Archive for the Raising Capital Category

Skip the Bank: Where to Find a Business Loan when Banks say “No!”

Banks don’t really “get it” do they? You stride into a bank with all the confidence in the world… and you slink away because they just don’t want to put their money into your business.

That’s no reason to give up. There are at least 4 other major sources of business capital available to you. Check out these 4 places you’ll find hidden capital to help you grow your business:

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Raising Venture Capital: Big Headlines Hide the Ugly Truth

Raising VC Money is Not As Easy As the Headlines Make it Seem

Dataminr, Inc. is celebrating a new $130 million investment from leading angels and VC… on top of $50 million raised since opening their doors in 2009. The latest investment values the company north of $700 million.

Do headlines like that leave you Dazzled? Jealous? Do they make you think that raising venture capital is the easy, fast and sexy? Think again. Behind the headlines are 4 tough truths about raising venture capital and private equity.

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Why Mergers Fail: The CFO Role can Make or Break an M&A Deal

83 percent of mergers have failed to result in increased shareholder value… but a successful merger does not have to be elusive. CFOs that focus on pre-close planning, organizational culture integration, and post-close execution can achieve improved shareholder value from a successful deal. Read more about how to think about — and execute — a great M&A strategy. Get your CFO into the mergers and acquisitions game!

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5 Terms You Need to Know Before Selling Stock to Angels… or Sharks

If you’re hoping to sell stock to Angel Investors (or Sharks!), be sure you know the law. The JOBS Act has shifted the landscape a bit, but there are basics that still apply. Here’s a quick primer on the 5 key concepts you should know before moving forward with any equity investor or stock sale.

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Top 5 Pet Peeves of Venture Capitalists

Ed Goodman has invested in over 100 companies including Apple Computer and Staples office supply stores. He shared with me the five worst rookie mistakes that entrepreneurs make when pitching to venture funds. See if you recognize yourself in any of these:

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Bridge Loans: How Friends Can Get You Cash When Investors Can’t

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Whether your business is growing rapidly or just getting started, you need cash.  But negotiating with investors or VC can take a long time – time you don’t have. Most entrepreneurs report that investors take 6 months or more to write a check. You need cash NOW… not months from now when investors […]

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Crowdfunding Rules: Compare your Options for Equity and Fundraising

Crowdfunding Now Means Selling Stock Online

Think “Crowdfunding” and you might think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Both are good sites, but soon new crowdfunding rules will unlock powerful new options for fundraising online. Yes, Kickstarter and other pre-sale sites have funneled over $1 billion to start-up projects since 2009, but serious angel investors and VC were […]

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Alternatives to the IPO: Public Market Liquidity for the Small Business

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Let’s face it, an Initial Public Offering (IPO) is not in your future.  I’m not trying to be mean, just realistic: an IPO will never be a fit for 99% of companies. Selling stock to the general public is just too complicated, too expensive and relies too much on rapid […]

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