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Watch Out for These 9 Seed Funding Gotchas

Watch Out for These 9 Seed Funding Gotchas | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Don't rush into fundraising too early or without a plan.

The reality is most startups need to raise funding to grow, and to become real companies. It's not typical that a company can make money if it doesn’t fundraise, and certainly very unlikely that anyone will make any money if your company does not grow.

One of the objectives of the companies going through Techstars and other accelerators is to secure financing. Most companies are coming in to focus on accelerating their businesses and then securing capital to continue to accelerate growth. So we love it when companies get funding.

But we’ve seen a clear pattern with the companies that rush into funding too early. Why? Here are the nine gotchas of seed funding that will help you understand what goes wrong. Read more: click on image or title.




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20 Practical Tips For A Great Business Plan

20 Practical Tips For A Great Business Plan | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Have you started a new business, or are you contemplating finally launching that venture that has been on your mind for a long time?  If you want to succeed you’ll need a plan.

You don’t need a fancy business degree to be successful, but you do need vision, determination, organization and hard work.  A functional business plan is a good place to start.  This article will give you 20 “practical tips” that will start your business off on the right path.

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Great insights. Well worth reading, highly recommended,
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Alwin Samayoa's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:06 AM

"Maximize your profit payoff and the speed of completion on every project you undertake to grow your business"

Alwin Samayoa's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:09 AM

"Maximize your profit payoff and the speed of completion on every project you undertake to grow your business"

Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, February 8, 2014 4:29 AM

Yes you need a plan...one you can work with, not one that sits in the bottom of your draw...take a look and digest these 20 tips

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A VC: Maximizing Runway Can Minimize Success

A VC: Maximizing Runway Can Minimize Success | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Less Money for Lean Startups is the Way to Success, according to Fred Wilson.

Runway is the amount of time you have until you run out of cash. Or until you raise another round. Or until you can get the business self sustaining/profitable. Runway is survival. And so everyone in the startup world is...


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 20, 2013 1:25 PM

I must agree with that. Once you can prove that managing less money and better results is what you do, you will have a better chance at success. The avalanche of money that some startups get from some VC's is ridiculous. Less for more.


Take a look at the DEAL FLOW page on my site. List yours for free, no gimmicks. http://www.business-funding-insider.com/deal-flow-listing.html

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12 of the Hardest Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask You - AlleyWatch

12 of the Hardest Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask You - AlleyWatch | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Fundraising?  Make sure you know how to answer some of the toughest questions VCs will throw at you..
 




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10 Myths about Startups

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There are some prevalent myths and preconceived notions about startups that are simply not true. Here's 10 of them.
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Great article, every startup should read this, it will at least make you think.


Hint: need a little help getting your thoughts and ideas organized? Get a free business plan template. It'll get you going: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/free-sample-business-plan.html

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20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch

20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Use these 'cursed words,' and many reporters and bloggers will delete your email. So will your employees. Plus, civilization might end.
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The same in business plans and investor presentations of any kind.


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Growthink Business Plan Template Review

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Review of Growthink's Ultimate Business Plan Template by professional business plan reviewers
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Get it done in 8 hours or less, while communicating the essentials that investors are looking for and that will make them respond.

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The 6 Key Components of Writing a Business Plan

The 6 Key Components of Writing a Business Plan | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Having prepared a good business plan before starting your venture can often be the difference between startup success and failure.  I am not saying you need a 50 page detailed report, as investors don't typically have the time to read them anymore.

 But, it is more about taking the time to think through the below 6 key components of a preparing a business plan, to make sure you know what you are up against in your industry and have reasonable foresight into where the business is heading in terms of go-to-market strategies and financial returns for the company and its investors. Click on title or image to read the full article.


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Growthink really understands how to create compelling business plans and raise capital, and Growthink's Capital Raising Products succeed in infusing this knowledge.
-John Morris
Managing Director, GKM Ventures,
Board of Governors, Tech Coast Angels



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A business plan is your focus and compass when setting up a successful business. Investors or banks will require it, but even your team and yourself will benefit from having one.

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5 Tips for Attracting Angel Investors

5 Tips for Attracting Angel Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Are you thinking of seeking out angel investors to fund your startup? Here are five tips to help you sell your business idea and strike a deal.


What do you do when you have a great business idea, but don't have the money to fund it? While some entrepreneurs turn to small business loans or crowdfunding, others seek out angel investors, individuals or groups of individuals who invest in startups in exchange for an equity share of the company.
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Good summary of how to prepare to find and present to the right investors.

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Courting bank funding

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How do you make your business simply irresistible to a bank manager?
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Excellent article to learn what banks want to hear from their clients.

Of course, the business plan is central again. Start with a good business plan template.

Free Business Plan Template:    https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freebptemplate/gt4045/

If you have a little more time, check this presentation from Dave Lavinsky, president of Growthink, the company that offers many tools for startups, this one is specifically aimed at succeeding in obtaining a loan from the bank: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/loanguide/gt4045/

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Start-up Pitch Deck - PowerPoint Presentation to Raise Venture Capital or Angel Investor Funding

Start-up Pitch Deck - PowerPoint Presentation to Raise Venture Capital or Angel Investor Funding | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
PowerPoint Presentation for VC fundraising: Pitch Deck Samples
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PowerPoint presentations have to be used very carefully. I do like the ten topics that need to be addressed in a presentation, however, it's not the function of the Powerpoint to explain it all, it's up to the presenter to provide the information. The Powerpoint is there only to show the structure of the presentation. It should not be the place to contain a lot of content and explanation.


Follow the structure of a Business Plan Template to create your presentation. Here's a free one, to get started: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/free-business-plan-template.html

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What are the early symptoms that a startup is going to fail?

What are the early symptoms that a startup is going to fail? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Answer (1 of 29): I'm sure there are plenty more out there, but I look for these:

1. No demonstrated user need. For example, consider 3D movies and TV.
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

This is a question on Quora with some great answers, very informative for startups, much to learn here. Please discuss.


Do you still need to write that business plan? Start at least with a 'Free Business Plan Template': http://www.business-funding-insider.com/free-business-plan-template.html



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Startup Professionals Musings: 5 Startup Concepts That are Not the Next Big Thing

Startup Professionals Musings: 5 Startup Concepts That are Not the Next Big Thing | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
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I choose to spread this article, real innovation is what is needed.

Get some good advice on funding for startups here: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com


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