How to Match Your Startup Stage to Investor Interest

Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Luckily, not all investors are...

Elevator Speech Part 1: The Market Story

Can you describe your business in 60 seconds? In grad-level venture contests, and in startup groups and the startup eco-system, they call it “the...

10 Good Reasons Not to Seek Investors for Your Startup

Sure, maybe you need the money. Maybe that’s what your business plan says. But seriously: Do you really want to have investors involved in...

Is Crowdfunding Still a Good Way to Gain Investment?

The rise of crowdfunding was an abrupt and noisy one. The major platforms that allow people to invest small amounts in speculative projects, the...

Angel Investment vs. Bootstrap: Startup Sweet Spot

Successful angel investment is a win-win for both sides, the startup founders and the investors. And I mean win-win right at the beginning, at...

10 Things Angel Investors Ask About Startups

Recently the angel investment group I’m a member of (Willamette Angel Conference) finished our eighth year of choosing a startup to invest in. Our investment...

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...

4 Major Benefits (and 3 Drawbacks) to Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is here to stay. Absolutely every regulator in the world is now trying to get in on the crowdfunding game, especially since the JOBS...

How to Get a Small Business Startup Loan the Easy Way

There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes like this: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is...

Bootstrapping is Much More Fun Than Investors

If you really want to start a business your way without a boss or professional investor hovering over you, then just fund it yourself...

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