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...

Size Up Your Investors Before Accepting Their Money

Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors.

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.

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...

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.

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,...

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...

Where to Find the Most Angels to Fund Your Startup

Angels invest in people, more often than they invest in ideas. That means they need to know you, or someone they trust who does know you.

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.

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.

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