Searching for Stephs: Identifying the Greats in Early-Stage Startups

At my investment firm, we look for “Stephs” — as in NBA player Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. Why? He’s the underdog...

3 Ways Online Trading Can Be a Viable Source of Income

Apart from an expected surge of optimism in Scotland, business confidence in the UK has declined over the course of 2017's first quarter. This...

Angel Investment Red Flags

Last week at an angel investment meeting one of our group members asked whether anybody had a list of red flag problems that would...

7 Work Ethic Elements Will Get You Investor Funding

Starting and running a business is hard. Don’t believe the old myth that with a few hours of work a day and a great...

Avoid the Race to Zero

When do you sell your company? Obviously we all want to sell at the top. And there is the problem. How do you know...

13 Red Flags to Avoid in Your Investor Funding Pitch

After listening to hundreds of startup pitches, and reading even more business plans, most new venture investors develop their own favorite list of “red...

Startup Stock Options as Fool’s Gold

Terry had a good job with an established software company but left to join a startup. Why? “Because they’re giving me startup stock options.” Too bad. Two...

Finding Dumb Investors is a Dumb Idea

Are you looking for dumb investors? “How can I find investors who don’t take much equity?” “How can I find investors who don’t interfere with my...

Don’t Get Fooled by These Legitimate Investor Tricks

A few weeks ago Rus Yusupov, founder of Vine, found out that after a $30 million dollar sale in 2012, Twitter was shutting down...

After 20 Years: Updating the Berkus Method of Valuation

Well, it had to happen.  Originally created in the mid 1990’s to help with the imprecise problem of how to value early stage companies,...

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