Money: Code Red

My search for serious money took me to the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, where the first Tuesday of every month three entrepreneurs pitched a panel of investors.

Everybody here, including Nobel laureates, was in a state of Code Red when it came to money. There was blood in the water and sharks in the audience and the investor panel spared no egos as they tore apart business plans, technology, burn rates and especially, presenters’ attire. I was scared just sitting in the audience.

I was scared just sitting in the audience

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Smart Money

There were at least a hundred spectators in the crowded room, all focused on a panel before them made up of three investors, one of them the most buttoned-down, formidable-looking Master of the Universe I had ever seen in my life whom I called Smart Money.

The presentations were over and I dashed up to the front and made my pitch to Smart Money. It wouldn’t be long before we were talking regularly.

About Kim Lavine

All great journeys begin on the strength of just one individual and their dream." Kim Lavine

The historic journey of THE NEXT BIG DREAM began with critically-acclaimed, bestselling business author, Kim Lavine, who's mission to empower people to follow their dreams, inspiring them with hope, honesty and faith, touches millions around the world through her appearances on The Today Show, Rachel Ray, Good Morning America, NBC & ABC news, CNN, CNBC, FOX, NPR, Oprah & Friends Radio Network, and features in USA Today, Country Living, Guideposts, Inc, Business Week, Entrepreneur, and Forbes, to name a few. Read more...