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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. As the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, MassChallenge has helped 835 startup companies around the world, who have raised over $1.1

The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies

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With all the news about hundred million dollar rounds and billion dollar valuations, it can be hard not to look at the world of entrepreneurship and angel investing as a thrilling ride that only has one stop: success.

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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. Her eyes are going, not to mention her brain. I look at a lot of spreadsheets and analytic reports, and way too many are difficult to read and therefore hard to understand.

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. Though it was only $5,000, it was enough to prove to myself and my co-founder, Lauren Mosenthal, that we could actually fundraise for our startup.

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

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Image via Flickr by Joshua Gajownik for opensource.com. I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation.

The Expanding World of Accelerators

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In some ways, it is now difficult to imagine a world without accelerators. Many of the globe’s most well-known and disruptive startups were propelled from the hallways of legendary accelerators such as Y Combinator, TechStars, and 500 Startups.

The Discipline Of Execution Defines An Entrepreneur

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TED Conference image via Wikipedia. When entrepreneurs come to me with that “million dollar idea,” I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing. It’s all about the execution, and investors invest in the people who can execute, or even better, have a history of successful execution.

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. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing).

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.” Those are hard, since someone has to invent something innovative, but I do have some views on other ideas whose time has come and gone.

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.

Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business

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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. Many startup founders find themselves lacking clarity and direction when it comes time to divide their. Read more >.

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. Funding from each individual can be quite small, $10 or less, although some projects have much higher minimums.

Bootstrapping Organic Growth Makes Startup Sense

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Image via Flickr from Food For Thought album. When someone asks me for the best way to fund a startup, I always say bootstrap it, meaning fund it yourself and grow organically.

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Bootstrap Their Startup

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Image via niaje.com and www.yec.co. There is so much written these days about how to attract investors that most entrepreneurs “assume” they need funding, and don’t even consider a plan for “bootstrapping,” or self-financing their startup.

7 Elements Of Inspiration From The Steve Jobs Model

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Quote from Steve Jobs via Flickr. Steve Jobs was one of those entrepreneurs who seemed universally either loved or hated, but not many will argue with his ability to innovate in the technology product arena over the years.

8 Key Questions To Expect In Investor Due Diligence

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Image via LeadChangeGroup.com. If you really want to impress a startup founder as a potential employee, or you want to be a smart investor, you need to know the right questions to ask.

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. I have much on my mind since I just returned from a week on the road. 5 days. 3 cities. Late night Mexican food. Beers. Airports. Delays. I left on a Sunday. I had to miss a full day with my family, camping in the mountains. I returned home Friday night at 10pm – too late to see my kids. I’m reminded of this feeling. It’s all too familiar. It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. I didn’t sleep much back then.

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Why Does Startup Pricing Vary by Location?

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Entrepreneurs seem genuinely surprised to find that investors in Peoria or Little Rock are not willing to invest in startup companies at Silicon Valley prices. After all, they just read in TechCrunch that investors funded a company similar to theirs at an $8 million pre-money valuation!

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? High net worth individuals become angel investors for a number of reasons, but the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and provide guidance to founders is typically high on the list.

Starting a startup as CTO / Head of Product

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After less than a year, Glassbreakers is now a team of 10, we have thousands of active users on our free product, we’ve expanded into enterprises with paying customers and raised over a million in seed funding.

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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.

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 million to date — his first $500,000 round came after a single email, pitch, and lunch. We sat down with Jason as he shared what his fundraising journey was like, the startup lessons he learned, and his advice to fellow founders.

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7 Steps To Making A Great Entrepreneur Impression

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Barack Obama meets Mark Zuckerberg, photo via Wikimedia. Entrepreneurs are all about firsts, and the most important is you making a great first impression – on investors, customers, new team members, and strategic partners.

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. We sat down with Kevin as he shared what his fundraising journey was like, the startup lessons he learned, and his advice to fellow founders.

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. People who can help you the most are actually smarter than you, at least in their domain.

The Right Startup Advisors Are As Valuable As Money

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Warren Buffett advises President Obama, image via Wikipedia. If you are a new entrepreneur, or entering a new business area, it’s always worth your time to assemble an Advisory Board of two or three executives who have travelled that road before.

10 Course Corrections Every Startup Should Memorize

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Eric Ries image via Fast Company. The popular view of a real entrepreneur is someone with a big vision, and a stubborn determination to charge straight ahead through any obstacle and make it happen.

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. We sat down with fund managers Chad Gomes, Johnny LeHane and Paul Hakim as they shared insights into their investment process, what they look for in both group members and startups, and. Read more >.

Your Venture Is All About You, Not Your Invention

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Image via IntellectualVentures.com. If you expect to succeed in the thrill-a-minute, roller coaster ride of a startup, let me assure you it takes more than a good idea, a rich uncle, and luck. In fact, the idea is often the least important part of the equation.

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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. Would you bet on her completing it in record time? Probably not, right? Watch me,” she tells you. And so you do.

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. Thanks in particular to the reader who reminded me that Part II of “Bored” of Directors Can Become Clash of Titans is still in the queue.

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., something I've expected since I first bought a Rocket ebook reader about 10 years. And in January I saw that digital music

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

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For three out of four quarters in 2015, New York City’s tech ecosystem has led with more startup funding requests than any other region in the country, including California’s long reigning Silicon Valley.

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

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. From TechCrunch, BetaKit to the Financial Post, there have been more than a few arguments made about the lack of female representation in Canada’s early-stage investment community and the benefits of tapping into this financial resource. For example, Read more >. The post How to Give Women the Wings of an Angel appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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

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In Q3 the global startup ecosystem continued to thrive, with 25% growth over the same quarter last year and up 18% from last quarter, as the innovation economy expands around the world.

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. Understanding of the Pain Read more >. 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 >. Industry Experts

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.

10 C-Level Positions That Are Red Flags For Funding

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Image via Wikimedia Commons. It’s your startup, so you can give early partners any title you want, but be aware of potential investor and peer implications.

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