About this project
First and foremost, thanks for reading this. I really appreciate that as well as your interest in my new book: PLAN COMMIT WIN: 90 Days to Creating a Fundable Startup.
PLAN COMMIT WIN is a book that I have had locked inside of me for years. It is focused on the processes and practices of building successful businesses, and how to present information and convince prospective investors to make a win-win investment in your company. This is not a pie-in-sky or theoretical approach to running businesses and raising capital. It is the same process that I have used to build successful businesses, raise over $200 million in equity capital for my companies, and execute over $2 billion in M&A transactions. The principles in PLAN COMMIT WIN were foundational for me to take my most recent tech company, Entropic, from pre-product and pre-revenue to a successful IPO on NASDAQ and an eventual $1billion valuation.
I’ve spent the last year creating the content and building the online platform to launch the book. The process I describe should take entrepreneurs no more than 90 days to complete, assuming they are starting from scratch. PLAN COMMIT WIN can also be used as a screening tool to see what components may be missing from an entrepreneur’s process, plan, or pitch.
I’m incredibly excited about this project, and proceeds from the Kickstarter campaign will help to offset some of the costs for creating this much-needed book for the startup community!
Why PLAN COMMIT WIN Is Needed Now
During the past few years, I’ve had discussions with dozens of founders and CEOs as an advisor to startups through my firm QuestFusion. In these discussions, I frequently ask, “What do you lose sleep over?” The most consistent answer is “Raising my next funding round.” This is understandable. Having sufficient cash for product development and driving the growth of the business is one of the most important jobs of a startup CEO. As I discuss in my article in Entrepreneur, Why Some Startups Succeed (and Why Most Fail), there are a consistent set of factors that lead to startup success and failure. In my experience, there is a hierarchy of requirements for raising outside capital for your company.
In PLAN COMMIT WIN, I’ve codified a process of efficiently and effectively ascending the hierarchy of raising capital. Implementing these steps will not only get you to the top of the pyramid, it will also get the right investors into your company. The same process also dramatically increases your chances of business success, and improves your confidence and credibility with outside investors. This is yet another reason why PLAN COMMIT WIN enhances your chances of getting funded.
I’m asking you to support the Kickstarter campaign for PLAN COMMIT WIN. The primary audience for this book is startup CEOs and company founders intending to raise outside capital for their companies. The book will be especially helpful for first-time entrepreneurs, technical founders, and serial entrepreneurs who haven’t had their first success. Significant parts of the book are also relevant for small to mid-size business owners who have domain expertise, but lack some of the business fundamentals needed to successfully launch and grow their businesses.
PLAN COMMIT WIN - CHAPTER LIST
Chapter 1 – The Hierarchy of Raising Capital
Chapter 2 – It All Starts with an Idea
Chapter 3 – The Foundation of Any Good Plan
Chapter 4 – Assessing the Landscape
Chapter 5 – Available Provisions for the Journey
Chapter 6 – Focus on the Destination
Chapter 7 – Necessary Resources to Succeed
Chapter 8 – Getting Specific about Your Plan
Chapter 9 – Building a Winning Team
Chapter 10 – Culture of Getting Things Done
Chapter 11 – Attracting the Right Investors
Thank you so much for reading this message, and don't forget to PLAN, COMMIT, WIN!
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"(Patrick’s) insights are the perfect combination of deep domain expertise in tech and his first-hand understanding of the gut wrenching journey virtually every startup faces.” – Rory Moore, CEO and Co-Founder at EvoNexus, Co-Founder of Peregrine Semiconductor and Silicon Wave
“Patrick’s combination of strategic thinking, market savvy and operational experience is unique. He would be a great mentor for young entrepreneurs looking to build successful companies.” – Umesh Padval, Venture Capitalist, former CEO and board of directors member
“(Patrick’s) experience as an entrepreneur and a public company CEO provide invaluable context to any entrepreneur or CEO of an emerging company.” – Derek Elder, CEO and board member, Concurrent (NASDAQ: CCUR)
“(Patrick) has a superior ability to understand how business and market trends are evolving and how to prioritize all the critical factors that management needs to attend to.” – Ken Merchant, Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair of Accountancy, University of Southern California
“Patrick is one of the reasons we've grown 110% per month since launching our product. This guy rocks! Thanks Patrick for all your advice and help.” – Olin Hyde, CEO at LeadCrunch
“Patrick is a brilliant business executive and entrepreneur advisor. He took Entropic through IPO from a pre-revenue stage startup. Now, he has created QuestFusion, not only coaching entrepreneurs but also reliving an entrepreneur's life. “ – Behnam Analui, CEO at Abtum
“(Patrick) makes an exceptional mentor for any entrepreneur.” – Ritesh Saraf, CEO at OmniPhy
“Patrick has a distinctive combination of technical knowledge, business understanding, and an ability with people. He is a great mentor for young entrepreneurs and technical founders of companies.” – Jeremy Glaser, Renowned Corporate & VC Attorney
“Patrick Henry is the ‘Real Deal’ when it comes to strategizing for the turbulent terrain through the vast wide-open land of starting a tech company. As a co-founder of Podify, I have looked to Patrick for his expert advice many times.” – Bryan Renaud, Co-Founder & CEO at Podify
"With a comprehensive set of experiences as an entrepreneur including startup financing, corporate strategy and executive management, coupled with his experience with public company financing and M&A, Patrick has a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that emerging growth companies face. Patrick's advice is irreplaceable!" – Brian Yick, Managing Director, Barclays Investment Bank
“Having Patrick’s insights and counsel will be invaluable to any entrepreneur who wants to increase significantly the chances of winning – it is like gaining an ongoing mentor for all phases of an entrepreneur’s journey.” – Robert Kibble, Managing Director, Mission Ventures
Risks and challenges
The most significant challenge in publishing a book is to assemble the right team. Book creation and marketing have changed dramatically over the last decade, making the barriers to entry, especially for an eBook, much lower than ever before. However, to create a high quality book with a striking cover and great interior design still has costs. Professional editing is also a key requirement. Since my background is not in writing or publishing, hiring experienced advisors to help me create and launch the book has been critical.
I am fortunate that I have assembled a world-class team, and I'm confident that PLAN COMMIT WIN will be published in a professional way that will match what the top publishers produce. I have a tremendous amount of passion about the book’s topic, and I feel strongly that its contents can help tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of entrepreneurs be more successful and get their companies funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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