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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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The non-dilution clause from my investor contract.

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

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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4 Things That Will Scare Investors Away

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 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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Shark Tank

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 Andrea Vedder

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

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 »

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How to Pitch to Investors in 10 Minutes and Get Funded

by Caroline Cummings

Sometimes you only get 10 minutes to pitch your business opportunity to investors—this is a format I've successfully used and seen work for many other first-time start-up CEOs. Read more »

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How to Negotiate with Prospective Investors

by Alan Gleeson

Raising finance is a time consuming process and can also be quite stressful (particularly as time progresses). There may be some date in the future where your current trading position is no longer sustainable (which has brought you to the table in the first place). It is worth remembering that you need to recognise that... Read more »

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5 Quick and Easy Info Sources About Angel Investment

by Tim Berry

If you’re looking for angel investors, then I have a resource list for you. This is a tiny fraction of good resources, more a “start-here” list than a good list. Start with gust.com’s knowledge section. Gust.com (pronounced like a gust of wind) is a platform for angel investment, grouping together several hundred angel investor groups... Read more »

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Angel Investment Opportunities in Oregon

by Tim Berry

Entrepreneurs and startups in the Northwest, especially in Oregon, should be aware of several angel investment group investment programs coming up in the next few months. The first of these is also the newest. The  new Southern Oregon Angel Investment Network, based in Medford, is running a $125,000 investment competition whose deadline for submission closes... Read more »

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Good 7-Point Summary on Raising VC Money

by Tim Berry

With so much “stuff” on the web about raising venture capital, I want to pass on this very good list of 7 tips for raising venture capital that I caught this morning when it was re-posted on Small Business Trends. The author, Prasad Thammineni, says he raised venture capital money last year, and it shows.... Read more »

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Two Good Posts on Angel and VC Investment

by Tim Berry

Fred Wilson offers a good answer to a frequently asked question with his AVC: Angel vs. VC? post earlier this week. This is great timing, too, because both angel investment and venture capital are in the midst of rapid readjustment to longer-term changes in the economy of startups and entrepreneurship. He takes it as a... Read more »