Posts Tagged Angel Investor

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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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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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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Business Plan Wizard: How to Write your Future on One Page

One Page Business plan for a 700 age book!

When you’re excited about a new venture, stopping to write a business plan is a drag. When it starts to feel like a burden, many of us quit. Either we venture on without a plan (to certain doom) or we decide not to pursue the new idea at all.

JK Rowling planned her 700-page Harry potter novel on one page of notebook paper; entrepreneurs can do the same with a business plan. So before you write a 30 or 40 page business plan that describes every aspect of a new venture, write one page.

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Shark Tank Exposed: ABC’s ‘Shark Investors’ are Unrealistic and Dangerous

Sadly, ABC’s “Shark Tank” is giving private equity investing a bad name. The “Sharks” are not the wise old investors they appear to be, but truly dangerous “Loan Sharks” that are out to eat entrepreneurs alive.

Comparing real-world Angel Investors to the show’s Sharks is, well, like comparing fish to fowl. Real Angel Investors are in it for the long-haul. They want to give an entrepreneur cash to grow the companies — and they stick around until the business is large enough to sell. The Sharks, however, are looking for short-term gains that threaten to ruin the very businesses they invest in. Here’s a prime example of one deal that could do more harm than good….

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Who Is an Accredited Investor? General Advertising in Private Offerings of Securities Brings New Challenges

Any private company can now advertise its stock for sale… via the internet, TV, text messages, Twitter, newspapers, magazines, Facebook, email, LinkedIn, etc. Fundraising now depends on how you present and promote your business plan to potential investors — even strangers. However, with easier access to capital comes increased risk on the Issuer to verify the status of Accredited Investors…

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Don’t Be Shark Bait: Tell an Investor What Your Company is Worth Now… and Later!

The ABC reality TV show “Shark Tank” is incredible.  Each week, contestants are offered millions of dollars for a piece of their company.  They have about 30 seconds to say yes or no.  It looks simple, doesn’t it? Behind the scenes, it is anything but simple — and the business […]

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