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Below, you can find the presentations I created, all in one place. They’re uploaded to SlideShare, where you can view them, but you’re more than welcome to download presentations from this site at any time (on SlideShare, you can only view them).

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Personal development

Slides about different personal development topics:

The only time management guide you will ever need

The most valuable asset you have in your life is time. If you had infinite time on this planet, you could achieve every single thing you wanted. The time limitation is the biggest burden of our lives. Therefore, the first rule of success is to manage time wisely.

You’ll get to know all the best time management techniques in 77 slides. You’ll learn how to manage distraction, organize yourself, deal with procrastination and organize your to-do lists.

The presentation has six parts:

  1. The biggest time wasters
  2. Procrastination
  3. Eliminating distractions from your life
  4. Organizing yourself
  5. Productivity tricks
  6. Agile and lean time management ideas

You can also download a free eBook, The best time management ever, that goes along with these slides. It’s a very popular eBook that can save you lots of time in your life by teaching you how to organize yourself better.

Startups and entrepreneurship

Slides about entrepreneurship and startups:

The Lean Startup Basics and Intro for Beginners

The presentation focuses on providing an overview, the fundamentals and history of the concept of lean startup companies.

The presentation very clearly shows why business plans aren’t that important anymore, what waste in business is and how to reduce it, and why every startup must be a learning organization.

Additional resources about the lean startup:

Different types of startups, markets and whys

This presentation is about various types of startup companies, markets and core competencies.

In the presentation, you will learn why market trends are important, why markets always win, how to calculate market size and why you have to start with a strong why.

You’ll also learn about the fundamental difference between established companies and startups. Startups are designed to search and established companies to execute.

Vision, hypotheses and customer discovery

Startups don’t win because of a great vision, but because of a superior strategy. If you want to have a superior strategy, you must simply have better customer insight. Customer discovery principles can help you get real insight into your customers.

The first rule is to fall in love with a problem, not your solution or business idea. You must have a clear picture of what your product is designed to do. With customer interviews and different types of tests, your job is to confirm the value hypothesis (that people are prepared to pay for your solution).

You can write down all your hypotheses on the business model canvas, running lean canvas or even in a spreadsheet. Then you have to constantly sketch out alternative business models by asking yourself difficult questions and testing different assumptions.

Steps to customer discovery include developing a vision, setting the hypotheses, getting out of the building and performing reality checks. The best way to start the customer discovery process is with the riskiest assumptions.

Important tools that can help you with customer discovery are also segmentation, personas, empathy map and value proposition canvas. After exploiting all the tools, you should have a clear picture of what your customer’s pains and gains are, and what they’re willing to pay for.

When you’re doing customer discovery interviews to get market insights, you have to avoid making any behavior predictions or being satisfied with compliments, opinions or stalling. What you’re looking for is real commitment from early-evangelists.

Remember, wrong assumptions are the mother of all fu*k-ups and with customer discovery, you can make sure you aren’t building your business based on wrong assumptions.

Here are the articles on how you can use the same principles in your personal life:

Minimum Viable Product and Pivot

The presentation is dedicated to the minimum viable product, what it is, why is it important and how to build it. In the presentation, you can find many ideas that will help you with the build-measure-learn loop, which is a basic loop in lean startup theory.

The second part of the presentation concerns pivoting. Pivots are fundamental changes in business strategy and a very important part of avoiding any big failure or, even worse, becoming a zombie company, because learning about the markets is too slow.

Here are articles on how you can use the same principles in your personal life:

Innovation accounting and key metrics for startups

Traditional accounting in startups is usually incredibly simple – revenues, margins, free cash flow and other traditional accounting metrics are zero or very close to zero.

It’s also impossible to do financial forecasts for startups (P&L, balance sheet …) since accurate forecasts require a long and stable operating history. Therefore, a startup must focus on the key metrics that show real progress in the search mode before becoming a stable business. A startup has to use innovation accounting instead of traditional accounting as the framework for measuring performance.

The presentation covers the basics of a data-driven organization, the difference between vanity, actionable and other types of metrics, why you should focus on the one metric that matters most in different stages of a startup, what are the common pitfalls when analyzing data, and how to use AARRR as the best framework for analytics, especially for web startups.

Investment and fundraising for startups

In this presentation, you can find everything you need to know about investments and fundraising for startups. The presentation covers all different sources of financing for high-growth companies:

  • Bootstrapping and the four Fs
  • Angel investors
  • Startup accelerators
  • Venture capital funds
  • Investment documentation
  • Alternative funding sources (crowdfunding, etc.)
  • Grants and incentives

In the presentation, you’ll also find some basics on how to prepare your investment documentation and pitch to venture capital investors.

Term sheet and valuation

The presentation is about the valuation of a startup and the usual deal structure – term sheet.

In the presentation, you can find an overview of why traditional valuation methods don’t work (DCF, P/E multiple, …) and what the real life approaches are. You can also find more about the types of investments and potential exits.

The second part of the presentation is dedicated to the term sheet and most frequent terms in an equity investment, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. The presentation lists the most frequent provisions you can stumble upon, but no term sheet includes all of them.

In the presentation, you can learn about many different clauses that influence economics and control in a venture capital deal. Nevertheless, you should read more on the web (Term Sheet Hacks …) and in books like Venture Deals to have a clear picture of whether you have a good deal for your startup on the table or not.

About entrepreneurs and business ideas

This presentation is about the changes that led us into the post-information age and why entrepreneurs are such an important part of the creative society.

In the presentation, you will get familiar with the basics of successful individuals in the creative society, who entrepreneurs are and what are the main elements of success for startup companies all over the world.

The presentation also describes the biggest mistakes people make when starting a new business and how good business ideas can be categorized based on different types of core competencies.

Building a winning startup team – Basics

The presentation is about the basics of building a winning startup team. You will find that people follow people (leaders) and ideas that emotionally excite them. Having both is by far the best combination.

But an even more important fact is that many winning teams had worked together on a few projects where they had become synchronized before they founded their own startup and succeeded. Nevertheless, you will find a few hints for how to build your winning team from scratch.

The presentation ends with a few thoughts on leadership.

How to write a business plan

This presentation is about business planning and how to write a business plan. For most startups, the agile and lean approach is much better than writing a business plan, but for some traditional industries and more mature companies, a business plan is still a tool to use.

In the presentation, you will find all the relevant information for why to write a business plan and how to do it. You will get the necessary knowledge on how to write a business plan based on the following structure:

  1. Company purpose
  2. Market analysis
  3. Marketing plan
  4. Intellectual property
  5. Production plan
  6. Risk mitigation
  7. Team
  8. Timeline
  9. Financial plan
  10. Appendixes

How to create a pitch deck for investors

The presentation below is about creating a pitch deck for investors, following the 10/20/30 rule. It shows how you should cover the most important elements of your startup strategy in only 10 slides:

  • Problem and opportunity
  • Solution, customers and vision
  • Business and revenue model
  • Technology and intellectual property
  • Marketing and sales
  • Competition
  • Team
  • Financial projections / Key metrics
  • Status and timeline
  • Summary and business proposal

Why to become a business angel

The presentation covers the main reasons why and how to become a business angel.

It starts with who business angels are and why startups are such an interesting investment opportunity, and continues with topics like risk mitigation, setting the investment strategy and investment criteria, and so on.

The presentation ends by describing the benefits of deal syndication and joining a business angel network. It’s a very basic presentation, but a good start if you never heard of business angels before.

Investor material for raising a VC fund

Example of a brochure for raising a small seed VC fund, including data like fund structure, investment strategy, organizational structure and other important information needed for investors to decide to invest in a startup business. It’s a brochure that helped me raise a 6,000,000 EUR fund. Unfortunately, I had to close the fund in the middle of the financial crisis of 2008. You can read more about that here.

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