July 18, 2018

Is the Business Plan Dead?

Every so often journalists proclaim that the business plan is dead. UAT Business Technology Program Champion Dr. Mark Smith agrees that startups need to do more showing than telling, but says that business plans or proposals “are certainly not dead and are used in pretty much every business venture.” What’s different about today’s business plans? According to Dr. Smith, “They just aren’t emphasized as much. But no matter how well the presenter pitches their product, they will still face a scrutinizing vetting process. Business plans help venture capitalists and investors visualize the person’s pitch and help them make sound funding…

PHX Startup Week Presents Silicon Valley VC, Tim Draper at UAT

Dave Bolman, Jason Pistillo and Tim Draper at Phoenix Startup Week

Photo: Dr. David Bolman, UAT Provost; Jason Pistillo, UAT President; and guest speaker Tim Draper / Photo credit: Jake Turocy Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist spent time with UAT students on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for a Q&A Session about his mission to support small business, startups and young entrepreneurs. This engagement ties in with Phoenix Startup Week, happening all over the Valley from Feb 20-24, 2017. UAT was proud to be part of the larger initiative to promote small businesses in Arizona. During the talk, Tim spoke about his experiences as a Venture Capitalist and lessons he has learned from…