Viri Vlog: We’re Going to Break the Rules

Tomorrow, we’re going to be pitching to a group of angel investors in Chicago… and we’re not going to make a pitch deck. Instead, we’ve beefed up the VIRI business case (you can access it at here), will print out out, and will have a more “conversational” approach with investors.

In the next update, we’ll try to put some footage of our pitch on the vlog for you guys.

If you’re interested in learning more about Alderman John Arena, check out this link.

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Viri Vlog: A More Collaborative Approach to Entrepreneurship

As we’ve become more skilled entrepreneurs we’re finding that raising money (Davis’ new job) and project management (Ludell’s new job) have been the most useful ways to spend our time.

Current status:
• We’ve finished negotiating with our first investor. We ended up splitting the investment into part revenue-based loan and part convertible note. Full Access members can find both contracts in the VIRI Full Access folder on Google Drive. If you’d like access, request it here
• Ana and Drew (hardware and botanist) are testing a few doesn’t grow mediums. The next couple of weeks, we’re going to be building or first MVP (minimum viable product).

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Favorite Productivity Apps & Tools

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The Eazl marketing and entrepreneurship community has spoken; we’ve pinpointed the top 5 favorite productivity apps and tools. If you have any tools to add that weren’t mentioned or an opinion about the ones we DID mention, leave us a comment below.

  1. Slack
    The winner, BY MILES, was Slack, which is an extremely useful tool for teamwork and project management.

We used Slack to manage our digital incubator which, admittedly, deflated like a pierced tire…not because of the platform but because of functional issues that we would absolutely changed if we tried it again. In fact, learning about the platform was the best thing about the incubator!

I would definitely use Slack again if I worked with a remote team on a piece of content or an event.

  1. Google Drive
    Coming in second was Google Drive and I cast my own vote there as well. Everything Google makes seems to be just the right amount of useful, easy to learn, and non-invasive (as in, Facebook-level all up in my grill styles life integration).

We use Google Drive for just about everything here at Eazl, from course video storage and Photoshop file sharing to blog post writing and marketing campaign planning.

It ticks all the boxes on the list of what we need to run an organized company.

Favorite Productivity Apps

  1. Xmind
    I’d never hear of this one until 13% of respondents voted for it but I am a BIG FAN of mind mapping –we even created course content on it– so I’m interested in trying it out. The free version should be enough for personal use.
  1. Evernote
    Before I converted to Google Drive, I was an Evernote user and there a couple of users in our community who voted it as their favorite productivity tool.

I eventually let Evernote because I was never able to fully integrate it into my work process and none of my team members used it. I did find, however, that it’s great for planning and writing blog posts if content is your thing.

I never tried the paid version, which probably would have kept me using the tool. It’s actually REALLY affordable

  1. Wunderlist
    I’d never heard of Wunderlist and what makes this app stand out amongst the others is the to-do list format and the focus on integrating professional and personal responsibilities. It looks like a great on-the-go tool that might compete with your use if iCal.

Viri Vlog: Female Founders of GoSafe

Make innovation a HABIT! In this video, meet Pratyusha Mudrakarta and Elizabeth Rebello, the cofounders of GoSafe. They’re winners of multiple Chicago innovation awards and pursuing master’s degrees in information technology.

Collaborate and earn Eazl points (redeemable for cool stuff!):
• What are some cool ideas for convenient wearable devices?
• Which launch market would you choose?
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Viri Vlog: How VIRI Became a Living Furniture Company

Have we created the world’s first LIVING FURNITURE company?

See highlights from the VIRI design team’s first collaboration session with Ana, Ludell, Drew, and Davis. See how we decided to take a totally new approach.

BIG shoutout to FA Team member Wilfredo who sent us the first bit of spontaneously created value by someone from the Eazl community. As a reward, you have earned 4 Eazl points Wilfredo! We’ll find ways for you to use your points in the near future.

Some ways you can create value and earn Eazl points now are:
• What office furniture inspires you?
• What kind of food, aromatherapy, or flowers would you want in your office space?
• Anything else you see as you watch the vlog.

Share your value with us at care at eazl.co or as a comment here on YouTube!

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Viri Vlog: Microgreens! New Investors! New Dude on the Design Team!

After the trip to San Francisco, we’ve made some awesome upgrades to the business model, recruited two initial investors, added a person to the design team (welcome Drew!), and have much more momentum for VIRI. Want to be a part of the team? Ask some people you know what they think about microgreens. Have they heard of them? Do they think they sound interesting? We’ll make sure to reward people who participate!

This week we’ll move to prototyping and have some cool footage of collaboration at the mHub maker space in downtown Chicago plus a lot more.

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Viri Vlog: Is Meeting Investors Like Dating?

Han Jin, CEO and founder of LUCID, a consumer VR camera, suggests that courting investors is like dating. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation in Silicon Valley today and a report after our conversation with Lance Cottrell, a Bay Area angel investor.

Keep your eye out for LUCID Cams in most electronic stores starting next year. Here’s LUCID’s website: http://www.lucidcam.com

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Viri Vlog: Would you like to come to San Francisco?

Exciting! This week we are going to be meeting with angel investors, interior designers, and experienced startup folks as we try to raise some money to prototype VIRI’s first generation product. Key takeaways from this video:

• Make creating value a habit. Do it randomly. That’s why we’re giving you fill access to VIRI’s files. You never know how startup relationships begin and we want to build new ways of collaborating with you. When you have questions, ideas, or concerns about what we’re doing leave a comment or email us at care at eazl.co
• Great mentors can change your life! What’s your mentorship plan?

Some of the people that we’re going to be visiting next week are: Han – a Silicon Valley hardware entrepreneur, Dave and Stu – both former C-level executives for component companies, Lance – an angel investor, Alex – another angel investor and many more. It’s going to be a busy week! We’re going to try to put as many of these meetings (or interesting segments of them) on the vlog.

Here are some links mentioned in today’s update:
• Learn how to recruit a great mentor in the 8 Step Business Launch program
• Andy Angelos’ 12 Month Business Growth Planning class from Eazl
• Palmer Jones’ class in applying acting techniques to build personal confidence
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Eazl / Viri Systems Inc. $1500 convertible debt agreement*
Viri Systems Inc. cashflow records*

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More info about Healdsburg, our launch pad

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Viri Vlog: Contest Winner Announced (+ Seed Round Investor Docs)

Our seed round fundraising strategy has changed since we found out how long it takes to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign. In this vlog, Davis will share our next moves and some new investor docs that might be interesting to people who have full access to Viri’s files.

Some links mentioned in the video:
What we’re giving to potential investors in our seed round
Good Profit, one of Davis’ favorite business books (on the way to contest winner Ira):
Lance Cottrell, angel investor we’re meeting in San Francisco
Han Jin, hardware entrepreneur we’re meeting in Silicon Valley:
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