The Correct Answer to “How Will You Use My Money?”

Entrepreneurs looking for investor funding often fail to realize that all money comes with strings. For example, if you have watched the Shark Tank TV series, you probably noticed that the Sharks always ask the entrepreneurs for their intended "use of funds."

Both Sides Must Be Fair in a Term Sheet Negotiation

After being an active angel investor for about fifteen years, I realized that many of the discussions I was involved in were virtually identical to ones I'd had many times before.

Congress Turning to Angel Investors to Spur Economic Growth

Congress is looking to encourage more angel investors to put more of their money behind companies as a way to reignite the American economy. Small businesses and startups drive U.S. economic growth, which is why lawmakers are looking into legislation that can support this initiative.

Equity Financing: Great for Rapid Growth Startups

We've spoken of financing a young company through friends and family, known as "inside angels." There are three classes of equity investors for early stage businesses that we have not yet considered. Often grouped into formal organizations, these investors are sophisticated, helpful, and connected.

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.

What’s the Difference Between Angel Investor and VC?

I see this confusion a lot: People use the terms "venture capital," "venture capitalist," and "VC" to apply to any outsider investing in a startup. However, it's really useful to draw some distinctions in this area, between three important classifications: venture capital, angel investors, and anybody else.

3 Things You Need to Have When Raising Money

Each of us has a list of things we look for early on when identifying whether we want to go to the next step in analyzing a plan. Come to think of it, these are good for challenging any business plan.

The “Inciting Incident” and Investors

If you are a screenplay writer, you are familiar with the dogma of the inciting incident. In a movie, the inciting incident is the event at the beginning of the story which causes the hero's life to be completely transformed and irrevocably changed, and which makes the whole story unfold.

How to Find a Venture Capital Firm Aligned with Your Values

You've got the ideas. You've got the plan. You've even got a potential staff. What you don't have is the money. Pairing with a venture capital firm can be promising but precarious.

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.

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