Posts Tagged Fundraising

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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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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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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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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