Brand new “Lean Approach” vids of Steve Blank at Kauffman Founders School

Written by Nathan Gold on March 15th, 2014

Steve Blank Brings ‘Lean Approach’ Lessons to Kauffman Founders School

Kauffman Founders School has launched a new education series to encourage entrepreneurs to undertake a process of customer discovery, development, and iteration to achieve the right product and market fit. The new online content features insights from Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and educator Steve Blank, who describes how early-stage startups can succeed by emphasizing a business model over a business plan. He advises founders to systematically test their assumptions and look for insights that can shape their business through this process.

To me, in addition to the great information and lessons you learn from Steve, his home is amazing! What a backdrop for creativity and learning and just chillin’ out.

See Steve here at Founders School.

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How to captivate any audience – Webinar

Written by Nathan Gold on March 3rd, 2014

This webinar will teach you how to captivate any audience using techniques that most people have forgotten about or use infrequently. If you are not totally happy with what you learn in these 2 hours, you may have a complete refund.

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PointDrive for presentations is a really cool product!

Written by Nathan Gold on February 4th, 2014

I have written about this before from a previous DEMO, but I am now addicted to using PointDrive. It makes it so easy to gather up different bits and pieces of content so that the presentation of the content is stunning and beautiful without you having to do any of the heavy lifting. Very simple. All in one place for your viewers to enjoy!

For example, recently I was called in to coach the top 5 finalists in the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year contest. There was a new video published on the home page at for 5 days in a row. Pretty cool, but trying to pull all of those videos and content into a blog post (which I usually do) was getting old and tiresome. And, blogs are not necessarily the place to have someone go for a formal presentation.

So, with about 15 minutes effort, here’s the compilation of the experience using PointDrive to present the content:

A second example is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation filmed and produced an amazing set of videos of me called Powerful Presentations. While you can easily go to their site to watch the videos for free, along with a line up of amazing speakers like Steve Blank and Craig Wortmann, here is the same content delivered through PointDrive: or here for the original site.

And, here is a short link to see the other people on the Kauffman Founders School site:

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Kansas City, MO entrepreneurs celebrate on the iMax screen

Written by Nathan Gold on January 22nd, 2014

I’m off to Kansas for the Pipeline Entrepreneurs Innovator of the Year ceremony. The CEO’s of the chosen startups have the unusual opportunity to present to investors on an iMax screen in the actual movie theater. This should be amazing and certainly a first for me

BTW, arrived at the Oakland Airport with my usual buffer of time this morning and was treated to an experience that reminded me of the good ‘ol days of travel.

Apparently, Southwest Airlines talked to the DHS about me and bumped me to the TSA PRE status without telling me. When I went to the usual cattle line, the TSA agent smiled and gently told me to go to the TSA PRE line. I didn’t even notice the PRE letters on my boarding pass. Why me? Dunno!

No need to remove shoes, take off belt, empty pockets of all Altoid mints, or even remove that quart bag of under 3 oz liquids or gels. I could even leave my vest on as it was really cold in the airport today.

Thank you Southwest Airlines! I even stopped by the main head dude in charge at TSA desk to thank them. I actually said, “Thank you for not treating me like a criminal today!” He smiled too. I wonder if this can continue not just for me, but for all travelers.

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Have you tried PointDrive for presentations? You must!

Written by Nathan Gold on January 7th, 2014

Pitch coach uses PointDrive to highlight his best work

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Before our 4-minute presentation at DEMO Fall, we had the pleasure of being coached by Nathan Gold on the finer points of public speaking. As the DEMO Coach, Nathan knows how to make an impact better than anyone.  He’s offered more than 10,000 hours of coaching to help people give the best and most important presentations of their lives and has given over 15,000 presentations himself.

Recently, he was a coach in the Wall Street Journal’s Startup of the Year competition where five finalists gave him a 1-minute elevator pitch in the actual elevator of the Wall Street Journal offices in NYC. After a short feedback session with Nathan and an hour to rework their pitch, the entrepreneurs jumped back in the elevator with Nathan, with marked improvement. All of this was captured on video and after the close of the competition (where Rebellion Phonetics of Houston was named winner) Nathan found himself with a lot of great content he wanted to share with his readers and clients. This time, he decided to try out PointDrive and was kind of enough to share his experience with us here:

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