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CANCELED: Thunderbird Angel Network Dinner November 17th


angel investorThe Thunderbird Angel Network dinner scheduled for November 17th has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.  

The TAN dinner meetings will resume on the next scheduled TAN dinner date, January 20th, 2011 on the Thunderbird campus.  The evening will begin with a networking reception at 5:30pm, dinner will begin at 6:00pm, followed by due diligence reports and company presentations. The registration fee for the dinner meeting is $40.00.

Thunderbird Angel Network dinners are open to accredited investors only- please refer to our Investor Fact Sheet to learn more about being an accredited investor.  You can download the Investor Fact Sheet from under the Investor tab on our website.

Since the Thunderbird Angel Network was recently launched in October, the member dinners are currently open to non-members. We believe that investors interested in becoming members of the TAN may attend one meeting as a non-member before joining. 

New companies seeking investment will present at the January 20th dinner:

  • Companies to be announced by January 9th

To reserve your place and make your payment for this dinner, click here to register and you will be redirected to a secure payment link.

The next four dinner meetings scheduled for the Thunderbird Angel Network:

January 20, 2011                                 March 24, 2011

May 19, 2011                                      September 22, 2011

Make It Short, Fast & Direct (If You Want Angel Investors' Attention)


Keep presentations to angel investors simpleWe live, work and compete in markets and economies where you must be more like a laser than a lava lamp, more like a gazelle than an elephant…and in today's complex and competitive business environment, three critical factors form a mantra for success: "make it short, fast and direct"!

Our customers, employees, and stakeholders are busy, very busy. So are angel investors and venture capital providers. Our world is peppered with message blasts, pop ups and sound bites…our ears, eyes and brains are fed with succinct, yet focused messages and images…and to get our story told, to get our message through, we need to adhere to the "KISS" principle, ("keep it simple, stupid").

Most startup entrepreneurs are familiar with the need for a well-crafted, honed "elevator speech" but it can also have great application to executives and employees in large organizations, professionals like doctors, lawyers and accountants or to individuals looking for that ideal job or career opportunity.

The elevator speech is featured in a scene where we find an intrepid entrepreneur, with a great idea, a great market opportunity but needing critical outside investment…low and behold, the entrepreneur finds him/herself walking into an elevator, with only one passenger—THE prime investor who the entrepreneur has been trying to connect with for months. As the elevator doors close, the entrepreneur knows there will be undivided attention to his/her story…so what does the entrepreneur say during the 20 or so seconds of a 25-floor elevator ride?

We can apply the principles of an elevator speech to most any situation where we must "tell our story" in a few brief moments…it may be at a networking event, a cocktail party or during the first critical 20 seconds of a phone call to a prospective client, employer or constituent. The "story" should basically tell 1) what you do, produce, or provide, 2) who is it for (the market niche you serve) and importantly, 3) how are you different?

We also need to make our messages direct, and this is where we've got to be more like a laser…there is a world of clutter and noise, and we can't afford to fritter away marketing costs…shotgun or scattered approaches are inefficient, costly and unproductive. We must finely tune our marketing strategy, to find overlooked niches (e.g., travel agents focusing on travel services for seniors) or pick off underserved segments (e.g., audio books, underserved by large chain booksellers). By being direct, we also focus on serving well, fewer, but more productive and profitable, customers…we emphasize "share of customer" vs. "share of market."

There are few businesses, practices or organizations that would not find some kind of benefit by using the web as a means to reach, more directly, their target markets. The web provides an uncommon method of developing a relationship with your market, in a dynamic, direct and highly productive way. When we develop a community of customers or constituents, we have a highly efficient, low cost way to communicate, and foster long term, productive and profitable relationships.

We have great opportunity to advance our company, our practice, organization or career, if we simply focus, perform, and…keep it short, fast and direct

By Steven Stralser Ph.D. Clinical Professor, Global Entrepreneurship Center

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