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,...

What NOT to Do When Pitching Investors: Lessons from Shark Tank

Are you an entrepreneur looking for investors? If you are, good luck. We don’t mean to sound cynical, but finding investors is a tough...

Elevator Speech Part 3: What You Offer

So you’re rounding the corner now on the elevator speech, which I say is something all business owners should be able to do. You’ve...

Are You Getting Your Fair Share of Startup Equity?

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two....

Avoid These 3 Risks When Seeking Investors

Becoming a small business owner is a stressful prospect. Even the most experienced in their field struggle when they go from being under the...

Looking for Investment? Understand Startup Valuation

How much equity do I have to give to angel investors? If you’re a startup founder looking for angel investment, you need to understand...

10 Things Angel Investors Ask About Startups

Recently the angel investment group I’m a member of (Willamette Angel Conference) finished our eighth year of choosing a startup to invest in. Our investment...

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