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Business Planning HQ Customer Grid Tential Raises $1m in Equity Funding

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, In : Raising Capital 

Roda Group, the venture capital investor that’s the largest shareholder in the biofuel companySolazyme Inc. (SZYM), is backing a startup using advanced production techniques to improve storage performance of standard lead-acid batteries.

Gridtential Energy Inc. received a $1 million seed investment from Roda, the San Jose, California-based battery company said today in an e-mailed statement. It will use the money to develop and test a prototype product by next year, with the goal of starting...


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The London Startup Show

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Business Plan in 1 Day 
We exhibited at the London Startup Show at Olympia.  There were over 350 exhibitors and we were strategically positioned next to the Business Planning workshop series sponsored by Sage Accounting.



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Mexican Giant Telefonica to Power Startups with Melbourne Based Business Planning HQ

Posted by Marcus Shane on Sunday, September 23, 2012, In : Business Plan in A day - Event Series 

Following an 3 month technology evaluation crossing Australia, Spain, Mexico and the United States, Business Planning HQ has signed an agreement with Telefonica to deliver its unique Business Plan in 1 day event in Mexico City on September 27th.  This will be delivered on-site at “The Wayra Space”, in Mexico City by Business Planning HQ’s San Francisco based representative, David Brown.  Document process and servers for the event will be provided from Business Planning HQ’s headquarte...


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4 Tips on Start-Up Business Planning

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Start-Up Business Planning 

A must read article for all Business Founders interested in doing Startup Business Planning.  Planning the development of your start-up can be one of the most complex and ambiguous pieces of strategy development that many business founders will ever face.  Due to the difficulty of start-up business planning, many business founders prefer to put the process off. Not only do they not know where to start, but the level of ambiguity an number of options for their start-up makes the process quite ...


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First US Based Customer Becomes First US Distributor for Melbourne Based Business Planning HQ

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, In : US Distributors 
After successfully appointing 12 leading consulting, accounting and legal firms as agents in Australia, Business Planning HQ appoints its first US Authorised Agent, Patty Smith Worldwide of Philadelphia.

Patty Smith Worldwide, a leading Strategy and Risk consulting firm based in Philadelphia was the first US based Customer of the Business Planning HyperQuestion™ Toolkit in April 2011. After planning their own business in the tool, they found the results to be of such significance, that they ...

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Business Planning MasterClass Goes to Silicon Valley

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, March 29, 2012, In : Silicon Valley 
Following the success of Business Plan in 1 day in Melbourne and Sydney, we have now re-branded this event as the Business Planning Masterclass.

To deliver this event we are proud to have partnered with The German American Business Association in San Francisco and The Plug and Play Tech Centre in Silicon Valley.

The event will be held on April 20th 2012.
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Business Planning HQ To Exhibit at Demo Spring 2012 - Silicon Valley

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, March 29, 2012, In : Silicon Valley 

We’re getting ready for DEMO! Join the Business Planning HQ April 17-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Silicon Valley as more than 70 companies from around the world launch new products and services to an audience of global press, VCs, angel investors and IT buyers.

The DEMO product launches are the main event. But attendees also come for the sage advice from VCs, technology leaders, and veteran entrepreneurs who will provide insights into the latest technology consumer, mobile, enterprise, soci...


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Business plans and the invisible business model

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : Business Model 
There have been many developments made in recent years in the development and explanation of a start-ups business model. Why is it that business plan templates and business planning software ignore these developments? This leads to sub optimal business plans but don't communicate as effectively as they should.

The old business planning paradigmThe 4P's of marketing have been very effective over the years, however they no longer adequately explain the complexity of business models that are evol...

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4 Tips On Business Planning For Beginners

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, In : Business Planning For Beginners 

Authored By:  Marcus Tarrant,  Managing Director,  Business Planning HQ

Abstract

A must read article for all Beginners interested in  understanding Business Planning.  Not everyone has written hundreds of business plans. Many business founders or entrepreneurs are preparing a business plan for the first time. The diversity and complexity of a business plan can be daunting whether you are doing it for the first time, or you have prepared many business plans before.  Many founders and entrepr...


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What did the 76 Companies at Business Plan in 1 Day think of our approach?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, In : Business Plan in 1 Day 
Testimonials
Sydney October 6th 2011

 

Within half a day using the Business Planning HQ Toolkit I produced a business plan that would have otherwise taken me around three months.
The result is by far a most highly leveraged business plan. With very little time input I had a very comprehensive forty page end product.

 
Nick Burke - Property 4 Profit Pty Ltd


 
I was a bit sceptical about being able to complete a useful business plan in one session – having put off doing one for years. The process was...

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World First Entrepreneurs Event - 50 Business Plans Created in 1 Day

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, October 3, 2011, In : Business Plan in A day - Event Series 
Sydney Australia:    Business Planning HQ has been commissioned by a leading network of entrepreneurs to create 50 X STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLANS in a SINGLE DAY on the 6th of October 2011

This is believed to be a world first event, enabled by a new virtual consulting approach known as HyperQuestions.

Marcus Tarrant, founder of Business Planning HQ, who has worked as a venture capitalist and consultant with Deloitte Consulting says, "It has taken 12 months of development to enable this event to eve...

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Developing a Great Exit Plan to Build Your Exit Value

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : Exit Planning 

Abstract

A must read article for all Business Owners who are considering exiting their business within the next 3 years.  Often the purpose of creating a business is to develop an asset which can be sold for a substantial profit.  The ability to create an exit plan will assist in creating windfall gains during exit.  Many people say, start a business with the end in mind.  Whilst this is a noble philosophy, it is not always possible to know exactly where your business will end up.  Therefore...


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4 Tips on Finding Angel Investment

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, In : Raising Capital 

Abstract

Many  Startup Founders are interested in  finding  Angel Funding.  Many startup businesses need funding in order to realise their plans. As a result of the downturn and GFC, traditional capital sources such as Venture Capital are less interested in investing in early stage businesses.  Many founders do not know where to look for Angel funding or what documentation they may need in order to attract angels..  Leading web based startups are using angel groups a a way of identifying and e...


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Where do I go for Venture Capital in The United States?

Posted by Marcus Tarrant on Monday, February 7, 2011, In : Venture Capital 
Business Planning must have a purpose.  If you are planning to raise capital, this list of Venture Capital firms and their technology specialities, might help you to get started.
Below is a list of notable Venture capital firms. ...
Name Location Founding date Managing Partners/Directors Current Specialty Capital managed
Accel Partners Palo Alto, CA 1983 Technology
Atlas Venture Waltham, MA 1980 Barry Fidelman Technology and Life Sciences

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Business Planning – why is a good business model critical?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Business Model 

A business model explains to the reader what all the elements of your business are and how they fit together.  The business model, of outlined correctly can also make clear on a single page, what the business does, what its core cost based might be, what its products are and how it can earn revenue from its activity.

Business models are often not well described in business plans.  Many standard business planning templates do not even have a section where the business model can be outlined an...


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Business Planning – how should I handle financials?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Financials 

One of the most important yet challenging components of a business plan is the financial section.  Many first time business planners are overwhelmed by the prospect of converting their business intentions into financial analysis.  For many business plans, this section is often provided by a consultant or financial service provider (eg. Accountant).

Pro-forma financial worksheets are another option.  This option requires a basic level of understanding of financial concepts.  Some times the ac...


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Don’t let words get in the way when preparing your business plan

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010,

Many first time business planners have the following issues in preparing a business plan:

·         Deciding on the document structure that best suits their business and planning requirements

·         Writing an executive summary

·         Waffling about their businesses that obscures the core messages to the reader

·         Understanding where to start with the financials

The core problem with the standard business planning process is that it is open ended.  Even templates don’t...


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What is Hyper Question Based Business Planning?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Hyper-Questions 

After years in senior level consulting positions, and creating hundreds of business plans, we have found the secret to a successful business plan.  The critical business planning secret, is asking the right questions.  As the business founder, you need to be asking the questions that an investor, banker, potential partner, or customer would ask.

Whilst a high grade consultant can assist you by asking these questions, this approach can be quite cost prohibitive for many businesses, with plans...


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The 4 key reasons that people build business plans

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Why Build a Business Plan? 

There are a number of different reasons why people create business plans. Understanding the reason for your plan can help you better target your message.  Whilst all plans are largely similar, the key areas of focus should differ slightly based on the reason for building your business plan.  The business plan should clearly articulate the opportunity represented by your business and the approach you propose will best capitalize on the opportunity.  Investor focused plans should also include a...


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Should I use a consultant to create my business plan?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Business Planning Consultant 

A consultant can help you to better define your business strategy and succinctly outline this in plan.  Whilst you may believe that a consultant led planning process may deliver an improved result, is it worth the cost?

Business Planning Key 1 - How clear is your business strategy?

If you are unclear about how you intend to enter or grow your market, then consulting assistance can help with your planning process.  Sometimes business owners are too close to the issues and a series of careful...


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Should I buy a business plan online?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010,

There are a number of things to consider when either engaging a consultant to build your business plan, or purchasing a business planning template.  A primary reason for looking online for assistance is to reduce the cost associated with the development of a business plan.

Sites such as Elance offer the ability to post your specific business planning requirements online.  Interested consultants then respond to your business plan enquiry, often providing a quotation for business planning serv...


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How can Hyper-Question based business planning reduce planning timeframes?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Hyper-Questions 

Business planning involves more than just writing a lengthy document.  Much of the core value in a business plan is derived from the business strategy, business model and the effective communication of these to the intended target audience.

After consulting on the creation and development of hundreds of business plans, Business Planning HQ has developed a faster approach that the vast majority of businesses can now afford.

A survey of businesses involved in the business planning process rev...


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How can Hyper-Question based business planning improve planning quality?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, November 25, 2010, In : Hyper-Questions 

Not all business plans are created equal. 

After creating hundreds of successful business plans, we have come to understand some of the key elements that determine planning success.

Many first time planners focus on the template or layout of the plan.  Whilst a clear, well presented plan is important, it is not sufficient to raise capital, obtain a loan, or interest partners or collaborators in your business.

The business concept, business model and execution approach are at the heart of...


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About Me


Marcus Tarrant Marcus Tarrant is a leading or management consultant, entrepreneur and thought leader. He has worked for leading consulting firms including Deloitte Consulting, leading major strategy development and business planning initiatives. Business Planning HQ was developed to bring the advantages gained by employing a consultant, without the associated cost. We have developed the “Question Led Approach” to simplify the process of creating a high quality business plan. Our clients agree with our claims that we have reduced their planning times from over 1 week, to less than 4 hours.