Posts Tagged Venture Capital

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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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

Bridge Loan

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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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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