Funding a Business

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 |

Wooing Angel Investors: Do’s and Don’ts

Simona Covel interviewed angel investor Knox Massey in today’s StartupJournal | Venture Capital column and produces a good practical list of what to do and what not to do when seeking angel investors. Research the investors Don’t expect to get funding right away Network Treat your initial interactions as the first step in a long-term...

By Tim Berry |

VC’s Suggested Business Plan Coverage

What does Sequoia Capital want in a business plan? I’m quoting exactly from a post: Laurel Papworth – Sequoia’s ToDo list for entrepreneurs: Take a look at this business plan outline: Company Purpose Define the company/business in a single declarative sentence. Problem Describe the pain of the customer (or the customer’s customer). Outline how the...

By Tim Berry |

Are person-to-person loans a viable financing option?

Thanks to VentureBeat for this post on person-to-person loans. This is a mainly-Internet phenomenon that could have impact on small business financing. I’m intrigued with the idea myself, wondering what they’re doing about legal implications, risk management, and other lending concerns. VentureBeat » Prosper raises $10M to assert lead in person-to-person loans — Tim Berry

By Tim Berry |

New Site Reviews Investors

Thanks to A VC for tipping me off to The Funded, where entrepreneurs rate investors. This site is a good reminder that few entrepreneurs realize they should choose investors as carefully as investors choose them. — Tim

By Tim Berry |

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