"When group members take a turn talking about their own companies they must pose one to three issues on which to get comments from other forum members. Sometimes people will try out upcoming presentations they must give to financiers or others.
In one case, forum members made someone throw out a presentation set for a meeting with venture capitalists. "They stopped him and really constructed a whole new strategy for him," Carlson said. In the end, the executive realized he didn't have to go the venture capital route to get the money he needed. "That's a pretty impressive conclusion to come out of a meeting with," Carlson said."