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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

6 Critical Questions Your Business Plan Must Answer

Never underestimate the importance of your business plan. It is the backbone of your company, a foundational pillar from which your enterprise will be built. It’s going to serve as the first impression for countless potential partners and investors, and it’s going to serve as a roadmap for your whole business -- at least for the first several years. In some ways, writing a business plan is easy -- there are no rules or requiremen...

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...

How to push right buttons during an elevator pitch

In today's world of 140-character-long attention spans, engaging an audience for a few minutes and piquing their interest takes skill, practice and confidence. But once perfected, your elevator pitch can be a winning message that keeps taking your business to the next level. Here are some handy tips. An 'elevator pitch is' a short, quick delivery of your business or skills to capture your audience's attention and intrigue them enough...

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Fund Raising

The Kleiner Perkins Guide to Venture Capital Jargon

Venture capital is an intentionally obscure world with difficult-to-parse financials, internal organization and pathways for success. It’s also an industry shrouded by euphemism. Because venture capitalists don’t talk the way the rest of us do. One thing the Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers lawsuit has given the world is an unparalleled peek into the thought processes and inboxes of some of Silicon Valley’s most influen...

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...

3 Tools Your Startup Needs to Raise More Money

The old saying, it takes money to make money, is especially true when it comes to technology startups. But I’d follow that up with a saying of my own: Taking money is a pain in the butt. Fundraising is simply tedious. It takes forever and shifts your focus away from the priority of growing your business. The good news is that we live in an era with an app for every pain. I’ve raised millions in funding over the past couple of yea...

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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...

The 4 Elements of Better Branding Your Startup in 2015

2015 promises to be a year of both challenges and opportunities for startups. The diminishing barriers to enter the marketplace and increasing avenues for reaching and serving new potential customers means that there is more potential for a startup than ever before. However, an abundance of opportunity means an abundance of competition. In an already crowded marketplace, setting your startup apart will be crucial to its survival a...

6 Viral-Marketing Lessons to Learn From the Ice Bucket Challenge

Social feeds from across the country are chock-full of videos and photos of celebrities, inventors, CEOs, athletes and politicians all taking part in the most recent viral sensation: the Ice Bucket Challenge. Whether you've laughed at your friend’s reaction to the ice cold water or taken the challenge yourself, postings about it are everywhere. This initiative has achieved something that's every marketer’s dream: going viral and ...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

The Most Important Entrepreneurship Advice From a Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitali...

Christopher Michel is a writer, explorer, investor and a serial entrepreneur who has has started and also invested in a number of companies. Michel's three distinct careers have taught him many lessons on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Michel first served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, then he founded Military.com and Affinity Labs - both companies were sold to Monster.com. Michel is currently manag...

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...

8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015

My dad always used to tell me that the difference between the “you” now and the “you” 20 years from now will be the places you visit and the people you meet. I would also add baldness and gray hair to that, but they don’t sound as cool. He was right. Whether you meet someone in person or read a book he or she authors, people are pivot points that enable learning and foster personal growth for others. Since January marks ...

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