Veteran startup mentor, executive, blogger, author, tech professional, and Angel investor.
Martin Zwilling is the founder and CEO of
Startup Professionals, a company that provides products and services to startup founders and small business owners. The author of Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? and Attracting an Angel, he writes a daily blog for entrepreneurs and dispenses advice on the subject of startups.
You need to seek an amount that is just right, based on your real needs, and consistent with the capabilities and interests of the investors you are addressing.
For maximum value with the least effort, focus on only the "what ifs" that are the highest priority in your mind for your own startup.
The crowdfunding term is used to encompass so many different concepts that everyone is confused.
Once your business has some attraction, it's time to tell the angels what they need to hear to get you to the next level.
Building a product may be the easy part of a startup. Don't forgot about the other, equally important half of the equation.
One of the quickest ways to kill your credibility and your startup is to offer a poorly written business plan, or none at all.
Here are six considerations of when to sign an agreement with investors or other interested parties.
This mysterious and dreaded process can kill the whole deal.
A successful entrepreneur must be accountable for all commitments, and manage expectations to make this possible.
You need these projections to set internal goals and milestones, and to measure your progress toward reasonable success objectives.
A new class of investor with the agility and vision that VCs seem to have lost are investing in hundreds of promising young companies.
It takes effort and a special focus to lessen the burden and avoid the loneliness of being a founder or top executive.
It's time to take a hard look in the mirror to see how many of these already show in your persona, and which need a bit more of your focus and learning.
Investors are people, and people are attracted to those that exude confidence and competence.
As a leader, you want these go-getters on your team. As an employee, you should aspire to be like them.
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