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The Three Profits of SME's

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:38 PM

 

Most business owners take a very singular perspective when it comes deriving profit from their businesses, and these owners overlook the sometimes more lucrative, but not as obvious, ways to profit in their business.

 

Every business has three stages in its lifecycle that are important to success for business owners, and each of these stages, offers the opportunity to maximise the overall profits that the business is capable of generating.

 

This excellent article, suggests that understanding the three different profit sources of any business will make a significant difference to the way in which you view and manage your business, and it identifies each of these profit sources and sadvises on how to maximise each of these avenues to greater profits.

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The Most Common Question That New Angel Investors Ask

The Most Common Question That New Angel Investors Ask | Money Flows | Scoop.it

The world of startup investing is expectedly different from investing in the public market, and there is one question I get regularly from new angel investors who want to diversify their portfolio. While most startups won’t achieve Facebook or Dropbox returns (62,000% and 39,000% ROI, respectively), a long-term investment of 5-8 years in the right startup could produce higher returns than any other asset. Arguably, one of the most attractive components about buying equity in early-stage startups is the uncorrelated attribute it provides, which is what financial advisors often emphasize- the importance of diversification and uncorrelated returns in a well-balanced portfolio.

With emerging equity crowdfunding platforms that make it easy for curious investors to review available startup deals, there is an interesting learning curve that needs to be addressed among new startup investors, which is my main motivation for writing this piece. Daily, new investors joining RockThePost most commonly ask one question: What ROI can I expect from my investments? This is a rational question, but not one that can be answered simply for a number of reasons. Rather, it’s best to be well-versed on the implications of angel investing in order to  formulate an educated set of expectations. With that in mind, here are 3 key points I emphasize when investors ask about the expected ROI of startup investments.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 11, 6:54 PM

With the JOBS act creating new possibilities for investors, it is a timely to look into investing into private firms and startups in particular. Here is a good introductory article.

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Is Mainstream Finance Picking Up The Crowdfunding Vibe?

Is Mainstream Finance Picking Up The Crowdfunding Vibe? | Money Flows | Scoop.it
To date, crowdfunding has been downplayed in Wall Street's Concrete Canyon. But that may be about to change.

Interest in crowdfunding from traditional finance players like private equity’s Bain Capital is growing, even though skeptics have downplayed crowdfunding in serious corporate finance.  

RockThePost, a crowdfunding platform that seeks money for startups, holds monthly "Demo Days," where startups pitch ideas to wealthy investors, angel investors, family office investors and institutional investors.

The latest Demo Day hosted pitches from five companies seeking crowdfunding. Representatives of Bain Capital, along with venture capital firms like Emerald Stage2 Ventures and Fresh Track Capital, attended.

Companies selected to pitch include those that are trending on RockThePost’s crowdfunding platform, which has raised $23.5 million for its startups since its March 2013 launch. Each startup has ten minutes to make its case before investors rate them publicly and later send feedback.

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IMHO crowdfunding is step-change territory. It always intrigues me how long it takes for the incumbents to identify the significant wind shifts ...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 25, 7:17 PM

Good deal for Startups. Interest is growing from VC's. There are many benefits to Crowdfunding.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 25, 10:53 PM

Crowdfunding cannot be ignored and it is sparking many more products and services which have been designed and launched to help those seeking crowdfunding to be prepared to go through the process successfully. 

Breakaway Funding's curator insight, January 28, 11:42 AM

It’s unclear when, if, or how institutional investors and Wall Street firms will take a serious interest in crowdfunding. But they really should, esp. with our platform where the due diligences a mouse click away in our secure portal. ^JB

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P2P lending: What's to worry?

P2P lending: What's to worry? | Money Flows | Scoop.it

Former FDIC chair Sheila Bair explains why a good idea needs more regulation. (Investors are making good money extending credit to their fellow Americans via crowdlending platforms!


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Therese Torris's curator insight, December 28, 2013 5:13 AM
Expresses concerns that the cost advantage of crowdfunding over community banks might come only from lighter regulation
Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 28, 2013 12:43 PM

Good introduction to Peer-to-Peer lending. A good alternative for some.

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5 Reasons To Forget About Venture Capital Funding

5 Reasons To Forget About Venture Capital Funding | Money Flows | Scoop.it

In the startup world, venture capital funding from a big firm has become the Holy Grail. But, of course, there are other ways to launch a successful business. Bootstrapping, borrowing money from friends and family, using funds from an existing business or leveraging personal assets are all certainly options.

Below are five reasons you may want to seek another way to start your business without big VC money.

Very Few Companies Receive Venture Capital Funding

Believe it or not, for all the talk, venture capital funding is actually a rare thing. In fact, Forbes.com reports that currently VCs fund only about one to two startups out of every 100 business plans they see. And only about 300 of the 600,000 businesses started in the U.S. every year receive venture capital. Simply put, 99.5% of entrepreneurs will not get VC funding, at least not at the startup level.

So, if venture capital funding is so rare, isn’t it practical to seek an alternative for your business? Here are five reasons venture capital funding may not be right for your business.

Your Idea May Not Be Big Enough

You’ve heard how successful small businesses or startups should look to small niche markets. However, VC investors are generally looking for an idea that can pay off in the billions. Venture capitalists are in the business of making money, of course. But just how much money may surprise you.

Even medium-sized VCs will look only at businesses targeting a market in the $1 billion range, says Mark Peter Davis, founder of Interplay Ventures and a venture partner at High Peaks Venture Partners. Larger VCs will want businesses with a potential $5 to $10 billion market. Unless you’re launching a startup with this kind of potential, venture capital funding probably isn’t for you.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 26, 2013 7:26 PM

This article is very real. Don't hope for VC funding. If you have the 'Big' idea, don't go chase them. Eventually they may chase you, but yes, it only happens to very few. Look for some real solutions. Angel investing, with an investor or group if investors who are committed to your success. Or find other funding solutions. Keeping control of your company is much more important than selling it out to a group of money managers.

My best advice is to work with a company like Growthink. They will help you find the best funding solution. They will help you build a great company, and then they will help you exit the right way.

How can you learn more about them? Sign up, for free, with their daily emails, you'll find out where quality comes in. https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/gye/gt4045/

At Business Funding Insider we have aligned ourselves with them, great company. They are providing exactly what most startups need. They have individual products that serve your needs, or you can become part of their inner circle, have access to all of their information, and grow with them. If you have a little time, view this video, with Dave Lavinsky. He helped so many entrepreneurs, not just to get funded (over $ 2 Billion), but much more than that. https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/gic/gt4045/


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The Pitch Deck We Used To Raise $500,000 For Our Startup @bufferapp

The Pitch Deck We Used To Raise $500,000 For Our Startup @bufferapp | Money Flows | Scoop.it
A surprisingly generous sharing of ideas (and the actual deck) from a successful fund-raise.

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props to the Buffer crew for sharing their pitch slide deck; "pay it forward" generosity in action ...

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Elina Juusola-Halonen's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:22 AM

It always good to expand the knowledge on how to raise funds For New ideas. Very useful! 

Umesh Choori's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:29 PM

Ratio thinking - key to success!

Kahssaye Kebede Ambaw's curator insight, May 26, 2013 1:26 AM

wow dollar heap for a pitch

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Just How Useless Is the Asset-Management Industry?

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As consumers wise up, it could mean the end of high fees.
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i became more aware of these issues after reading Jack Bogle's book Enough!

 

it is fascinating that the funds management industry is subjected to so little rigorous scrutiny on these matters by investors given the high stakes and the significant impact of cost structues on long run investment returns

 

i now reserve a corner for low cost index funds in portfolios that i am responsible for ...

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5 Different Ways to Invest in Renewable Energy : Greentech Media

5 Different Ways to Invest in Renewable Energy : Greentech Media | Money Flows | Scoop.it
Tam Hunt outlines the diversifying investment options in clean energy.

The renewable energy industry is well past its training-wheels phase and now offers many ways to invest in all types of assets. I’ve been an investor in renewables off and on for the last couple of decades, and I offer in this column a little nonprofessional advice about how best to get into this field as an investor.

Please note that I am not a professional investment advisor and this column should not be considered legal or professional investment advice in any manner. Where I have a financial interest in my recommendations, I will indicate as much.

As with all investments, the two key things to consider are your risk tolerance and your investment horizon. I’ll start with the least risky investments that feature the longest time horizon, and then move toward more risky investments with shorter time horizons.

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Has the question ever come up in your mind? How can I individually be part of the renewable energy cause? Or, ... Can I invest and profit from this? This article gives some good alternatives and a good idea of what is possible. Recommended.



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Curating Peer-to-Peer lending and Crowdfunding news

Curating Peer-to-Peer lending and Crowdfunding news | Money Flows | Scoop.it

I started following P2P lending as a Forrester Research analyst when Zopa was created in the UK.

 

P2P lending was a buoyant small space. But financial scandals, the resulting economic crisis and a favorable US regulation (the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act) are making crowdfunding and the notion of by-passing traditional lenders more and more popular. If you're interested in this topic I recommend you follow Matthew Paulson and Peter Renton from  http://www.p2plendingnews.com/ and http://www.sociallending.net/.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:08 AM

Alternatives to big bank and big money investors. This is showing up as a way for emerging film makers and others with ideas, businesses or causes to move forward with the money from crowd funding.

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The Three Profits of SME's

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:38 PM

 

Most business owners take a very singular perspective when it comes deriving profit from their businesses, and these owners overlook the sometimes more lucrative, but not as obvious, ways to profit in their business.

 

Every business has three stages in its lifecycle that are important to success for business owners, and each of these stages, offers the opportunity to maximise the overall profits that the business is capable of generating.

 

This excellent article, suggests that understanding the three different profit sources of any business will make a significant difference to the way in which you view and manage your business, and it identifies each of these profit sources and sadvises on how to maximise each of these avenues to greater profits.

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20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

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20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

Written by Pete Kennedy on Wednesday, April 9, 2008

1. To prove that you’re serious about your business. A formal business plan is necessary to show all interested parties -- employees, investors, partners and yourself -- that you are committed to building the business.

2. To establish business milestones. The business plan should clearly lay out the long-term milestones that are most important to the success of your business. To paraphrase Guy Kawasaki, a milestone is something significant enough to come home and tell your spouse about (without boring him or her to death). Would you tell your spouse that you tweaked the company brochure? Probably not. But you'd certainly share the news that you launched your new website or reached $1M in annual revenues.

3. To better understand your competition. Creating the business plan forces you to analyze the competition. All companies have competition in the form of either direct or indirect competitors, and it is critical to understand your company's competitive advantages.

4. To better understand your customer. Why do they buy when they buy? Why don’t they when they don't? An in-depth customer analysis is essential to an effective business plan and to a successful business.

5. To enunciate previously unstated assumptions. The process of actually writing the business plan helps to bring previously "hidden" assumptions to the foreground. By writing them down and assessing them, you can test them and analyze their validity.

6. To assess the feasibility of your venture. How good is this opportunity? The business plan process involves researching your target market, as well as the competitive landscape, and serves as a feasibility study for the success of your venture.

7. To document your revenue model. How exactly will your business make money? This is a critical question to answer in writing, for yourself and your investors. Documenting the revenue model helps to address challenges and assumptions associated with the model.

8. To determine your financial needs. Does your business need to raise capital? How much? The business plan creation process helps you to determine exactly how much capital you need and what you will use it for. This process is essential for raising capital for business and for effectively employing the capital.

9. To attract investors. A formal business plan is the basis for financing proposals. The business plan answers investors' questions such as: Is there a need for this product/service? What are the financial projections? What is the company's exit strategy?

10. To reduce the risk of pursuing the wrong opportunity. The process of creating the business plan helps to minimize opportunity costs. Writing the business plan helps you assess the attractiveness of this particular opportunity, versus other opportunities.

11. To force you to research and really know your market. What are the most important trends in your industry? What are the greatest threats to your industry? Is the market growing or shrinking? What is the size of the target market for your product/service? Creating the business plan will help you to gain a wider, deeper, and more nuanced understanding of your marketplace.

12. To attract employees and a management team. To attract and retain top quality talent, a business plan is necessary. The business plan inspires employees and management that the idea is sound and that the business is poised to achieve its strategic goals.

13. To plot your course and focus your efforts. The business plan provides a roadmap from which to operate, and to look to for direction in times of doubt. Without a business plan, you may shift your short-term strategies constantly without a view to your long-term milestones.

14. To attract partners. Partners also want to see a business plan, in order to determine whether it is worth partnering with your business. Establishing partnerships often requires time and capital, and companies will be more likely to partner with your venture if they can read a detailed explanation of your company.

15. To position your brand. Creating the business plan helps to define your company's role in the marketplace. This definition allows you to succinctly describe the business and position the brand to customers, investors, and partners.

16. To judge the success of your business. A formal business plan allows you to compare actual operational results versus the business plan itself. In this way, it allows you to clearly see whether you have achieved your strategic, financing, and operational goals (and why you have or have not).

17. To reposition your business to deal with changing conditions. For example, during difficult economic conditions, if your current sales and operational models aren’t working, you can rewrite your business plan to define, try, and validate new ideas and strategies.

18. To document your marketing plan. How are you going to reach your customers? How will you retain them? What is your advertising budget? What price will you charge? A well-documented marketing plan is essential to the growth of a business.

19. To understand and forecast your company’s staffing needs. After completing your business plan, you will not be surprised when you are suddenly short-handed. Rather, your business plan provides a roadmap for your staffing needs, and thus helps to ensure smoother expansion.

20. To uncover new opportunities. Through the process of brainstorming, white-boarding and creative interviewing, you will likely see your business in a different light. As a result, you will often come up with new ideas for marketing your product/service and running your business.

 

 

 

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Dj Baker says

I find this a very simple, yet effective, breakdown of the reasons why a business plan is absolutely essential. From personal experience these 20 reasons our very much the truth. It is also very reassuring to know that there are trustworthy sites out there who do contain valuable information. Much appreciated, DjPosted at 5:24 pmdan says

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Thanks for this article. It is indeed a great eye opener for me. Didn't realise there's so much a business plan can reveal about any enterprise.Posted at 1:49 pmMohammed Ajmal says

Thanks for the all this valuable info free of cost.Posted at 11:22 ammanas says

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Just found this post. What a great list of reasons to write a business plan. I particularly like: 13. To plot your course and focus your efforts. All too often I meet entrepreneurs who have been running their business for years without a business plan, and their business shows it. Writing a business plan creates the INTENTIONS and structure for success. Thank you, SuzannePosted at 11:41 amprivate placement memorandum says

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Check this "Review of Growthink's Business Plan Template":

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, July 21, 2013 9:31 PM

Very true !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa Terrazola's curator insight, October 29, 4:44 AM

This article is great. Business plan is a must to succeed

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How Funding Works - Splitting The Equity With Investors - Infographic

How Funding Works - Splitting The Equity With Investors - Infographic | Money Flows | Scoop.it
This infographic shows how funding works for a hypothetical startup splitting equity with angel investors, venture capitalists and IPO.

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