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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

European Startups Raise Highest Quarterly VC Financing Since 2001

European startups have had a bumper few months, raising €2.1 billion (more than $2.8 billion) from venture-capital investors in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since 2001, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource. The influx of funding into privately held European companies echoes a similar investment boom in the U.S., where private companies raised $13.8 billion in venture capital in the same period, ...

Venture Capital Investment Rockets to Highest Level Since Dot-Com Era

Venture capital investment continued its surge in the second quarter with $13.84 billion invested, the most since the fourth quarter of 2000, as investors piled into later-stage financings. The amount was 21% higher than in the strong first quarter of this year and 60% higher than in the second quarter of last year, according to industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. First-half venture investment was $25.25 billion, on pace to ...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Create a Successful Business Plan with Tips from 5 Industry Experts

Imagine creating a detailed business plan decoding your present and future strategies, only to be told “Good effort, but we don’t believe this plan will work”. This is a situation every entrepreneur hopes to avoid, and certainly can. Ideally, an effective business plan must precisely highlight: • Your business idea • Spot potential problems • Establish goals • Evaluate your progress However, it is easier said tha...

How to Fix What’s Wrong With Your Business Plan – You Have One, Right?

Wondering why your business revenue is going in the wrong direction? It all goes back to that foundation you first created for your company — or sometimes didn’t create — and how solid it was from the start. Everything since then should be built on top of that foundation, that plan. Without a strong and clear strategic plan, your business may flounder, and you may make a lot of costly mistakes along the way. The following...

Don't Pitch A Venture Capitalist Without This Checklist

I’m surprised at how many funding pitches I get which lack some of the basic information which investors require before funding. I think this stems from two causes: 1. Lack of basic knowledge of the information investors require. I would hope that a competent founder could easily educate herself about what information an investor wants with some basic research. 2. A desire to hide important information which you think might be...

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Fund Raising

9 Extremely Clever Startup Funding Stories

So you think your business idea is dead because you can’t find an investor? Most new entrepreneurs feel the same way. Through email exchanges with business owners and a few nonprofit founders, I found nine very clever funding stories from founders who made their projects flourish -- renegade style. 1. Seek international sponsorship. When Adam Lyons was launching The Zebra, an Austin company offering a Kayak-type search engin...

The Six Questions You Should Ask Your Potential Investors

A few weeks ago, we were on a panel at NextSpace in Berkeley. We were sharing the stage with the Venture Capitalist Michael Berolzheimer of Bee Partners and Doug Bend, a great startup and small business attorney. The panel was about the mechanics of raising your first round of financing. The audience, consisting of mostly early-stage entrepreneurs, wanted to know how much you should raise (how much do you need?), what type of story you ...

What It Takes to Get Angel Investment

Three months ago I posted Securing Angel Investors in this space. I was responding then to a request that I explain the process step-by-step. But I’m afraid I skipped the first and, for some, the most important step. Before you begin, it’s vital to determine whether you actually have a solid investment opportunity, regardless of how good your plan sounds to you. You certainly don’t want to waste your time or someone else’s mo...

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Marketing & Social Media

7 Ways To Be The Best Start-Up On Social Media

Now that you’ve created a start-up it’s time to focus on your social media strategy. Why? Because it’s easier than ever for budding entrepreneurs to get their start-up ideas out into the business world thanks to social media. Previously, if you wanted to get some coverage it meant calling in a string of favours to get a blurb into a local paper or on the radio, but now, thanks to social media, you’re just a few clicks away fr...

7 Social Media Mistakes

In the 90s, business owners were deciding whether they wanted a website. Now, that same conversation is being had around social media. Some of the South Sound’s own local social media mavens helped Business Examiner Media Group compile a list of mistakes you don’t want to be making, even if you’re not on social media. #1 Not listening “Social media empowers your customers to control the conversation,” explains Torey ...

The 6 Best Ways to Build Website Traffic

In Start Your Own e-Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Rich Mintzer explain how to build a dotcom business that will succeed. In this book, you'll find recipes for success, road maps that pinpoint the hazards, and dozens of interviews with dotcom entrepreneurs who've proved they’ve got what it takes to survive in this sometimes fickle marketplace. In this edited excerpt, the authors discuss why using email signatures...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

8 Deadly Wastes That Every Entrepreneur Must Avoid

Every entrepreneur I know is short on resources, including time, money, and skills. The last thing they can afford is to waste any of these, but in my mentoring and coaching activities, I see it happening all too often. Waste in a startup is any activity that absorbs resources, but creates no value or competitive advantage in the eyes of customers. Much has been written about this subject in the world of manufacturing, stemming prima...

Costly Mistakes Almost Every Entrepreneur Makes

I was recently talking to the founder of a VC-funded startup who expressed deep surprise that his product was not resonating in the market. He was confused as to why every single potential customer he spoke to assured him that there was a need for his product, but now that he had built it no one was buying it. Unfortunately, this is an all too common story in the startup world. Founders do a lot of customer validation and feel confident...

4 Goals Every Small-Business Owner Should Set in 2015

Whether it’s saving more money, eating healthier or spending more time with family, now is a time for making changes to improve upon our happiness. This applies to businesses too. As we settle into 2015, it’s the perfect time for small-business owners to reevalute old processes and implement new ideas for a happier and more productive year ahead. Here are four goals that every small business owner should set this year: 1. Focu...

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