Michelle Goodman

Michelle Goodman

Michelle Goodman is a Seattle-based freelance journalist and author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide.

This Startup Will Give You a Loan -- But There's a Twist
Fundraising

This Startup Will Give You a Loan -- But There's a Twist

Able, the brainchild of two Harvard MBAs, requires borrowers to raise the first quarter of their loan amount from friends and family.
Need a Loan? Let's Look at Your LinkedIn Profile First.
Young Entrepreneurs

Need a Loan? Let's Look at Your LinkedIn Profile First.

The startup Earnest, which has $15 million in financing from big-name investors, has an alternative way of determining who qualifies for a personal loan.
3 Steps for Turning Customers Into Investors
Investors

3 Steps for Turning Customers Into Investors

Can't get a bank loan? Customers and community members can be your best investors. Here's how to make that happen.
Starting a Business? When to Scrimp vs. Splurge.
Budgeting

Starting a Business? When to Scrimp vs. Splurge.

When you're launching a business on your own, you need to spend wisely.
Our Progress Report on the JOBS Act
Startup Financing

Our Progress Report on the JOBS Act

Two years after President Obama signed the act into law, we lay out the good and the bad.
7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Exhibiting at a Trade Show
Trade Shows

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Exhibiting at a Trade Show

Do it right, and a trade show can lead to more funding, new customers and lots of buzz.
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These Two Innovative Diagnostic Devices Just Scored Big Funding
Innovation

These Two Innovative Diagnostic Devices Just Scored Big Funding

One is for early detection of ovarian cancer, the other is a microendoscope that gynecologists can use in their exam rooms. Both aim to make a difference in patients' lives.
How to Get Former Employers and Co-Workers to Invest in Your Startup
Investors

How to Get Former Employers and Co-Workers to Invest in Your Startup

Three tips to keep in mind when asking people who once managed or worked with you for money.
4 Ways to Dominate a Pitch Competition
Pitch contests

4 Ways to Dominate a Pitch Competition

Win or lose, entering a contest can be a good way to meet investors. But let's be honest -- it's better to win.
3 Ways for Women to Close the VC Gender Gap
Venture Capital

3 Ways for Women to Close the VC Gender Gap

Only 7 percent of U.S. venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. Let's change that statistic.
Is Your Business Eligible for a Government Grant?
Finance

Is Your Business Eligible for a Government Grant?

It just might be. Here's how to win one at a local, state or federal level.
Disposable Phone Numbers Are So Hot Right Now
Finance

Disposable Phone Numbers Are So Hot Right Now

The venture capital money came pouring in for Burner, a mobile app that doles out disposable phone numbers for calling and texting.
When to Say No to Venture Capital
Finance

When to Say No to Venture Capital

Instead of seeking financing, Ryan Smith spent four years bootstrapping to get his company off the ground. Here's why.
Thinking of Crowdfunding? This Review Site Helps You Choose Wisely
Finance

Thinking of Crowdfunding? This Review Site Helps You Choose Wisely

With hundreds of crowdfunding platforms online, it's hard to know which to choose. CrowdsUnite aims to cut through the confusion by providing a comprehensive review site of all the available options.
A Chain of Brain-Fitness Stores Gets Big-Time Funding
Finance

A Chain of Brain-Fitness Stores Gets Big-Time Funding

After a false start, Lindsay Gaskin tweaked her business model and gained the attention of major investors.