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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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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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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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Crowdfunding Update: What you Need to Know Today to Raise Equity from the Crowd

If you’re looking to raise money for your business or startup, you should start getting ready now to offer stock to the general public under the new law called Jumpstart our Business Startups, or JOBS Act. Title III of the JOBS Act allows private businesses — even startups — to raise money from […]

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When You Swim With Sharks, Take Your Calculator

You ought to have your calculator handy when you watch ABC’s Shark Tank, the TV show where wealthy angel investors make on-the-spot investments into small businesses. Recently a middle-aged business owner was offered 3 deals in rapid succession.  For me, this was a simple math problem: Which offer gave the […]

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Negotiating with Angels: When to Rescue a Funding Deal – and When to Walk Away

You’ve been carefully nurturing an equity investor and now he’s threatening to walk away from the deal. Despite an endless number of presentations, term sheets, meetings with partners and expensive legal documents, it looks like the negotiation is going to unravel.  And that could unravel your business too. What’s an […]

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3.5 Places Where Angel Investors Hide

You’ve probably heard stories of Angel Investors swooping in to help fund a company.  In today’s tight financial environment, it almost sounds like an urban myth.  But wealthy individuals who invest in private companies do exist.  And they are more plentiful than you might imagine.  You might already know several. […]

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