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How to Write an Executive Summary

A couple of days ago, I posted a blog entitled 5 Easy Steps to a Great Business Plan and some of you were kind enough to email me with some kind words about it. It seems there are many others out there who agree that writing a focused, crisp Executive Summary before you write the rest of your plan is smart thinking.

In the example I provided in my last post, I offered up a premise based on a fictional business as an illustration of the importance of writing a tight Executive Summary. Today, I decided to go a step further and automate the process of writing an executive summary, using that example as a starting point.

You can find the tool I created - I'm calling it the Executive Summary Generator - in the Free Tools section of the DealHorizon.com store or by clicking on this link. Yes, it's a free tool. It uses the same five questions I articulated in my 5 Easy Steps to a Great Business Plan blog the other day to assist in creating a tight, focused Exec Sum.

The output can be easily copied into Word, or whatever other format you're using. Please take a peek at the tool and let me know what you think - and if you like it, please click the "Share" button on the AddThis widget at the top of the Executive Summary Generator page and spread the word.

Sharp John Sharp

John is a Partner at Hatcher Plus, the leading data-driven venture capital investment firm. John has extensive commercial experience at the senior management level, having been the Chief Executive Officer of Authentium, Inc. the Managing Director, Asia, of WorldSpace, and CEO of Hatcher, the precursor company to Hatcher+. A tenacious and driven executive with longstanding board-level and C-suite level management experience within high-growth companies, John also brings a strong history of capital raising from an extensive network of investors globally. As Chairman and CEO of cybersecurity pioneer Authentium (acquired by CYREN in 2010), John co-authored three US patents and developed and sold cybersecurity solutions to some the largest organizations in the world, including the US Department of Commerce, NASA, AOL, British Telecom, Comcast, Cox Communications, Google, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, and Telstra. As CTO at Hatcher+, DocDoc, Heardable, and ThoughtRiver, John has designed and developed several highly-innovative technology platforms using cutting-edge approaches to data processing, user interface design, and workflow optimization. John is a frequent blogger and an in-demand speaker at venture events globally, and has extensive experience implementing ESG solutions as Chairman and/or board member of numerous start-ups, including director roles at trade finance provider ASYX and payment aggregator Mozido, and roles as Chairman of MENA-based financial services pioneer Telr, and the leading Cambridge-based legal services technology company, ThoughtRiver.