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.

Could You Answer These Tough Investor Questions?

In my years of investing, I've developed a set of tough questions that are sure to elicit both information and a vibrant dialog—questions not on the usual checklists of angel groups or investors.

4 Strategies to Attract Investors to a Small Business

By getting others to back a small business financially, the company will have a much better chance of being prosperous over the long haul. The good news is that there are several options aspiring entrepreneurs and established small business owners can use to attract others to a company for the purpose of helping to fund it.

Stay in Touch with Your Investors

Investors as a group have a common gripe—almost universal. Information flows from the company irregularly, in fact most often when the company is urgently in need of more money.

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.

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...

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 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.

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.

What are the Normal Steps for Angel Investment?

Question: What are the normal steps for angel investment? What’s involved in submitting a business plan? I decided to answer this question here because I see...

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