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angelinvestor

11 Angel Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading

by Noah Parsons

In the business world, angel investors are sometimes equated with actual angels, sent to help us fund what could not otherwise be funded. These guardian angels of innovation are responsible for bringing many new ideas to life. The thing is, many of us—most notably those seeking investment—don’t know a lot about what angel investors are... Read more »

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crowdfundingfail

Why My Crowdfunding Campaign Failed

by Angelique O'Rourke

Crowdfunding has a reputation as an accessible way to secure funding for startups and small businesses. It’s quick and easy; just throw up your video, backers start investing their money, and you’re set. Anyone can do it, right? The truth is, it’s far from that simple. For every story of someone whose project went viral... Read more »

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pitch webinar (3)

Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

by Jonathan Michael

Last week, Bplans members had the opportunity to attend our free webinar, “14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded.” Our featured speaker was Caroline Cummings, the VP of Business Development at Palo Alto Software. As the former co-founder and CEO of two technology companies, Caroline has experienced both start-up failures and successes, and... Read more »

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17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

by Noah Parsons

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. But, getting in the doors of a Sand Hill Road VC in Silicon Valley can be an incredibly difficult undertaking. Fortunately, many of the top VCs share their thoughts on their blogs and are full of advice for... Read more »

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businesscredit

8 Quick Tips on How to Establish Business Credit and Get Financing

by Levi King

Have you ever been denied for business financing? If so, you’re not alone. More than 50% of small business owners who apply for financing get nothing. Personal and business credit scores are the primary cause for denial. If you haven’t taken the time to establish strong business credit, now is the time to start. I... Read more »

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14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded [Webinar]

by Jonathan Michael

You made the leap. You’ve taken the steps to start your own business, and it’s more than just an idea. There’s only one problem: you don’t have the capital you need to get it off the ground or take it to the next level. You need investors. When it comes to pitching your business, you... Read more »

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The 10 Best Side Businesses to Fund Your Startup (Plus One Unexpected Suggestion)

by Briana Morgaine

So, you have a great idea for a new business? The thing is, getting started isn’t as straightforward as some people make it sound. What if you need a little help getting it off the ground? In addition to creating a solid business plan, marketing your business, and a host of other details you’ll be... Read more »

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2014 Top Articles

Our 10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

by Jonathan Michael

  2014 is on its way out. I don’t know about you, but as the year comes to a close, I love looking back to consider how the year unfolded. Did everything go as planned? What things were unexpected–good or bad? What did I learn from my experiences? Finally, what can I take with me to help... Read more »

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Bank Loan Hurdles

3 Hurdles to Getting a Bank Loan and How to Overcome Them

by Marc Prosser

The percentage of total bank business loans that go to small businesses is in a steady decline, from over 50% in 1995, to under 30% in 2012. While it is harder than ever for small businesses to get a bank loan, it’s not impossible. Here are three of the primary hurdles you will encounter when... Read more »

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Are You Ready for Equity Based Crowdfunding?

by Kali Banks

Are you an emerging entrepreneur with an underfunded venture? Could your business flourish with a gush of money and hype? Then, the unveiling of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed equity crowdfunding rules reveals a panacea for growing your business’s coffers. The SEC’s proposed rules (mandated by the JOBS Act of 2012) amend the Securities... Read more »

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How Much Money Should I Invest in My Business?

by Lisa Furgison

One of the daunting questions that every entrepreneur faces when opening a business is: How much capital should I invest? Realistically, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all number that applies to every business. It can be tricky to figure this number out, but it’s vital to your business’s success. You’ll need that number to create a business... Read more »

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areyoureadytofundraise

Are You Ready to Start Fundraising?

by Scott Huntington

Let’s not beat around the bush: businesses need money to succeed, and that money does not appear out of thin air. Some businesses are blessed with angel investors. Others utilize the most traditional routes by seeking loans or seeking the support of an investment group. However, every business and every situation is unique. Not all... Read more »

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Fundingsources

35 Great Ways to Fund A Small Business

by Angelique O'Rourke

When it comes to funding, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on where you’re at in your business, what type of funding you are seeking, and the amount you need, where you’ll look can vary widely. We’ve compiled a list from a variety of places to help you research and narrow down the options that... Read more »

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bitcoin

Could Bitcoin Fund Your Business?

by Nick Chowdrey

Bitcoin is slowly but surely nosing its way into the mainstream world of business. About a year ago, it was only accepted by a handful of hipster coffee shops and a few artisanal food trucks. Today, huge websites like Overstock and Expedia have hopped on the boat—and the list is always growing.  A constant hum... Read more »

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Funding for Growth

How to Get Funding from Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban, and Other Stories

by Candice Landau

Let’s be honest, when it comes to funding, it’s never as straightforward as business advisors, lenders, backers, and investors might have you think. And, if you’re a small business, it’s unlikely you can afford to pay someone to do all the legal research and nit-picky stuff that the big boys can. You have to get... Read more »

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unlikely angel investors

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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moneybomb

5 Sure-fire Ways to Bomb Your Investor Pitch

by Caroline Cummings

Having delivered hundreds of pitches myself (and bombed a few), as well as coaching dozens of entrepreneurs on how to pitch, I’ve definitely seen some doozy pitches. I sometimes wish I’d had a video camera with me to create a funny compilation of all the bloopers—something I might have shared with entrepreneurs on how not... Read more »

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lineofcredit

Don’t Run out of Cash: Get Help with a Business Line of Credit

by Tomer Michaeli

What is a credit line, anyway? Every small business experiences cash flow challenges. Since cash flow fluctuations are a natural part of doing business, rather than trying to avoid them, an alternative approach would be to actively manage your cash flow. In this article, we will discuss an important tool for cash flow management—the line of... Read more »

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506 (c) and crowdfunding

506(c) Offerings and Crowdfunding: What’s the Difference?

by Andrea Uptmor

In the last two years, regulations set by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) have undergone several changes. These changes were the result of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. The JOBS Act, as it is more commonly known, was intended, in part, “to reduce barrier to capital formation, particularly for smaller companies.” In... 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 »