Finance

Phoenix

When Raising Capital Becomes Risky Business

By | Nov 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

It’s often seen as the ultimate goal for startup founders –get the attention of a powerhouse VC, raise capital to get your business off the ground, then make a successful and lucrative exit. If only it were that simple. Every business needs cash to…

Events

Seattle

6 Questions to Ask When Monetizing Your Startup

By | Oct 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

Many startups launch on an idea, but one integral aspect needs to be hammered out somewhere between a lightbulb moment and an IPO: The revenue stream. Everyone needs money, and sooner or later, a startup will need to pick a model. That’s how Hien…

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Finance

Too Many Startups Don’t Realize Saving Money Is a Good Thing

By | Oct 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

One bit of counterintuitive advice common to the startup community states that you should always reinvest your earnings immediately, creating a virtuous cycle that will grow your business with that hockey stick growth everyone’s after, and eventually letting you IPO for billions. But a…

Finance

6 Hard Truths I Learned About Personal Finance

By | Sep 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Like many, I have learned a lot about myself from being a startup founder. Some things were good (and fun) to discover, but others not so much. From day one, it was obvious that my personal financial situation would change as the result of…

Finance

6 Ways to Quickly Bootstrap Your Startup

By | Sep 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Ask any startup founder and they are probably thing about money. At the end of the day, it’s hard to know if an external source of income will provide the edge you need to propel your company forward, or if it’ll simply detract from…

Finance

Phoenix

4 Ways Women Founders Prepare for Investor Meetings

By | Sep 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

Getting your pitch down, dealing with rejection, the stress of waiting for the big check and trying to make payroll are just some of not-so-fun parts of raising capital, but for many, it must be done. These days, more women founders and cofounders are…

Finance

Boulder

How Much Equity Do You Give Early Team Members?

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

You might be contemplating how much equity should you give early team members including mentors, advisors, board members and potential cofounders in your startup. I’ve personally had challenges on this front and find it an area that benefits from experience (read as mistakes). I know…

Finance

4 Benefits to Bootstrapping Your Startup

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 8:30 am

Whenever I think of thousands of startups that are beginning their journeys every day, I remind myself of Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball”. A true story about the MLB manager Billy Beane who guided his team to the MLB finals on the lean budget and his…

Finance

4 Things to Consider When Raising Funds for Your Startup

By | Sep 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

For the last few years, I’ve been a partner at Founder Equity, an early-stage fund. Unlike most funds, we make large investments in talent, we have no fees or traditional carry, and we target companies with prospects for early liquidity. Raising money for a…

Finance

Boulder

Startup Guide to Building a Pitch Deck and Financial Model

By | Aug 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

As you prepare for your fundraising effort, you need to get the basic tools of the trade completed before you start the process. In part one of this startup series we covered traction and the executive summary. In this post, we will dive into pitch…

Finance

Why an iPad POS System Will Improve Customer Experience

By | Aug 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The customer service industry has changed for the better with the rise of cloud technology. Improved processing power and greater portability can help connected devices shave the seconds off wait times, create new opportunities for self-service points and even monitor customer satisfaction in real-time….

Finance

Boulder

Why A Great Executive Summary Can Help You Get Investor Meetings

By | Aug 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

When it’s time to start raising money, getting your foot in the door can come from a warm intro and a good executive summary. Think of fundraising as an enterprise sales process. Which means it’s going to take time to get fundraising done and…

Finance

Minneapolis

Should You Pitch to Your Employer for Capital or Not?

By | Aug 11, 2017 at 7:15 am

You or you and a small team have a powerful idea and become convinced it can launch a successful new enterprise. It is in related industry, but different markets than the one your current employer competes. Your team develops a business plan in off-hours,…

Finance

Des Moines

The 7 Biggest Downsides to Bootstrapping and How to Overcome Them

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

To new entrepreneurs, bootstrapping seems both exciting and sensible, and there’s a reason it’s become so popular as a means of funding and growing a new business. The theory is simple: rather than relying on angel investments or venture capital to fund a business,…