What NOT to Do When Pitching Investors: Lessons from Shark Tank

Are you an entrepreneur looking for investors? If you are, good luck. We don’t mean to sound cynical, but finding investors is a tough...

6 Places to Find the Right Investor for Your Startup

One of the biggest myths I have found in the entrepreneur community is that every startup needs one or more outside investors for credibility...

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.

8 Ways an Investor Pitch Differs from a Product Pitch

When pitching to investors, entrepreneurs always seem to start with a customer pitch, then add a slide or two about the business. In reality,...

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.

Learn from the 5 Core Principles of Angel Investors

If your startup is looking for an Angel investor, does it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of Angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up? In reality, hitting large numbers of Angels in multiple locations with a generic pitch is one of the least productive approaches.

Investors Consider These 7 Elements to Be High Risk

If you aren't willing to take some risk as an entrepreneur, then don't expect any gain. Yet everyone has limits, and every investor implicitly has similar limits on what makes a startup investable, or one to avoid at all costs. If you need investors, it's important that you understand their filters, and even if you are funding your own efforts, you need to recognize the red flags.

Lessons From Shark Tank

Shark Tank is an ABC reality TV show that matches startups with high net worth angel investors who will offer to invest in their business company in exchange for a proportional equity stake. The reason why I love this show is that it not only demonstrates the power of the startup...

Looking for Investment? Understand Startup Valuation

How much equity do I have to give to angel investors? If you’re a startup founder looking for angel investment, you need to understand...

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."

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