Steve Wagh is a business advisor and guest speaker. With over 30
years experience in the high-tech industry, Steve offers his
leadership and advice to many startup companies in the Central
Texas area. He began his career with IBM and for 14 years worked
in software development, microcomputer sales, PC marketing
strategy and product planning.
In 1984, Steve co-founded Brown-Wagh Publishing. Located in Los
Gatos, California, Brown-Wagh Publishing introduced and marketed
over 100 leading-edge software and hardware products through
retail outlets and OEM channels worldwide.
Major hits included PrintMastertm, which
became a perennial leader in the low-end desktop publishingu
market, and Sound Blastertm, which became the
breakout product for multimedia applications. Profitable each
month for 96 consecutive months, Brown-Wagh Publishing was able
to earn annual revenues exceeding $80 million with only 16
Conservative, cautious, and having an eye for excellence, Steve
practices what he preaches; handling problems with directness
and efficiency. His own career provides evidence of the
principles he elucidates in his book, The CEO Handbook.
For those companies determined to "get it right the first time,"
Steve provides a service called Power Pitch; a fee-based
service that helps people turn their business presentations from
"ordeals" into "deals". His clients are typically startups
looking for investment money--like all the ones that need to
make a pitch to the Texas Capital Network, Texas Angel
Investors, VC's or individual investors. Other clients need
presentations for critical sales calls or trade shows.
Steve says, "Inexperienced CEO's don't realize that they usually
have one shot at the audience, and it had better be their best
shot. I've seen so many ineffective presentations - lost
opportunities - that it makes me sick."
He spends approximately 2 hours with a client reviewing their
original PowerPoint pitch and suggesting changes to the content,
format and presentation technique. He then spends another hour
in fine-tuning their dress rehearsal. His fee is $175/hour;
about $500-600 for the finished pitch.
"If they work with me and put forth the effort, I'm sure they'll
make a Power Pitch."
Steve will also "red-line" business write-ups for the same fee.
If a startup has ineffective Executive Summaries, they'll never
get in the front door to make the Power Pitch.
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Austin, Texas 78755
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