Shortcuts to Entrepreneur Funding Are Usually Scams

Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. One would think that with all the sad stories and tools published over the past twenty years, this problem would be behind us.

The Benefits of Crowdfunding

When you have a small business, it can be tough to raise the money you need to launch, expand, or promote your company. That's one reason a lot of smart small business owners today are turning to the newest fundraising technique—crowdfunding.

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.

Hacking Shark Investors: The Ultimate Pitch Guide

What’s the difference between a shark and any other fish in the sea?  Ever think about that? Sharks come in all sizes and shapes with...

Do Investors Back First-Time Entrepreneurs?

Investors do indeed back first-time entrepreneurs, but it's clearly their second choice. Most investors prefer to find an entrepreneur who has a proven track record—at least one successful venture—and then bet that the success can be repeated. Their mantra is: "We back the jockey, not the horse."

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.

3 Flexible Funding Options for Small Businesses

One of the most significant challenges any startup or small business faces in its early phases is gaining the necessary funding to allow it...

9 Rules of Investing for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, your personal finances can oftentimes affect your ability to invest and grow your venture, especially if new growth opportunities are capital...

Startup Stock Options as Fool’s Gold

Terry had a good job with an established software company but left to join a startup. Why? “Because they’re giving me startup stock options.” Too bad. Two...

How Do I Make a Good Pitch Deck for Investors?

Don't confuse the two: A pitch to be read must be very different from a pitch that supports a live presentation with you talking. Different media, different styles.

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