9 Rules of Investing for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, your personal finances can oftentimes affect your ability to invest and grow your venture, especially if new growth opportunities are capital...

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...

Quick Quiz: What Do Investors Cite as the Common Cause of Failures?

What do venture capitalists and angel investors cite as the common cause of the failures in their portfolios? That's a great question, which somebody posed in Quora. And as I write this post, it has several really interesting answers.
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Premature Scaling Kills Businesses

Venture capitalists sometimes make an error in directing their portfolio company CEOs to push resources to the limit and scale the business to immense size quickly, all to seize market share.

Angels and VCs: Don’t Be Greedy Even if You Can

Sometimes the end game or sale of the company is not a happy event for the early investors, including the entrepreneur or the founders. Especially...

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...

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...

10 Reasons Angel Investors Don’t Like Your Plan

Once again, for the eighth year in a row, I’m involved as an angel investor with the Willamette Angel Conference and screening investments. We’ll announce...

6 Places to Find the Right Investor for Your Startup

One of the biggest myths I have found in the entrepreneur community is that every startup needs one or more outside investors for credibility...

8 Key Focus Elements Will Attract Startup Investors

One of the most common failures I see in startups is lack of focus. Unfocused entrepreneurs boast that their new technology will generate multiple disruptive products for consumers as well as enterprises around the world. Investors hear this as trying to do too many things with limited resources, meaning the startup will not shine at anything, and will not survive the competition.

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