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Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers

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by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

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As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. The Drawbacks of Venture Capital. Some companies and business models need venture capital to succeed, but the numbers prove that most don’t.

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How To Attract Venture Capital For Your Startup

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Looking for some venture capital funding to fuel the growth of your startup? When venture capitalists look for a startup to invest in, they are hunting for value. First and foremost, the goal of the venture capitalist is to make a return on their investment.

5 Reasons Investors Should Keep Their Eyes On Omaha, Nebraska

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by Mark Hasebroock, Founder and Managing Partner, Dundee Venture Capital. From Fortune 500 construction company Kiewit to Omaha Steaks to First National of Omaha to Oriental Trading, big-name businesses have put plenty of capital in the hands of Omaha residents.

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Females Seeking Funding

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Earlier this month, my co-founders and I raised our sixth round of venture capital funding for Nvoicepay. However, we do know that only about nine percent of entrepreneurs in venture capital backed technology startups are women.

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From Lab Bench To Market Potential

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Healthcare companies typically face tougher challenges in their start-up years than those faced by their counterparts in other sectors, due to heavy up-front capital and, at times, lengthy high risk research. by Dr. Shawn Watson, Chief Executive Officer at Senescence Life Sciences.

A VC Puts On His Equity Crowdfunding Hat

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By Tom Walker, CEO Rev1 Ventures. That suggests, potentially, more early stage capital for entrepreneurs. I want to see as many of them launch new businesses as possible, so I’m all for facile access to more early stage capital for more young companies.

The Huge (And Very Small) Frontier For Venture Dollars

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by Scott Petty, co-founder of Signal Peak Ventures. When you think of the next big thing in venture funding, the corner store or local mechanic isn’t what comes to mind. Scott is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association.

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SMB Predictions For 2016

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2015 has been a great year for SMBs with a strong US economy, relatively easy access to capital and a seemingly endless demand for new technology, apps, devices, medicines and innovative services. By Will Reynolds, CEO of SecureDocs.

Don’t Start Up – Just Yet!

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The trend toward launching without planning may be why the failure rate for venture capital-backed businesses is as high as 75 percent. Don’t start up until you have lined up the funding you need to reach breakeven (typically 18 months of operating capital).

5 Business Plan Secrets For A Successful Tech Startup

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In no small way, the success of your venture will depend on the details of your business plan. Making your business plan concise not only will help you stay organized, but it will also attract more venture capital investors.

Top Five Things VCs Want

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Competition for venture capital is fierce, especially among startups. AvantCredit was Chicago’s most funded startup in 2014, with over $1 billion in funding to date, including investments from Victory Park Capital, Tiger Global Management, Peter Thiel and Jefferies. .

Entrepreneurs, Commit Not These 7 Deadly Sins

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By Tom Walker, president & CEO of Rev1 Ventures. The truth is, there are “wrong” mistakes that entrepreneurs can make early in the game, mistakes that will impact a startup’s ability to attract capital investment later on. Investors are there to help you with more than capital.

Back In The Filtering Game: Entrepreneur Drawn by The Siren Call Of The Startup

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It seemed as though venture capitalists were throwing money at any Internet idea they could find – no business plan required. We received a venture capital investment. by Shane Kenny, founder of Filtersnap.

When To Bet On A Startup

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According to the National Venture Capital Association , the amount of money that VC’s invested rose 8% to nearly $30 billion in 2013. Research conducted at The Harvard Business School found that only 25% of VC-backed startups return investors’ capital.

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[Infographic] How Small Businesses Get Funding

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Only 1 in 10 companies don’t ever ask for capital injection. Others Funding funding strategy raising money small business venture capitalOne of the greatest challenges faced by entrepreneurs is raising sufficient funds to start, continue or even expand the business.

How To Raise Money For Your New Company

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You might get lucky and raise start-up capital from venture capital firms. And you don’t want to start thinking about such documents too late in the capital raising process. Keep working on your new business while you raise capital. Raising capital takes time.

Startups.Co Launches Entrepreneur Fundraising Resource, Funding 101

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New startup entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital may well take a look at Funding 101 , a free educational resource on fundraising launched by business investor network Startups.Co. venture capital venture funding

Steps To Becoming A Savvy Bootstrapper

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One of the earliest and most critical decisions an entrepreneur must make is whether to self-fund a startup by bootstrapping, or raise outside funding through venture capital.” – Forbes. Today, venture capital is a hot topic. Image credit: Bootstrapping from Shutterstock.

The 20/20/20 Rule: A Road Map To Marketplace Success

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by TX Zhuo , managing partner at Karlin Ventures. TX Zhuo is a managing partner of Karlin Ventures , an L.A.-based based venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage enterprise software, e-commerce, and marketplaces.

Top 7 Soft Skills Of Successful Entrepreneurs

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When Google was a young startup, a friend of theirs arranged to allow both the founders to work in her garage during the day while a renowned venture capitalist dropped by to see her. by Lewis Robinson.

Three Innovative Ways To Fund Your Startup

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Should you fall into this category, it’s important to lay as much of your startup’s groundwork as possible before you resign from your current position and venture off on your own. Venture capital.

5 Key Growth Metrics Every Enterprise Startup Should Track

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by TX Zhuo , managing partner at Karlin Ventures. TX Zhuo is a managing partner of Karlin Ventures , an L.A.-based based venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage enterprise software, e-commerce, and marketplaces.

Startups On Startups: Entrepreneurs Reveal Best Advice For Building A Business

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By Tom Walker, president & CEO of Rev1 Ventures. For this reason, we are sharing top tips straight from the source, as 11 startups from the Rev1 Ventures network are imparting their best piece of advice to fellow entrepreneurs: 1.

Think Long To Succeed In The Immediate

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Being part of a new and unestablished company brand results in even greater challenges and distractions as they attempt to move from angel or venture capital funding to self-sustainment. By Dana A.

Entrepreneurs Need To Protect Their Business, But Where Should They Start?

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Here are some key coverage types to consider as you establish and grow your new venture: BOP. It’s important to consider this type of policy if you plan to raise venture capital funding or other types of investment.

Cyber Thieves Take A Bite Out Of Summer

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Recorded Future, a social media data mining firm backed by the CIA’s venture capital arm, has confirmed that login credentials for nearly every federal agency have been posted to open Internet sites. by Andrew Bagrin, founder and Chief Executive Officer of My Digital Shield (MDS).

The Ultimate CEO Twitter List

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FrancisBoulle : CEO of FundMine Francis Boulle talks angel investment and venture capital on @FrancisBoulle. CEOs: they’re just like us! Well, maybe not just like us, but many of them do something that a lot of us also enjoy: they’re on Twitter.

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Why Your Startup Hasn’t Gotten Funded

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Startup X launches with XX millions of dollars of seed capital from a star-studded list of investors”. … If you’re of the mindset that you can’t move your startup forward without first raising capital, this post won’t help you so there is no need to read any further.

7 Ways To Create Your Own Success

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Most entrepreneurs do not start out with millions in venture capital funding or advice from Mark Cuban sitting in their inbox. Get an extra job if necessary and save money for your entrepreneurial venture. By Rob Nelson, founder and CEO at Grow.com.

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Seven Questions Startups Should Ask To Get On Store Shelves

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The company ultimately sold to Northwood Venture Capital in 2010. By Abigail Steinberg, author of “ Recipe for Success: An Insider’s Guide to Bringing Your Natural Food to Market “ I have always been fascinated by start-ups, dreaming big, and being an entrepreneur.

The Complete Startup Reading List

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From choosing cofounders to raising capital to overcoming failure, there are lessons for startups every step of the way in this book. Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-Up to IPO on Your Terms.

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7 Things Every New Entrepreneur Must Know

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There’s so much venture capital out there that everyone thinks their idea is worthy of hundreds of thousands in angel investor dollars. By Robert D.

New Crowdfunding Site CrowdIt To Incorporate Mentoring, Networking

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The Springfield, Missouri-based startup is privately held and backed by venture capital firm Baron VC. Crowdfunding, the new in-thing in micro-financing that’s taken the world by storm thanks to the likes of Kickstarter , takes a twist with new crowdfunding site CrowdIt.

Why You Should Run Your City Like A Startup

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According to Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Ron Conway “ culture is the greatest legacy a founder can leave.” By Scott Fadness, Mayor of Fishers, Indiana. 90 percent of startups fail.

[Video] TED Talk: Startups Aren’t Just For California

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Elizabeth Edwards, author of “ Startup: The Complete Handbook for Launching a Company for Less ” ( our review of the book here ), recently presented a talk at TEDxXavierUniversity about startups and venture funding. Where is all the venture capital?

Ten Ways To Lose A Deal

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Adams, authors of “ Venture Capital For Dummies ® “ You’ve managed to get the attention of well-established venture capitalists. Not to worry, if you’re having trouble navigating the mystical world of venture capital, you’re in good company.

Shark Tank Lessons for Startups

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Currently in its 7th season, the show features a panel of potential venture capital investors, called “sharks”, that considers offers from aspiring entrepreneurs seeking investments for their business or products. by Amit Damani , cofounder of Vista Rooms.

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Grocery’s True Competition

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Quick and easy meals are now the go-to, and because of that, grocery retailers have to capitalize on the opportunity to cater to this new culture. If the grocery industry leverages venture capital-backed companies, they will be able to introduce cutting-edge services just as quickly as Amazon.

Don’t Jump Too Soon: How To Properly Pace Business Growth

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by Brent Freeman , co-founder and president of Stealth Venture Labs. The venture garnered great press and put many brands and products in the spotlight, but the fast growth we experienced ultimately led to us putting our nose in front of our skis before we knew it.