Seed Capital from Friends and Family

You have a great idea but you need more cash than you have in your account. You don't have a proven track record and potential investors are not giving you a chance. Your options are limited to friends, family and a small local network. You need to sell your idea, but you don't want to over-sell your friends and family.

Service for Equity Formula

Say you are a service provider—consultant, designer, coder—and somebody offers you startup equity in exchange for professional service. I pondered this question after seeing...

6 Guidelines for Proper Responses to Investor Queries

Entrepreneurs looking for investor funding often fail to realize that all money comes with strings. For example, if you have watched the Shark Tank...

Boy! If I Had Only Learned This Before Spending a Million!

Know your market and competition, or don’t spend a dime on anything else. I love absolutes—statements with no wiggle room for gray-area responses. Well, here...

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.

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...

6 Important Questions for Your Potential Investors

There are no "right" answers for any of these questions. It's important that you know what type of relationship you're entering. Your investors are going to be your partners for the long-run.

Both Sides Must Be Fair in a Term Sheet Negotiation

After being an active angel investor for about fifteen years, I realized that many of the discussions I was involved in were virtually identical to ones I'd had many times before.

8 Tips on How Much Money to Ask for from Investors

Startups ask me "How much money should I ask for?" The simple answer is the absolute minimum amount you need to make your plan work.

5 Steps to Due Diligence on Your Potential Investors

Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to...

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