The Accelerated Entrepreneur – Wine

While I majored in history at Virginia Tech, I minored in geology and discovered a particular love for the word “adamantine,” associating it with the hard luster of the wine-red garnet.

Eclipse Winery, Riner, Virginia
Rows of cabernet franc grapes at Eclipse Winery,
a start-up venture in Riner, Virginia,
and a client of Handshake 2.0

“Adamantine” describes a transformation that has occurred in my entrepreneurial thinking as a result of the inaugural VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit and the potential of seeking outside investment for my start-up corporation.

While I have described my unfunded sour grapes, a relentless willingness to put it out there, and strictness with the vision, “strictness” is no longer an adequate term to describe my vision.

Adamantine.  Sharp and hard enough to be faceted.  Wine red.

To have a chance to be one of five companies to pitch to angel investors at the afternoon session of the Summit, I had to first apply via Angelsoft.

Angelsoft’s online application asks very specific, very straightforward questions about a company’s business model.  When I go on and on while answering a question, it’s often because I’m uncertain about the answer.  There’s no going on and on with Angelsoft.  Each answer field is limited to a certain number of characters.  

With each application question, I questioned my company, my business model, and my ability to lead a start-up now, and a mature venture later.

I found myself feeling not only called to be brief, but to be committed, to speak with the courage of my convictions.

The harder it got, the harder I got.

I discovered my initial passion for my idea evolving into a deeper understanding and a powerful regard for what my company already is and what it can become.

A wine-red toast, then, to an adamantine vision for Handshake 2.0, an enterprise of Handshake Media, Incorporated, an undaunted member company of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks.

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