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Starting and running a business is hard. Don’t believe the old myth that with a few hours of work a day and a great...

Avoid the Race to Zero

When do you sell your company? Obviously we all want to sell at the top. And there is the problem. How do you know...

13 Red Flags to Avoid in Your Investor Funding Pitch

After listening to hundreds of startup pitches, and reading even more business plans, most new venture investors develop their own favorite list of “red...

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...

Finding Dumb Investors is a Dumb Idea

Are you looking for dumb investors? “How can I find investors who don’t take much equity?” “How can I find investors who don’t interfere with my...

Don’t Get Fooled by These Legitimate Investor Tricks

A few weeks ago Rus Yusupov, founder of Vine, found out that after a $30 million dollar sale in 2012, Twitter was shutting down...

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,...

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...

Elevator Speech Part 3: What You Offer

So you’re rounding the corner now on the elevator speech, which I say is something all business owners should be able to do. You’ve...

Are You Getting Your Fair Share of Startup Equity?

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two....

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