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Phoenix

Make Sure Your Mistakes Are Affordable

By | Feb 21, 2018 at 11:00 am

Making mistakes while building a business is part of the startup journey. But depending on the severity of the lesson, it can set you back or even close the doors for good. Fortunately, at Techstars Startup Week Phoenix 2018 powered by Chase for Business,…

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Maine

VentureWell to Fund UMaine Student-Led Biotech Startup

By | Dec 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

VentureWell, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that supports science and technology entrepreneurs, has selected a medical simulation startup founded by University of Maine students to receive funding and training. The company, Zephyrus Simulation LLC, was spun off from a product developed by a group of bioengineering…

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DC

Revolution Launches $150M Rise of the Rest Seed Fund With Dream Team of Investors

By | Dec 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Today Steve Case’s venture capital firm, Revolution Ventures, announced the creation of a new $150 million ‘Rise of the Rest Seed Fund’ geared at investing in startups outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. There’s no question there is a lack of seed…

Business

Boston

Finally, Proof That People Who Build Businesses Do Better Than the Disruptors

By | Dec 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The buzzword “disruption” has a long history of making appearances in pitches and investor meetings, but a shorter history of actually manifesting in reality. Building a functioning business isn’t the same thing as creating a disruptive startup: The latter must blaze a trail and…

Artificial Intelligence

London

16 Artificial Intelligence Startups in the UK Raising Some Serious Capital

By | Dec 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

With the boom of artificial intelligence companies in the UK, it seems that a new company launches every week in the UK. In a government report, they called for a UK strategy to advance AI. The subsequent budget included a £270m investment fund for disruptive technologies such as…

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Sports

7 Former Professional Athletes Turned Investors

By | Nov 29, 2017 at 10:50 am

Professional athletes are some of the most highly paid individuals on the planet. Their multimillion dollar contracts make headline news on a regular basis, and they never seem to go down. However, when retirement rolls around, these athletes are in dire need of a…

Finance

NYC

4 Quick Tips to Land the Right Investment Deal for Your Startup

By | Nov 27, 2017 at 7:15 am

For any startup, funding is crucial. While there’s loads of information on the internet on how to attract investors, not much has been said on how to ensure that the financial deal you are signing up, or the investor you are partnering with, will…

Funding

Is Venture Capital Right for Socially Conscious Startups?

By | Nov 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Recently, a friend and founder of a social venture that increases access to basic services for underserved communities in the US, started gearing up for his Series A fundraising. As a mission-driven company, the advice he got about where to look for funding was…

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

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…

Venture Capital

How to Be the Startup VCs Want to Invest In

By | Nov 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Getting funding for your startup isn’t easy, and it might be getting harder. Venture capital funding has dropped in the past few years and is pretty much stagnant. Value has actually increased by 15 percent — in the form of larger rounds for older companies….

Productivity

Columbus

How to Build a Business Plan That Gets You Funded

By | Nov 1, 2017 at 2:30 pm

It’s rare to find early-stage founders that knows how to properly put together a business plan for an investor. Sure, mentors can help, but in the end, the founders need to figure it out and tackling it all at once can be overwhelming. Instead…

FinTech

Here Are the Most Highly Funded Fintech Startups Across America

By | Oct 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

What do California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina have in common? The most highly funded fintech startups in their state are each worth over a one-billion-dollar valuation. Fintech, a portmanteau of the phrase “financial technology,” refers to the growing tech industry and popular startup…

Funding

5 Largest Funding Rounds Raised in 2017

By | Oct 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

While a good idea can thrust you into the limelight and the right connections can boost your chances of success, startups need funding to survive. In the business world, the reality is that money talks and the more of it you have, the louder…

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Blockchain Company Stream Closes $5 Million Advisor Token Pre-Sale Round

By | Oct 26, 2017 at 9:20 am

Despite a slow start, blockchain technology has taken off. While Bitcoin and Ethereum have been the poster children of the innovative cryptocurrency model, a wide range of other companies have come out with their own tokens that could change the financial world for the…