Posts Tagged Startup

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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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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Is 30 “Too Young” to Start a Business?

Mark Zuckerberg

A Harvard Business Review article (and podcast) called “The High Intensity Entrepreneur” makes this shocking claim: “To be successful, entrepreneurs should wait until they are in their 30’s before launching a business.” I almost dropped my iPod when I heard this. The article actually quotes a study that says most […]

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Missing My Mentor: Bill Manby (1942-2013)

I was privileged to have had Bill Manby as a business partner and mentor during the heady days of the Dot-Com Boom (and bust!) in Silicon Valley. I don’t know how we met — California’s Monterey peninsula was a small place — but it quickly became clear that we made a […]

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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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Retirement is Dead: Retire in Entrepreneurial Style by Building Wealth Instead of Savings

I’ve accepted it: Retirement is dead. Anyone still working today might never be able to retire. So why are we all putting money into retirement savings accounts?  Between IRAs, ROTHs, 401(k)s, SIMPLEs, SEPs and SOLOs, there’s no shortage of ways to save for a day that may never arrive.  And […]

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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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