Funding a Business

Lots of New Ways to Fund Your Business

As you think about starting a business, and then begin to figure out how to fund it, be aware that there are some new innovative ways to fund your business. As per Tom Clougherty in the Adam Smith Institute Blog check out KIVA.org If you are interested in formalizing a friend or family loan, check...

By Sabrina Parsons |

140,000 Angel Investors

Angel investment is down slightly, according to a new study. I’ve always had trouble describing angel investors because they seem so hard to define. Somewhere between the high-end friends and family investment and the low-end venture capital you have the angel investors. They’re mostly individuals, but they frequently group into venture groups. Back in the...

By Tim Berry |

Show Me the Money

Jeff Cornwall writes a blog post about collecting receivables, which makes me itch to post about planning for cash flow. I am afraid that I might sound like a broken record… but CASH IS KING. While you can certainly look into companies or tools that help you collect receivables to keep the cash flowing into...

By Sabrina Parsons |

Opportunity: Facebook Applications

Here’s an interesting startup funding note. Facebook has established a fund to grant startup funds to companies developing applications for its platform. Thanks to TechCrunch for the details: The size of the fund will be $10 million (coming from Accel and Founders Fund) with grants varying between $25 thousand to $250 thousand available for each...

By Tim Berry |

Classics on Bootstrapping

Links to two classics on bootstrapping, by Guy Kawasaki and Seth Godin

By Tim Berry |

Investor Reviews at TheFunded

I just finished the previous post on venture financing and it occurs to me that people working on potentially high-growth startups should be aware of www.thefunded.com. Membership is free. Join and you can search on venture capital firms by geographic area or funding level or keywords, get composite ratings on their dealings with other entrepreneurs, and...

By Tim Berry |

Is There a Catch 22 of VC Funding?

According to Mike Glanz, of www.hireahelper.com, there’s a Catch 22 of venture capital financing: you can’t get venture capital (VC) money without a track record, but you can’t get a track record without getting VC money first. I don’t agree with his underlying point, but I like the way he puts it: I’m stuck. Not...

By Tim Berry |

Truth About Grants

Sorry. There’s no free lunch. And there’s very little free government money for you to start your business. You’ve probably seen Matthew Lesko on television. He’s the guy with question marks all over his sport coat who talks very fast and offers free government money. Sometimes he throws bills in the air. Free government money...

By Tim Berry |

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