Funding a Business

No Money? No Problem!

Is it possible to start a business without money or collateral? Anything is possible and most companies were started from someone’s ideas written down on paper and financed by those who saw merit in the plan. Still, realism is important. This depends a lot on the specifics of the business. Some businesses are relatively easy...

By Tim Berry |

10 Critical Cash Flow Rules (Part 2)

(This is cross posted from my column on Entrepreneur.Com) Cash flow problems can kill businesses that might otherwise survive. According to a U.S. Bank study, 82 percent of business failures are due to poor cash management. To prevent this from happening to your business, here are my 10 cash flow rules to remember. Profits aren’t...

By Tim Berry |

10 Rules for Valuation

I really don’t like the word “valuation”; it sounds too much like an MBA buzzword. But I like even less the general confusion about the concept. We talk about starting businesses, we talk about running businesses, getting investment, getting financed, and we should take discussion of valuation for granted. Valuation is at the same time...

By Tim Berry |

Does Your Experience Count as Investment?

Over the weekend I got an e-mail question that I’m going to answer here on the blog. I decided to answer it here because it’s the kind of thing a lot of people ask. It’s related to a common misunderstanding about intangible value and business investment: Question: How do I determine my experience as a...

By Tim Berry |

Ask a VC

I’ve just added AskTheVC to my blogroll. It’s full of thoughtful answers to serious questions asked by entrepreneurs about details related to getting financed by a venture capitalist. If you are one of the Ready to Fly startups looking at VC deals, it’s a great resource. Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have real VC experience...

By Tim Berry |

How Getting Funded is Like Dating

Ouch! Move to the Valley? I doubt it, and I voted with my feet over a decade ago when I moved Palo Alto Software to Eugene, OR. But Rob May’s insight on how getting funded is like dating is right on target. From The Irony of Raising Money for a Startup: Raising money is really...

By Tim Berry |

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 |

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