8 Startup Gaps That Will Frustrate Funding Efforts

Too many people still believe the urban myth that you can sketch your idea on a napkin, and people will throw money at you. Fundraising is indeed brutally tough at all stages, and the seed funding is the hardest to find.

Ripple in 2018: Does It Still Have Potential?

Ripple is one of the oldest cryptocurrency networks. Launched in 2012, the ripple coin was once valued at 1000 coins for a dollar. Six...

8 Questions to Help Set Expectations with Investors

One of the big questions that every entrepreneur struggles with is how much funding they should request from investors in the first round.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as "free money," since they are not loans and don't have to be repaid. A grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn't have to give up a stake in the company either. Typically they can be used to fund product development and commercialization that would otherwise require outside investors.

13 Small Business Grants You Need to Know for 2018

Running a small business is a lot like powering a car, and the only way to keep it moving down the road is to...

Lessons From Shark Tank

Shark Tank is an ABC reality TV show that matches startups with high net worth angel investors who will offer to invest in their business company in exchange for a proportional equity stake. The reason why I love this show is that it not only demonstrates the power of the startup...

Don’t Be Fooled by All the Hype for Crowd Funding

The new hot topic for entrepreneurs the last couple of years is crowdfunding, which is anticipated to at least supplement, if not replace, the slow and mysterious process of current Angel and venture capital investors. The problem is that crowdfunding means something different to everyone, and even I have been confused by the different ways the term gets used.

Turn the Table: What’s an Angel Look Like?

Angel investors, particularly those in organized angel groups, are typically former entrepreneurs who have had successful liquidity events in their pasts, or executives of companies who've retired with the funds from their stock options.

6 Mistakes That Kill Kickstarter Campaigns, and How to Avoid Them

Kickstarter is filled with overnight success stories—from Pebble to Ouya—who turned brilliant ideas into millions of dollars and national exposure. It's easy to attribute their success to amazing products, the rise of crowdfunding, and a magic dose of virality.

8 Ways an Investor Pitch Differs from a Product Pitch

When pitching to investors, entrepreneurs always seem to start with a customer pitch, then add a slide or two about the business. In reality,...

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