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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.

10 Ways to Make Your Investor Pitch More Effective

The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes.

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.

6 Crucial Steps to Take Before You Seek Investors for Your Business

Investor support is one of the most pivotal aspects for small businesses. When you are looking to make it big as an entrepreneur your...

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...

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...

5 Steps to a Compelling Story for Business Proposals

If you are proposing a merger or acquisition, or simply seeking an investor for your business, the process is the same. You have to...

10 Ways to Attract the Right Kind of Investors

When you're initially starting up your company, any investment can feel like a welcome investment. The reality is that not all money is created equal. There are investors you want to attract and others you don't.

Why Bother with a Board of Directors?

No matter what your size, if you intend to grow your business into more than just a lifestyle workplace, you should create a board of directors. If you take money from knowledgeable investors, you will be required to create a board as a part of the investment process.

Equity Financing: Great for Rapid Growth Startups

We've spoken of financing a young company through friends and family, known as "inside angels." There are three classes of equity investors for early stage businesses that we have not yet considered. Often grouped into formal organizations, these investors are sophisticated, helpful, and connected.

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