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10 Signs Your Startup Won’t Get Funded

Are you ready to seek outside funding for your startup? The question of timing when it comes to raising outside money is a key consideration for most startups. How do you know that outside investors will have sufficient interest in your product and significant confidence in you?How do you know that they will invest in your company? In, other words, what are ...

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How to Prevent Your Software Startup From Running out of Gas

Launching a software startup has become as irresistible as an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet in a kindergarten classroom. Indeed, software startups are the “it” factor all entrepreneurs think of when they imagine becoming the next unicorn or amping up their traditional business’s valuation. This infatuation is no joke. App Annie has reported that app downloads increased last year by 15 percent, to ...

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Why Angels Are Moving Online

Recently, some accredited angel investors have begun moving their investment activity from angel groups, like the Northcoast Angel Fund, to online platforms, like SeedInvest. This decision got me thinking: Will online angel platforms ultimately replace angel groups? While I don’t think the online sites will drive angel groups out of business the way that digital cameras replaced chemical-film ones, the web ...

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How Much Capital Should You Raise?

When you are going out to fund-raise, you need to decide how much capital to raise. When we ask this question of founders, a typical answer is: “We need to build X features in our product, and we need to hire Y people to make it happen. So, our burn would be Z, and we need a buffer of W months. ...

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8 Smart Things to Do When You Find Your Capital Isn’t Enough

Do you have a great business idea you haven’t started working on because you couldn’t raise all the capital you need? You should no longer let that deter you. According to Robert Kiyosaki, “It does not take money to make money.” There may be days ahead of struggle, of working through the night, of feeling exhausted. But if you really want that ...

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How State and Federal Crowdfunding Regulations Differ

In May, new rules from the SEC went into effect that allow companies to raise capital from anyone in the U.S., opening up opportunities for people, who typically did not have access to these types of deals in the past. It took nearly four years for the rules to kick in after the 2012 JOBS Act allowed for equity crowdfunding, and meanwhile, ...

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7 Reasons You Should Stop Looking for Venture Capital

Every year, about 600,000 new businesses are started in the U.S., and fewer than one percent successfully raise venture capital (VC), according to Harvard Business Review. Whether it’s the feeling of acceptance into this elite club, or the misconception that it’s impossible to start a new business without millions in capital, many startup founders find themselves hypnotized by the pursuit of ...

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There Are New ‘Pools of Money’ Available for Entrepreneurs. Listen in as This Startup Finance Braintrust Talks What, Why and How.

The rules for equity crowdfunding, whereby an entrepreneur can raise money by selling a piece of his or her company for cash, changed in May. It’s been a hot topic since then. And to address this nascent and still as of yet largely misunderstood category of startup finance, the organizers of the Nashville-based startup conference, 3686 South, gathered a group ...

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4 Tips to Set You Up for Crowdfunding Success

Securing funding from traditional lenders has become increasingly difficult for many small-business owners. Banks are under a lot of pressure to make good loans, and that pressure trickles down to entrepreneurs. Fortunately, in the past year, the amount of small businesses with crowdfunding campaigns has significantly increased, proving it’s a viable alternative funding option. A 2015 report from Massolution, a ...

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Finding Investors Is Expensive. Use These 7 Strategies to Reduce Your Risk.

Most new entrepreneurs assume that great investors will find their startups based on the compelling solution the founders have created. It does happen once in a while, but usually only for entrepreneurs who have already spent money promoting their efforts, and a large amount of precious time connecting with their peers and the investment community. Others spend money on mailing lists and investor contacts and ...

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