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5 Essentials for Winning Over the Best Investors

5 Essentials for Winning Over the Best Investors

Startups that thrive manage to eke out the first profits that convince investors to put in the money that grows the company.
Dress Well and Leave the 'Umms' at Home -- 5 Ways to Ace an Investor Pitch

Dress Well and Leave the 'Umms' at Home -- 5 Ways to Ace an Investor Pitch

There’s one thing worse than watching an entrepreneur crumble under a fatal barrage of questions.
Finding the Right Angel Investor for You

Finding the Right Angel Investor for You

Not all investors are created equal. Here are some tips on finding the best investor for your startup and its needs.
3 Tools Your Startup Needs to Raise More Money

3 Tools Your Startup Needs to Raise More Money

These apps can aid the tedious and onerous task of getting venture capitalists to budge and fund your company's budget.
The 7 Elements Investors Look for in Your Funding Pitch

The 7 Elements Investors Look for in Your Funding Pitch

Present all the facts that drew you to your great idea, season with your passion and you will wow investors.
Who Should Be Deemed 'Sophisticated' Enough to Be an Investor?

Who Should Be Deemed 'Sophisticated' Enough to Be an Investor?

Regulators argue that the income requirements for accredited investors -- which were set in 1982 -- are in desperate need of an adjustment. Entrepreneurs and investors, meanwhile, don’t want to see access to capital limited.
The Hard Truth About How Much Your Invention is Really Worth

The Hard Truth About How Much Your Invention is Really Worth

Investors don't want to invest in a product, they want to invest in a business. Here are seven reality checks to apply.
10 Apologies I Will Never Again Make as a Startup CEO

10 Apologies I Will Never Again Make as a Startup CEO

A woman entrepreneur shares her unconventional launch experience, not fitting the typical tech-entrepreneur mold, as a marketer not a programmer.
How Minority Founders Overcame the Challenge of Finding VC Investors

How Minority Founders Overcame the Challenge of Finding VC Investors

Personal networks are important for founders looking for venture capital. Entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups have particular challenges.
What a VC Insider Learned in the Past 10 Years About Startup Funding

What a VC Insider Learned in the Past 10 Years About Startup Funding

Our expert Bo Yaghmaie explains how entrepreneurs should prepare for the worst.
Founders Are From Mars, Capital Providers From Venus

Founders Are From Mars, Capital Providers From Venus

Given their different views of the world, it's a miracle that they ever get together.
Who Is the Right Investor for You? That Depends on Where You Are Now.

Who Is the Right Investor for You? That Depends on Where You Are Now.

There are five stages of new ventures. Each one will determine who you should seek funding from.
Why I'm Glad I Didn't Take VC Funding

Why I'm Glad I Didn't Take VC Funding

While many entrepreneurs are clamoring to get their hands on some outside funding, some founders aren't really down with that strategy.
The 7 Critical Success Factors for a Services Business

The 7 Critical Success Factors for a Services Business

Unlike with products, whether your business thrives depends almost entirely on you and your skills.
Consider Control and Voting Rights When Making Venture Capital Deals

Consider Control and Voting Rights When Making Venture Capital Deals

Investors want to protect their stake, entrepreneurs want to keep control. There is room to negotiate.
3 Ways Entrepreneurs Swing and Miss at a Funding Pitch

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Swing and Miss at a Funding Pitch

Often entrepreneurs focus on the wrong things during a pitch session, resulting in a strikeout instead of a home run.
Crowdfunding Platform Raises $4 Million to Fund Its Own Growth By -- You Guessed It! -- Crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding Platform Raises $4 Million to Fund Its Own Growth By -- You Guessed It! -- Crowdfunding.

Equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest just completed its Series A round of funding by reaching out to investors through its own platform.
5 Critical Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Investor

5 Critical Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Investor

You are choosing investors as much as they are choosing you. Here are five questions to ask potential investors to make sure you are on the same page.
Airbnb Co-Founder: If Rejection Slows You Down, Entrepreneurship Isn't For You

Airbnb Co-Founder: If Rejection Slows You Down, Entrepreneurship Isn't For You

The apartment-rental platform is no stranger to controversy and criticism, but its founders say determination is everything.
Secure That First Investor, and the Rest Will Come

Secure That First Investor, and the Rest Will Come

Venture capital's dirty little secret: investors don't like going it alone.
5 Kinds of Crowdfunding You Never Thought Of

5 Kinds of Crowdfunding You Never Thought Of

Nontraditional financing platforms are rapidly reducing entrepreneurs' cash squeeze while offering investors returns.
Eureka -- a New Product Idea! Now Ask These 5 Questions.

Eureka -- a New Product Idea! Now Ask These 5 Questions.

Before you quit your job and cash in your 401(k), take a step back and evaluate.
A Foolproof Guide to Raising Capital for Startups

A Foolproof Guide to Raising Capital for Startups

Pass these nine tests and investors will beat a path to your door. Along the way you'll figure out if your firm has a great CEO.
The Correct Answers to 'How Will You Use My Money?'

The Correct Answers to 'How Will You Use My Money?'

Investors need to be assured your business is in good shape. It also helps to not proclaim your desire for a new car.
4 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before Meeting an Investor

4 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before Meeting an Investor

You’ve worked hard to negotiate through the right networks and land this meeting. Don’t let a lack of preparation and practice keep you from getting in the game.
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