Services We Offer

Below are five unique services. Each is designed to (1) help you get funded or (2) help you get customers or (3) help you turn an idea into a business.

Our first service helps you create a custom due diligence report for your business. Our other services allow you to buy a couple of hours of time with someone who’s been working with startups and small businesses for over 20 years.

Books and seminars can be helpful maps for your business-building journey, but sometimes an experienced guide who takes time to understand where you are and where you want to go will be the difference between whether you get lost in the wilderness or reach your destination. Contact us if you think we could offer a bit of guidance on your journey.

Online Due Diligence Report Generator

Due Diligence Report Generator - ActSeed

Due Diligence is your thorough action plan for how you will survive and thrive. Business plans are like coffee table books – a static tome designed to attract attention and generate positive emotion. Due diligence reports are like dog-eared playbooks – a frequently-used and modified document that outlines how you will dominate your competition.  Simply put, business plans open doors, but due diligence reports close deals.

Our self-help, self-service online due diligence report generator reflects leading practices gathered from over five dozen venture capital, private equity and law firms. Then, we added our own proprietary scoring system so you can quickly identify where you should focus your attention and where your strengths are. All you have to do is fill in the blanks for about 92 questions across 7 topics. Investors, vendors and customers expect your business to be viable and not vulnerable, and the ActSeed due diligence program gives you and them confidence that your company will survive and thrive.

What You Get

You get to generate custom due diligence reports in PDF format based upon the information you provide to our profile questionnaire. As long as you are subscribed, you can generate as many custom due diligence reports for your business as you want.  As you address issues raised within this evaluation, your due diligence scores will increase.  At any time during your subscription, you can click the PDF icon (“Report”) on your Profile Page to generate a full report that includes scores and an area to add notes about the information in each field.  The PDF reports can be shared via email, online or printed. Share your reports with your management team, with prospective investors in your own network or connect with prospective investors within ActSeed and invite them to review your company info.

Cost

$20 per month. Month-to-month, no long term commitments. Unsubscribe at any time.

How To Buy

Register or login here. Then join the Entrepreneur Group (you must be signed in to use the links on this page) and complete the Company Info and Due Diligence profile tabs.

One Hour Rapid Document Review

Document Review by ActSeed

We offer a personal document review service where we will give you a written evaluation of your pitch documents.

Over the past decade, Mr. Attinger has written or reviewed thousands of business plans, marketing documents, investor presentations and financial projection models.  We have experience evaluating a wide variety of companies, including retail, hi-tech, web-based, product-oriented, brick-and-mortar, clean-tech, financial sector, transportation, franchise, service-based, mobile, media and more.  Professional investors like Private Equity, Venture Capitalists and Angel Groups review thousands of deals each year. Ditto for prospective buyers who may read your product or company pitch documents. They are notorious for having short attention spans, so you must hook them with your pitch in less than 10 seconds of reading.  Then, make sure you have depth behind your hook to keep them reading further.  Drafting effective pitch documents is as much an art as it is a science, and we can be a budget-friendly “Second Set of Eyes” for some quick, experienced feedback.

What You Get

A written evaluation from Mr. Attinger that outlines strengths, missing information and red flags based upon your target audience’s likely expectations.  The evaluation will be performed within one hour of time.  The length and number of documents will influence the depth of the review.  If more time is required for a more in-depth review of a greater number of documents, Mr. Attinger may offer a multi-hour review option. This service is ideally suited for submitting a single document for review.

Cost

$99, paid in advance of the review, via PayPal or major credit card.

How To Buy

Contact ActSeed here to schedule a review.  This document review service is subject to availability. The number of plans or pitch documents that Mr. Attinger can review in a given period of time is limited.  Once the review has been scheduled, you will email your documents to Mr. Attinger. He will email you his written assessment in PDF form.

Capital-Raising Strategy Session

Capital Raising Investor Prep with ActSeed

Capital is the fuel that powers survival and growth.  It can come from retained earnings, but often comes from an outside investment source in the early years of a company’s growth. In today’s fragile economy, there are still trillions of investment dollars on the sidelines.  Finding an investor is hard. Getting an investor to bring a check book to the meeting is even harder.  ActSeed has no magic bullet, but we can offer our experience and expertise in making sure you have your best foot forward when your “elevator pitch” opportunity arises and even more prepared if the conversation extends beyond the first impression.

To date, over 35% of the members of ActSeed.com joined to seek help in raising seed or expansion capital, and they want to impress the 16% of ActSeed community members who are investors. To get you “investor-ready”, we offer live strategy sessions (video conference available) with you and / or your team via Skype, Google Hangout or conventional conference call.  This forum enables us to engage each other directly and efficiently. Video conferencing enables a personal touch that builds rapport and facilitates communication without having incurring travel expense and travel time.

What You Get

Each live session lasts 1 hour and 50 minutes. During this time, Mr. Attinger reviews any existing investor materials you have as well as your ActSeed due diligence report if you have created one.  He can answer questions about completing your due diligence report, too. We will also discuss the investor processes (including pros and cons of each) for angel funding, venture capital, private equity, bank lending, friends-and-family funding and even bootstrapping.  We will also discuss valuation and the key drivers that support the valuation, plus likely “exit strategies” and how that will impact the type of investor interested in the deal.  After the session, you will be emailed a written summary in PDF format of the session with any additional recommendations.

Cost

Each session costs $190, paid in advance of the session to secure the booking, via PayPal or major credit card.  Longer online sessions and even on-site all day sessions can be quoted.

How To Buy

Contact ActSeed here to schedule a session.  Capital strategy sessions are subject to availability. The number of sessions that Mr. Attinger can manage in a given period of time is limited.

Startup 101: Launching a New Company

Startup 101 - ActSeed

One of our favorite quotes comes from Don Dodge, Google exec and angel investor: “It has never been easier to start a company, but it has never been harder to build a business.” With a quick Google search, you will find more information than you could ever read, but an ocean of unorganized, fragmented data isn’t helpful. Sometimes you just need a face-to-face Q&A session with someone who’s already done it a few times. Mr. Attinger has started many companies from just an idea and he can appreciate how overwhelming it can seem. Budding entrepreneurs often aren’t sure what questions to ask, let alone knowing the answers.

In a Startup 101 session, we start with your idea and quickly wrap a business strategy around it. We offer live strategy sessions (video conference available) with you and / or your team via Skype, Google Hangout or conventional conference call.  To date, over 35% of those registered on ActSeed.com are looking for help in starting a new company or improving what they just started.  We are here to help you when you are ready.

What You Get

Each live session lasts 1 hour and 50 minutes. During this time, We discuss your idea, efforts and activity to date, including your business goals, branding, intellectual property (e.g. trademarks, patents), ideal customer and capital needs.  We share possible approaches for getting your business launched within the constraints and realities of your current professional situation.  We will talk about business risks and keys to your success. Finally, we will introduce you to tools, services, approaches and supplemental information (e.g. business book) that might be relevant to your personal circumstances.  After the session, you will be emailed a written summary in PDF format of the session with any additional recommendations.

Cost

Each session costs $190, paid in advance of the session to secure the booking, via PayPal or major credit card.  Longer online sessions and even on-site all day sessions can be quoted.

How To Buy

Contact ActSeed here to schedule a session.  Capital strategy sessions are subject to availability. The number of sessions that Mr. Attinger can manage in a given period of time is limited.

Social Media Strategy

Social Media Strategy - ActSeed

To many entrepreneurs and small business owners, social media is a confusing bundle of disparate services that look like lots of work with little return on investment – a time-waster. Most social media services started out as a novelty and grew rapidly as a means of personal expression and interpersonal interaction. Over the past few years, many of the social media sites have evolved to be popular channels for business.

When managed properly, a small business social media strategy can help “level the playing” field against larger brands.  Social media can serve as a means to provide customer support, affinity programs, new business lead channels and outright sales and marketing activities. Social media is no longer a personal novelty; it is a business necessity.  In our Social Media Strategy Session, we help you understand how to leverage social media technologies and communities to grow your business. We offer these live strategy sessions (video conferencing available) with you and / or your team via Skype, Google Hangout or conventional conference call.

What You Get

Each live session lasts 1 hour and 50 minutes. During this time, we begin by reviewing your current social media awareness, activities and online presence.  Next, we discuss your goals and objectives related to your social media. Once we understand your situation, we recommend technologies and services that might be helpful.  We also help you understand the various social media communities and how they can generate new business for you and how to avoid social media activities that are time-consuming and may distract from good business practices.  After the session, you will be emailed a written summary in PDF format of the session with any additional recommendations.

Cost

Each session costs $190, paid in advance of the session to secure the booking, via PayPal or major credit card.  Longer online sessions and even on-site all day sessions can be quoted.

How To Buy

Contact ActSeed here to schedule a session.  Social media strategy sessions are subject to availability. The number of sessions that Mr. Attinger can manage in a given period of time is limited.