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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…

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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….

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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…

Funding

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…

News

NYC

4 of New York’s Biggest VC-Backed Tech Exits Happened This Year Already

By | Oct 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

If you look at a list of the top ten VC-backed tech exits, you’ll find four of them happened in 2017. What does it mean? That NY tech companies are finding the money, whether it’s an IPO or an acquisition. But that finish-line success…

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,…

Ecosystems

Portland, Maine

Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Reaches Annual Cap for 2017

By | Oct 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to investors to encourage greater investment in Maine startups, has reached its annual cap of $5 million with three months left to go in 2017. The end came quickly. A few weeks ago, there was…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Books

DC

Why Venture Capital Misses The Big Ideas

By | Sep 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

For most people, “innovation” means what we invest in: Where’s the next Uber or Lyft? But there’s been very little innovation in how we find ideas. As one tangible example, most of the venture capital process today is a “one size fits all” system…