The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies
AUGUST 17, 2015
But to be a successful entrepreneur or serious angel investor, you must have a realistic understanding of the startup failure rate and Read more >.
From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?
MARCH 21, 2016
With startup growth up 61% since 2014 and more investment programs emerging, it can be overwhelming for founders to know just where to jump in.
18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
The median investor looking at your proposal is in her 40s. How To Fundraise Starting Your Company
Raising Capital As A First Time Founder
OCTOBER 5, 2015
A year ago, in mid September 2014, I walked out of a Starbucks in San Francisco with the very first check from an angel investor for Glassbreakers.
Valuation Part I: Peeling the Onion, or How Top Investors Value the Startups They Invest In
JANUARY 25, 2016
Early-stage technology company valuations are generally a crap-shoot. Bill Payne did a great post about this in October 2011. Read more >.
10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup
DECEMBER 7, 2014
Eighty percent of new entrepreneurs use this approach, with only six percent using investor funding. You will be happier and under less pressure.
The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur
DECEMBER 14, 2014
TED Conference image via Wikipedia. Changing yourself is tough enough. Thus focus is a natural principle. Identify and act on leading measures first.
Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Work Truck Solutions’ Kathryn Schifferle
MARCH 8, 2016
Kathryn Schifferle, Founder and CEO of Work Truck Solutions, turned being a woman in work trucks into an oversubscribed $2.1 million round.
How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?
AUGUST 24, 2014
Image via Wikipedia. One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. Freemium model. Cost-based model.
5 Entrepreneur Ideas That Investors See Too Often
JULY 27, 2014
People are always asking me for an inside tip on Internet sites that will be “the next big thing.” Or both. Social and business networking sites.
Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business
NOVEMBER 4, 2016
We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation. Read more >.
US Crowdfunding in 2014
MAY 4, 2015
Crowdfunding is the practice of raising money for a project or venture from a large number of people utilizing an Internet website or platform.
Bootstrapping Organic Growth Makes Startup Sense
OCTOBER 26, 2014
Image via Flickr from Food For Thought album. Despite all the focus you hear on external investors, over 90% of startups today are self-funded.
The Smartest Entrepreneurs Bootstrap Their Startup
DECEMBER 15, 2013
Image via niaje.com and www.yec.co. In fact, most of the rich entrepreneurs you know actively turned away early equity proposals. You need a prototype.
7 Elements Of Inspiration From The Steve Jobs Model
NOVEMBER 30, 2014
Quote from Steve Jobs via Flickr. Think differently about your career. Put a dent in the Universe. Think differently about your vision.
8 Key Questions To Expect In Investor Due Diligence
DECEMBER 8, 2013
Image via LeadChangeGroup.com. You need to know this as a future employee, since it probably gates how long your new job will last. Now you know.
Why Does Startup Pricing Vary by Location?
MAY 15, 2015
After all, they just read in TechCrunch that investors funded a company similar to theirs at an $8 million pre-money valuation! Industry Experts
Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.
OCTOBER 2, 2014
It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep. have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. left on a Sunday. I had to miss a full day with my family, camping in the mountains. It’s all too familiar. It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. Go figure. It’s not.
Starting a startup as CTO / Head of Product
NOVEMBER 30, 2015
After a few of my Glassbreaker matches inquired, I started to reflect on what it’s like to build a startup. Read more >. Starting Your Company
Challenges and Rewards for Angel Investors
OCTOBER 21, 2015
One of the most common questions we get is: What are the biggest challenges and rewards of angel investing? Investing For Beginners Startup Investing
Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Squareknot’s Jason Rappaport
NOVEMBER 9, 2015
Jason Rappaport, Founder and CEO of Squareknot, has raised $1.3 Here is what he had to say: HK: Tell me a Read more >.
Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Planitar’s Kevin Klages
OCTOBER 26, 2015
Kevin Klages, Co-Founder and CEO of Planitar, raised a $500,000 seed round after four pitches to angel investors. How did you Read more >.
Right Entrepreneurs In The Right Place Get Funded
OCTOBER 12, 2014
Image via Flickr by Jeff Belmonte. I’m a strong believer that investors invest in people, before they invest in a business plan, or an idea.
7 Steps To Making A Great Entrepreneur Impression
MAY 4, 2014
Barack Obama meets Mark Zuckerberg, photo via Wikimedia. The key message here is “preparation.” Google the organization and the role they represent.
Angel Investors Spotlight: An Inside Look at Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s Investment Process & Advice for Founders
FEBRUARY 8, 2016
Hudson Valley Startup Fund brings together a network of the region’s successful business and community leaders to give back, supporting the launch of the next Hudson Valley visionaries. Read more >. Investors' Insights advice angel investors entrepreneurs
Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You
NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Einstein image via Flickr by Sebastian Niedlich. Helpers do what you say, while good help does what you need, without you saying anything.
Silicon Alley Closes 2015 On Top In A Boom Year For Startups
FEBRUARY 22, 2016
After a dip in Q3, New York rebounded in Q4 claiming nearly 20% of every funding application around the country. Read more >. Gust News
The Right Startup Advisors Are As Valuable As Money
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Warren Buffett advises President Obama, image via Wikipedia. Even top executives rely on their advisors. Balance is best. Be specific on help needed.
6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months
OCTOBER 8, 2014
A woman you don’t know tells you that she’s going to run a marathon of 7-minute miles. She’s never run a long distance race before. And so you do.
How to Give Women the Wings of an Angel
DECEMBER 6, 2015
Canada has not tapped its female angel investor potential – yet. The female angel investor conversation has been discussed inside and out. For example, Read more >. The post How to Give Women the Wings of an Angel appeared first on The Gust Blog. Investing For Beginners Startup Investing
Your Venture Is All About You, Not Your Invention
NOVEMBER 17, 2013
Image via IntellectualVentures.com. In fact, the idea is often the least important part of the equation. Don’t take your idea too seriously, either.
10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize
NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Eric Ries image via Fast Company. agree with Eric’s summary of the top ten types of pivots to consider: Zoom-in pivot. Zoom-out pivot. Platform pivot.
The Market Diversifies: International Innovation Captures Larger Share Of Startup Funding Applications
OCTOBER 30, 2015
The post The Market Diversifies: International Innovation Captures Larger Share Of Startup Funding Applications appeared first on The Gust Blog.
Mathematical vs. Economic Dilution of Startup Equity: Thinner Slices of an Extra-Large Pizza
APRIL 11, 2014
Back from a hiatus, it’s time to venture forward once more. I appreciated hearing from those who asked about upcoming posts. Industry Experts
10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup
DECEMBER 7, 2014
Image via Pixabay. I’ve always wondered who started the urban myth that the best way to start a company is to come up with a great idea, and then find some professional investors to give you a pot of money to build a company. In my experience, that’s actually the worst way to start, for reasons I will outline here, Read more >. Invested Interests
Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them
JUNE 19, 2012
Last weekend I caught Mashable announcing that Ebook Sales Surpass Hardcover in the U.S., And in January I saw that digital music
Measuring the Immeasurable: Evaluating Startups Qualitatively
MAY 26, 2015
At Hyde Park Angels, we evaluate startups based on quantifiable metrics related to traction, market size, and more. But that’s not all we consider. In fact, sometimes the most important factors in determining whether we should invest are qualitative. While these can vary from deal to deal, there are a few that remain the same. Industry Experts
How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch – and Walk Away with Nothing.
MAY 14, 2015
This is a grim fairy tale about a mythical company and its mythical founder. While I concocted this story, I did so by drawing upon my sixteen years of experience as a venture capitalist, plus the fourteen years I spent before that as an entrepreneur. I’m going to use some pretty simple math and some pretty basic terms to create Read more >.
10 C-Level Positions That Are Red Flags For Funding
APRIL 20, 2014
Image via Wikimedia Commons. More executives, or other more creative titles are seen as a big red flag. Chief Evangelist. Chief Brand Officer.
7 Questions Test Entrepreneur Focus Before Funding
DECEMBER 22, 2013
Image via Entrepreneur.com. The first question most people seem to ask when contemplating a new startup is where they will get investor money.