News and Articles About Investors

Founders Are From Mars, Capital Providers From Venus
Investors

Founders Are From Mars, Capital Providers From Venus

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

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.
Martin Zwilling
Why I'm Glad I Didn't Take VC Funding
Bootstrapping

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.
Aliza Freud
The 7 Critical Success Factors for a Services Business
Growth Strategies

The 7 Critical Success Factors for a Services Business

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

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.
Bo Yaghmaie
3 Ways Entrepreneurs Swing and Miss at a Funding Pitch
Pitching investors

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.
Bryan Stolle
Crowdfunding Platform Raises $4 Million to Fund Its Own Growth By -- You Guessed It! -- Crowdfunding.
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.
Catherine Clifford
5 Critical Questions You Need to Ask a Potential Investor
Investors

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.
Bryan Stolle
Airbnb Co-Founder: If Rejection Slows You Down, Entrepreneurship Isn't For You
Sharing Economy

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.
Catherine Clifford
Secure That First Investor, and the Rest Will Come
Venture Capital

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
Crowdfunding

5 Kinds of Crowdfunding You Never Thought Of

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

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.
Louis Foreman
A Foolproof Guide to Raising Capital for Startups
Raising Capital

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.
Peter S. Cohan
The Correct Answers to 'How Will You Use My Money?'
Investors

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.
Martin Zwilling