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Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Pursuing Venture Capital Funding

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  • Date Added : 9/28/2006
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Jon Klein

  • Founder and Managing Partner, Topline Strategy Group
  • male
  • Caucasian
  • 1965 (Age: 56 years old)
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Biography

Jonathan Klein is the Founder and Managing Partner of Topline Strategy Group. Prior to founding Topline, Klein was VP of Marketing at Promptu, a venture-backed CRM software company. He also served in senior marketing roles at Documentum and Docent. Klein also worked as a Case Leader in the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group, advising Fortune 500 clients in a range of industries on corporate growth.

Jon Klein holds an MBA from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

So raising funding in the dotcom era, it was certainly easier than it is now but there are certain elements of it, which are very much the same. So the first... so when we were at Promptu, the CEO and I actually were in charge of fund raising and we raised 20 million dollars, the company had 5 mill...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Academic and Professional Background
  • Jon Klein - Interview - Topline Strategy Group
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Video 2 of 43 Jon Klein States Engineering and Business Are Both About Problem Solving
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Video 3 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Different Skill Sets Required For Business and Engineering
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Video 4 of 43 Jon Klein States Sales Experience Is A Critically Important Skill To Understand
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Video 5 of 43 Jon Klein States Importance of Talking To People To Get Career Direction
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Video 6 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Thoughts On How To Best Leverage a University Career Center
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Video 7 of 43 Jon Klein States Importance of Enthusiasm On The Job Interview
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Video 8 of 43 Jon Klein States Importance of Researching Company And Speaking To Network Prior To Job Interview
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Video 9 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Decision To Leave Engineering And Pursue MBA
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Video 10 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Decision Making Process Surrounding MBA Program Choice
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Video 11 of 43 Jon Klein States Grades, GMAT Scores and Convincing Story Led To MBA Program Admission
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Video 12 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Value of Working Prior To Getting MBA
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Video 13 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Different Roles Within A Consulting Firm
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Video 14 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Consulting Firms With Unstructured Problem Solving Styles
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Video 15 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Similarities and Differences In Being a Consultant or an Entrepreneur
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Video 16 of 43 Jon Klein States Startup Companies Must Be Focused on Success
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Video 17 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Importance of Developing a Value Proposition
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Video 18 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Pursuing Venture Capital Funding
  • Jon Klein - Interview - Topline Strategy Group
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Video 19 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Lessons Learned in Pitching to Venture Capitalists
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Video 20 of 43 Jon Klein Provides Definition of Web 2.0
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Video 21 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses How Venture Capital Firms Evaluate Companies Seeking Funding
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Video 22 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Decision To Start Own Company
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Video 23 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Entrepreneurship and Coming From an Entrepreneurial Family
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Video 24 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Importance of Cash Flow From Business and Personal Perspectives
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Video 25 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Topline Strategy Group's Founding Vision
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Video 26 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Decision To Keep Company Small And Stay Hands-On
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Video 27 of 43 Jon Klein States Important Jobs Aren't Always About Managing Huge Teams of People
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Video 28 of 43 Jon Klein States Importance of Handling Consulting Engagements In Smaller Pieces
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Video 29 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Delivering Bad News As A Consultant
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Video 30 of 43 Jon Klein States Importance of Defining Consulting Arrangement To Avoid Scope Creep
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Video 31 of 43 Jon Klein Expresses Importance of Getting Senior Management Buy-In When Consulting
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Video 32 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Continuum Of Technology Adoption Models
  • Jon Klein - Interview - Topline Strategy Group
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Video 33 of 43 Jon Klein Defines Concept of Balance Point
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Video 34 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Challenges of Getting Customers To Adopt New Products Even If They Are Free
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Video 35 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Determining Pricing
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Video 36 of 43 Jon Klein Discusses Challenge In Turning A Good Product Into A Good Company
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Video 37 of 43 Jon Klein Provides Definition Of Acute Pain Point
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Video 38 of 43 Jon Klein States Focus For Technology Companies Needs To Stay On Revenue And Not Adoption
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Video 39 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Low Cost Sales Channels
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Video 40 of 43 Jon Klein Defines Concept of Guerilla Marketing
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Video 41 of 43 Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Weblogs or Blogs
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Video 42 of 43 Jon Klein States Owning Own Company Provides Flexibility Needed For Maintaining Work-Life Balance
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Video 43 of 43 Jon Klein States Having Work Life Balance Sometimes Means Walking Away From Business Opportunities
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Jon Klein Shares Thoughts on Pursuing Venture Capital Funding
  • Jon Klein - Interview - Topline Strategy Group
  • 9/28/2006
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