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,…

Finance

3 Blockchain Startups Decentralizing The Future of Finance

By | Jul 29, 2017 at 10:50 am

Most consumers don’t know a lot about the blockchain. You might hear some mumblings about Bitcoin, but very few meaningful takeaways have truly hit the masses. This is interesting, as much of the innovation that surrounds the landscape has an end-goal of bolstering and…

Finance

San Francisco

The Basics of Equity Crowdfunding

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

Just over six months ago, we launched equity crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Through our joint venture with MicroVentures, First Democracy VC, anyone can invest in startups and innovative companies for potential financial returns. Since November 2016, we’ve launched 14 offerings, raising nearly $5M from more…

Finance

Boulder

Learn The Basics of Startup Funding, From Incorporation to Series A

By | Jul 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

What do first time founders need to know about fundraising mechanics? This post should help you understand the basic lingo of fundraising – so you don’t look surprised or sound like a noob when you’re discussing funding. An attorney will go into a lot more…

Finance

The Top 4 Tips for Starting Your Own Business on a Budget

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

Setting up a new business is always challenging, no matter how much money you have. When you are on a budget, it is even more demanding. That’s why it is important to be careful to ensure you set the right stage for your new…