funding
Investment funding

Q&A: What Do Investors Want? Startup Primer

by Tim Berry

I received this question in an email: What is the average return for a business investor and what are the typical terms of the return? For example, if a complete stranger wants to invest $50,000 in our company (at start up), what would most investors ask in return? The question reminds me that most of the... Read more »

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It’s all about the money, money, money!

by Palo Alto Software

Tim has taken us through what a business plan is, how to just jump in and get started, how to hone your strategy and focus… now it’s time for the reason why you started a business in the first place. Money! Knowing how much money you have and how much you need are two important... Read more »

planning

Video: Why is a business plan important?

by Tim Berry

I’ve been working with the team at Palo Alto Software on a series of videos to help you with business planning. This video answers the question “Why is a business plan important?” Transcript So let me take a minute and talk to you about why I want you to do business planning. Because you’re going... Read more »

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Prediction: Startups Getting Easier, Cheaper

by Tim Berry

Startups getting easier? Yes, and I believe it, too. But there’s a follow-up question required. First, there’s this from the trends summary of The Intuit 2020 Report — 20 Trends for the Next Decade: Starting a small business will be easier — and more affordable than ever. The cost of starting and running a small... Read more »

Leaving on a jet plane

by Kristen Langham

It’s that time of year again…I’m leaving on a jet plane, first to attend the SCORE conference in Dallas (8/19-8/22) and then to attend the ASBDC conference in Chicago (9/2-9/5). As I prepare for these two events, I have to admit I am thankful we decided that I would not attend three other conferences we... Read more »

growing

Protect your business ideas

by Palo Alto Software

by Tim Berry People often ask if they can sell an idea of a new product or service to a company that will implement it. But ideas that can’t be protected are worth relatively little. I don’t mean necessarily legally protected, but at the very least, protected with marketing momentum, image, and awareness. Relatively few... Read more »