Funding a Business

Q&A: The Balance Sheet When Buying a Business

You have to separate your personal finances from your business’ finances. Mixing them causes all kinds of problems. The confusion is common when people are purchasing a business. Take this example, from an email sent to our Ask the Experts forum today: Question: I am having some problem balancing the balance sheet in my business...

By Tim Berry |

Stirring VC Assumptions

Are the high-end venture capital firms changing the game for the elite start-ups they fund? Specifically, are they looking at much smaller investments? Last week I attended the Web 2.0 Expo session on venture capital that included David Hornik, who wrote afterwards: “I took part in a panel today called ‘Venture Capital 2.0: Bright Future...

By Tim Berry |

Q & A: Sweat Equity at Startup

Question: I am starting a company that will require a substantial amount of financing through private investors. I have an initial seed group of five investors (including myself) who have all put an equal amount of money into the project thus far. Each investor is responsible to raise more capital through outside investors. I created...

By Tim Berry |

Q & A: Investment: Size Matters

Question: Hello. I, along with a partner, have 20+ years combined experience in the carpet cleaning industry. After investing over 10k of our own money, we will still need an additional 30k for start-up of our own business. We are in the middle of writing a business plan for possible private investors or an SBA...

By Tim Berry |

More borrowing

I guess it’s a day to talk about borrowing. Here’s another startup that’s formalizing the marketplace for person-to-person borrowing and lending. If you need funds to get your business going, this could be a place to look. Link: Prosper

By Noah Parsons |

Borrowing money to get started

Not everyone starting a business get’s VC money. Infact, very few do. For the rest of us, borrowing money from the bank or friends and family is how we start our businesses. A new company on the block helps borrowers and lenders formalize that relationship:LoanBack In some ways, it’s very similar to Circle Lending which...

By Noah Parsons |

The Art of Bootstrapping

Here’s a must-read post from Guy Kawasaki on The Art of Bootstrapping. If you’re starting a business, read this. Actually, if you’re starting a business, you should be reading Guy’s blog. Period.

By Noah Parsons |

Approach and negotiation are key to raising capital – 2005-04-18

Excellent article over at BizJournals.com about raising capital from VCs. Link: Approach and negotiation are key to raising capital. A note that I would like to add is that business plan competitions can be an excellent venue to get in front of VCs, or at least people who probably have connections to VCs. A competition...

By Noah Parsons |

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