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How to Land Funding From Angel Investors

Up and Running

Are you wondering how to land funding from angel investors? Of course, any real answer depends on where you are and the specifics of your business. This article focuses on angel investors in the U.S., and the process of raising angel investment for high-tech or high-growth startups.

Fundraising Debt And How To Avoid It


by Anish Sebastian and Juan Pablo Segura, co-founders of Babyscripts. Ten years ago, Ward Cunningham published a Youtube video that introduced the concept of “technical debt” to the world.

The “Too Early” Objection

Growthink Blog

Probably the top objection that smaller companies hear when raising money is… …“you’re too early.” As in the business’ current financial performance is just… ….not not all that impressive.


Future-Proofing Your Startup’s Compliance

The Startup Magazine

With the launch of the GDPR in 2018 came an increase in the maximum fine amount that can be imposed against companies that are non-complaint with privacy regulations. The fine shot up to £17.5 million or 4% of the total global turnover of the affected company.

5 Stages In Leading Paradigm Shift Levels Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

A refrain I often hear from technology entrepreneurs to investors is that their product or solution is so innovative that it will cause a “paradigm shift” in the industry.

Why Product Packaging Important For Your Startup


Starting a business goes beyond having an idea. There is a lot of research that needs to be done in terms of how to run the business efficiently as well as how to make profits. If you are planning to start a product line, it is imperative to know the basics and importance of product packaging.

Seven years into Fund I: charting the return multiples

Version One Ventures

We raised our first fund in summer 2012. It was a $15m early-stage fund that we invested in 20 portfolio companies over the course of two and a half years. We’re now seven years in and the portfolio is maturing.

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7 Keys To Balancing Profits Versus A Higher Purpose

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s always been tough to start a new business, even when the bottom line was just making a profit to stay alive. A few years ago, a second focus of sustainability (“green”) was added as a requirement for respectability. Now I almost always hear a third mandate - social responsibility.

Superhero Mentality – Three Steps To Turn A Negative Into A Positive


by Hernani Alves, author of “ Balanced Accountability: 3 Leadership Secrets to Win Hearts and Maximize Performance “ Steve Young, the former NFL player and MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, threw 202 interceptions in his career.

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This Fintech Company Empowers Underbanked Latinos

YFS Magazine

In Latin America, over half of adults don't have a bank account and even more don't have access to financial services. Uulala is filling a persistent gap. Grow Technology Finance fintech personal finance technology

Reflecting On Parenthood & Entrepreneurship

View from Seed

*Disclaimer – although the above baby is very cute, I can’t take credit for making him*. When my husband and I welcomed our newborn son to the world this April, it was probably the most exciting and magical moments we have ever experienced. Thanks to my very supportive partners at NextView, I was able to focus on being a new parent and enjoying those early moments during my maternity leave.

10 Techniques For Enhancing Your Personal Trust Level

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the first harsh realities that every entrepreneur has to learn is that most of the things that are critical to startup success are outside of their direct control.

Important Branding Lessons From The Top 5 Retailers In The US


by Katie Lundin of crowdspring. The top 5 retailers in the US made nearly $230 billion dollars in 2018. ( $228.4 billion to be exact.). They must be doing something right.

A Guide to Making Your Business More Appealing to Customers

The Startup Magazine

You’ve likely heard the saying many times before, but when it comes to running a business, your customers come first. Without customers, your business is more or less non-existent. The golden question then becomes what you can do to keep your customers interested and happy.

Hypergiant Industries Hires Two Key Executives in Austin


Hypergiant Industries, which is focused on creating new products using artificial intelligence for businesses, announced Friday that it has hired two key senior executives in Austin.

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9 Success Inhibitors To Overcome For Rapid Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

A common complaint I hear from my startup clients and many entrepreneurs is that rapid growth is more difficult than ever anticipated. The assumption usually is that more money is needed for marketing, or another round of new development is needed on the product.

How Does Live Chat Work And Why Is It Important?


As we advance further into the digital age, one thing is becoming increasingly clear for businesses looking to expand online: speed is of utmost importance.

How to specialize in cybersecurity

The Startup Magazine

It doesn’t matter whether you work for a school, large-scale business or government department – cybersecurity is necessary for everyone. While many of us may consider our information to be relatively useless or benign, our bank details and other information are very useful for cybercriminals.

5 Mindset Shifts To Overcome Your Sales Anxiety

YFS Magazine

Discover the key strategies that can shift your sales mindset, so you can drop the anxiety and pick up some excitement. Grow Marketing & Sales sales sales meeting sales pitch selling selling tips

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Don’t Wait To Catch Up Until Your Customers Hate You

Startup Professionals Musings

After working in business at all levels, and consulting to entrepreneurs for years, I’m still surprised to see so many situations where things that should be easy are painful to customers, and lead to customers hating your business.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Get Adequate Sleep And How


In their busy life entrepreneurs get very less time to sleep, hence it is important for them to know the right type of mattress and sleeping position.

Founder Interview: Felix Shipkevich and the Disruption in LegalTech

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series , we interviewed Mr. Felix Shipkevich. Felix is a business attorney and regulatory counsel, but is also a LegalTech innovator with his Hotspot Law platform.

26 Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips and Tricks of Staying Motivated


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.

16 Ways Grow Your Business Without Spending Money

Up and Running

Today we’re sharing what we call “ideas to steal.” They are all real-life ideas from successful businesses—action steps you can pick up and run with right away, without having to research, test, or otherwise delay implementing. And, you don’t need to spend money to do them. .

How Diversity Can Increase Innovation And Growth In Your Business


by Zeynep Ilgaz, Chief Executive Officer of Confirm BioSciences. It’s no secret that many industries like tech and biopharma have struggled with diversity.

How invoice factoring works for small business

The Startup Magazine

If you own a business or you are planning to own one, you should be familiar with invoice factoring. It is a financial transaction and a type of debtor finance using accounts receivables financing. Here’s what it entails; Business owners sell their invoice to a third party known as the factor.

Next Coast Ventures Hires a New Chief Operating Officer


Next Coast Ventures, an Austin-based venture capital firm, announced this week that it has hired Jonathan Kaplan as its chief operating officer. “I’ve

4 Things To Consider Before Hiring A Life Coach

YFS Magazine

The very nature of life coaching depends on the quality of the coach, so it's only natural to want to pick the right person. Lead life coach life coaching mental health personal development

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Find Your Ideal Job And Build Your Dream Business


by Kedma Ough , MBA, author of “ Target Funding: A Proven System to Get the Money and Resources You Need to Start or Grow Your Business “ Is it possible to have your cake and eat it too? If there was a way to find your ideal job and build your dream business, would you consider both?

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Becoming an experienced business negotiator

The Startup Magazine

There are several factors that come into play during a business negotiation. Becoming a master at this skillset is not easy and takes much practice. Business negotiation, a skill acquired over an extensive period of time, is one that can be highly beneficial to all.

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How to Increase SaaS Prices the Right (and Profitable) Way


Have you ever gotten a bill that—inexplicably—is two or three times more than usual? What was your reaction? Probably something like this: [A SaaS vendor] pulled a massive price increase on us (over 300%!) and that was it. I don’t care how much I like their product, I’m gone.

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Entrepreneur Making Huge Strides in the Digital Age


Ever imagined working successfully with a person you’ve never met? That’s the story of Zima Media, and the co-founders, Michael Zima and Damien Bouvier. They have been working together for 4 years – but they’ve never met in person.

How IoT-Enabled Tracking Systems Improve Business Operations


by Ekim Saribardak, CTO of Rewire Security. Businesses that don’t evolve to adapt to new operational challenges will be left behind in today’s fast-paced world.

5 Common Mistakes Startups Make in Product Prototyping

The Startup Magazine

Prototyping is that critical step between concept and mass production. Your product prototype is what will often be used to sell the product to retailers.

Propensity Modeling: Using Data (and Expertise) to Predict Behavior


Kettering once said, “My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”. When we look at data and analytics, we’re focused on the past. How did we do last quarter? What happened H1 2019? And how does that compare to H1 2018?


TalentGuard Lands $4 Million in VC Funding


TalentGuard, a career and talent management software startup, announced this week it has raised $4 million. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funding for global sales and marketing expansion and product development. LiveOak Venture Partners of Austin led the Series B funding round.

How To Make Your Products More Accessible To Online Customers


There are over 25 million eCommerce sites worldwide and it is estimated that the business will be worth $4.5 trillion by 2021.