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The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies

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But to be a successful entrepreneur or serious angel investor, you must have a realistic understanding of the startup failure rate and Read more >.

18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors

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The median investor looking at your proposal is in her 40s. How To Fundraise Starting Your Company

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Raising Capital As A First Time Founder

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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

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Early-stage technology company valuations are generally a crap-shoot. Bill Payne did a great post about this in October 2011. Read more >.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Software Patents

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Image via Flickr by Joshua Gajownik for opensource.com. original essay, and the “ Enough is Enough ” emotional Lodsys article by VC Fred Wilson.

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Work Truck Solutions’ Kathryn Schifferle

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Kathryn Schifferle, Founder and CEO of Work Truck Solutions, turned being a woman in work trucks into an oversubscribed $2.1 million round.

The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur

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TED Conference image via Wikipedia. Changing yourself is tough enough. Thus focus is a natural principle. Identify and act on leading measures first.

How Do You Select A Revenue Model For Your Startup?

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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

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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.

The Expanding World of Accelerators

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In some ways, it is now difficult to imagine a world without accelerators. Read more >. The Startup Ecosystem

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From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?

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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.

US Crowdfunding in 2014

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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

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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

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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

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Quote from Steve Jobs via Flickr. Think differently about your career. Put a dent in the Universe. Think differently about your vision.

Why Does Startup Pricing Vary by Location?

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After all, they just read in TechCrunch that investors funded a company similar to theirs at an $8 million pre-money valuation! Industry Experts

Starting a startup as CTO / Head of Product

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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

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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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.

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8 Key Questions To Expect In Investor Due Diligence

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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.

Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Squareknot’s Jason Rappaport

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Jason Rappaport, Founder and CEO of Squareknot, has raised $1.3 Here is what he had to say: HK: Tell me a Read more >.

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Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Planitar’s Kevin Klages

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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 >.

Angel Investors Spotlight: An Inside Look at Hudson Valley Startup Fund’s Investment Process & Advice for Founders

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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

Right Entrepreneurs In The Right Place Get Funded

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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.

Silicon Alley Closes 2015 On Top In A Boom Year For Startups

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After a dip in Q3, New York rebounded in Q4 claiming nearly 20% of every funding application around the country. Read more >. Gust News

7 Steps To Making A Great Entrepreneur Impression

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Barack Obama meets Mark Zuckerberg, photo via Wikimedia. The key message here is “preparation.” Google the organization and the role they represent.

Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You

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Einstein image via Flickr by Sebastian Niedlich. Helpers do what you say, while good help does what you need, without you saying anything.

The Right Startup Advisors Are As Valuable As Money

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Warren Buffett advises President Obama, image via Wikipedia. Even top executives rely on their advisors. Balance is best. Be specific on help needed.

How to Give Women the Wings of an Angel

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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

The Market Diversifies: International Innovation Captures Larger Share Of Startup Funding Applications

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The post The Market Diversifies: International Innovation Captures Larger Share Of Startup Funding Applications appeared first on The Gust Blog.

Challenges and Rewards for Angel Investors

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One of the most common questions we get is: What are the biggest challenges and rewards of angel investing? Investing For Beginners Startup Investing

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

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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.

Your Venture Is All About You, Not Your Invention

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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.

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10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

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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.

Mathematical vs. Economic Dilution of Startup Equity: Thinner Slices of an Extra-Large Pizza

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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

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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

Measuring the Immeasurable: Evaluating Startups Qualitatively

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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.

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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 >.

Gust Blog - Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them

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Last weekend I caught Mashable announcing that Ebook Sales Surpass Hardcover in the U.S., And in January I saw that digital music

10 C-Level Positions That Are Red Flags For Funding

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Image via Wikimedia Commons. More executives, or other more creative titles are seen as a big red flag. Chief Evangelist. Chief Brand Officer.

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7 Questions Test Entrepreneur Focus Before Funding

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Image via Entrepreneur.com. The first question most people seem to ask when contemplating a new startup is where they will get investor money.