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Funding

9 Ways to Vet an Investor Before You Seal the Deal

By | Dec 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Locking in an investor is one of the best moments for an entrepreneur. However, it’s important to remember that not every source of capital is worth the hassle. That’s why you need to make sure to vet every investor prior to sealing the deal….

Psychology

San Francisco

Investor Rejection Is Going to Happen. Here’s How to Deal With it.

By | Dec 13, 2017 at 8:30 am

You have done all of your homework, researched the investor you are pitching, properly prepared your financials, and perfected your presentation. Most importantly, you landed a coveted meeting with your target investor. After the meeting is over, the unthinkable happens…the investor passes on your…

Enqos – Tower V2

Funding

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…

Social Networking

San Francisco

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Introductions

By | Dec 5, 2017 at 7:15 am

I only met Ron Conway once. He was an early investor in Datahug and when I met him it was at his home in San Francisco. This was not your normal investor meeting. It was all about introductions and understanding who I wanted to…

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…

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…