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How to pitch to VCs and angel investors as a tech startup. 11 tips from founders

How to pitch to VCs and angel investors as a tech startup. 11 tips from founders | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Learn how to make even the best investors interested in your business. Emerline interviewed 4 different startup owners and asked to share their secrets!

"Pitching to investors is just like dating but you only get access to their LinkedIn profile whereas they get to see you naked and your bank balance. All the mind games still apply. You need to play hard to get to make yourself more desirable and you can't seem desperate. You will meet lots of people and it is easy to get distracted with investment offers that aren't right but you have to stay strong and wait for 'the one'."

Elyse Daniels, CEO of ExodusWear Read more: click image or title.

 

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I bought one of your business planning templates and have been receiving your emails and videos for a few months now…
I just wanted to say thanks for cranking out such amazing work!
You're doing an incredible job, and I know entrepreneurs everywhere are benefiting from it!
Please, keep it up!
Wishing you all the best!”
Colin Pape
President
ShopCity.com, Inc

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#Pitching #investors is a learning experience. This article illustrators how several #startup #founders went about it. Great stories and good advice.

 

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#Pitching #investors is a learning experience. This article illustrators how several #startup #founders went about it. Great stories and good advice.

 

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5 things to consider before going for Startup Funding

5 things to consider before going for Startup Funding | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

5 things to consider before going for Startup Funding -

The Bangalore, India based Branding Agency explains the strategies to get funding.Simple & effective strategies.

Every startup waits for the day when they will be going for the first round of funding.! Going for a funding is an easy task if you do it in a planned way. The majority of the startups makes one or the other simple mistake and thus lose a chance to get funded on the first try. Here are the 5 important aspects that you need to take care of in order to increase your chance of getting funded. Read more: click image or title

 

 

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Getting the basics lined up for #funding.

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Dear Startups:  Here’s How to Stay Alive

Dear Startups:  Here’s How to Stay Alive | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Dear Startups: Here’s How to Stay Alive

There are storm clouds gathering over Silicon Valley – and it’s more than just El Nino. As a venture capitalist, I see a lot of data points within the private company marketplace.  Every Monday, I sit in a room with my partners and we discuss dozens of companies, both portfolio companies as well as those we are considering for investment.  When a market turns, we tend to see the signs earlier than the entrepreneurs working on the front lines.

This market?  I’d say it has turned.

It is going to be hard (or impossible) for many of today’s startups to raise funds.  And I think it will get worse before it gets better.  But, hey, my entrepreneurial friend, who ever said it was going to be easy?  One of my favorite expressions is: “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

So which is it going to be for you?  Tougher?  Or dead. Read more: click image or title.



Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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Another great article on how to make it through this pullback on #startup #funding. This is more in depth and complete. Very good advice.

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9 Top Venture Capitalists Share Their Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

9 Top Venture Capitalists Share Their Best Advice for Entrepreneurs | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
When it comes to fundraising, it's a good idea to listen to the men and women doling out the dollars.

Pitching venture capitalists can be a fraught enterprise, particularly for entrepreneurs who have never done it before. With that in mind, we’ve asked leading venture capitalists at firms like Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners and GE Ventures to share their best advice for startup founders seeking capital.

From specific tips on hiring to more general strategies on maintaining focus, this is your shot to learn from the pros. Read more: click image or title.



Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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When it comes to fundraising, it's a good idea to listen to the men and women doling out the dollars. Isn't that the truth!
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Planning Is How You Survive These 5 Common Startup Killers

Planning Is How You Survive These 5 Common Startup Killers | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Startups are launched with boundless optimism but only succeed through unsentimental realism.

By definition, every startup is predictably unpredictable, since new solutions have no proven track record, startups are usually building a new market, and the world around them is changing faster than ever. Yet, as an advisor to startups, I see some common disasters, and recommend some anticipation and recovery moves that can save every entrepreneur some painful time and money.

Five major elements of every business include your people, product, opportunity, money and marketing. While every entrepreneur needs to remain upbeat and optimistic on all of these, it is also smart to anticipate the worst case scenarios that are possible with each. Prepare ahead of time to prevent or head them off quickly, before it is too late, as events unfold:  Read more: click image or title.



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These five reasons are very real. Prepare yourself. The funding issue: take control of it from the start, take a look here:

http://www.business-funding-insider.com/FinancialArchitect.html


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Yahoo Redesigns Flickr to Make It 'Awesome Again'

Yahoo Redesigns Flickr to Make It 'Awesome Again' | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
At a press event, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer calls new design 'heart-stoppingly beautiful.'
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She really makes a difference transforming Yahoo. I like what she's doing.

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Why Raising Venture Capital Is A Waste Of Your Time

Why Raising Venture Capital Is A Waste Of Your Time | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
For years I pitched and pitched and got nowhere. Here's how I got funding for my startup.

You walk in 15 minutes ahead of time for your 4 p.m. meeting with Kleiner Perkins. You have a knockout Power Point, charming personality, and vision for a grand future despite this being your first startup and still being in development. The partners walk into the room and after having taken every course, watched every YouTube video on pitching, and seen every Shark Tank episode, you hit the pitch out of the ballpark.

The partners give you a standing ovation proclaiming how you have the most innovative product they’ve seen since Facebook and hand you a check for $2M to build your grand vision, hire a few dozen people while paying yourself and your team a normal corporate salary, and spend hundreds of thousands on marketing to beat out all those other competitors. Confetti and balloons proceed to drop out of the ceiling as a team of VC interns carry you out of the room on their shoulders while the partners bust out into the musical version of “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates.

This is every entrepreneur’s dream. It is also a complete fabrication. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Startups wanting to find #seedfunding from #VC companies need to read this article.

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#Startups wanting to find #seedfunding from #VC companies need to read this article.

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Seven Tips For Starting A Tech Company Without Venture Capital

Seven Tips For Starting A Tech Company Without Venture Capital | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Just because you haven't raised a round doesn't mean you can't bootstrap a thriving business.

When starting a tech company, it can be tempting to make venture capital a priority, but finding it shouldn’t be what drives your business decisions. I knew I wanted to bootstrap my business, BuySellAds, so that I could follow my own goals. By following these next few tips, I was able to achieve success for my business without raising VC money. Here’s how you can too. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Making the right choices when creating your #tech #startup.

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Surviving Whatever Comes Next - Mattermark

Surviving Whatever Comes Next - Mattermark | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Don’t want your company to die? Here’s what to do. The startup fundraising environment is in flux, and over the past two weeks the pace of change has accelerated rapidly. Throughout the ecosystem, blogging VCs and entrepreneurs alike are urging that it’s time to raise, even if you can’t get the valuation you hoped for. Others … Read more: click image or title.




Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

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#Startup #Funding is changing rapidly. Read this article to be better informed and find out what to do next.

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Raising Money? Seek These Investment Funds In Singapore

Raising Money? Seek These Investment Funds In Singapore | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Raising Money? Seek These Investment Funds In Singapore
If you want to feel nervous, excited and thrilled all at a time then be an entrepreneur and raise capital. Yes, capital raising is the most crucial and challenging phase of building a business. If you are already running a fundraising campaign for your newly-started business, then you are definitely one of the luckiest persons on earth because no matter if you succeed or fail to convince the investors, the effort itself is an achievement as it teaches you a lot many things.
 
So, if it is the city state of Singapore where you are looking for suitable investment funds, there is no dearth of options for you. Today, there are more than 100 venture capital firms in Singapore aiming to invest in high-potential startups with an innovative approach.
 
If you think you are ready with what it all takes to convince a VC, below are some of the best names for you from which you can choose a suitable investor for your dream venture. The investors differ in their sector preference and stage of investment so it is best to first identify the right investors and then start chasing them. Read more: click image or title.


Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more:

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Great list of #VC funds in #Singapore.

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Survive the Leap to Hyper-Growth with This Advice from Steve Blank - First Round Review

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Most startups die right before they enter hyper-growth. Steve Blank shares his perspectives on how companies can cross the chasm.

This article is by Steve Blank, entrepreneur, author and one of the founders of the Lean Startup movement.

Recently, I got a call from Patrick, an ex-student I hadn’t heard from for 8 years. He's now the CEO of a company and wanted to talk about what he admitted was a “first world” problem. Over breakfast he got me up to date on his life since school (two non-CEO roles at startups), but he wanted to talk about his third startup —the one he and two other co-founders had most recently started.

“We’re at 70 people, and we’ll do $40 million in revenue this year and should get to cash flow breakeven this quarter,” he said. It sounded like he was living the dream. I was trying to figure out why we were meeting. But then he told me all about the tough decisions, the pivots and firing his best friend, which he had to do to get to where he was. In short, he had been through heck and back.

“I made it this far,” he said. "My board bet on me to take it to scale. I’m going to double my headcount in the next 3 quarters. The problem is where’s the playbook? There were plenty of books for what to do as a startup, and lots of advice for what to do if I was running a large public company, but there’s nothing that describes how to deal with the issues of growing a company. I feel like I’m just driving without a roadmap. What should I be reading or doing?”

I explained to Patrick that startups go through a series of steps before they become a large company, and that he was smack in the middle of two big ones. Read more: http://snip.ly/0fEt



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"Our work with Growthink was very helpful for creating a business plan to focus our efforts in the short term and increase our value over the long term."
Jack Bergstrand, CEO
Brand Velocity, Inc.

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After dealing with the hurdles of birthing a startup comes the real deal: building a great company, dealing with growth, HR, corporate structures, etc. This article gives some sources of information and ideas on how to move to the next phase.

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