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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

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 ...

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, ...

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Business Plans & Pitching

8 Ways a Business Plan Can Change Your Small Business

A business plan is a critical asset to your small business. I know, planning can sound hard. It can seem like a struggle and who has time anyhow? A business plan can give your organisation vision and clarity. While having passion is important in a new business, ensuring that your idea will manifest requires a plan. A business plan helps you figure out what you want your company to be and what you want to accomplish. Below you'll a...

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

5 Things Investors Want to Know Before Signing a Check

Pitching your idea to investors, regardless if they are bankers, VCs or angels, can be intimidating, so prepare by putting yourself in the investor’s shoes. What do they look for when evaluating your company? Here is a list of the five most important things that an investor wants to know before sinking money in a company. 1. Financial performance. You need to know your numbers. Prove to potential investors that your company has exc...

4 Tips for Landing a Meeting With a Venture Capitalist

mes in multi-million dollar packages from Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley venture captial funds. But getting a meeting with a venture capitalist is not as difficult as you might think. If you're smart and strategic and show some drive and intelligence, you're likely to get a response. "If you can't spend the time to figure out a few moves ahead of how to get to us, you are not going to have the drive it takes to be successful afte...

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 ...

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Marketing & Social Media

5 Marketing Illusions Every Digital Entrepreneur Should Kill Right Away

Digital Marketing needs patience, focus and unlimited dedication with very less expectations; marketing on the web is slow, painful and full of nasty surprises. Often digital entrepreneurs assume success to be like a race – wherein you reach a destination and declare victory. But this is far from being true! Marketing is a gradual process not an event; it requires relentless pursuit of excellence while leveraging the existing re...

5 Social Media Listening Tools That Every Business Should Be Using

Are you listening? Are you really listening? I've mentioned it a few times before: treat social media more like a telephone and less like a megaphone. However, some might not know how or where to listen. This is important because you want to know what's being said about you and where are they saying it. You'll also want to know how to respond. It's an essential part of online reputation management. Free Social Media Listening T...

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 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 ...

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...

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...

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