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How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

I travel the country a lot. And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community. They often ask whether they have to move to SF, NY or LA to get financed. 

I have the same response always, “Where do you want to live? Where do you want to build your community, your relationships, your family?” I’m trying to get a feel for their commitment to local community versus being in a place where financing is easiest. Read more: click image or title.

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You decide where you want to live and build your business.

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Successfully Delivering Your Story: The Ultimate Startup Investor Pitch Deck

Successfully Delivering Your Story: The Ultimate Startup Investor Pitch Deck | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

After 14+ years of writing hundreds of investor pitches that raised hundreds of millions of dollars — here’s the winning formula! When you see about 50 pitch decks a week over 14 years, you see A LOT of repeat mistakes. And when you fix these decks, you see many successes.

People ask me: “How many slides should the deck have?” Or they’re sticking to a template that forces them into something that just doesn’t work.

So is there one “right” way to do a pitch deck? I think so! But if everyone uses the same method, won’t they all look the same? The answer is a resounding no! Read more: click image or title.

 

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Excellent article on how to weave your 'story' in your pitch deck and all elements of your presentation.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 4, 1:30 PM

What a great pitch deck that follows the structure of a story!

 

We've known for quite awhile that when pitching your company to funders, you've got to tell your story -- of the problem, solution, your biz plan, benefits, etc.

 

But how do you put it all together using narrative structure? Well, here's your easy to follow guide. After reviewing dozens of these over the years, this one will definitely work for you and bring in those bucks (as long as your product, solution, benefits are spot on).

 

Happy fundraising...

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Richard Branson: Here's how to get anyone to listen to your idea

Richard Branson: Here's how to get anyone to listen to your idea | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
If you want the self-made billionaire to hear you out, keep things concise.

If you want to get Virgin Group founder Richard Branson to listen to your idea, keep the pitch short and sweet.

"The pitches that I remember, and resulted in support and investment, were the ones where the idea could have fitted on the back of an envelope," the billionaire entrepreneur writes in a post on Virgin's website.

A common mistake Branson sees during pitches is repetition. Presenters tend to make their point and then proceed to repeat it over and over.

 

"If you want to get your message across, be engaging, concise and to the point," he advises. "Then, when you are done saying what you have to say, stop saying it."

This idea extends to life in general. Redundancy not only results in dry pitches, but also in dry conversation, Branson says: "There is nothing worse than sitting next to an enthusiastic person who repeats their same point time and again." Read more: click image or title.

 

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Sweet: keep it concise and don't repeat yourself over and over again. 

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Silicon Valley Etiquette

Silicon Valley Etiquette | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Manners Matter.

 

“During the 17th century, in France, manners became a political issue. King Louis XIV and his predecessors, in collecting together the nobility of France to live with the sovereign at Versailles, instituted a sort of school of manners.
At the palace, the courtiers lived under the despotic surveillance of the King. If you displeased a Louis, he would simply “not see you” the following day. And not being “seen” by the King was tantamount to ceasing to count, at Versailles.

The new manners — both the formal rules of protocol and precedence and the unspoken, more profoundly enculturated rules like table manners — were seen increasingly as ways in which one did not offend other people. You were controlling yourself, so as to prevent other people from being disgusted or shocked.”  Read more: click image or title.

 

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Great story comparing manners at the French court of King Louis XIV with nowadays Silicon Valley's way of doing this. A lot makes sense though, like 'being on time'. etc. 

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The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice

The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Over the past 10 years I’ve been on the first cap tables of three startups for which I’ve been responsible for closing their capital-raising efforts. I’ve been in over 200 investor meetings as part of the operating team, and have raised money from the smallest angel investor to the biggest European VC funds and some of the world’s largest corporate investors.

My present role as head of corporate development at Founders Factory has me on the other side of the table, assessing the materials and pitches of many early-stage startups, as well as running the internal Founders Factory program designed to assist our cohort close out their next round of financing. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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How to Raise Money Without Begging Investors

How to Raise Money Without Begging Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Check out these different ways to raise money for your startup idea.

Trying to generate funds for your new business idea, especially an attempt to raise money online, is fiercely competitive and can easily become discouraging -- if you let it. But as we all know, the most tenacious and driven entrepreneurs are most likely to succeed.

Approaching VCs and angel investors with your pitch is one way to get funded, but what's the next step if it's not panning out? Check out these 3 ways to raise money without begging investors to give you a shot. Read more: click image or title.

 

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This #ounder is sharing some great experience for the #funding process.

 

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This #ounder is sharing some great experience for the #funding process.

 

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10 key pitching tips for future success... - Tech2Brand

10 key pitching tips for future success... - Tech2Brand | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Over the next 12 months, many start-ups will be involved in high pressure 'pitching' competitions, here are my 10 key tips for succeeding when you next compete.

As a start-up, over the next 12 months, you will be involved in high pressure ‘pitch’ competitions, Whether your pitch needs to be 1 minute, 5 minutes or 20 minutes, it is crucial that you get it right ‘first time’ if you want to succeed.

Having been a judge on numerous competitions, I have seen many pitches fail, not because the tech wasn’t right, but due to small errors occurring (eg. pitch running over time, videos not working on the day, formatting on the slides different to what was originally submitted).  Unfortunately, these small inconveniences, can be THE difference between success and failure on the day.

To ensure that you don’t make the same mistake as others before you, please find detailed below 10 key ‘pitching tips’ for future success:

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5 Heavy-hitting corporate venture funds honing in on the Internet of Things- Postscapes

5 Heavy-hitting corporate venture funds honing in on the Internet of Things- Postscapes | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

5 Heavy-hitting corporate venture funds honing in on the Internet of Things - A closer look at Internet of Things corporate VC funds -

Traditionally larger companies have shown their interest in innovative start-ups through simply acquiring them. Today global corporations are teaming up or going head to head with traditional tech VC's to back the companies at different stages of their growth. Able to use their bank rolls and extensive partner networks to bring ideas to reality for similar types of companies while achieving their same strategic goals of helping their internal departments innovative and distributing their R&D costs.

 Here are five CVC funds targeting the IoT to keep your eye on:

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#CorporateFunding is a smart route to get #funding for your #startup. It comes with many advantages.

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4 Things You Need To Attract Venture Capital Firms 

4 Things You Need To Attract Venture Capital Firms  | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

With the striking advances in technological innovation in India, the venture capital market is becoming increasingly competitive. Ensure that you put your best foot forward to convince an investor. Otherwise, you might miss out on golden opportunities. Research shows that out of 100 startups, only two or three are able to make it to the next level. So if you are aiming for venture capital firms in India, you must start with the right set of things.
 
Knowing how to raise capital in India is critical as the market is so huge that there is enough chance of losing potential investors. Here are a few simple tips that can make it easier for you to attract venture capitalists.


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Approaching #VentureCapital companies is a challenge. Preparing the right way will increase your chances. This article offers some great insight.

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Y Combinator's Sam Altman says founders are getting spoiled by easy money - Business Insider

Y Combinator's Sam Altman says founders are getting spoiled by easy money - Business Insider | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

If you're just starting your startup, you don't need a ton of money to do it.

That's the advice Y Combinator president Sam Altman gave today in a mini-tweetstorm.

Today, founders don't get excited if they can "only" raise a million-dollar seed round of funding, but Altman says that you should be proud to make your company work on as little capital as possible.

After all, he says, Google's seed round would have been a rather unimpressive sum today.

As an additional reminder for startups, bootstrapping is cool, as is generating your own revenue! It leaves you in control, and your investors will never be able to fire you. Read more: click image or title.



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Good advice. It's like the rich kid who blows money all the time. The poor kid does a lot more with the little he/she gets, while learning more in the process and achieving more in the end.

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11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About

11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
You already know you're unstoppable. Here's how to get the cash to prove it.

In 2014, there were close to 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, a 68 percent increase since 1997, according to The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express. This percentage increase exceeded the national average of small business growth by 1.5 times.

It also illustrated what we already know: Women entrepreneurs are having a tremendous impact on the small business landscape nationwide.

Yet to continue to be competitive and grow, these entrepreneurs have to find funding for their ventures. And, alarmingly, women entrepreneurs are increasingly being turned away by banks for small business loans. Thankfully, they still have other options, given the rise of technology-driven financial lending sources -- such as online loans, peer-to-peer loans and crowdfunding.

Then there are government grants. While not widely known or used, these grants are another great option for women seeking extra funding for their business ventures. They just take a little more work. Read more: click on image or title.


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Another option to get your business started is to obtain a #grant.

This article offers a good introduction and has a list for #women

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Reflecting On The First 100 Investments – Haywire

Reflecting On The First 100 Investments – Haywire | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

As I begin Haystack III, I wanted to write down and share the reflections I’ve had on seed investing to date. However, please note (1) I’m still learning; (2) I’ll make new mistakes; and (3) these reflections are for me, and not generally applicable to others — there are 101 ways to invest effectively and different things work for different people. And, ultimately, (4) it is a privilege for me to be even just a small investor, and it’s a privilege I take seriously, and am grateful for all the investors in my fund and founders I’ve gotten to work with — they have all taken a chance on me, and that is a very humbling set of circumstances to keep in mind.

With that, here’s what I’ve been reflecting on with 100 investments now in the portfolio, three years in. I don’t have a technology or investment background, so I wanted to invest in a lot of companies quickly as a way to speed up my learning, but I know in the back of my mind, there are no shortcuts and will be more learnings in the years to come. [I want to dig into some my stats (as I’ve shared on Twitter before), but I’ll do this in another post, as here I want to focus more on what I’m taking away as I move into Fund III.] Finally, I’ve had a tough time organizing my reflections in specific categories, so this may ramble a bit. Apologies in advance. Read more: click image or title.



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This blog article is full of information on how to select a #startup

for #seedfunding. Every #founder should read articles like this. It tells you what is important, how the #investors think, what they #value, and what their experience is. Brilliant.

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Avoid the Seed-Funding Surge Trap With These 8 Tips

Avoid the Seed-Funding Surge Trap With These 8 Tips | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
A seasoned investor provides tips for startups to dodge the challenges created by the increasing availability of seed funding.

"Finding startup funding is easy."

Of course, anyone who has ever been involved with a startup knows that this is not something you would typically hear from founders. Finding credible investors with the resources to invest -- and convincing them to commit -- continues to be a time- and resource-consuming challenge for all startups.

Related: 4 Options for Raising Capital From Friends, Investors or Even the Feds

Times are changing, however, and so is the funding environment for startups.

While most startups will be self-funded by its founders or the founder's immediate family and friends, some seek and accept third party "seed funding," an investment at the very early stages of a company.

Seed investing is risky, and most seed investors understand that seven of 10 startup investments will ultimately fail. They also understand, however, that it only takes one massive startup success to make you rich.

Therefore, seed investors understand that they need to have "skin in the game" to find successes and, maybe more important, to avoid the pitfall of "FOMO," or "fear of missing out" on the next big startup success. Read more, click image or title.




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Startup Fundraising: The Pitch Deck and Financial Modeling - Techstars

Startup Fundraising: The Pitch Deck and Financial Modeling - Techstars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

As you prepare for your fundraising effort, you need to get the basic tools of the trade completed before you start the process. In part one of this post, we covered traction and the executive summary. In this post, we will dive into pitch decks that will raise capital and financial models. The goal is … Read more: click image or title.

 

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The second part of this article by Techstarts on #Fundraising

 

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The second part of this article by Techstarts on #Fundraising

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WTF is a funding round?

WTF is a funding round? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
You see it on TechCrunch all the time: company X raised $X million at $X valuation. But if you don’t work in venture capital or finance, you might not know..

So, we’ll break it down for you.

 

 

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10 Things You Must Do Before Connecting With Investors

10 Things You Must Do Before Connecting With Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
There are no shortcuts to building a solid network of engaged investors.

The majority of entrepreneurs have one thing in common: They're totally in love with their company and their product. They are passionate, enthusiastic and optimistic. They can’t wait to tell everyone how their idea or product is going to change the world. Before that can happen, though, entrepreneurs need to spend some time thinking about what motivates the people who will help fuel the jet engine. 

During my decades of raising capital and running startups, I've learned a few things about preparing for investor meetings. If you're lining up appointments with people who have the potential to write big checks, I recommend you make your way down this full list. Following these guidelines will help you secure funding and build valuable partnerships. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Do this and increase your chances to get #funding

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The first impression is just the start, make sure you have all of these 10 points figured out.

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All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered

All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Start-up fundraising is hard. Despite ubiquitous headlines about unicorn valuations and how it’s never been easier to raise money in Silicon Valley, the process of raising capital can be grueling, unpredictable, and non-transparent. To shed some light on best practices for successful startup fundraising, I sat down with my partners Eric Feng and Randy Komisar to ask and answer the most frequently asked questions entrepreneurs have about fundraising today. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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These guys live and breathe #funding of #startups, interesting conversation, directly from the insiders.

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4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors

4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Investment decisions are supposed to be based on rational analysis. But don't discount the power of a compelling narrative to engage a funder emotionally.

Like many technology entrepreneurs, I'm more comfortable with logic than storytelling. But entrepreneurs need to be able to tell an engaging story to attract capital and advice from investors.

The gap between many entrepreneurs' weak storytelling skills and the high demand for that ability is so often seen that one venture-capital firm, Greylock Partners, hired Elisa Schreiber, a marketing partner to help the firm's entrepreneurs to tell their stories more effectively.

As she wrote in Fortune, "I work closely with entrepreneurs to help them shape their company’s communications strategies. No matter the sector, I have found that the organizations who effectively tell their stories are the ones who can recruit the top talent, acquire long-term customers, and build brands that endure." Read more: click image or title.

 

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Packaging your #funding request is not just about numbers. You're dealing with humans who have emotions. Tell a great #story.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 19, 2016 12:48 PM

Just yesterday I finished putting together a storytelling program for startups to create their pitch deck. Lots of specific stories are needed in order to create a winning pitch to venture capitalists.

 

Then today this post pops up on my screen. Talk about serendipity! What I like about the article are the 4 story types that a startup can take. Each startup story is unique, yet typically falls into one of these 4 story types.

 

What I don't like about the article is that the original title is "4 Keys To Crafting A Winning Startup Story". It sounds like you are going to get tips for crafting your startup story. The article isn't about that, but it does lay out the 4 types very well.

 

If your are struggling with your startup story, this post will definitely help you. Which story type fits you best?

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Tools Required To Raise Venture capital

Tools Required To Raise Venture capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Capital raising is an important chapter in almost every entrepreneur’s life. To turn the dream business idea into reality, entrepreneurs try out various tools to raise capital for their startups although the capital raised is often not enough to support complete growth and expansion. This results in the need for further rounds of financing. However, Venture capital is one such source which can provide the entrepreneurs with the maximum amount of capital though raising venture capital is the toughest job for the entrepreneurs. There are many things that the entrepreneurs need to take care of while venture capital raising and these are nothing but the fundamental tools to raise capital. The first and the most important thing is, to decide what you want and how much you want.


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#VentureCapital is the most difficult way to #fundraising. Find some good tips in this article.

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What Investors Want - Visible.vc

What Investors Want - Visible.vc | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Figuring out what a VC investor wants is crucial for the success of your startup fundraising round.

With the number of places available to gather information on how VCs invest – Mattermark and CB Insights on the paid side, Crunchbase and Angelllist for the burn conscious – it is no longer difficult to understand who you should be trying to raise money from.

Want to know who most prolific early stage FinTech investors are, for example? LMGTFY…the first result from CB Insights gives you a good starting point. Great! So it looks like 500Startups is very active in the space but they are a big firm, who should I be reaching out to there? Well…a second Google search might lead to something like this. Read more: click image or title.



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How to approach the right #investor or #VC.

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Learn about the mindset of #VC's and how to approach them.

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How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups |...

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups |... | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

It can be tricky for pre-product startups to know how to position themselves during a fundraise. Seed VC Rob Go opens up about his investment process. | start up

Editor’s note: At a recent team meeting at NextView, we looked at the high number of startups we invested in which were pre-product at the time. The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product? The below article answers that question. You can also find a graphic outlining Rob’s process in detail here.

A big chunk of our investments at NextView have been made pre-product. We have a bias towards very early stage investing for a bunch of reasons, but it’s not easy. It’s often a good idea for founders to find a way to build something and get some early market validation before raising outside capital. But doing that is sometimes not practical given your personal runway or because the product you want to build requires additional capital very early on.

So, how do you go about raising money for a company pre-product? And how does an investor think about a pre-product opportunity? I think this stage, more than others, is very dependent on the individual investor. But here’s how I tend to think about companies at this stage, which I think is broad enough to provide some guidance for founders at this early stage…

Essentially, my pre-product framework is as follows:

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#Pre-product #funding is a challenge. Here is a good explanation and advice from someone who does it all the time. #Seedfunding by a #SeedCEO


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You Too Can Now Invest in Startups! What Could Go Wrong?

You Too Can Now Invest in Startups! What Could Go Wrong? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
The SEC has finally approved rules to allow anyone to buy equity in a company–so-called equity crowdfunding. Here’s what you need to know.

You, your mom, or that random guy down your block will all soon be able to join the ranks of startup investors.

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted this past week to approve so-called equity crowdfunding rules for investors, an effort spawned by the passage of the JOBS Act way back in 2012. What that means is that startups or small businesses looking for investors can go through brokers or online platforms to find them—and those investors can now be, well, anyone.

This is a pretty big deal. It marks a shift in the kinds of capital that startups and small businesses can raise. Startups today often turn to venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers, and other accredited investors, but access can require the right connections, which are often hard to come by outside major financial hubs like New York, San Francisco, and Boston.

'Even if you're truly invested in investing in a startup, the odds are against you.'

Now, entrepreneurs can turn to the crowd. And if you’ve part of the crowd that’s always wanted to invest in a startup, you may soon be able to in ways that you couldn’t before. But there are some things you need to know. Since the passage of the JOBS Act, experts have worried about putting safeguards in place to protect unsophisticated investors, as well as protections for startups to minimize fraud. The SEC is hoping that its new rules will address those concerns. Here’s what you need to know. Read more: click image or title.




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A new way for small companies to raise #capital. Not only for #startups but also for any small or medium size company. #Crowdfunding is legal now, but with certain restrictions. Good information in this article, bot for #investors and #entrepreneurs.

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AngelList gets $400M from China's CSC Venture Capital for early-stage startup investments | VentureBeat | Deals | by Michael de Waal-Montgomery

AngelList gets $400M from China's CSC Venture Capital for early-stage startup investments | VentureBeat | Deals | by Michael de Waal-Montgomery | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Funding platform AngelList is set to announce a deal with China-based private equity firm CSC Venture Capital on Monday that will see it birth a new $400 million fund for early-stage startup investments, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The deal is expected to be the “largest single pool of funds devoted to early-stage startups — ever,” the WSJ reported. Beyond that, it could also be the “largest-ever single investment by a Chinese private-equity firm in a U.S. fund.”

CSC has more than $12 billion under management, and just raised $2 billion through a listing on China’s stock market in March. Prior to this deal, AngelList had raised a total of $205 million — or about half the amount represented by the new funds.

The platform brings together angel investors who band together to back early-stage startups in syndicates, typically not much larger than $300,000 per round. According to the report, AngelList will inject about $20 million from the new fund in the first year, moving up to $50 million per year thereafter.

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Massive injection of #seedfunding capital from a Chinese fund. The early #startup scene gets yet another fund to work with.

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Part I: Doing Due Diligence to Find the Right Investor

Part I: Doing Due Diligence to Find the Right Investor | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Make sure you do your homework.

There has been much written and discussed about the due diligence process investors conduct on the companies for which they are considering an investment. Someone once described this process as 'opening the kimono'. The investor check list covers everything about the company and the kitchen sink including corporate compliance records, finances and taxes, employment and labor issues, business contracts, intellectual property rights, and litigation concerns.

Before you enter into this process with an investor, as a start-up CEO, you should do your own due diligence to make sure you are talking to the right investor. The key message: Beware. Not every investor is ideal for your business.

Here is a handy check list to can guide you through your search for a potential investor. Above all, do your homework. Know what you want from an investor and the types of investors in the marketplace. And absolutely examine their past and current investments, much of which can be found with simple searches via Google, LinkedIn, company websites and available government filings, and take the time to speak with companies they've invested in. Read more: click image or title.



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Pick your investor wisely. Like the article says: would you marry this investor? It'll be a long relationship with many ups and downs...

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Ashton Kutcher explains his 3 rules of investing - Business Insider

Ashton Kutcher explains his 3 rules of investing - Business Insider | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Kutcher may be best known for his comedic roles, but he's also a successful investor in companies like Airbnb and Uber.

Ashton Kutcher built a fan base as a goofball character in sitcoms and movies, but he has been seriously focused on his investments over the past several years.It's why his friend Mark Cuban, one of the regular investors on the show "Shark Tank," invited Kutcher to try out for a guest-investor role in the show's seventh season, which began Friday. After getting accustomed to the format, Kutcher dived right in, making a deal, offering entrepreneurs valuable insight, and even sparring with the brashest of the show's investors, Kevin O'Leary.Rather than begin investing on a whim, Kutcher reached out to prominent Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway, who became his mentor in the late aughts.Since 2010, Kutcher has been an investor through his venture-capital firm A-Grade Investments, which he founded with the entrepreneurs and investors Guy Oseary and Ronald Burke. He was an angel investor before that. He also connected with Marc Andreessen, one of the Valley's premier investors, and Andreessen wisely persuaded him to invest in Skype in 2009.He has invested in seed and Series-A rounds for companies including Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, and Casper.In an interview for his website A-Plus, Kutcher said he had three rules of investing, which are focused on what he sees in entrepreneurs: Read more": click image or title.




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These rules make sense and teach something to #entrepreneurs who want to #pitch their #startups to #investors

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