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10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding

by Tim Berry

How to find venture funding? I have to start with a major negative: if you have to ask if your startup can get venture capital, then it almost certainly can’t. Venture capital is a very rarified atmosphere of high-end startups and emerging businesses with experienced management teams, high potential growth, secret sauce, and so on. People... Read more »

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How to Raise Startup Funding from Unlikely Angel Investors

by Jessica Magoch

I’m not your average angel. I’m a mom, a full-time sales manager, and recruiter. I’m not active in an angel group. I don’t have an MBA and I don’t live in Silicon Valley. I live in a small town surrounded by farms and I made my first angel investment at 29 because my dad said... Read more »

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4 ways to secure funding for your startup

How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)

by Candice Landau

Why do so many businesses fail? According to a recent Forbes article, at the surface level, they simply run out of cash. It’s easy to get things wrong when you’re starting out and the article points out that 8 out of every 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. Read more »

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How to impress angels

How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

by Caroline Cummings

Ever wanted to ask an angel for advice? Now you can. Apart from a collection of tips direct from angel investors themselves, we're opening up our comment stream within this post. Got a question for one of the angels listed? Share it and they'll reply. Don't forget to use the hashtag #AngelTip on Twitter! Read more »

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Got ‘Founder Fit’? If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

by Candice Landau

A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In as much as a scheduled interview with an angel investor can be, talking with Boris about what it takes to spark the interest of a venture capital firm was a coincidence. I’d reached out... Read more »

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Exit Strategy

What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies

by Tim Berry

  Startups looking for angel investors or venture capital (VC) absolutely need an exit strategy because investors require it. The exit is what gives them a return. Exit strategies related to startup funding are quite often misunderstood: The “exit” in exit strategy is for the money, not the startup founders or small business owners. The... Read more »

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What I learned from appearing on Shark Tank

What I Learned From My Appearance on Shark Tank

by Lisa Furgison

It’s not everyday that a television producer handpicks you to appear on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” but that’s what happened to entrepreneur Kelly Costello. Costello is the founder of Puppy Cake, a company that sells boxed cake mix for dogs. It’s a lot like the do-it-yourself Betty Crocker cake mix, except the ingredients are changed... Read more »

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What It Takes to Get Angel Investment

5 Essentials for Angel Investment

by Tim Berry

Three months ago I posted Securing Angel Investors in this space. I was responding then to a request that I explain the process step-by-step. But I’m afraid I skipped the first and, for some, the most important step. Before you begin, it’s vital to determine whether you actually have a solid investment opportunity, regardless of how good... Read more »

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How to Pick the Right Lawyer For Your Startup

How to Pick the Right Attorney For Your Startup

by Caroline Cummings

Picking the right attorney in your startup is as important as picking the right business partner. You can’t underestimate the importance of selecting an attorney who “gets” your business model, your market opportunity, and most importantly, your fundraising and exit strategy. Read more »

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How to Avoid Taking “Dumb Money” in Your Startup

by Caroline Cummings

You may think that when someone offers you money to fund your startup, you should find a way to take their money. But even more important than landing an investment offer is knowing when to say yes to investors and when to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Just because someone has money doesn’t mean they have... Read more »

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How I Got My First Round of Seed Funding

by Allison Berliner

Fundraising is hard work. It’s a simple truth that every entrepreneur knows: Getting the capital to start or grow your business is often harder than running the business itself. Or at least, it can seem that way when you’re in the fundraising cycle, with the endless meetings, pitches, and negotiations. In my experience, the most... Read more »

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Looking for Money? These 4 Things Will Scare Investors Away

by Lisa Furgison

Whether you’re trying to borrow money from a colleague or land the financial backing of a venture capitalist, there are certain traits that can scare even the hardiest of investors away. Finding startup funds may be one of the toughest things you’ll do as an entrepreneur, so if you have an interested investor you should... Read more »

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What's Your Story?

What My Startup Accelerator Taught Me About Pitching

by Ely Greenberg

The culmination of an entrepreneurship accelerator is the opportunity to pitch investors on your business. After my business partners and I spent eight weeks in a startup accelerator at the JFE Network, we got the chance to show off Credential Cabinet to a room full of attentive investors. Pitching was a great experience. We told... Read more »

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My 13 Favorite Alternative Funding Options of 2013

by Caroline Cummings

Whether you’re a nonprofit, a new small business, a high-tech startup, or an up-and-running company, and whether you’re looking for a loan or a grant or an equity-sharing arrangement, there is an option for you. Read more »

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5 Lessons “Shark Tank” Can Teach You About Pitching to Angel Investors

by Tim Berry

The TV show "Shark Tank" has a lot in common with the normal flow of angel investment. These are the five key lessons to take away from it. Read more »

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How to Pitch Your Business to Investors [WEBINAR]

by Bailey Koharchick

Thanks to everyone who registered for our webinar! Caroline and David were thrilled. For those of you who didn’t get the chance to ask questions, feel free to post them below!   Read more »

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How to Pitch Your Business to Angel Investors [FREE WEBINAR]

by Bailey Koharchick

Join Caroline Cummings and David Rose on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 am PST, for a free webinar on how to pitch your business to investors. Read more »

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What Are Investors Looking For?

by Arlene Soto

If you're hoping to secure a financial partner to help you grow your business, you'd better know what potential investors are looking for your presentation (and your business). Read more »

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Willamette Angel Conference Invests More than $450K

by Tim Berry

Yesterday’s Willamette Angel Conference (WAC) 2013 event invested more than $465,000 in four Oregon startups, highlighted by more than $250,000 in Portland-based Sonivate, which has developed a fingertip-mounted ultrasound probe that enables imaging while leaving both hands free to do work with simultaneous tactile feedback. Three other startups got WAC investment at the event: Amorphyx,... Read more »

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The 10 Questions I Didn’t Expect to be Asked by Investors

by Caroline Cummings

If you're raising money for your company and you want to pitch to angel investors or venture capitalists, then there are a few important things to know that savvy investors care about. Read more »