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How To Raise Capital and How Raising Capital Has Changed

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How has fundraising changed in the last few years? Between COVID, the evolution of the API economy, and a increase in second, third & fourth time founders who are seeking funding.

News: What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for Startups

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The Inflation Reduction Act is a sweeping $750 billion health care, tax, and climate bill that was signed into law on August 16, 2022. There is a lot of news about this significant legislation and what it’s doing for lowering drug costs and subsidizing clean energy.

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25 Key Action Steps for Every Entrepreneur

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Because you are undoubtedly raring to go out and change the world, I’m going to provide you with a crash checklist in “starting smart,” so that you can avoid the biggest, most bone-headed errors made by many bright-eyed and enthusiastic first-time founders.

Best Practices for a Successful Startup Advisory Board

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Having worked with hundreds of founders and early-stage startups, I often hear questions in regards to setting up an Advisory Board. I will address some of the common questions I’ve heard over the years in this article and share some insights I’ve gained as both a founder and as an advisor.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

When Should a Tech Startup Form a Company

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Before a technology startup becomes a company, it spends a period of time as simply a project. The founding team is usually one or two individuals building and testing products as they try to validate a demand for them in the market.

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What Is Equity Crowdfunding

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When you hear the word crowdfunding, the first image that jumps to mind is Kickstarter. We all know how this crowdfunding site works. You donate money to a company or cause, and in return you get early access to the product/service, SWAG, or a combination of both.

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Gust Educational Resources for Founders and Startups

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Throughout the years of developing Gust.com and Gust Launch, we recognized a common pain point in the startup journey. Founders, the passionate entrepreneurs pouring all of their efforts into building their ventures, had questions about how to properly set up their startups.

Build a MVP and Validate Your Plan with Customers

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By this point, the word “lean” has been so used so frequently and in so many contexts that you could be forgiven for thinking that it was completely meaningless. But it’s actually quite the opposite.

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News: 25% Foreign-owned corps in U.S. who missed filling form 5472

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Did you miss filing form 5472 at some point? Normally this means big penalties that are nearly impossible to waive, but finally there is some relief.

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Test Your Business Model Against These 10 Elements

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You can’t succeed in business without an operational model that delivers value to customers at a reasonable price, with an underlying cost that allows you to make a profit.

Translate Your Idea into a Compelling Business Model

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A business model is the idea that underlies a successful business. It describes how the business creates value for customers, delivers that value to them, and captures a portion of the value for its owners.

5 Important Resources You Can Use to Raise Capital for Your Startup

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As a founder, you likely have a lot on your mind. Raising capital for your startup is probably near the top of your mental "to-do" list, but chances are you haven't really gotten around to starting on it just yet. It’s important to raise capital to support growth and scalability in the early stages.

How To End Your Investor Pitch

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There are thousands of articles and a few books including my book, The Pitch Deck Book: How To Present Your Business And Secure Investors, on putting together the best pitch deck for investors, but how should you end your pitch? The post How To End Your Investor Pitch appeared first on Gust.

Why Everyone with Six Figures to Invest Should Consider Angel Investing

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Angel investing in the past few years has moved from an arcane backwater of the financial world to a business arena that receives coverage in mainstream newspapers and hit television shows such as ABC’s Shark Tank.

Fundraising round strategy, when and what type matters with Trade Signal Inc

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Welcome to the Gust Launch Founder Spotlight! Gust Launch supports a variety of exciting founders doing amazing things. In this ongoing series we’ll highlight the experiences of Gust Launch founders, in their own words, as they navigate the challenges of early-stage entrepreneurship.

5 Key Metrics You Need to Crush for Fundraising Success

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This post originally appeared on Forecastr‘s blog. A good fundraising pitch should be laser-focused on the needs of the investor. This means you’ll need to do your homework ahead of time to find out what they’re looking for and how your opportunity matches up.

How To Protect Your SaaS Business During Market Uncertainty

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This post originally appeared on Capchase‘s blog. How to protect your SaaS business during market uncertainty Public tech stocks have been on a downward trend the last few months in the US & Europe.

What Your Cap Table Tells Investors About You and Your Company

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This post originally appeared on Startup Stack’s blog. If you have raised capital from investors before, you probably noticed that one of the first requests from potential investors is for you to send them your current cap table. Why would an investor be so interested in seeing your cap table?

Does my startup need a terms of service?

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This post originally appeared on Kader Law’s blog. We’ve all received those emails in our inbox – “We’ve updated our terms of service!”. Why do the biggest companies in the world repeatly spam us and make us accept their terms of service?

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Product Launches – The Most Common Mistakes We See

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Every early-stage startup has a unique set of constraints it must deal with and trade-offs that must be made along the way to launch its product into the market.

Converting an LLC to Delaware C-corp

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Should I convert my LLC to a Delaware C-corp? Maybe you formed your company in your home state initially for cost reasons or because it seemed like the simplest path to formation. Maybe you formed as an LLC instead of a Corporation so you could enjoy the tax advantages of a pass-through entity.

The Startup Founders Pitch Toolbox

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Startup founders need to be Jacks or Jills of All Trades. They are visionaries, product designers, bookkeepers, and tech support representatives. But the single most important role of the founder is to be an effective communicator. And in the context of a startup, that means “storyteller”.

The Startup Founders Pitch Toolbox

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Startup founders need to be Jacks or Jills of All Trades. They are visionaries, product designers, bookkeepers, and tech support representatives. But the single most important role of the founder is to be an effective communicator. And in the context of a startup, that means “storyteller”.

Founder Spotlight – People-first logistics with Joshe Ordonez from Airpals Technologies Inc.

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Welcome to the Gust Launch Founder Spotlight! Gust Launch supports a variety of exciting founders doing amazing things. In this ongoing series we’ll highlight the experiences of Gust Launch founders, in their own words, as they navigate the challenges of early-stage entrepreneurship.

The Importance Of Being Connected To The Right Lawyer

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A number of years ago I worked in product for Gust Launch. As a disclaimer, I am a staunch believe in the mission of Gust Launch and—more generally—decreasing the barriers to entrepreneurialism and innovation.

Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups

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It’s that time of year when we’re all staring down the end of the December, wondering where the months have gone. This is also the time when a lot of entrepreneurs wrestle with their plans for the next year, asking themselves: Where should I bet big? Are the growth targets right? How am I going to pay for all these. Read more >. The post Beyond VC: Funding Options for Early-Stage Startups appeared first on The Gust Blog

What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck?

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So you’ve developed a game-changing product, formed a business with a killer team, quit your job, and are rolling the product out to market. Your business is the next unicorn, and all is good in the world. Fantastic. Now only one thing is inhibiting your company’s growth: you have no money. For many founders of high-growth startups, bootstrapping has limits. Read more >. The post What Belongs in a Startup’s Pitch Deck? appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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 >.

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How To Secure A Lead Investor

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By Paula Taas, Founder Institute. You’ve created an amazing founding team, you’ve built a brilliant product that has been gaining a lot of traction, and now you’re looking to expand your company. How do you continue to build your business? By searching for a lead investor in your next funding round. The lead investor is the first step in Read more >. The post How To Secure A Lead Investor appeared first on The Gust Blog. How To Fundraise Starting Your Company

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. We already had 1,000 women signed Read more >. The post Raising Capital As A First Time Founder appeared first on The Gust Blog. How To Fundraise Starting Your Company

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. But to be a successful entrepreneur or serious angel investor, you must have a realistic understanding of the startup failure rate and Read more >. The post The Startup Failure Rate Among Angel-Funded Companies appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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. In an effort to make my life easier, I’ve summarized here the steps that will make it much Read more >. The post 18 Ways to Make Your Financial Model Stand Out to Investors appeared first on The Gust Blog. How To Fundraise Starting Your Company

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. Here is what he had to say: HK: Tell me a Read more >. The post Ask A Founder: Startup Lessons Learned from Squareknot’s Jason Rappaport appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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. Projects include films, musical recordings, new companies, products, inventions, personal causes and many others. Since the JOBS Read more >. Industry Experts crowd funding crowdfunding JOBS act

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 billion in funding and created over 6,500 jobs. We have seen startups at. Read more >. The post From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup? appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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. He was instrumental in creating Apple, which has pioneered a dazzling array of new products, and even surpassed Microsoft, to become the world’s most valuable technology company.

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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. Top entrepreneurs spend more time putting the right team in place to accomplish their objectives than they spend on any other components of their job.

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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, and also the least common way, according to an authoritative survey of new startups.

Need Funding? 2015 Is A Strong Year For Startups

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2015 is shaping up to be a strong year for the startup and early stage investor ecosystem. Total startup funding applications are up across the globe and in multiple sectors, especially in the United States where the surging New York City tech industry is leading a nationwide growth in new startups. Coming out of the second quarter of the year, the total number Read more >. The post Need Funding? 2015 Is A Strong Year For Startups appeared first on The Gust Blog. Gust News

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. Execution is making things happen, and for startups it usually means making change happen, which is even more difficult.

Enhancing the Co-founder Equity Split Conversation

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Today we’re proud to release an updated Co-founder Equity Split tool. We released the first version back in November to help startup founders divide the ownership of their startup fairly and rationally among their team. Since then, we’ve been collecting feedback from founders about how it could better help them with their decision. With this release, the tool gives founders. Read more >. The post Enhancing the Co-founder Equity Split Conversation appeared first on The Gust Blog.

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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