Pitching Investors

Are You Approaching Investors With No Business Plan and Fuzzy Profit Projections? Get Real.
Ready To Launch

Are You Approaching Investors With No Business Plan and Fuzzy Profit Projections? Get Real.

The odds of finding funding generally correlate highly to your odds of business success -- and your personal risk is even more critical than outside investor risk.
Martin Zwilling
5 Ways Raising Money Is Just Like Asking for a Date
Fundraising

5 Ways Raising Money Is Just Like Asking for a Date

Approach investors with the notion the goal is to replicate the money they invest.
Brian Foley
Innovation Inhibitors Include Dependency on New Infrastructure and Investor Risk Tolerance
Innovation

Innovation Inhibitors Include Dependency on New Infrastructure and Investor Risk Tolerance

Be aware that attempting innovation in certain times and places is extremely risky.
Martin Zwilling
Throw Your Company to the Sharks -- on 'Shark Tank,' That Is
Marketing Bootcamp

Throw Your Company to the Sharks -- on 'Shark Tank,' That Is

Pitching your business on this hit show could pay off handsomely -- as long as you know what you're doing.
Bob Glazer
8 Reasons Online Dating Sites Are a Business Dead End
Online Dating

8 Reasons Online Dating Sites Are a Business Dead End

Dating site customers are fickle, hard to please and will dump one site for another without explanation. Sort of like the worst person you've ever dated.
Martin Zwilling
A Startup Is Like a Home Still Being Built. Don't Value it at Next Year's Dream Market Price When Pitching an Angel Investor.
Valuations

A Startup Is Like a Home Still Being Built. Don't Value it at Next Year's Dream Market Price When Pitching an Angel Investor.

Serious investors want to know about your new venture's real revenue, team strength, registered intellectual property and other important elements.
Martin Zwilling
Didn't Know That Uber Is a Unicorn? Time to Get Schooled on Startup Jargon.
Investors

Didn't Know That Uber Is a Unicorn? Time to Get Schooled on Startup Jargon.

Test your knowledge on the latest investor-to-entrepreneur terms and concepts.
Martin Zwilling
Angel Investors Pumped $24 Billion Into Startups. Here's How to Get Your Share.
Angel Investors

Angel Investors Pumped $24 Billion Into Startups. Here's How to Get Your Share.

As an active angel investor myself, here is my priority list of eight recommended preparation activities when you're looking for funding.
Martin Zwilling
How Creating a 'Minimum Viable Pitch Deck' Helped Us Raise $6 Million
Pitching Investors

How Creating a 'Minimum Viable Pitch Deck' Helped Us Raise $6 Million

Forget creating the perfect pitch for investors. Instead, focus on creating a deck you can iterate based on actual investor feedback.
Dan Jimenez
The Bright Side of Sharing Bad News With Potential Investors
Pitching Investors

The Bright Side of Sharing Bad News With Potential Investors

With potential investors, honesty is the best policy.
Christopher Hann
Seeking Venture Capital? This T.I.P. -- a Team, an Idea and a Plan -- Is Crucial to Follow.
Ready To Launch

Seeking Venture Capital? This T.I.P. -- a Team, an Idea and a Plan -- Is Crucial to Follow.

These three critical elements must be in place before you face an investor.
Peter Gasca
'Perspective-Taking' and How to Close an Investor in 3 Minutes
Make More Happen

'Perspective-Taking' and How to Close an Investor in 3 Minutes

Are you watching for those all-important clues? Here's how to do that.
The Tried-and-True Process for Getting Investors to Give You a Straight Answer
Fundraising

The Tried-and-True Process for Getting Investors to Give You a Straight Answer

You want to hear "yes,'' and you will survive hearing "no,'' but you can't work with a "maybe'' that never ends.
Alex Iskold
10 Ways to Fund Your Small Business
Funding

10 Ways to Fund Your Small Business

Equity? Debt? Which one is right for you? (Hint: think carefully before taking loans from friends and family).
Doug and Polly White