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Startup from A to Z Forget the ABCs you learned in grade school. This entrepreneurial alphabet has the terms you need to know to help your new business succeed.

By Gwen Moran Edited by Frances Dodds

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ngel investor: It's easy to believe in angels when you find one who'll open his checkbook to finance your business. Angel investors typically fork over their own dough to help smaller companies get started. They often invest in companies that are too small or risky for venture capitalists to take seriously. Some angels take an equity stake, while others simply want their money back plus interest once the business takes off.

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