Posts Tagged ‘Tom Walker’

5 Ways Networking Pays Off When You’re Raising Capital

5 Ways Networking Pays Off When You’re Raising Capital
“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

Five Steps to Achieving the Milestones that Lead to Investment Capital

Five Steps to Achieving the Milestones that Lead to Investment Capital
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’s All About Communications

It’s All About Communications
“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

Due Diligence: A Mindset that Prepares Startups to Succeed

Due Diligence: A Mindset that Prepares Startups to Succeed
“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

Managing Cash: Making Every Quarter Spend Like a Buck

Managing Cash: Making Every Quarter Spend Like a Buck
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. Spending Less When you don’t have...
March 5th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More

The Smart Approach to Raising Capital

The Smart Approach to Raising Capital
All high-growth businesses require risk capital. Finding the right investors at the right time and then getting them to write checks is one of the most challenging things about entrepreneurship. I’ve always referred to this as the Entrepreneur’s Path – the milestones, sources, and amounts of...
February 5th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More

TechColumbus Rebrands & Re-Focuses on Startups

TechColumbus Rebrands & Re-Focuses on Startups
Tom Walker took over the reigns at TechColumbus over a year ago, implementing a wave of change. TechColumbus is repositioning their focus on entrepreneurs while implementing a rebrand of their own. “Where can TechColumbus provide the most value on the economic scene?” Walker asked. The answer...
October 14th, 2013 | Announcements, News | Read More

New TechColumbus CEO talks startups, young people, job creation

New TechColumbus CEO talks startups, young people, job creation
Though Tom Walker hadn’t lived in the capital city prior to starting his job as CEO of TechColumbus, he was familiar with it. After earning a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Walker launched his career at Columbus-based Battelle,...
November 12th, 2012 | Expert Perspective | Read More