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Why Financial Models Are Easier Than You Think

By | Jul 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Tech Cocktail is happy to share 4 key insights by entrepreneurs about financial models by guest author Taylor Davidson, creator of  financial models for startups. Ask any entrepreneur about what they’re building and the problems they are solving, and their eyes light up. But…

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4 Ways to Win Investors: Lessons Learned from TechLaunch 9.0

By | May 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Early-stage financing is an essential part of helping entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas. That’s why IdahoTechConnect, a non-profit that focuses on the development and commercialization of technology, created a business pitch competition called TechLaunch. This annual competition teaches entrepreneurs how to pitch their ideas to…

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NYC

Behind the Scenes of Women Innovate Mobile Weeks 3-4: Turbulence

By | Apr 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

After the initial exhilaration of take-off, turbulence sets in and passengers can sometimes get a little queasy.  It turns out the journey through a startup accelerator is no different. On completing weeks 3-4 of Women Innovate Mobile (WIM), my mobile startup Appguppy has encountered…

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3 Keys to Building Great Financial Models

By | Nov 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Tech Cocktail is happy to share three keys to building a great financial model by guest author Taylor Davidson, creator of Excel template financial models for startups. Financial models are always wrong, but it’s important to create one anyway. Creating a financial model forces you to…

Accounting

How to Create a Financial Plan that Investors Will Love

By | Nov 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Investors seek familiar investments that are analogous to companies that they admire. They would like to believe that you can be successful because you are like another company that has been successful. Therefore, when you create your business plan, base it on a successful,…

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Valuations, Investors, and You: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

By | Oct 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

There will come a time when you need to know the REAL value of your company. Not the balance sheet value, but the bona fide, intrinsic, captures-everything-possibly-monetizable value. For some entrepreneurs, this need arises when the time and the money are ripe for an exit….

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Raising Capital: The No-Shop Clause Trap

By | Aug 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Raising money will rarely proceed on schedule.  It is like building or remodeling a house or developing a new version of software. Complex stuff just doesn’t go as planned and is rarely completed on time or on budget. So when you finally get that…

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5 Don’t-Go-There Investor-Pitching Moments

By | Aug 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I have the good fortune of listening to a couple of hundred investment pitches a year.  I get to witness a number of awkward and sometimes comical situations (albeit more comical to the audience than the presenter).  The interesting thing is that these faux…

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5 Don't-Go-There Investor-Pitching Moments

By | Aug 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I have the good fortune of listening to a couple of hundred investment pitches a year.  I get to witness a number of awkward and sometimes comical situations (albeit more comical to the audience than the presenter).  The interesting thing is that these faux…

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NYC

5 Funding Takeaways from Assembled Capital

By | Jul 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

This post was written by guest blogger Frank Denbow. General Assembly, an “urban campus” for startups in NYC’s Flatiron neighborhood, put together a full day course in Venture Capital on July 16th in an event called “Assembled Capital.” Through a series of presentations, panels…

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From the Startup Mixology Conference – Top Financial & Accounting Tips for Startups

By | Jun 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

Staying on top of your finances is absolutely crucial when running your startup. Michelle Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Hoffman CFO Consulting, an outsourcing accounting support for emerging technology companies, shared 4 tips on how to better manage and track your financials with the…

Business

License to Grow: Licensing to Leverage Your Assets & Expand Your Business Part 2

By | Apr 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

This is the second part of a two part post focused on using licensing to grow your business, by guest contributors Blaire Jones and Aaron Horn. Read the first part here. And now the big question… Should I license? It may be a good idea…

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License to Grow: Licensing to Leverage Your Assets & Expand Your Business Without Soliciting the Equity Market Part 1

By | Apr 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

This is the first part of a two part series focused on using licensing to grow your business, by guest contributors Blaire Jones and Aaron Horn. Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I will move the…

Finance

The State of Money, Part III: How to Navigate a Changed Private Equity Market

By | Mar 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

This is the third part of our three part series that looks at the private equity market and what it means for your startup.  In part I, we looked at the private equity market prior to and during 2009.  In part II, we analyzed the…

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The State of Money, Part II: The Private Equity Market for Startups in 2011

By | Mar 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

This is part two of a three part series that looks at the private equity market and what it means for your startup.  In the first post, we looked at the state of the equity market prior to and in 2009 and the impact it had…

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The State of Money, Part I: Private Equity Markets and Startups Before and During 2009

By | Mar 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

This is part one of a three part series that looks at the private equity market and what it means for your startup. The equity capital market is a space that exists between companies and financial institutions that works to provide capital for those companies….

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Finding Cash for Your Start Up – Part 2

By | Jan 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

On Friday we published part 1 of this article, focusing on various ways to leverage your own cash and credit for your new venture. In today’s post, guest author Michelle Hoffman covers opportunities to fund your business with other people’s money. Other People’s Money…