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Pitching Investors With Customer Motivations Won’t Work

When pitching to investors, entrepreneurs always seem to start with a customer pitch, then add a slide or two about the business. In reality, they need a separate pitch about the business, carrying over only a slide or two about the solution. Remember, investors are buying into the business, not the product. Investors are business experts, while the entrepreneur is ...

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How to Find Your Perfect Investor Match With the Axial App

If you want to hook up, there’s Tinder. If you’re a business owner looking for money, there’s Axial: Founders upload their company’s data to Axial’s app, then the startup’s algorithm matches potential investors of all sorts — who simply swipe right to “like” a company and start a dialogue. Last year, nearly 500 deals were made this way. Should you join? ...

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6 Lessons Learned From Raising $2 Million

Recently, one of my clients was presented with some funding options and closed about $2 million in seed funding. This isn’t the first time I’ve worked with a company that was closing funding, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This gives me the rare opportunity to see the process from the top down. With a view that clear, some lessons rose ...

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5 Steps to Raise Startup and Expansion Capital

What is the one thing that stops many potential entrepreneurs from chasing their dreams? Money. Not everyone can secure a business loan — or wants to put his or her personal assets on the line — and the majority of startups never receive a dime from VCs. Dreams die daily because of a lack of funds. I was recently speaking ...

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How to Bridge the Funding Gap for Scientific Breakthroughs

We stand on the brink of the age of personalized medicine, when such things as bespoke cancer treatments may well become commonplace. Yet, there is a disconnect between researchers undertaking vital research and venture capitalists with the money to commercialize their science. All venture capitalists likely agree that curing cancer is a great idea; however, even sophisticated life sciences investors lack ...

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Why the VC Game Is Attracting a Whole New Set of Players

Earlier this year, Boston-based 3-D printing company Voxel8 raised $12 million in Series A funding. Among the windfall were contributions from Autodesk’s Spark Investment Fund — the software company’s $100 million 3-D printing investment initiative — and In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture fund for intelligence-related innovations. Wireless intercom company Nucleus scored more than $1.6 million in seed investments this year, $100,000 of which came ...

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When You Should Be an Intrapreneur Instead of an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs have a desire to solve problems, to innovate and to create. They are willing to take on risk and think outside of the box. They lead and they inspire. And by standard definitions, the way that they do all of that is through starting businesses. Now, this gets a bit into the realm of semantics, but there are plenty of business ...

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VC Funding’s Gender Gap Is Hurting the Marketplace

It’s no secret women-led companies have a significantly harder time securing venture-capital funding than their male counterparts. Katherine Hays, cofounder and CEO of ad-tech startup Vivoom, said it perfectly: “Sometimes I believe if I were a 21-year-old male in a hoodie, Vivoom would have been even more appealing to VCs.” Numerous recent studies confirm these difficulties: “About 38 percent of new businesses in ...

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Sophia Bush Is a Staunch Supporter of Entrepreneurship

One consistent piece of advice that entrepreneurs give is to work toward something that you truly care about — to choose something you’re passionate about. It is with this passion that Sophia Bush approaches her investments, her work and her life. You probably know Bush for her roles on One Tree Hill and Chicago P.D., but she’s also been making a ...

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