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Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business.

More specifically, they are looking for the frequency of that revenue stream, and whether or not it is recurring and easily predictable.

The rationale being investors prefer businesses that maximize the lifetime value of their consumers, and get maximum leverage and returns on the initial marketing cost of customer acquisition (which they are funding).

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One simple tip. If you can make this happen you will have a successful business.

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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.

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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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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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Never done an #investor #pitch before? Take a look at these tips. Good advice.

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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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4 Signs Your Start-Up Needs an Exit Plan

4 Signs Your Start-Up Needs an Exit Plan | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Ready to kiss your start-up goodbye? VC principal Geoff Lewis offers four ways to tell if you're prime for the picking.

Exit strategies are rarely mentioned by start-ups, yet they are something every business owner needs if they hope to be acquired, said Geoff Lewis, principal at Founders Fund, a venture capital firm.

Speaking Tuesday at Internet Week in New York, he explained, "entrepreneurs and VCs don't often talk too candidly about how to think about getting acquired, because the best start-ups don't actually sell. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of start-ups will not IPO, and most start-ups are also not suicidal. They do not want to die. Start-ups do not want to go off into the night with no exit whatsoever." 

There might not be an incentive to plan, as there's nothing to gain for investors, but entrepreneurs don't want to risk running their company into the ground before the deal has been finalized. 

Here are four ways to tell if your company needs a makeover before you try to offload it: Read more: click image or title.


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Ready to quit? Time to look at #exit strategies.

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How These Entrepreneurs Found Success in an Industry They Knew Nothing About

How These Entrepreneurs Found Success in an Industry They Knew Nothing About | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
When launching their shoe startup BucketFeet, Raaja Nemani and Aaron Firestein had a great idea but no previous experience in manufacturing or inventory management.

It was January 2011 and Raaja Nemani and Aaron Firestein were waiting for 2,600 pairs of sneakers to be delivered to their home in Chicago, which was experiencing a massive snowstorm. When the shipment arrived, via a container on the back of a big rig freight truck, the friends realized they’d failed to think things through.

The driver wanted to know where the unloading dock was and who was going to unload the delivery. There was no unloading dock -- “we were like, ‘dude, this is a residential street,’” says Nemani  -- and the pair had planned on doing it themselves. That, they quickly realized, would take forever. So they called a few friends, paid the delivery guy $100 to help out and spent the next three hours unloading boxes of shoes in the snow. Read more: click image or title.



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From #greatideas to #startup lessons to #learningcurve and finally success. Great story.

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UBC student wins $50K for phone-charging mug

UBC student wins $50K for phone-charging mug | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
A first-year University of British Columbia student has won $50,000 for inventing a phone-charging travel mug that harnesses heat from hot beverages to create energy.

Ann Makosinski, 18, won the Quest Climate Change Grant, along with five other Canadian recipients, on Dec. 16. 

The teenager invented the heat-powered mug when she noticed two pervasive problems among her friends: depleted batteries on their smart phones and coffee too hot to gulp down between classes. 

"I decided to combine both of those problems and find a solution with my e-drink," Makosinski said. Read more: click image or title.



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Inspiring story. She has more inventions created when she was 15 and 16. Make it happen, #solutions are everywhere.

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7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview

7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

This month 500 Startups and General Assembly teamed up to hold a pre-accelerator program. Last week, we had our mini Demo Day:


I led the final week of the program where, in addition to 60-second pitch workshops, Angel.co profile show-and-tell, and pitch deck review sessions, I organized mock accelerator interviews.

To help me, I called a few of my friends*, Ryan Jackson of Paid and Andrew Norris of Taplytics, both YCombinator alums, Mason Blake at UpCounsel and Tristan Pollock of Storefront (now EIR @500) who went through AngelPad, and Selcuk Atli and me from 500Startups (both of us with YC backgrounds from Boostable/inDinero).

We started with a panel introducing ourselves and the accelerator processes: YC does 10 minute interviews with a few partners and cares more about founders than ideas; 500 does a deeper dive over 20–30 min and focuses on people and growth. With Angelpad, you’ll be talking to Thomas and Carine, and there will be fewer companies in your cohort. Each pre-accelerator company then had a 5-minute mock interview with us.

Despite the differences between us and our accelerators, the six of us noticed very similar patterns in the founders. The following mistakes to avoid and advice will help you prepare for any accelerator interview (and some investor conversations, too!)

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Great advice from people who walk and breathe this every day. Whether your #pitch is for an #accelerator or an #investor, these ideas must be understood.

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

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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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Name Your Startup with These Nine Tools - David Henzel

Name Your Startup with These Nine Tools - David Henzel | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Got a great idea but stuck trying to figure out how to name it? It’s OK, we’ve all been there. Your ideal name has already been taken and the domain name is no longer available. It’s time to get creative. Let’s talk startup names and go over a few tools that will jog your creative brain.    

Coming up With a Great Name   

Shopify Business Name Generator https://www.shopify.com/tools/business-name-generator Use this tool if you’re looking for a plain-English kind of name. The tool works by adding a word to the beginning or end of a keyword. The names it generates will never be “Google” or “Twitter” but instead will be along the lines of “Search Online” or “Right Tweet”. Read more: click image or title.



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Several creative tools to jog your #creativity in finding a name for your #startup

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Google’s big move creates more space for startups

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Google will have room for hundreds of new employees in a move to new offices that also frees up space for what will become North America’s largest technology incubator.

More than 350 employees have moved from Google's former offices in the Tannery building in downtown Kitchener to much larger space in the nearby Breithaupt Block development.

The Internet giant had 80,000 square feet of space in the Tannery building. It has 185,000 square feet of space in the new offices in the Breithaupt Block, a former industrial building that at one time housed a rubber factory and auto parts plant.

"We will be hard pressed to run out of the space for the next few years," said Steve Woods, Google's senior engineering director in Kitchener. "I think the fact that we are being given this opportunity is a sign that we are doing well inside the Google context."

He wouldn't say how many employees Google may add, but he noted that the company's local workforce has grown more than tenfold since it arrived in Waterloo Region about 10 years ago.

"We grow organically with our teams' successes, and the opportunities that come up," Woods said. "Hopefully we will have the opportunity to grow significantly." Read more: click on image or title.



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#Google is creating more space in their offices near Toronto, Canada. They will have the biggest #startup #incubator in N.America.



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How To Close A Funding Round

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The following question was posted on my forum the other day and is something I get asked frequently. Here is the question followed by my answer:

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I am currently in the process of trying to close a funding round. I have investors who are willing to commit today and others awaiting advanced assurance for the Seed Enterprise Investor Scheme (SEIS). What is the best way of closing this round? Do I need to wait for everyone to be committted before i accept money from investors? 

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Great overview on how to finalize a #fundinground

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Modi government to provide launchpad for disruptive ideas: Startup Act in works - The Economic Times

Modi government to provide launchpad for disruptive ideas: Startup Act in works - The Economic Times | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
At the heart of the initiative is distilling the cumbersome process of compliances under 22 different laws into a two-page Startup Act.
NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government wants to provide a powerful launchpad for startups by drastically simplifying the rules and ensuring that innovators are able to take advantage of such an enabling environment, thus unleashing entrepreneurial energiesBSE 1.29 % and creating jobs.

At the heart of the initiative is distilling the cumbersome process of compliances under 22 different laws into a two-page Startup Act, a senior government official told ET. The Department of Industri ..


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#India has big #startup ambitions. Government support will definitely be of great help.

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$7.3 billion invested in Indian startups in three quarters of 2015

$7.3 billion invested in Indian startups in three quarters of 2015 | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

In the past nine months, angel investors and venture capitalists have been active. Between Jan-Sept 2015, $7.3 billion has been invested across 639 deals.

Is the number of startups being funded in India enough for the country’s ambition?

While the highest number of deals for a given month in India was 99, in the US there were 1200 deals in Q2 of 2015. According to PwC and National Venture Capital Association historical data, in Q3 2015 there was a dip in terms of the number of companies being funded in the US, though the invested dollar amount didn’t take that much hit.

And in the US, the amount invested in Q2 2015 was the highest since Q4 of 2000. Q3 2015 was down by 5 percent in terms of money poured in startups in early and late stage deals. Read more: click image or title.



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#India is moving up in the #startup world. Even Modi sees the potential, as stated in the article.

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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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Brief overview of how to prepare your #investor #pitch.



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Top Three Pitch Presentation Tips for Tech Startups

Top Three Pitch Presentation Tips for Tech Startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

You’re standing in the hallway with a group of fellow entrepreneurs; everyone is nervous, yet pretending not to be.

In the room next door, 400 people sit awaiting your appearance on the main stage. You are sixth in the line to give a two-minute pitch to the 800 eyeballs looking in your direction.

Do you have a clicker for the PowerPoint? Are you ready for the Q&A section afterwards? Should you rely on your note cards or try to do it from memory?

Just to add to your nerves, your phone is buzzing in your pocket. Will you check it now, or might it throw you off? Wait..where is the closest bathroom???



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How do you get yourself under control before delivering your #pitch to an audience? Here are some interesting tips. I especially like 3.

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PM Modi’s Startup India Plan: 3 Years Tax Holiday and Rs. 10,000 Crore Fund for Startups

PM Modi’s Startup India Plan: 3 Years Tax Holiday and Rs. 10,000 Crore Fund for Startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled the ambitious ‘Startup India’ initiative to boost startup businesses and digital entrepreneurship in India.

He announced the salient features of the plan at the Vigyan Bhawan auditorium, New Delhi.

A few significant features of the plan are as follows: To read more: click image or title.




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More #seedfunding available for #startups in #India.

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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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A New Year, a New Visme: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

A New Year, a New Visme: Looking Back and Looking Ahead | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

A new Visme is coming. A teasier into how Visme was born and what we are doing to help anyone become a better presenter, communicator and story teller

It’s complicated.”

“Sounds neat, but I doubt it will work.”

For the last two years, we’ve heard these phrases from people who didn’t believe a self-funded startup with a big vision could create a footprint in the hyper-competitive world of content innovation.

Today, I’m here to say that it can–because we’re doing it.  

Visme was launched in late 2013 as a simple tool to initially help users create short animations, with a mere 700 beta users.

Fast forward to 2016:

Visme has evolved into an all-in-one visual content tool used by more than 300,000 users in over 60 countries to create interactive presentations and infographics that can be easily shared online or downloaded.




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A #startup with a great idea for #visual #content tools and #animation. Nice success story.

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Pitch, Please: 14 Must-Read Pitch Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Know

Pitch, Please: 14 Must-Read Pitch Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Know | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

A few reasons you won’t raise money:

  1. Your business isn’t the right fit for VC (which is totally OK!)
  2. You business could be interesting to VC, but you have nothing yet. Stop pitching, and focus on building a solid business that solves a big problem, getting customers, and assembling a great team.
  3. You’re not talking to the right investors, or you may live in a city without a mature ecosystem that supports early stage companies, or…..
  4. Your pitch sucks, and you can’t tell your story on stage or on the fly.  

I can help with the last one.

Building a great business is more important than a great pitch, but if you don’t know how to tell your story, you probably don’t understand what is most interesting about your business. This problem affects more than just fundraising.

The hardest part about pitching is that it’s not about you. It’s a delicate balance between being authentically who you are, but more so focusing on what is important to your audience. This is what I help founders understand. Read more: click image or title.



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Another great article on how to pitch and the reasons VC's want to see to #finance you.

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Google launches a 6-month accelerator to help startups build mobile products

Google launches a 6-month accelerator to help startups build mobile products | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Google has joined the ranks of Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Techstars in launching an accelerator, something that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from the technology giant. The program is built on the company’s Launchpad initiative and is a long-term engagement with select startups from around the world to give them the best resources, access to great mentors, and help accelerating their product. Read more: click image or title.



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Another #accelerator, this time from #Google.

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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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How To Craft A Concise Pitch Investors Will Care About

How To Craft A Concise Pitch Investors Will Care About | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Over the course of many years working in venture capital and the video game business, I’ve listened to hundreds of pitches for new companies and products. After almost every one of those pitches, once the entrepreneur has left the room, a post-game review ensues. There are consistent patterns in those discussions; aspiring entrepreneurs, pay attention.

The first and most important element of your presentation is not a slide: it’s you. Most investors base their decisions on the passion, charisma and clarity of the founder and the rest of the senior team. If you don’t demonstrate true fervor for your idea and opportunity, don’t expect anyone else to, either. Beyond that here’s what you should consider when crafting your pitch. Read more: click image or title.





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This is it: the perfect description of what a good #InvestorPitch should be like. DO READ THIS if you are in the market. Read it anyways, there is a lot to learn here. Everyone has to sell something, and the ideas explained here will apply. Highly recommended.

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This is it: the perfect description of what a good #InvestorPitch should be like. DO READ THIS if you are in the market. Read it anyways, there is a lot to learn here. Everyone has to sell something, and the ideas explained here will apply. Highly recommended.

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How to get your project funded, some advice and ideas

How to get your project funded, some advice and ideas | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Funding multi million dollar projects is a serious matter. Having a great idea is just a start.
Here are a few steps to follow:

Have a set of quality documents ready for the funding process, first of all you need a good teaser, this is a brief description of what you are looking for: Do you want equity or debt or a combination? How much are you looking for? What type of project do you have? What country is your project in? Just remember, this is like an elevator pitch, you only have a few seconds to catch the attention. Make a good title and put all of the important information in that title or first sentence. The rest of the paragraph is a description with a few more details and contact information. Read more: click image or title.





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Dealing with this on a daily basis is frustrating. It triggered me to write this brief article on what matters when looking for #funding.

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6 Ways to Build a Lasting 'Co-Founder Team' for Your Startup

6 Ways to Build a Lasting 'Co-Founder Team' for Your Startup | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Make those important decisions upfront, so your relationship works like a well-oiled machine.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together," advises an old African proverb. And the data on startup unicorns (billion-dollar companies founded since 2000), adds substance to those words: Of the estimated 80-plus unicorns worldwide, more than 90 percent began with a team of two or more.

Working alongside a co-founder, then, seems to significantly improve your startup's chances to succeed. But it also raises some risks. Specifically, one of the most common reasons startups fail is co-founder disputes, and those disputes can become a particularly big problem when the co-founder is a friend. Aside from the risk of losing your startup, you may lose a friendship. So, friend or no, if you have a co-founder, make sure that you build a solid base before jumping in. Here are some ways to do that. Read more: click image or title.




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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Clear #agreements are extremely important when working together. #Founders need to realize that different outcomes are possible.

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'Clear #agreements are extremely important when working together. #Founders need to realize that different outcomes are possible'- Marc Kneepkens.  True

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

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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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