Entrepreneur

If You Want to Get Funding, Shut Up and Listen to Your Customers [VIDEO]

By | Nov 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Startups can’t survive on an idea or a product on its own. At some point, founders need to find a way to get some funding. Whether that’s through raising a friends-and-family round, spearheading a crowdfunding campaign, or attracting potential angel investors or VCs, there comes…

Accounting

How to Organize Your Finances for Your Startup

By | Nov 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Startups face a number of challenges before they can open their doors, whether it is a traditional brick-and-mortar storefront or a new online endeavor. Arguably one of the biggest hurdles we face hits us right in our wallet when we need to consider finance…

Entrepreneur

When Seeking Corporate Funding or Partnership, Don’t Lose Sight of Your Startup Vision [VIDEO]

By | Oct 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm

At this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, there was a lot of focus on how public and private entities can support the development of startup communities. In one particular panel, titled “Corporations Embracing Startup Communities,” representatives from leading corporations discussed the various ways through which large companies…

Business

3 (Totally Free) Technologies to Help Get Your Startup Funded

By | Oct 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

One of the great ironies of startup fund raising are the tools used to attract Angels and VCs. At a recent Angel Capital Expo, I walked away with folders full of paper and a pocket full of USB drives (that I will never plug in…

Apple

Chicago

Paper or Phone Tap? Apple Pay Is Here to Replace Your Wallet

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

With Apple’s iOS 8.1 now available to download, what people are really looking forward to is the new Apple Pay service. Now users can easily start adding their credit card information to Passbook, and start paying using their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus…

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Finance

Top 8 Ways to Ensure Your Crowdfunding Campaign Is a Hit

By | Oct 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Want to start your own business but don’t have the required funds? I bet you’ve already started looking at various funding options that can get you out of your rut. You’re also probably thinking of going the conventional way and approaching the bank for…

Entrepreneur

How Your Online Business can Avoid the Startup Cemetery

By | Oct 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Entrepreneurship is on the increase in America – it is estimated that almost 13% of Americans set up their own businesses in 2012, which was the highest level of entrepreneurialism since 1999. This growth could be down to the internet – the number of…

Entrepreneur

Tips on the Y Combinator Application and 12 Other Things We Learned from Sam Altman’s Reddit AMA

By | Oct 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

Over a week ago, Y Combinator President Sam Altman went on Reddit to give an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Given Altman’s recent investment in the community news-sharing forum/website, many of the questions focused on the $50 million in new financing and what it means for…

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DC

How to Close Your Fundraising Round

By | Oct 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

It is a lot of hard work to raise money from investors. The process can be grueling and require leaping through a variety of different hoops as part of “due diligence.” Waveborn Sunglasses spent the past three months working with accredited investors to raise $500,000….

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DC

How to Get Investors to Notice You: Words of Wisdom from DC’s top VCs and Angels

By | Aug 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The all important issue of funding.  When it comes to starting up, having a solid business plan, product, and strategy are important, but, let’s be honest here,  none of it can become a reality without some green stuff (that would be money…in this particular case).  So…

Accounting

Support for Startups: Tech Companies Receiving Grants

By | Jul 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Because they are essentially free money, grants are a godsend to fledgling businesses. Although finding appropriate grants and qualifying for them isn’t easy, you never have to worry about repaying a grant or paying interest. Typically, the government reserves grants only for businesses deemed…

Finance

Alibaba Updates IPO information and Reveals Partners

By | Jun 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding revealed today the members of its powerful 27-person partnership and board. In an updated prospectus for what could be the largest tech IPO in history, Alibaba said the partnership includes founder Jack Ma, Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai…

Entrepreneur

Investors Need Managing, Too

By | Jun 11, 2014 at 9:04 am

This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! Once you’ve landed funding,…

Finance

Miami

Miami-Based HealthCare.com Announces $2 Million in Funding

By | May 29, 2014 at 5:32 pm

HealthCare.com today announced that it raised a $2 million founders round of financing to launch an online health insurance search and comparison engine. The Miami-based startup provides solutions for consumers to compare, customize and save money on their healthcare plans. Currently, it has a list of…

Finance

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants: The Very Best Way to Fund Your Business

By | May 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

Raising venture capital or angel financing are the sought-after ways of enabling your startup dream. The process of raising venture capital is time consuming, and at the end of the day, you’ll give up anywhere between 30-60 percent of your company in your first…

Entrepreneur

​​5 Tips for Startups That Make Mass Payments

By | May 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

An overloaded accounts payable staff. Rejected payouts. Tax compliance issues. Late vendor payments. The payments industry can be challenging and sometimes downright cruel to startups and established businesses alike. Managing multiple payments at once, commonly referred to as mass payments, has become a growing…

Finance

Miami

“More money, More Problems,” Open English CEO Andres Moreno Talks Funding

By | May 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

The co-founder and CEO of Open English, Andres Moreno, shared some of his personal experience in raising venture capital with Tech Cocktail’s Frank Gruber during the Miami Sessions event at Venture Hive. Moreno definitely knows best — he went from taking two years to raise…