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7 Signs You’re Fundraising Too Early

7 Signs You’re Fundraising Too Early | Building a startup | Scoop.it
There's a big problem in the startup world today: The perception around seed stage fundraising.

Perhaps it's the new 
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I found this blog as I was writing my own blog on fundraising.  The 7 signs are dead-on.  The bottom line is that you should only use significant outside funding to accelerate a working business model.

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Starting a Business | SBA.gov

Starting a Business | SBA.gov | Building a startup | Scoop.it
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There are countless sources, many expensive, to help you write a business plan.  Surprisingly, the Small Business Administration (SBA) site is now the best source I know.  They have superb guidelines and tools for startups including a tool to write a business plan worthy of presentation to a Venture Capitalist.

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I Would Still Pass on Crowd Funding | Emerging Company Exchange

Several weeks ago, we explained that the SEC’s proposed crowd funding rules may make financing your start-up via websites like Kickstarter more time consuming and expensive than is necessary.  On October 23, 2013, the SEC clarified and proposed additional...
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In my blog at www.stevejackowski.com/blog, I'm starting to discuss funding options.  I'll be moving on to Crowd Funding and Angel/Private Investment next, but this article on the new SEC rules gives some good reasons for considering alternatives to Crowd Funding. 

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The Importance of Realism in Startups

The Importance of Realism in Startups | Building a startup | Scoop.it
I've done a lot of video interviews. This is one of my favorite if not my favorite outright. It's only 12 minutes long and if you're a first-time entrepreneur (or second time, frankly) I encourage ...
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I've known a number of entrepreneurs who have become VCs.  For many it's a way to pay back.  Most of us know that success is more than just hard work, good ideas, great marketing, and solid execution.  It requires a bit of luck too.   I appreciate people like Mark Suster who recognize that fact and do what they can to help new entrepreneurs minimize their risks and optimize their businesses for success. 

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