Tom Walker has been a leader in entrepreneurship and turning innovation-based discoveries into commercial opportunities for more than twenty years. As President and CEO of TechColumbus, Inc., Tom applies his experience as a seasoned founder and manager of venture funds and entrepreneurial initiatives to accelerate Central Ohio’s innovation economy.
Tom organized his first angel investment group and seed fund in the late nineties and has been involved with angel, seed and early stage investing ever since. He’s advised numerous states and the Southeast of England on the creation of high impact entrepreneurial ventures. He is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Handbook, an easy-to-understand step-by-step guide to commercialization for entrepreneurs with big ideas.
It can cost a lot less to start a new company today than it would have cost ten years ago.
Advances in technology—cloud computing, online distribution channels, open software, 3D printers, and the “pay as you use” SaaS model—are continuing to drive down the dollars required to get a startup... October 1st, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More
“You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.” – Yogi Berra
A lot of things—sometimes including the sun and the moon—have to line up just right for a startup company to attract investment capital.
- The product has to work.
- The founding team has... September 3rd, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More
“We have deep depth.” – Yogi Berra
This is the seventh article in our Capital Access series.
We began when last winter’s snow was deep on the ground. Our first topics were heavy lifting ones. We talked about the financial side of raising capital—matching milestones to capital needs, being... August 6th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More
If you are an entrepreneur looking to raise capital, the best advice I have is to call TechColumbus and ask how we can help.
Last year 400 companies made inquiries. From those initial contacts, we added 56 new companies to our portfolio, bringing the total number of companies actively accessing venture... July 2nd, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More
“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.” – Yogi Berra
If the first time potential investors hear about your company is when you are ready to raise capital, you are not ready to raise capital.
While you are busy building your prototype and choosing the... June 4th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More
“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra
Like the best catchers, successful entrepreneurs watch and learn from every play. There’s no better way to do this than to build a trusted team of advisors and then watch what they do and listen to what they say.
What should an entrepreneur... May 7th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” – Yogi Berra
I’m a baseball fan. After this seemingly endless winter, it was so great to finally reach Opening Day.
As I was watching clips from some of the games, it hit me that baseball and entrepreneurship... April 2nd, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More
The first step in effectively raising investment capital is to learn how to manage cash. At no time is this more important than in the earliest days of a company.
There are just two ways to increase the cash available to a startup company: spend less or take in more.
When you don’t have... March 5th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More