doesn’t understand what the investor wants to hear and the investor, while much more experienced in these conversations, probably can’t figure out what the heck this particular entrepreneur is trying to tell him.

In this episode we shine a light on this problem with successful serial entrepreneur, former corporate venture capitalist and current angel investor Roger London.

Roger explains in detail:

  • How to land a meeting with an angel investor
  • What that meeting will look like
  • What investors want to hear in a pitch presentation
  • How to build your slide deck
  • Red Flags and Green Lights
  • What a successful outcome looks like

If you have ever wanted to make – or do a better job making – investor presentations, you do not want to miss this interview.

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Startup Team Building

Poppir, a tech startup based in the Washington, DC area, is bringing the sharing economy to the commercial real estate industry.

When co-founders Moh Ducis and Derek Nickerson asked me to give a pep talk to their – currently – unpaid team of developers, marketers and biz dev folks as a kick-off to an all-day team building meeting, I wasn’t quite sure what to share.

While I do have experience in startups, it hasn’t been entirely positive. What could I tell these folks that would be entirely honest but which wouldn’t have them running for the exits? The solution I created is heard in this podcast, recorded live in an empty night club in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

What I shared can be categorized under four Cs:

  1. Communication
  2. Capital
  3. Culture
  4. Career

I’m glad that I recorded the presentation because I believe it was well-received by the people present and may well benefit other founders and team members at current and future startups.

LEARN MORE ABOUT POPPIR

Poppir.com

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Help For Veteran Entrepreneurs from Bunker Labs


Bunker Labs, founded in Chicago but now in six U.S. cities and soon to open in five more, has the following mission:

To catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of military experience to lead the American economy.

Pretty audacious. And damned important.

In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Ray Crowell, Director of Bunker Labs DC talks about vetrepreneurship and the role Bunker Labs plays in helping not only veterans but also active-duty military personnel and their spouses, transition from a career in the armed forces to successful business ownership.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BUNKER LABS

BunkerLabs.org

BUNKER LABS DC

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Email: Mary.Iafelice@BunkerLabs.org

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