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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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I have completed my business plan on the second day with your template.  And I had tried and failed for a year before."
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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?

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.




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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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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Mobile commerce growing 300% faster than ecommerce (Infographic)

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Mobile commerce growing 300% faster than ecommerce (Infographic)

With an increasing number of mobile devices adopted by consumers, mobile commerce is predicted to grow 3-times faster than the entire ecommerce between 2013 and 2016.

This infographic gives an insight into the growing trend of using mobile devices for online shopping based on the data collected from 8 trusted resources such as Statista, Internetretailer and others.

Check out the infographic for more interesting facts!



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Wow! This #infographic has a lot of cool information.

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Where to Focus Before Raising Capital | Startups.co

Where to Focus Before Raising Capital | Startups.co | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Startups.co Founder Wil Schroter shares his advice for preparing your business as you begin raising capital.
Raising capital isn’t easy.
Don’t be fooled by the blog hype and sensational headlines – it’s still a game where less than 1% of new businesses will get funded by storied VCs and angels.
So for the rest of us, the non-one percenters, we need a more reliable playbook to invest our precious cycles in.
Over 500,000 companies will be started this month in the U.S. alone. Venture capitalists will write less than 100 checks to them in the next 30 days. Angel investors will add just over 4,000. We’re still around 495,000 checks short of everyone getting a piece.
I share this math for two reasons.
1.  To point out that if you’re going to bank your future solely on an investor check, you’re banking on painfully bad odds.
2.  To tell you that if you insist on betting on those odds, you had better make sure you’re doing everything humanly possible to stack those odds in your favor.
The good news is there is a fairly repeatable formula for making sure you’re approaching this challenge appropriately. You’ve got limited cycles as a startup Founder so you need to make sure those cycles are spent as efficiently as possible. Read more: click image or title.



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Raising the bar and creating better #metrics and approaches to convince #investors is not the solution. This is a good article, however, to get your #startup funded, don't count on VC's or angel investors, create your own #fundraising instruments. Check out this interview with Timothy Hogan of Commonwealth Capital Advisors: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/FinancialArchitect.html

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Pitch Deck Examples: investor decks from successful startups

Pitch Deck Examples: investor decks from successful startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

This article is part of our new Pitch Deck Examples initiative, a blog + podcast focusing on the best pitch deck practices.


If you made it here your are probably looking for inspiration to create a pitch deck for your own startup. Let me start by saying that this might not be the best approach to take when pitching investors.

Each investor deck should be tailored to the companies strengths. The story you tell about your idea, team and concept validation (yes, metrics!!) is what will ultimately determine if your deck is appealing or not. Read more: click image or title.




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Some great examples of pitch decks, including Airbnb's and Buffer's.

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Startup Professionals Musings: 8 Types of Investors That Entrepreneurs Need to Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings: 8 Types of Investors That Entrepreneurs Need to Avoid | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Need cash to fund that startup? Getting a heads up so that you survive the first round is critical.

Don’t assume that all investors are the same, just because their money is always the same color. Every entrepreneur should do the same due diligence on a potential investor that smart investors do on their startups. Check on their track records, values and management style. Taking on an investor is a long-term relationship, like getting married, that has to work at every level.

Let’s just say that every investor is different, without trying to define what is good or bad for you and your startup. Investors are human and subject to human tendencies, whether they are your rich uncle, an angel investor with personal funds or a venture capital investor with institutional money. Here is a summary of some key investor stereotypes that generally need to be avoided: Read more: click image or title.




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Not every #investor is good for you. here are some that you don't want to get involved with.


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Save yourself from the vulture capitalists that will eat you alive for a stake in your company.

 

I was asked "how do you define a vulture capitalist"- so rather than me try to recall the various profiles, Marty Zwilling has graciously listed them here for you to heed.

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A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you give a talk

A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you give a talk | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

The weekend before a TED conference, each speaker rehearses their talk in the TED theater.

It’s a chance for the speakers to get to know the space and for our speaker coaches to give last advice to help each speaker feel their absolute best on stage.

Below, longtime TED speaker coach Gina Barnett shares 11 helpful tips: Read more: click on image or title.



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Not just for #TED talks. These tips can be used before delivering your #pitch to #investors or #VC's. Any time you're facing a public there are some hurdles, the main one being yourself!

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These tips work for before any type of conference presentation. Anyone use these already?

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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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The Cost of Funding | Marc Kneepkens | LinkedIn

The Cost of Funding | Marc Kneepkens | LinkedIn | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Having a great idea is not enough to get millions of dollars of funding, or even any money at all. An idea is just a start.

Creating a plan, including a business plan, financial projections, marketing research and feasibility studies involves money, time and energy.

The effort of making that plan available to potential investors requires even more funds. Throwing it out on free platforms will not do the trick. It's too busy there. Quality investors don't have the time to roam all these solicitations. Actually, they don't have time for any solicitations at all.

An investor or funding source needs to be approached professionally. By introduction or recommendation for example, or with a well crafted message. Find websites where investors look for funding opportunities, go to business plan contests, attend investing conferences. Read more: click on 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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Want #Funding? You need to have a #Budget for funding.

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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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3 Ways to Find the Right Investor for Your Business

3 Ways to Find the Right Investor for Your Business | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Seed funding, angel investors or venture capital? Which one is right for you?

There's a point along every entrepreneur’s path to success where the option is either to acquire capital or watch your company crumble. But there are subtleties to capital that all entrepreneurs should know.

It’s important, for instance, to know that the right kind of funding can have a huge impact on the direction of your company. In a recent survey of small business owners, fully half of the businesses surveyed, with 11 to 50 employees each, listed “cash flow” as their top concern. Twenty-one percent reported a closely related issue, “raising capital/funding,” as their top concern 

These concerns reflect what small business owners everywhere face. Capital is easier to access than it has been in the past, but it is still imperative that owners choose the funding source that will best match their specific needs.

Even billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson has pointed out that an investor’s deep pockets are "not the essential quality that will sustain the relationship and the business in the long term.” So, if you are unfortunate enough to choose the wrong financial partner, your move -- according to Branson and common sense -- will “dim the spirit and enthusiasm of a new enterprise, muffling the spark that prompted you to launch this project." 

That spark, Branson said, is the one that "is most likely to make your venture different from your competitors.'" Here, then, are some tips for recovering that spark and finding the right investor(s). Read more: click image or title.



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Financial Architect ® - Interview with Timothy D. Hogan

Financial Architect ® - Interview with Timothy D. Hogan | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Is Raising Capital with Financial Architect® a game changer for Startups?

Financial Architect ®, a huge shift in funding success ratio?

MK: It is a well know fact that only 1-2% of start-ups will ever get funded. Teaching them the way to raise their own capital is giving them a powerful tool to use. It would allow great ideas to take off and find more real chances to move forward and to realize those ideas. What is your guess as to the % of companies that could get funded using the 'Financial Architect ®' program, how would it affect that success ratio up from only 1-2%? What is the potential?

Timothy D. Hogan: “ If we realize our vision for the entrepreneur, the concept of raising capital through selling securities, which started with the ancient Egyptians by the way, will be a mainstay undergrad college course in every major and respected university in the US and abroad, and the first approach every entrepreneur attempts. The current problem is, 1-2% get funded because 98% don’t understand the entire capitalization process. We hope to reverse that percentage, so that 98% of legitimate start-ups get funded to the degree they need.” Read more: click on image or title.

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Creating and marketing your own #securities is a daunting task. The Financial Architect ® product was created to put #funding in the hands of the entrepreneur.

Keeping control of the company and #dilution of shares under control, having funds available when needed, and not to go begging around and sell out to #VC's or #investors. Change the game, take power of the funding process, do it in #compliance. There are way too many problems with #crowdfunding to properly capitalize a #startup.


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How To Close A Funding Round

How To Close A Funding Round | Pitch it! | Scoop.it


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:

Question

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? 

Answer:     to read more click on image or title.




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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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22 INCREDIBLE New Tools For Entrepreneurs & Startup Founders - ListHunt

22 INCREDIBLE New Tools For Entrepreneurs & Startup Founders - ListHunt | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

A while ago we started a new ListHunt series that finds the best new tools for startups and founders from the past week. The main driving force behind this new series was that we were finding a bunch of great tools, but they did not fit into the demographic that we were catering to with the daily ListHunts.

With our audience made up of a lot of founders and people in the startup community it was an easy decision to start this new series. We know that building a startup takes up a ton of time and you do not have time to look through all the new tools. That is where we come in, making your life just a little less hectic! Read more: click on image or title.




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What is Listhunt?

"At ListHunt we try to cut through the never-ending cycle of new #apps, #gadgets and #startups to bring you only the best of each. We all are tired of the thousandth dating app, so we stick to innovative and interesting startups that we think startup junkies and casual tech users will both enjoy."

Interesting collection of new tools for #startups.

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How to prepare a startup pitch deck for Demo Day? (500 Startups Style)

How to prepare a startup pitch deck for Demo Day? (500 Startups Style) | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

My approach to presentations has always related significantly to storytelling: telling a good and exciting story that creates an impact in your audience, both in their minds as in their hearts. This is now combined with the input from the 500 Startups team as we went through the program. To check this slide presentation, click on the image, then start by clicking on the arrows.




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Nice way to make #SlideDecks. Very visual, clear and simple.

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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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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.

Here’s what it really boils down to: Read more: click image or title.



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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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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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Top angels warn of big mistakes founders, funders must avoid to succeed - Silicon Valley Business Journal (blog)

Silicon Valley Business Journal (blog) Top angels warn of big mistakes founders, funders must avoid to succeed Silicon Valley Business Journal (blog)


"I started telling the entrepreneur what my idea was for his business," he recalled of the deal that ended badly. "I invested in what I thought was my idea because he just said it back to me. That's a smart way to fundraise. But he was obviously not interested in my idea."


..."Making a bold statement in your slides that is a misrepresentation, that's death," Guerra said. "Another that may not be death, but will turn everybody's hearing aid off starts with, 'If we only get 1 percent of this $10 billion market." If you start out with one of those "If we only get" pitches, you're gone. You need to tell us what you are going to do to get 1 percent of that market."Rivera, who is very interested in education startups, warned, "Don't tell me education is a multi-trilllion dollar market. Don't add up the numbers on a global basis and give me something that is completely meaningless in terms of market size or their ability to capture a part of the market. If you put something like that in your deck you probably aren't going to even get a meeting."... Read more: click on title.




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Avoid the Seed-Funding Surge Trap With These 8 Tips

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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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Are You Ready to Seek Funding? This 10-Point Checklist Will Decide.

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If you start seeking funding before you're ready, you could end up wasting your time and heading toward disappointment.

You’ve got an idea that you’re excited about. You’ve talked about it with your friends and family members. You might have even quit your job to start exploring the possibilities of entrepreneurship. You’re on the verge of getting your company off the ground, but to do it, you need capital, and you can’t front all the money yourself.

Your natural inclination is to go out and start seeking funding as quickly as possible so you can build some momentum for your business. That level of passion and enthusiasm is admirable, but if you start seeking funding before you’re ready, you could end up wasting your time and heading toward disappointment.

Before you go out to seek funding, whether that’s from an angel investor, a venture capitalist or through a crowdfunding platform, make sure you’ve satisfied all the requirements of this checklist: Read more, click on image or title.



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