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Diversity

DC

Emerging Markets Need Investors to Get Over Their Blind Spots

By | Nov 17, 2017 at 8:30 am

Anyone following the world of venture capital sees first hand that a disproportionate amount of capital is going to just a few people in a few places. Let’s put numbers on that: More than half of all venture capital in the world goes to…

Funding

Phoenix

Why We Invested: What Made This SaaS Company Stand Apart?

By | Nov 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

I am often asked what separates the startups we choose to invest in versus the ones opt to forgo. The truth is there’s a lot that goes into evaluating companies through the lens of their investment potential. And while we absolutely look at the…

Funding

Denver

Galvanize Raises $7 Million to Expand Offerings

By | Nov 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Galvanize, the learning community for technology that offers education skilling programs in key technical disciplines and entrepreneur-focused workspaces, announced a $7 million investment led by existing investors ABS Capital Partners and University Ventures. The funding will be used to fulfill strong demand for Galvanize’s…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Tilson Technology Raises $3.5M in Series D Round

By | Nov 12, 2017 at 10:30 am

Tilson Technology, the IT-services company in Portland, has raised $3.5 million of a $5 million offering to fuel its rapid expansion. CEO Joshua Broder told Maine Startups Insider that the new investment, which is a combination of debt and equity, will be used to…

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…

Accelerator

Boulder

10 Reasons Why You’re Ready to Join an Accelerator

By | Oct 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Some people say that accelerators are only good for the companies that didn’t yet raise financing. They argue that if the company has raised capital, then it’s too far along for an accelerator and wouldn’t benefit from it. My take is different — none…

Tips & How To’s

9 Warning Signs That a Deal Is Going South

By | Oct 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

Negotiating a deal is an art form in itself and knowing red flags when a deal is going south can save you a ton of headaches and stress. We asked nine entrepreneurs: what is one warning sign that a deal with a partner or…

Innovate Celebrate

San Francisco

Bold Moves: A Joke and Advice On Investor Introductions

By | Oct 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

For startups, to say there is ever a shortage of challenges would be the same as waiting for a pig to fly through the sky. On that list, nested just under how the hell do I get funding, is how do you get face…

Failure

Why Are More Startups Going Bankrupt?

By | Oct 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

It’s no secret that the vast majority of startups and small businesses eventually fail. The “8 out of 10 businesses fail” within the first 3 years statistic is commonly reported, but false. Still, more than half of businesses don’t make it past 5 years,…

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…

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…

Entrepreneur

Phoenix

Raising Capital Comes Down to Trusting Your Instincts

By | Sep 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

Your startup that was seeded with your own money is really starting to take off. With good business instincts and sound financial management, you’ve bootstrapped your business into a success. Your big idea has transformed into a thriving, rapid-growth company that’s turning a sustainable…

Tips & How To’s

Denver

How to Gain Access to Flexible Capital

By | Sep 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

In the startup world, capital, or a lack thereof, can cause a lot of problems for a budding business. Without it, employees can’t be paid, marketing campaigns can’t be launched, and the startup effectively can’t be run on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, with supportive…

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…

Interviews

Maine

Bootstrapping Your Company Comes With Challenges

By | Sep 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

Bill Keleher cofounded what is now known as Kennebec River Biosciences in 1996 when he was in his late 20s. He’s built the Richmond-based company, which provides laboratory services and health products to aquaculture companies, to a point where it currently has 15 employees…

Business

Portland, Maine

Should Maine Startups Really Be Worrying About Access to Capital?

By | Sep 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

Over the past several months, I’ve heard on several occasions that there’s a lack of capital available for early stage startups in the Portland, Maine area. This “access to capital” talk is typically surrounded by conversations about what the area is missing. While I…

Tips & How To’s

3 Crowdfunding Tips That Can Boost Your Campaign

By | Sep 18, 2017 at 8:30 am

Once upon a time if you wanted to get funding for a project you felt good about then you had to borrow money from friends or family or get a bank loan. Nowadays that’s not necessary. Today we have crowdfunding where you can potentially…