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Oh Dear God Not Again! Gobi Capital @ Georgian College


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Talk given on January 2014 at Georgian College, Barrie, Canada Campus by Scotty Thom, Director at Gobi Capital.

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Oh Dear God Not Again! Gobi Capital @ Georgian College

  1. 1. Oh Dear God Not Again! Another Boring Presentation By Scotty Thom Creation, Life, Death, The Undead
  2. 2. Who the hell are you? • • • • • • Scotty Thom Failure, Sinner, Smelly Piss Poor Sorry Excuse For A Man Tinkerer, Writer, Dreamer 14 years as an entrepreneur 3,250 entrepreneurs helped I see dead people.
  3. 3. What gives you the right to talk to us? • 6 companies Founded or Co-Founded • Gobi Capital since 2009 – Hotels, resorts, tech, service, green tech – Reviewed 500+ business plans and support docs • Education: University of Guelph (BA Econ), Helsinki Univeristy of Technology (IBLP) • Habitatation: Helsink, Finland | Sendai, Japan | Guelph, Waterloo, Toronto, Canada Well maybe not dead people.
  4. 4. So what? • • • • 10,000 hours to master something (Malcolm G.!) 26,000 hours if I worked 9am-5pm M-F 52,000 hours approximately since 2000 Barrie & Toronto Open Coffee Club, 10, CoFounder’s Lab (Canada) This is all I do: Startups & Growth More like dead things.
  5. 5. If you’re such a big sh*t, why are you here? When I was 18 and getting started, someone helped me. I’m here for the one person in this room who gives a f*ck and wants to change the world. And goth.
  6. 6. Now onto the good stuff • The Start – An idea; preferably a good one – What makes a good idea? • Meet Philo. We’re going to wax with her. – Prototype – Beta – Commercialize I see gothpreneurs.
  7. 7. If We Have Time • The Middle – Pre-Sales – Sales – Marketing – Creating A Cycle – Post-Sales • The Finish – Exit stage left So I guess you could say I see dead things and gothpreneurs.
  8. 8. It had better be good So what makes a good idea? Yard Stick Box Of Possibilities Current Psychology, Thinking, Rationale A Focus An Ability To See Opportunity And I want to see more! Your Idea
  9. 9. Problem Alternative Solution Client This is where you will operate your business Your Solution Box Of Possibilities
  10. 10. Problem Alternative Solution Client Your competitors have a similar offering Their Solution This box represents you and all of your competitors competing for the same clients, market segment or industry. Box Of Possibilities
  11. 11. One Market Segment Another Market Segment The Sack Of Many Segments aka “Your Marketplace” Range Of Potential Client Types
  12. 12. T-1 T T+1 T+2 T-2 T-n T+n Luck + Time + Focus = Timing (T)
  13. 13. What If… Worst case scenario is worse than expected? Your possible acquirer decides to become a competitor? Co-founder going through a divorce? Startups become unsexy? Assumptions were wrong? Massive systemic power failure? No organic growth? Everyone says no? Buying behaviour changes? (then you have a sad sack of sorries)
  14. 14. Current Psychology • • • • What are the behaviours of potential clients? What are the trends in the market segment? Why does your client exist? For any factoid on your client, ask yourself – “What does this mean?” • Continue to ask the question – “What is missing?” Today is day 942.
  15. 15. Ability To Focus • Ability to say no – Terrible Two’s – “You’re doing some cool sh*t, but that’s not for me right now.” • Knowing your end game • Grounded values / Having a yard stick • FTW! Success! 941 days to go…
  16. 16. How Do You See Opportunity? • Determined by experience – Failure – Tests – Hypothesize – Series of assumptions to guide you • External Reinforcement – Positive is good – Negative tends to be more effective when younger
  17. 17. Prototype • Write It Out! – Does it make sense? – Can you easily explain all of it to your Mother? • Do the work. Stop planning, start doing. – Try existing solutions – Talk to potential clients (Alpha clients) • Paper It Up! – Wireframe, develop it, code it – Build the tech / service offering / etc
  18. 18. Addendum on Prototypes • Build – Test – Paper / code is good to start – Then test it! – Repeat process – Build – Test –Build – Test • Test with who? – Clients! • 10 Alpha clients • 40 Beta clients • Methodology – small failures, quick failures
  19. 19. Usable Prototypes Build It Test It
  20. 20. Take A Step Back • Hit on the following points – Your plan has probably changed – The market has probably changed – Consumer / business sentiment has prob changed – Everything may have changed • Go back to the drawing board and ensure your assumptions and hypothesis are still correct
  21. 21. The Middle • You now have a product or service. Congrats! • You will have alpha and beta clients. • How do you leverage everything you have to get traction in the marketplace? Traction = Sales Nothing happens until somebody sells something. That somebody is you and everyone in your org.
  22. 22. • Pre-sales process • Sales Process • Post-sales process A few authors for you to tap into: • Jeffrey Fox • Zig Ziglar • Tom Hopkins • Timothy Ferriss • Seth Godin • “Strategic Selling” • Marketing • “SPIN Selling” But I’ve never had to sell anything…