Entrepreneur: Latest from Sam Hogg http://www.entrepreneur.com The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur.com. en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:30:00 GMT Getting Money From an Angel Investor Doesn't Mean His or Her VC Firm Will Invest in Your Company In fact, it may indicate the opposite. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:30:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234950 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234950 In fact, it may indicate the opposite. Secure That First Investor, and the Rest Will Come Venture capital's dirty little secret: investors don't like going it alone. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234007 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234007 Venture capital's dirty little secret: investors don't like going it alone. Why Today's Bullish Economy Is Bad for VCs, But Good for You A stable economy means less competition for scoring investment. Thu, 08 May 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233165 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/233165 A stable economy means less competition for scoring investment. Considering VC for Your Business? Here's What You Need to Know. Three questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you should take an investment from a company. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231396 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231396 Three questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you should take an investment from a company. More Money, More Problems: The Down Side of a Mega Valuation The bragging rights may be tempting, but achieving a jaw-dropping valuation for your company can cause problems down the line. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230831 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230831 The bragging rights may be tempting, but achieving a jaw-dropping valuation for your company can cause problems down the line. Why So Many Startups Never Reach Their Second Funding Round Seed funding often gives a company more opportunities to fail, not succeed. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229746 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229746 Seed funding often gives a company more opportunities to fail, not succeed. Why Updated VC Models Are a Win for Entrepreneurs Good companies are always desirable, but the level of demand right now is unprecedented. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230205 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230205 Good companies are always desirable, but the level of demand right now is unprecedented. The Case for an Early Buyout Being acquired by a bigger company early in your venture's life cycle can be a sweet deal in its own right. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227382 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227382 Being acquired by a bigger company early in your venture's life cycle can be a sweet deal in its own right. Why Venture Capitalists Don't Care About Your Pitch Ideas are really the easy part of a startup; what VC's are increasingly looking for is the ability to execute. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:30:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229394 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229394 Ideas are really the easy part of a startup; what VC's are increasingly looking for is the ability to execute. 3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarteners Don't over-think it: Embrace your inner 5-year-old and go with your gut. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228326 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/228326 Don't over-think it: Embrace your inner 5-year-old and go with your gut. Why So Many VC Firms Invest in the Same Companies How to understand venture capital's herd mentality. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227144 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227144 How to understand venture capital's herd mentality. Zombie VC Firms Can Be an Entrepreneur's Nightmare Entrepreneurs, beware: When a VC firm shuts down, the obligation to deliver a return on the investment rarely goes away. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227925 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227925 Entrepreneurs, beware: When a VC firm shuts down, the obligation to deliver a return on the investment rarely goes away. Why VCs Often Turn Away Promising Investments If you are rejected, don't automatically assume it's your business plan that's the issue. It could be the firm's approach to its fund's investment cycle. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226127 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226127 If you are rejected, don't automatically assume it's your business plan that's the issue. It could be the firm's approach to its fund's investment cycle. JOBS Act Legislation Opens Up Crowdfunding Under the new legislation, the typically small round of capital that flies under the regulatory radar for most startups has been expanded to $1 million a year. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224003 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224003 Under the new legislation, the typically small round of capital that flies under the regulatory radar for most startups has been expanded to $1 million a year. The Truth About Getting Funded VC funding isn't the end of the entrepreneurial journey, it's the beginning of a new trip -- here's how to navigate it. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 04:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224230 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224230 VC funding isn't the end of the entrepreneurial journey, it's the beginning of a new trip -- here's how to navigate it. 3 Reasons to Skip the Business Plan Starting a business is like a prizefight, you can project a path but the road is still full of surprise punches. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 03:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223837 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223837 Starting a business is like a prizefight, you can project a path but the road is still full of surprise punches. 'J Curve' and Other Buzzwords Investors Don't Want to Hear Don't hide behind jargon. Seasoned investors know B.S. when they hear it. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223647 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223647 Don't hide behind jargon. Seasoned investors know B.S. when they hear it. What Investors Really Want to Hear in Your Pitch A good concept is one thing, but investors are more likely to consider these three criteria -- and they can make or break your pitch Sat, 19 May 2012 15:10:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223438 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223438 A good concept is one thing, but investors are more likely to consider these three criteria -- and they can make or break your pitch Three Tips for Calculating Your Company's Cash 'Runway' Knowing how long your business can run on red is a crucial measure of its potential for success. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223135 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223135 Knowing how long your business can run on red is a crucial measure of its potential for success. Three Questions to Ask Potential Acquirers Being well-informed about potential acquirers doesn't require a crystal ball, but it can help fund your future. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222807 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222807 Being well-informed about potential acquirers doesn't require a crystal ball, but it can help fund your future. Do Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck -- Or Not? Some entrepreneurs find themselves in the right place at the right time. In business, as in anything, some people have all the luck. Sat, 04 Feb 2012 07:50:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222641 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222641 Some entrepreneurs find themselves in the right place at the right time. In business, as in anything, some people have all the luck. How to Sell Your Company -- And Not Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out Consider these three tips to develop an exit strategy for your business. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222474 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222474 Consider these three tips to develop an exit strategy for your business. Three Reasons a Buyer Might Pay More for Your Business Before you decide to put your business up on the block, make sure you fully understand how much what you're offering is worth to buyers. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 09:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220725 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220725 Before you decide to put your business up on the block, make sure you fully understand how much what you're offering is worth to buyers. Why Small Companies Have the Innovation Advantage Why big companies would rather buy your company instead of launching their own competitive version. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:06:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220558 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220558 Why big companies would rather buy your company instead of launching their own competitive version. Why I Decided to Take the Money and Sell My Startup The founder of 2-year-old digital card startup GiftZip.com decided to sell to gift-card behemoth SVM. He shares his views on the dangers of not doing the math. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 01:09:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220375 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220375 The founder of 2-year-old digital card startup GiftZip.com decided to sell to gift-card behemoth SVM. He shares his views on the dangers of not doing the math.