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Go for the Gold

Follow these 10 steps to impressing investors, and you'll be on your way to the big time.

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This story appears in the April 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Last month I told you what not to do if you're trying to get venture capital. Here are the top 10 things you should do.

1. Build a real business. This seems like a "duh"ism, but few entrepreneurs do it. Most focus on quick flips to an IPO or acquisition. But nothing is more seductive to venture capitalists than a company they can easily imagine having a big impact on the world.

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