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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…

Opinion/Analysis

Should Startups Seek Venture Capital or Borrow From Banks?

By | Sep 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

The early stages of a startup are delicate, and the single largest destabilizing factor tends to be money. Even with a brilliant idea and hardworking team, a lack of funding can capsize small companies quickly. Crafty business owners looking to keep the momentum rolling…

Pitch

5 Things to Include in Your Elevator Pitch

By | Sep 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Small message. Big impact. This is in short what elevator pitch is all about. An elevator pitch is a short sales pitch that you must be able to deliver within the quick span of an elevator ride. Think of a ballpark figure anywhere in…

Accelerator

Boulder

Techstars Kicks Off International Tour to Find Amazing Startups

By | Sep 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Techstars is hitting the road next week to meet with entrepreneurs all over the world who want to accelerate their businesses and take the next step. Techstars exists to help entrepreneurs succeed and our worldwide network has the resources, mentors, and experience to help…

Real Estate

San Diego

How Crowdfunding is Finding Its Way Into Real Estate

By | Sep 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm

There is a tendency to think of crowdfunding as one of the latest tools that entrepreneurs and startup companies are using to fund their projects and new endeavors. While this is a very familiar concept for those who have heard of crowdfunding, technology tools…

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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…

Ecosystems

Alaska

Behind the Scenes of Alaska’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

By | Aug 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Alaska is known for its majestic mountains, in fact seventeen out of 20 of the highest mountains are found in Alaska, its also home to over 3 million lakes and the Northern Lights, and dog mushing is the official state sport. What you may…

Funding

San Francisco

Canaan Partners Closes $800 Million Fund, Largest to Date

By | Jul 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Venture capital funding has been on a relatively steady decline over the last few years. However, much like salaries in the NBA and MLB, gigantic sums are being thrown around in single funds and deals that are keeping things on an even keel. With…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

Finding Capital Can Be Just as Hard as Managing it

By | Jul 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

Claudia Raessler considers herself to have stumbled into running her own business. Yet she and her husband Ken haven’t appeared to suffer from the accidental case of entrepreneurialism and ample capital. The husband-and-wife team—Claudia is managing director, while Ken is president—own and operate Maine Dye &…

Tips & How To’s

Boulder

How to Build the Perfect Startup Funnel

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 7:15 am

Funnels are remarkably useful in many aspects of startup life. Whether you are trying to get users to try your product, or sell to an enterprise customer, or hire an engineer, or raise capital, you are dealing with a funnel. Here are a few funnels we…

Startups & Apps

San Francisco

Searching for Stephs: Identifying the Greats in Early-Stage Startups

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

At my investment firm, we look for “Stephs” — as in NBA player Steph Curry for the Golden State Warriors. Why? He’s the underdog that no one expected to be great. As the skinny, baby-faced son of Dell Curry, every major Division 1 school…

Marketing

Boulder

How to Tailor Your Mailing Lists to Get Noticed by Investors

By | Jun 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

Mailing lists can be a simple yet powerful tool to keep people up to date on your progress. The advantage of having several mailing lists is that you can tailor your information with the right audience. Here’s some tips on how to carve up…

Interviews

Krista Morgan of P2Binvestor on Managing Your Raise

By | May 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Writing in the morning is a good way to think intentionally and start your day off in the right frame of mind. And for budding entrepreneurs looking to be successful, it’s more important than you might know. Krista Morgan is the cofounder and CEO…

Communication

Portland, Maine

Rodney Sampson of Opportunity Hub Says Startups Need to Talk to Each Other

By | May 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Being a founder of a startup can be a very isolating job and it could feel that you’re on a deserted island. What founders need to realize that they need to get out of their routine, go to events or meetups and talk with…

Funding

Tokyo

What You Need To Know About Softbank’s $100 Billion Vision Fund

By | May 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Earlier this week, the funding world changed forever as the world’s largest private equity fund, SoftBank’s Vision Fund, announced it has raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics. The fund is backed by SoftBank and Saudi…

Funding

8 Phases of VC Investment: What to Expect When You Raise Capital

By | Apr 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

Raising money is a critical turning point for the majority of entrepreneurs. And, with any entrepreneurial endeavor, preparation is key, which is why knowing the roadmap before you get there can help you make some decisions before you end up on the doorstep of…

Funding

Dallas

How Underserved Startups Gain Access to Flexible Capital

By | Apr 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

How are your local organizations helping provide capital to entrepreneurs and small business owners in underserved markets? What challenges do startups face when seeking loans? How can the hidden barriers be overcome? At Dallas Startup Week powered by Chase for Business, one panel addressed these issues head-on,…