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Commentary: The year that was in tech, and what's ahead

Commentary: The year that was in tech, and what's ahead | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO – Was it the beginning or the end? As 2013 hurdled to its conclusion, the debate on 2014 had just begun: Is the tech industry on the verge of a renaissance or is the bubble about to burst?

 The glass-half-full types point to Twitter's titillating IPO; the other half insist that's when investors cashed in on social media's hype.

The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle. It's indisputable Twitter's public offering will usher in a wave of IPOs. But the payoffs may not match the froth of the microblogging service, forcing would-be IPO candidates to seek corporate suitors. Indeed, Twitter shares are hovering near $65, up 44% from its opening day of trading Nov. 6.

The social media storm comes against a backdrop of wrenching changes. Tech's old guard — Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Cisco Systems — continues to wrestle with the slowly dying PC market; smartphone sales, meanwhile, are expected to top 1 billion in 2014 — roughly three times the population of the USA. (By early October, there were more than 1.5 billion smartphones in use worldwide.)

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Tech is creating a revolution. Hardware, software, and just about every aspect of our life. Startups are taking advantage of this situation. Funding is soaring. Startups are taking off!

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A look back at 2013 and some hints for what's coming in 2014.

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A Female Founder's Tips for Fundraising

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The odds may be stacked against you, but with some determination, you can get what you want.

As female entrepreneurs, we’re often asked by our peers about the three Fs -- female, founder, and fundraising. How do you find female friendly investors? Are you taken seriously as a founder? How do you fundraise as a woman? 

I'm the CEO of a five-year-old start-up. I don’t actually think much about being a female, or a female founder, or female founder fundraising for that matter. But the reality is that I should, because the facts are pretty indisputable. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares 4 secrets to a killer LinkedIn profile - Phoenix Business Journal

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LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares the biggest mistakes he sees LinkedIn users making — and how to correct them.

If you truly want to craft a killer LinkedIn profile, the guy who helped create the world's largest social network for professionals has a few tips.

During a video interview, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shared the biggest missteps he sees users making with their LinkedIn profiles. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Making your "pitch" on #Linkedin, from the #co-founder.

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Meet 18 Promising Entrepreneurs Rejected by Shark Tank - In Photos: Meet 18 Entrepreneurs On The Rise Rejected By Shark Tank

Meet 18 Promising Entrepreneurs Rejected by Shark Tank - In Photos: Meet 18 Entrepreneurs On The Rise Rejected By Shark Tank | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Only 104 entrepreneurs appeared on ABC's hit business reality show Shark Tank from a sea of 40,000 rejects in the 2015/2016 season, the show's seventh season. Meet 18 promising entrepreneurs -- some with millions in sales -- who tried out for Shark Tank and were thrown back into the water. They share their audition pitch, total sales and how they came up with the idea for their business.

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#Entrepreneurs come up with amazing ideas.

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How to Answer 'Why Should I Hire You?'

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It’s one of the most popular questions in interviews, and also one of the most understandable.

Why not hear why your future employee is right for the role straight from the horse’s mouth?

Why then, does it fill us with so much trepidation? Partly because there’s no way of tricking this question, you’ve just got to believably detail exactly why you’re better than all the other applicants for the job. You’ve got to tell them why what you’ve got is worth having.

The one key thing to remember is that the hiring manager is putting their reputation on the line, whoever they hire. Sell yourself into them with confidence and evidence that you’re the best person for the job, and this question can be the key to unlocking that job offer.
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What To Do When Your Fundraising Is Not Going Well - Techstars

What To Do When Your Fundraising Is Not Going Well - Techstars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

One of the worst things that can happen to a CEO of an early-stage company is to be in the state of perpetual fundraising.

Here is how you can tell that it may be happening to you:

  1. You have been fundraising for a while
  2. You are fundraising and running the business at the same time
  3. You don’t have strong interest from investors
  4. Investors aren’t engaged / don’t ask a ton of questions
  5. Investors keep telling you it’s early / to keep them posted

The list can go on, but you get the point.

You are wasting your time because you aren’t prepared and the timing is likely off.

Please go and read my popular post about 9 seed funding gotchasand I will be right here when you come back.

So what can you do?

Here are some things for you to consider to help the situation.

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A description of the #funding process with great advice.

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The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality

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Finding funding as a startup can be a scavenger hunt, with nuggets of information hidden by bureaucracy and scattered across the Internet.

You’ve got a brilliant, multimillion-dollar business idea and want to start a startup. Great! … Uh, now what?

To steal a joke from a 1998 South Park episode, the void between ideation and value creation often looks like: Phase 1 — Start company. Phase 2 — ?????. Phase 3 — Profit!

How startups develop the second, mystery phase depends on how strong their resolve to raise cash is, how developed their contact network is and how much risk they’re willing to take. 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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This article in the Montrealgazette is written for the Quebec #startup community, but it accurately describes the #funding process and a variety of options #founders have when looking for money.

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7 Amazing Ways To Get Your Startup Funded | StartUs Magazine

7 Amazing Ways To Get Your Startup Funded | StartUs Magazine | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Having trouble getting your startup funded? Follow these 7 easy steps and see for yourself how every investor will want to work with you.

If only there was a magic formula that would get your business started right away! Unfortunately, there is no such thing and if you are thinking about opening your own startup, you are in for one long, sometimes tiring process!

They say that good things come to those who wait. Actually, good things come to those who work day-to-night and bring their passion into everything they are do. Then again, isn’t this the beauty of this whole journey? As overwhelming as the road might feel, there is no greater accomplishment, than knowing that you have managed to complete it.

Now, even if we are unable to give you that drop of magic, we can provide you with some advice on how to find funding for your startup. There are so many options of doing it that for an inexperienced person, it may seem both confusing and overwhelming. 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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Rethinking The Accelerator: What You’ll Achieve At 500 Startups

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Before Avanoo arrived at 500, they were making about $2,000 a month selling self-help videos. But after a spell of stardom on Reddit, their social marketing channels had pretty much dried up. As cofounder Daniel Jacobs put it, “you can only do so many #1 posts before the Reddit people want to throw pitchforks at you.”

They had a plan to move from consumer to B2B and pivot from self-help into ongoing employee education for large corporations, but they were having trouble starting conversations with the execs they needed to reach. That’s when Jacobs and his cofounder got accepted to Batch 12. Less than six months later, Avanoo was an enterprise company worth $15M.

Avanoo’s success wasn’t about changing anything about their product or their plan. It was about taking the success they had already achieved and compounding it through rapid iteration, pushing forward through every failure: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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"We want to help more companies in that same way, and that’s why we’ve recently re-oriented the #accelerator around #growth. We’re working with companies ready to #scale rather than focusing on companies in the pre-product or idea stage. And we’re modifying our accelerator schedule to cultivate more intense, productive relationships between companies and their growth coaches."

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Doing a TED Talk: The Full Story - Wait But Why

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In August of 2015, I was invited to give a TED Talk. Here's the full (very stressful) story.

You’ve probably heard this Seinfeld joke:

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.

Knowing humans, this shouldn’t be that surprising. I’ve mentioned before that we all have this problem where we’re weirdly obsessed with what other people think of us, so it makes sense that public speaking should be our collective phobia.

But then we also live in a world where public speaking can happen to any of us at any time. Even if you never give an official “talk,” there’ll be some other time when you have to give a big toast at a wedding or present in front of a big group at work or speak at a funeral or some other ceremony. Very few of us are safe.

Over the last couple years, as I’ve done a small amount of Wait But Why-related public speaking, I’ve been able to slowly get over the fear. I’ve learned that if you just be yourself and talk like you normally do, it’s usually received well by the audience, even if you’re clearly nervous.

And that was all fine until August of 2015, when I was invited to do a TED Talk. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Ever wondered what it's like to do a #TED talk? And what exactly is TED and what is the story? This article gives you the complete rundown, including having to go there and actually do it. Great article.

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What Startup Accelerators Really Do

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Here’s what we know.

The well-advertised boom in startups and venture capital in recent years has coincided with the emergence of new players in startup ecosystems. One of these, startup accelerators, has received a great deal of attention but also little scrutiny. Moreover, they are commonly misunderstood or mistakenly lumped in with other institutions supporting early-stage startups, such as incubators, angel investors, and early-stage venture capitalists.

In a recent analysis published by the Brookings Institution, I tackle some of the confusion around startup accelerators by laying out a clearer picture of what they do, and how they differ from other early-stage institutions. I also provide a review of the research literature on the effectiveness of accelerators to achieve their stated aims, some best practices for accelerator programs, and some figures on the size, scope, and impact of these organizations in the United States.

Accelerators are playing an increasing role in startup communities throughout the United States and beyond. Early evidence demonstrates the significant potential of accelerators to improve startups’ outcomes, and for these benefits to spill over into the broader startup community. However, the measurable impact accelerators have on performance varies widely among programs — not all accelerators are created equally. Quality matters. Read more: click image or title.

 

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The Truth About Startup Accelerators

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Accelerators are growing rapidly across the U.S. But does that mean governments should get involved?

Cities have long sought to bolster their innovative and entrepreneurial capacities. In an effort to spur startup activity, many U.S. urban areas have developed tech centers and innovation districts, lured venture capital funds, and launched incubator programs and facilities.

The latest trend in the tech startup economy is the creation of so-called “accelerators,” which act like a Shark Tank school for startups, providing access to mentors and peers along with space and venture funding. Perhaps the best-known accelerator is Y Combinator—established by Paul Graham in 2005 and based in the Silicon Valley—which has launched some 940 companies including Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit. Yet another popular example is Techstars—founded in 2006 in Boulder, Colorado—which now sponsors 21 accelerators across the world.

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Hathaway finds that companies that had recently completed or were in the midst of completing accelerator programs had a median valuation of $5.1 million and an average valuation of $7.1 million. Companies that went on to raise even more venture capital, however, had a median valuation of $15.6 million and an average valuation of $90 million. In 2015 alone, these figures were valued at $30 million and $196 million, respectively. Read more: click image or title.


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Giving a Presentation? Three Ways to Leave Your Fingerprint

Giving a Presentation? Three Ways to Leave Your Fingerprint | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

I’ll never forget my first speech. 

I’ll never forget my first speech. It was 1964 in Cooperstown, NY, and I was a 29-year-old project manager at GE who’d been asked to present a new plastics venture to a group of 300 high-level corporate types. Weeks beforehand, I meticulously wrote out every word I was going to say, and practiced reading it out loud what felt like a thousand times. Regardless, my rank inexperience in front of a crowd, combined with my self-consciousness about my lifelong stammer, made me a complete wreck, and without getting specific, let’s just say I spent a lot of time “feeling ill” the day of the big event, which ended up being, as you might imagine, an exercise in endurance for both me and the audience. I stunk.Today, giving a speech or a presentation is one of the most fun things I do in life. I love it, and having been out in front of more than one million people in audiences around the world in the past fifteen years, I’d like to think I’ve come a long way toward getting it right. At the same time, I’ve come to believe a person’s skill in public speaking – be it in front of a crowd of 1,000 strangers or a meeting with five close associates – is more essential than ever. Making your case in writing is increasingly a thing of the past. You are what you say; your communication approach is your fingerprint, both professional and personal. I believe this so deeply, in fact, that we now dedicate much of a semester to effective presentations at the Jack Welch Management Institute.Now, hundreds of books and articles, if not more, have been written about the “art of public speaking,” so I know I’m not inventing gravity here. But from a very personal perspective, allow me to share my three rules of success. Read more: click image or title.Get your Free Business Plan Template here: http://bit.l/1aKy7km
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10 Answers That Will Make Your Startup Plan Worthy of Investment

10 Answers That Will Make Your Startup Plan Worthy of Investment | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Having all the answers when you pitch investors will lead them to ask only one question: ""How soon can I sign up?"

Entrepreneurs who are looking to attract investors need to develop and pitch a plan -- preferably written -- that answers every potential investor question about your startup before it is asked. You may be quick on your feet with answers, but if investors have to ask any of these questions, you raise the specter of hiding something, or of not being astute enough to know what’s important.

Either of these qualms can ultimately sidetrack your startup as not worthy of investment, so it pays to do your homework on what you say and how to communicate effectively. As a startup advisor and investor, I recommend a pitch deck with about 10 slides backed up with a written business plan of approximately 20 pages, both containing quantified answers to the following key questions. Read more: click image or title.



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Your Startup’s Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides — Marketing and Entrepreneurship — Medium

Your Startup's Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides - Marketing and Entrepreneurship - Medium
Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch.
Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business — well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.


I get it. The last thing you want to do when you’re sleep-deprived and edgy and suffering startup angst is pitch it over… and over… and over again. It’s actually a pretty helpless feeling, asking strangers to decide on the fate of your new venture. If it’s your first or second venture, there can be a real learning curve, too. It takes time and feedback to get it right.
Presentation guru Guy Kawasaki has put together an infographic that can help make your pitch both more effective and less painful...

 

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Larry Kim shares a useful slide presentation template for startups from Guy Kawasaki.

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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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About the magic of delivering a great pitch.

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How to Introduce Yourself Before a Presentation

How to Introduce Yourself Before a Presentation | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

You only have one chance to make a great first impression, and you need to know how to introduce yourself. Having an outstanding introduction will help you break the ice and generate interest in your audience. Follow these 11 guidelines to make your next presentation a success. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Introduce yourself or get introduced by someone, here are a few good ideas.

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Do you want to make your next presentation a success? Follow these 11 guidelines to make a great first impression!
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Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them

Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Starting a business that would one day go on to achieve a gross transaction value of £450m and net revenue of £25m around the time of the dot.com boom, entrepreneur Dale Murray has a story with as many twists and turns as a Stephen King thriller. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A couple great stories from a #startup #entrepreneur successfully navigating the pitfalls.

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Inside the boot camp that teaches startup founders how to raise millions of dollars

Inside the boot camp that teaches startup founders how to raise millions of dollars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
First Round's Pitch Assist program helps startups raise their funding.

Dennis Pilarinos was frustrated and a little "pissed off" after his first day in a special program that teaches startup CEOs the delicate art of raising money.

The CEO of Buddybuild was eager to go deep into the specifics of his company, but he was told he was doing it all wrong. Instead, he was instructed to focus on what he considered big-picture platitudes.

"I was completely wrong," acknowledges Pilarinos, who now credits the program with helping him raise more than $7.4 million in two weeks for his startup. 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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#VC's are teaching their #startup #founders how to raise funds for the next round.

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5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital

5 Essentials for Maximizing Results From Seed Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
The founder's primary job is stretching those first funds to afford a team, a prototype and a marketing plan.

One of my favorite consulting services is advising founders on how to build their startups.

I work with a founder who knows what problem he wants his startup to solve and asked for advice on how to work with potential investors to raise capital.

He has persuaded some investors to write checks and as the money rolls into his bank account, he is turning his attention to using that capital most effectively.

Based on the hundreds of entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the seven in whom I've invested, I know that there are plenty of traps to avoid at this stage. Among the most dangerous is a founder's desire to build what he believes to be the perfect product. But what if he spends every waking moment coding, only to realize that all his seed capital is gone and his startup has no paying customers?

 Here are five steps that founders should take to make sure they turn their seed capital into a paying customer. Read more: click image or title.
 

 

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4 Types Of Startup Stories To Win Investors

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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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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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20 Hot Tips On How To Write the Perfect Pitch

20 Hot Tips On How To Write the Perfect Pitch | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Raise your hand if you want to know a perfect method of landing a guest post, article, or even the perfect job.

 

If you know how to write the perfect pitch, you’re on the path to success.

 

It took me a while to realize that I’m really good at writing pitches. I don’t think I’ve ever had a guest proposal refused.

 

And of course, I’ve received hundreds of guest proposals here at WritetoDone. Some great and many abysmal. So I know a thing or two about writing pitches.

 

The key to a successful pitch is honesty and respect. With your pitch, you are building a bridge to another human being. And that bridge can only carry weight if it’s built with integrity.... Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Whether you #pitch a client, an investor, or a crowd, there are simple guidelines on how to do it right.

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Want to know how to write the perfect pitch? We've found it in this post by Mary Jaksch! Recommended reading.  9/10

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How to Raise Money Without Begging Investors

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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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ventureLAB's curator insight, March 8, 2:02 PM

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

 

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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.


Read more information visit at: https://mergeralpha1.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/tools-required-to-raise-venture-capital/



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

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10 Tips to Become a Master Presenter and Move a Room

10 Tips to Become a Master Presenter and Move a Room | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Got an important presentation coming up at work? Want to nail that perfect pitch? You’re in luck because today, we’ve got some hot presentation tips for you.

Enjoy!

How to Become a Master Presenter and Move a Room

1. Know your audience’s pain

Before anything, you want to connect with your audience. You want to know their deepest pain points.



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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Great tips, well thought out. #Presenting is not easy, these ideas will definitely help make your presentation better.

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This Nigerian scam is literally out of this world

This Nigerian scam is literally out of this world | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Nigerian scams aren’t new. For as long as we've had email, we've had princes claiming millions of dollars are ready for you to claim. They're right there with emails boasting free lottery numbers and ads for sexual enhancement pills.

Except this one.

In this next-level bit of scamming, a man is asking for a mere $3 million to rescue a Nigerian astronaut (no need to adjust your screen) who was left behind — a la Matt Damon — by those awful Russians. The original email was published, in full, at Anorak.

Read the whole article, including the original email, click image or title.



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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Hahahahahahaha. We're all bombarded with #scam emails, most often by #Nigerians. This one is just too good not to share. Hahahahahaa.

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