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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Navigating Various Funding Options

Ideas are wonderful. In fact, ideas are what make the world such an interesting place. Unlike other species, humans have the ability to creatively and artistically brainstorm new ideas that did not previously exist. Unfortunately, ideas are not always enough. In the business world, you need more than an idea to launch a business, satisfy a paint point, and become ...

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Startup Capital: 6 Ways To Fund Your Businesses

When it comes to spearheading a successful business, the amount of money and sweat equity you put in is equally as important as the amount of time for the services you provide in return. People often go to extreme measures to keep their business afloat, some options being more realistic than others. Anyone can start a company, put up a ...

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How This Platform Makes Raising Money Easier for All Involved

Joe Meisch had already invested tens of thousands of dollars in the temple massager he developed to relieve tension headaches. But last November he needed a few thousand more to finish updating the product based on feedback from beta users.  He’d already tapped friends and family while building his original prototype several years back, so he figured that well had ...

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The Secret to Pitches That Nail It Every Time? Brevity.

Back when we first pitched our company DivvyHQ to investors, we thought we knew a lot more than we did: Our 45-minute presentation was jampacked with data. And our style was confident: We presented so frequently, in fact, that we could have pitched in our sleep. Our only change after approaching investor after investor, in Silicon Valley and around the country? We whittled ...

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How This Entrepreneur Grew Her Online Business While Working Full Time

The following excerpt is from Entrepreneur’s book Finance Your Business. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes Erica Zidel knew that trying to raise funds for her startup would be a full-time job. She worried that chasing after capital would distract her from building the best product she could. So rather than sweat the investment game, she spent years holding down a ...

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5 Favors to Call in When Launching a Business

Starting a new business, particularly in the early stages, is a big commitment. In making the leap into entrepreneurship, would-be entrepreneurs would do well to leverage their network of people — their family, friends and business associates — as a critical resource. Here are five favors that all new entrepreneurs should call in during the early stages of their startup journey. 1. Try ...

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How to Avoid Dangerous Investors and Possible Embezzlement

I once ignored the warning signs of a dangerous investor — we’ll call him Mike — and had $700,000 embezzled from my company. It’s widely known that there is both smart and dumb money, but there is also dangerous money. I’ve raised over $1 million for my first startup from wonderful investors who I’m proud to be partnered with, but in the midst of all ...

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How to Entice Investors to Fund Your Startup

Q: What is the best way to approach investors and get funding? A: One of the most challenging parts of the fundraising process, particularly for first-time founders, is putting yourself in a position to get pitch meetings with the right investors. Many investors are constantly inundated with emails from entrepreneurs promising “the next best thing,” and as a result, cold ...

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Why Big Brands Are Offering Big Funds to Small Businesses

For Jane Yuan, the owner of Seattle-based Simple & Crisp, an order from Whole Foods Market to sell her dried-fruit crackers nationally was the opportunity of a lifetime. But she didn’t have the money to buy two additional dehydrators at $17,000 a pop, which she’d need to scale up and fill those orders, as well as those from her other ...

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