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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…

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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,…

Interviews

Ankur Jain and Alex Fiance of Kairos Society on Moonshots for Social Good

By | Apr 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning right or opportune moment, and a word used to describe the Kairos Society, a global foundation dedicated to solving the world’s problems through business, technology and innovation. Kairos was founded in 2008 by Ankur Jain and joined later by Alex…

Inspiration

J.D. Vance on Being a Zealot for Your Ecosystem

By | Mar 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Growing up in a rural town often means that people are only exposed to the businesses and experiences available in their bubble. And while one might hear about technology happening in the world and in nearby big cities, the thought of connecting with those people…

Interviews

Austin

Startups: Disrupt Yourself To Disrupt The Industry – Interview With Brian Solis

By | Mar 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

While startups may think that Silicon Valley is the only place they should build a business and find funding, they’re wrong. Startup hotspots such as Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Phoenix, Austin, and more, are bubbling up all over the country and the money…

Funding

These 15 Techstars Startups Raised Over $1 Million in 2017

By | Mar 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

Raising capital is no easy feat for any founder. Sometimes, it takes longer than you think to raise the amount of capital you need to keep your business moving forward. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of people out there willing to take a chance on…

Funding

30 Questions Investors Ask During Fundraising

By | Feb 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

Fundraising is a complicated, and at times, confusing process. To fundraise effectively, you need to have a strategy, understand different types of investors, know how much to raise, and create an investor pipeline. And while all of this is integral to an effective funding round, asking the right questions…

Funding

4 Tips on Fundraising From Yi-Jian Ngo of Alliance of Angels

By | Feb 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Yi-Jian Ngo, Managing Director of the Alliance of Angels, oversees the Northwest’s largest and most-active Angel network that facilitates $10MM+ investment across 20+ companies each year. For early-to-mid stage startups, understanding what investors are thinking and expect from your pitch and what founders should…

Venture Capital

How to Make Good Use of VC Introductions

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Many entrepreneurs will recognize this scenario: You finally get a meeting with a big-name VC partner. In preparation, you spend a week polishing your deck, financial model and pitch. Then, you get to your meeting and the partner is 20 minutes late. Plus, they run…

Startups & Apps

These 5 Tips Can Help Your Startup Thrive Faster

By | Feb 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

According to one report, 50 percent of small businesses fail in their first four years of inception. Startups over the last few decades in many industries have suffered major setbacks. Though many established businesses today began as a start-up. The resurgence of the internet and…

Venture Capital

Insider Info on How VCs Approach Series A Investments

By | Jan 18, 2017 at 11:20 am

When it’s time to take that next step towards a Series A, gathering all the nuggets of wisdom before you take that leap can, for the most part, set your expectations and help you understand the process. In a recent panel, we asked venture capital…