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,…


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…



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…



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…


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…


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…


Finding Cash for Your Start Up – Part 1

By | Jan 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Startup businesses need cash to operate.  At the very least, an entrepreneur needs sufficient cash to pay bills, and buy some equipment or server space while things get up and running.  For entrepreneurs, available capital, aka money, can be broken into two broad categories:…


Getting Your Startup Started With Payments

By | Nov 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Startups need to make money (unless you’re Twitter) and to make money you need to accept payments. Your head may already be hurting at the flurry of possibilities out there, but don’t worry. Use this quick guide to help you figure out what you…


The QuickBooks Conundrum: A Love-Hate Relationship

By | Oct 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

This is a guest post by Michelle Hoffman of Hoffman CFO Consulting. HCFO helps lots of young companies understand their finances and put solid internal practices in place. You can reach her on Twitter @hoffmancfo. I hate QuickBooks. It’s not because our company didn’t win…


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How To Determine A Pricing Model For Your Startup with Assistly CEO Alex Bard

By | Sep 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

We saw our first glimpse of Assistly back in January as simple sketches which turned into a private beta. Assistly participated in our first San Diego startup mixer earlier this year and then moved their office to San Francisco and raised $2.2 million dollars…



Old and New School Angel Investing Philosophies Clash in Chicago

By | Aug 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Yesterday we attended the Angel Excelerator event in Chicago, Illinois, a half day workshop pulled together by Hyde Park Angels and Excelerate Labs. Going into the event, I was interested in learning the ins and outs of being an angel investor as we see…