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3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

3 Things You Must Know Before Pitching Investors

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Consider these tips before you seek funding for your startup, whether from angel investors or VCs.
May 18, 2012 in Venture Capital
4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Bank Loan

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Two leading banks, honored for National Small Business Week, offer their best advice to business owners seeking credit.
May 18, 2012 in Financing
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

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Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
May 18, 2012 in Angel Investors
The SBA's Karen G. Mills Answers Her Agency's CriticsPlay Video

The SBA's Karen G. Mills Answers Her Agency's Critics (Video)

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Some critics have called for dismantling the U.S. Small Business Administration. The agency's leader says demand for its services is only growing and is a good value to tax payers.
7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect

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A look at how the impending new crowdfunding rules are prompting entrepreneurs to predict -- and deliver -- what the expanded industry will demand.
May 15, 2012 in Financing
Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0

Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0

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As the crowdfunding industry braces for a massive shift, its players are seeking rules that will serve both to protect investors and entrepreneurs.
May 11, 2012 in Financing
What Do Pinterest and a Community Bank in Lubbock, Texas, Have In Common?

What Do Pinterest and a Community Bank in Lubbock, Texas, Have In Common?

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When it comes to converting companies into cash, an alternative investment marketplace is expanding beyond high-growth startups.
May 9, 2012 in Financing
Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise

Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise

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Big and small banks approve fewer loans as startups turn to alternative funding sources.
May 8, 2012 in Financing
Pinterest and Warby Parker -- The Next Pre-IPO Stars?

Pinterest and Warby Parker -- The Next Pre-IPO Stars?

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SecondMarket, an online marketplace for shares of private companies, ranks those with biggest jumps in popularity on its site.
May 7, 2012 in Financing
5 Critical Questions Facebook Must Answer in Its IPO Roadshow

5 Critical Questions Facebook Must Answer in Its IPO Roadshow

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If founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to win over investors, he'll need to have clear explanations for these looming issues.
May 4, 2012 in IPOs and DPOs
Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

Silicon Valley VCs Perk Up

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Inspired by new waves of technology developments and blockbuster deals, VCs are feeling better at the start of 2012.
April 26, 2012 in Venture Capital
Is Microfinance for You?

Is Microfinance for You?

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Here's how a $25 loan can change the world. (But do your homework before investing.)
April 21, 2012 in Financing
Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars

Venture Capital: Fewer Deals, Fewer Dollars

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For the third quarter in a row, the market for venture capital shrank, continuing a long-term trend in the industry.
April 20, 2012 in Venture Capital
Microloans Make a Macro Difference

Microloans Make a Macro Difference

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A Texas businesswoman fetched the amount she needed to open an eco-friendly pet store
April 19, 2012 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

Do You Know What Your Business Is Really Worth?

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If you found an investor for your business right now, would you know how to value a stake in your business? A recent 'Shark Tank' episode highlighted how important it is to be realistic about valuation.
April 19, 2012 in Financing
The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity

The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity

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Selling equity in a business only makes sense for a business if there's a potential to generate substantial income on the investors' money.
April 18, 2012 in Financing
Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great

Small-Business Lending: Getting Better, Still Not Great

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Small-business lending has been showing signs of life, albeit not the activity seen before the recession.
April 17, 2012 in Financing
SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending ComebackPlay Video

SBA Chief Karen G. Mills on the Small-Business Lending Comeback (Video)

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Karen G. Mills, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talks about the agency's 2011 record year in small-business loan guarantees, helping to fill gaps when banks were reluctant to lend.
April 17, 2012 in SBA and Government Funding
How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

How a Pile of Student Debt Inspired a Venture-Backed Startup

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ReadyForZero racked up $4.5 million in funding to help consumers pay their bills.
April 16, 2012 in Venture Capital
Looking for a Loan? Don't Wait for a Big Bank

Looking for a Loan? Don't Wait for a Big Bank

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Approval rates at the biggest U.S. banks shriveled up a bit in March compared to the previous month, according to a survey.
April 11, 2012 in Financing
The JOBS Act: What You Need To Know

The JOBS Act: What You Need To Know

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President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law today. Here is a rundown of what's in it, when those provisions go into effect and how they could impact your business.
April 5, 2012 in Financing
What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Late-Stage Venture-Capital Investors

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Late-Stage Venture-Capital Investors

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If you're looking to scale up one day, it will pay to know now about how late-stage investing works.
April 4, 2012 in Venture Capital
How Guppy 'Treps Fared After a Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

How Guppy 'Treps Fared After a Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

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Here's a look at what happened to three companies once their young founders got investors to take the bait.
April 2, 2012 in Angel Investors
Crowdfunding's Wild West Awaits a Stampede

Crowdfunding's Wild West Awaits a Stampede

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Legislation headed to the President's desk could transform the way entrepreneurs access capital and the number of investors able to fund startups.
March 28, 2012 in Financing
Senate Passes JOBS Act, Clears Way for Crowdfunding

Senate Passes JOBS Act, Clears Way for Crowdfunding

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After intense debate, the Senate adds a number of investor protections to the small-business bill. The Obama Administration indicated its support.
March 22, 2012 in Financing
JOBS Act Hits Delays in Senate

JOBS Act Hits Delays in Senate

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A bipartisan bundle of legislation aimed at increasing entrepreneurs' ability to access capital sailed through the House, but has been slowed down in the Senate.
March 20, 2012 in Financing
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