Venture Capital and Angel Investors

Are You Facing the Valuation Trap?

Stu Phillips calls it The Valuation Trap and also “the hot button of the week” in his most recent post on Soaring on Ridgelift. I call it surprising, counterintuitive and, therefore, more interesting and more important. For the record, I would have said the opposite of what he does. Here’s what he says: Never answer...

By Tim Berry |

Getting Investors and Protecting Your Idea

Laws protect inventions with patents, creative works with copyright, and trade names with trademarks, however protecting an idea is a different matter. I don’t think you really can protect a business idea in any practical way. If it is a good idea it will be copied. That’s in the nature of business. Your only hope...

By Tim Berry |

Securing Venture Capital Funding for Your Business

First I need to clarify: I use venture capital in the title of this post because so many people in the real world apply the phrase venture capital to any investment that isn’t friends and family, personal savings, or a business ally establishing a joint venture. Technically that’s the wrong phrase because venture capital is really...

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 |

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 |

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 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, 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 |

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 |

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