Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of Securing Capital: Innovative Financing Options for Today’s Startups


These days, though, getting the financing for a startup doesn’t have to be the herculean task it once was. Originally introduced in 1997 by the British progressive rock band Marillion, this means of acquiring capital has surged in popularity, and for good reason.

How has the price of currency fluctuated as a result of COVID-19?

The Startup Magazine

At the very minimum, we can expect to see a sharp slowdown in all of the ASEAN economies during 2020, while the eventual decline may ultimately be worse than the Asian Financial Crisis (or Asian Contagion) of 1997.


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Three Common Expense Tracking Mistakes


William Olsen, CPA, Co-Founder and Director of Deductr been in the tax industry for 20 years and a licensed CPA since 1997. Professionalisms accounting expense tracking finance management taxation William Olsen by William Olsen, CPA, Co-founder and VP of Product Development at Deductr. It seems like tax time is fraught with last minute scrambling to gather business records for those who claim business deductions.

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Customers Love Free Stuff … But That’s Not Your Problem


Warren Buffet, 1997. Finance Internet IPO Regulation Twitter Uncategorized Virtual Goods Web/Tech Bias Direct Listing Free Pop Venture Capital“As they say in poker, ‘If you’ve been in the game 30 minutes and you don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.‘”

Funding for Women-Owned Businesses

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Female entrepreneurship has been on a steady rise in the United States, with the number of women-owned businesses nearly doubling between 1997 and 2017. Finance Funding/Crowdfunding MoneyToday, almost 40 percent of the nation’s privately held companies are owned by women, and women launch an average of 1,000 businesses per day.

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Entrepreneurs, Be Careful to Avoid Penny Stock Scams

The Startup Magazine

By 1997, the company’s penny stocks were valued at $4.4 Finance entrepreneurs founder investing lender penny stocks research returns Risk stock market tradingIt’s easy as an entrepreneur to want to take risks. Penny stocks are tempting for potential quick returns but are notable for scams. Read on and be aware of the common issues with this form of trading. Pump and Dump Scams. This type of scam happens all of the time.

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Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

I started investing in 1994 and while there was some bumpiness in 1997 and again in 1999, the real pain happened between 2000 and 2005. I watched, participated, and suffered through every type of creative financing as companies were struggling to raise capital in this time frame. I suffered through the next financing after implementing a complex structure, or a sale of the company, or a liquidation. Venture Capital cap table down round Financing VC

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

By 1991, 70% of the Torch funded startups were getting bank financing for expansion and later stages of the new ventures, with local governments acting as guarantors. At the same time neither banks nor local governments had the cash to finance startups on the scale the country needed. The founding of domestic VC firms began with the establishment of local government-financed venture capital firms (GVCFs), followed by university-backed VC firms (UVCFs).

Building An Autonomous and Virtual World: Softbank Teams With Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

When we led Eric’s first financing — a $10 million round and the first capital into the bootstrapped team — we believed mobile location and mapping would be big. Back in 1997, Softbank Technology Ventures (which became Mobius Venture Capital) was the first VC fund I helped raise. The physical world will be the reference coordinates for the fleets of robot cars of our imagination.

The rise of the “successful” unsustainable company

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Freeloader — On $3m invested, sold for $38m in 1996 — shut down in 1997. It’s not about the financing path, it’s about what you’ve decided to build. It’s appalling what passes for “successful entrepreneurship” in the press or the Valley, but it’s not their fault.

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The Longstanding Appeal Of Investing In Singapore’s Luxury Hotels


Largely financed by the Las Vegas Sands organisation, it was described as “one of the world’s most challenging construction projects and certainly the most expensive stand-alone integrated resort property ever built”. Originally offices, and latterly a post office, in 1997 Sino Land spent S$300 million on converting it into a hotel and developing the adjacent commercial centre.

[Review] Out-Executing The Competition


build Compaq Financial Services (CFS) from its inception in 1997 into a global force with over $3.7 billion in assets, and how he created HP Financial Services by combining two disparate captive finance companies after the merger of HP and Compaq. The world of financial services can be convoluted one, and it’s incredibly rare to have leaders who continually thrive in such a complex – and some say, toxic – environment.

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[INTERVIEW] Glen McKay, Newfoundland Business Leader, Co-Founder of Newfoundland Hard-Rok, Inc.


With Foss and Phelan taking care of Newfoundland Hard-Rok’s operations and Glen looking after the daily finance and administration of the company, over the past roughly thirty years, Newfoundland Hard-Rok has become a leading explosives manufacturer and drilling blasting provider in the Newfoundland and Labrador area and on Baffin Island. In 1997, Glen co-founded Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc.,

This Week in VC with @VCMike Hirshland of Polaris Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

This probably wasn’t a fun period of time for a new VC but nonetheless probably made Mike stronger than having started in 1997. Venture Financings we Discussed. Here is the link to this week’s TWiVC with Mike Hirshland. I apologize for the audio quality – we did this in a rush because we found a last minute studio and recorded in San Francisco. But you can see & hear the entire interview well and I think it will be well worth your while.

Social Enterprises Globally

Business Plan Blog

One of the five main objectives is to support co-ops, mutuals, charities and social enterprises by establishing a Big Society Bank, which will provide financing for social enterprises and other similar ventures. NESsT was co-founded by an American and a Chilean in 1997 and is currently a registered charity in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Hungary, Peru, Romania, the U.K. There is a rich social enterprise culture present in the United Kingdom.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 26: Javier Saade and Hillary Hartley

Steve Blank

Hillary has been working to make government more accessible and available online for nearly two decades, starting as a web designer for Arkansas.gov in 1997. the FEC deals with campaign finance information, regulating and disclosing all that information. The U.S. government is discovering that Lean innovation can help them serve the country better and faster.

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Glen McKay: From Newfoundland Fishing Boat Deckhand to Mining CEO


Newfoundland’s Glen McKay has had a long and successful career in several industries, including construction, finance and mining. In 1997, McKay co-founded junior mineral resource company, Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. Carl Foss and Keith Phelan take care of the operations side, while I handle finance and administration. You need to know a little bit about everything, including operations, finances, marketing and communications.

The Uber IPO – Imaginary Profits Only

Start Up Blog

So get ready for some finance meets tech nerdocity below. Amazon IPO 1997 – 2 years after it was founded. Last Friday night, I did a TV interview on ABC regarding Uber’s long awaited IPO. An IPO is when a company first becomes a publicly traded stock that anyone can buy and hold. To put it bluntly, Uber is a terrible investment for anyone who didn’t already own the shares in it before it went public.

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If You Don’t Define Your Personal Brand the Market Will

Both Sides of the Table

In 1997 I was sent to England to work on a project for the oil company Halliburton. Finance weenies not geeks. I have long advised startup companies that if you don’t control your messaging somebody else will and your potential customers will form impressions of you shaped by somebody else or by nobody at all. It’s why it’s important to establish a brand, know what your key messages are and communicate them often and simply.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Yes, it’s true that FOMO (fear of missing out) is driving some irrational behavior and valuations amongst uber competitive deals and well-financed VCs. Try charging customers for your product when you have 12 competitors giving the product away free finances by $20 million of VC. In 1997, the year the Kauffman Report begins its analysis; there were 70 million users online globally. This article originally ran on PEHub.

How Top Venture Capitalists Create (and Sometimes Destroy) Portfolio Company Value

David Teten

Mr. Fralic earned his BS in Finance from Villanova University and his MBA from St. In 1997, Mr. Yavonditte joined Juno Online Services, Inc.

The Ultimate CEO Twitter List


hamlesh : As CEO of Peritus Group, Hamlesh Motah talks about tech, finance, motorbikes, and pulling up troubled businesses. CEO_INGDIRECT : Peter Aceto, CEO of ING Direct Canada offers insight on finance, business, and even learning online. howardlindzon : Howard Lindzon, CEO and co-founder of Stocktwits.com tweets about trends in social finance. FuelOnline : Fuel CEO Scott Levy has been working in social media and SEO since 1997. CEOs: they’re just like us!

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Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

Up and Running

Certification began in 1997, as a concrete way to ensure that a fair trade certified (FTC) label on a product meant that a series of milestones had been met, and a socially conscious consumer could rest easy with their purchase. Because of the certification process that began in 1997, you can rest assured that some of the worst labor and environmental violations—such as unsafe working conditions—will not be happening.

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28 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


For example, I used to handle finances and billing the first year because I didn’t want to spend any money in hiring a financial assistant. When my motivation lags, I think about sitting across the desk from my last boss ever in 1997. When the going gets rough in business, you’ll need motivation to keep moving. Motivating yourself can be hard but practicing consistent habits such as reminding yourself of why you started can be a major boost.

The 3 Most Damaging Myths in Entrepreneurship

Up and Running

That’s what we teach in business schools and classic entrepreneurship: you develop a business plan, you get financed, and then you start. It’s out of date now, but if you look for it, you can find the 1997 Dun & Bradstreet research on causes of business failure that listed “too much money&# as one of the causes.

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Is the Unicorn Endangered or Extinct?

Professor VC

Former students who are readers of this blog may recall the Amazon IPO case from Entrepreneurial Finance class. Amazon priced it''s IPO in 1997 at approximately $500M (the $18 IPO price was an increase from the $12-$14 range) and first trade was at $29.25 It''s previous financing round was a little over a year prior to the IPO and was a $8M raise at a $60M pre-money valuation led by John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins.

Amazon Web Services as Metaphor


For someone like me who grew up in the Internet of 1997, to watch this was nothing short of revelatory. What these all represent to me are new stacks for different domains that help solve financing, production and distribution problems. Amazon Web Services are defined as "a set of services that together form a reliable, scalable, and inexpensive computing platform in the cloud.” This definition belies just how profound those sets of services actually are.

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Sphero Has Shipped!

Feld Thoughts

I’ve worked with Paul since he co-founded Raindance Communications in 1997 and was delighted to quickly lead a seed financing for Orbotix. My little buddy, the robotic ball controlled by your smartphone named Sphero, has shipped and you can order a Sphero now ! Having watched Sphero come to life over the past 17 months, starting as a seed of an idea in the heads of two mad geniuses (Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson) has been awesome.

The Entrepreneur’s Essentials #11: New Year’s advice for middle-aged people

Austin Startup

I was fortunate to live in Silicon Valley for six years before moving to “Silicon Hills” in 1997?—?having DFS was formed in 1997 to provide Dell customers the best financing options. As I mentioned at the beginning of this series/ebook, over the years I’ve noticed that I tend to frequently share certain Lucky7 posts with entrepreneurs we’ve backed , team members at data.world, or other startup investors I know.

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Building a Great Startup Board: Pt 1

Reid Hoffman

I’ve encountered many of the different ways boards can interact under different circumstances, whether it’s problem executives, problem investors, CEO misbehavior, financing issues, business crises and more.

Pop-ups — Is Annoying Your Customers Worth a Few Newsletter Sign-ups?

Up and Running

By 1997, the pop-up plague had spread to sites across the net, including Geocities, AOL, and The New York Times. Have you ever wanted to set a room of marketers into a blazing argument? It’s easy, just ask them whether pop-up ads work.

15 Entrepreneurs Discuss Why they Started Their Businesses


After working as an administrator in the finance industry for years, I kept asking myself, am I really helping anyone with the work I do? In 1997 we were IT consultants. Share Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.

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Should You Share Equity with Consultants?


Finance | Tuesdays. Financing a Small Business. FINANCE. Financing A Small Business. Personal Finance. Back in 1997, Randy Parker was staring at a blank whiteboard, wondering where hed find the money to hire the employees and consultants he needed to build his new product. "We Before Roving Software could receive its first round of financing from professional investors, in early 1999, he had to put all the stock arrangements in writing.

The pioneers of Silicon Valley’s fast culture on how to grow quickly, not recklessly

Reid Hoffman

And from a financial perspective, any investor would be better off buying stock in Amazon than buying and share of a corner bookshop; if you invested $100 in Amazon’s 1997 initial public offering (IPO), those shares would have been worth about $120,000 in 2018. Or to put it another way: If you owned a corner bookstore in 1997, would you be better off today if you had invested $10,000 in expanding your physical store—or in the Amazon IPO?

My story and support for the Founders Visa

K9 Ventures

I graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1997 and decided to use my OPT to give the company a proper shot. This also eliminated the big risk for my potential investors that I wouldn’t be able to stay in the country, and so I was able to close the financing round for the company in November 1998. In the past few days there has been a lot of discussion on the topic of a Founders Visa.

Are all of the venture returns in B2B?


Shortel: $102mm pre-IPO with first round in 1997, Based on this data, one can see how many of the existing investors generated some great returns on absolute and relative terms. Sure many of these Internet companies being financed may not be standalone IPO candidates but that doesn’t mean that companies that generate 10-20x for their investors are bad investments either.

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37 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Businesses


Extremely-Sharp.com originally started with a few retail locations in 1997, and we quickly started the e-commerce site the next year. I never want renters to find themselves in my situation – scared, displaced and worried about my finances. Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea.

More Signs of Trouble in the Innovation Ecosystem

Pascal's View

major industry sector, marks the lowest venture investment level since 1997. Financings. normal"> First-time financings accounted for 20. financings, plants the seeds for the next generation of successful companies. mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">   mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"> The Q1 2009 venture capital investment statistics. are in, and they are down, BIG.   While.

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Connecting the Dots: How New Job Creation, IPO’s, and Venture Capital in America Are Intimately Linked

Pascal's View

billion, followed by finance, 19 deals, and healthcare, 17 deals. capital markets for listed equities have been in systemic decline since 1997, while every other major international equity market has been growing. Everybody agrees that, without meaningful job growth, America will not emerge from its current deep economic funk. There is plenty of debate, however, over what drives that job creation engine in our country.

VC Governance FAQ: (9) Does an anemic IPO market deter VC investing?

Pascal's View

America had this structure in place prior to 1997, and we should take a hard look at what has changed to render the small company IPO extinct (contrary to popular belief, it first became an endangered species before the technology bubble). This is the ninth in our series of ten frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships.

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How Andreessen Horowitz Evaluates CEOs

Ben's Blog

This includes matters of personnel, matters of financing, matters of product strategy, matters of goal sizing, matters of marketing. Read Jeff Bezos’ 3-page letter he wrote to shareholders in 1997. “I mean damn, did you even see the test. You got D’s, motherf*$@%&, D’s! Rosie Perez”. Kanye West. No position in a company is more important than the CEO and, as a result, no job gets more scrutiny.

A Look at Responsive CSS Frameworks


Ben Gremillion started playing with pixels in the mid-1980s and building websites circa 1997. Learn how to start a company on the right foot with an introduction to basic business concepts, including corporate structure, marketing, finance, and accounting. Learn Web Design, Coding & more! Get 1 Month of Gold for Free! ($49 49 value). Learn More. ␡ ← Back to Treehouse.  Websites. Coding. Android. Business. 👤 Membership. 🔎 Search.  Facebook.

Startups and small biz at SXSW: ideas on how to spend your time at the conference!

crowdSPRING Blog

Hilton D – Only a fraction of business financing comes from Sand Hill Road. He started his first company in 1997 at the age of 14 and has also served in leadership roles at Stardoll and Advertigo. ([link]. Ross and I will be speaking at South by Southwest again this year and hope that you’ll join us there for our talk titled “ Third Coast: How to Be a Startup Outside of Silicon Valley.&#

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