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Tips & How To’s

9 Warning Signs That a Deal Is Going South

By | Oct 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

Negotiating a deal is an art form in itself and knowing red flags when a deal is going south can save you a ton of headaches and stress. We asked nine entrepreneurs: what is one warning sign that a deal with a partner or…

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San Francisco

Bold Moves: A Joke and Advice On Investor Introductions

By | Oct 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

For startups, to say there is ever a shortage of challenges would be the same as waiting for a pig to fly through the sky. On that list, nested just under how the hell do I get funding, is how do you get face…

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…

Business

5 Things Investors Like to See In a Startup

By | Oct 2, 2017 at 7:15 am

More than 82 percent of startups are self-financed in when they starting out, and this is one of the main reasons why less than 50 percent of them survive the first five years in the market and less than 30 percent are still in…

Events

Denver

Kidpreneurs, Linda McMahon, and Everything Else You Missed at Denver Startup Week

By | Sep 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

There’s no shortage of activity in the Denver startup ecosystem and it came to fruition at Denver Startup Week powered by Chase for Business. Attendees were treated to talks from influential investors, government officials, and even celebrity investor Mark Cuban. They also enjoyed a…

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Entrepreneur

Pitching to Investors: The Difference Between East Coast and West Coast

By | Sep 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

Pitching to investors is scary. Between the nervous sweat, the jumbled notes, and the sinking feeling in your stomach, it’s enough to make lesser entrepreneurs buckle at the knees. Fortunately, doing a little research ahead of time is a great way to quell your…

Ecosystems

Indianapolis

Why the Indiana Startup Ecosystem Is a Hidden Gem of Innovation

By | Sep 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

West Lafayette is known for housing Purdue University where you can find innovation, forward-thinking students and professors, top research labs, entrepreneurship programs. The Greater Lafayette ecosystem also has a blossoming startup tech ecosystem that is being supported and nurtured by entrepreneurial leaders, government and…

Finance

Boulder

How Much Equity Do You Give Early Team Members?

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

You might be contemplating how much equity should you give early team members including mentors, advisors, board members and potential cofounders in your startup. I’ve personally had challenges on this front and find it an area that benefits from experience (read as mistakes). I know…

Funding

San Francisco

Know Your VC Is the Yelp for Venture Capitalists

By | Aug 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

The venture capital and investor community as a whole has been under fire most of the summer as harassment allegations swirled around some of Silicon Valley’s biggest investors. When it’s time to pitch for money, most startup founders and entrepreneurs rely on the word…

Business

How 9 Business Leaders Took In Solar Eclipse

By | Aug 22, 2017 at 1:48 am

The total solar eclipse has come and gone, and hopefully you had a chance to take it in. If you did not, don’t worry NASA has you covered. We were curious to see where some of the top tech titans and luminaries took in…

Finance

Boulder

Why A Great Executive Summary Can Help You Get Investor Meetings

By | Aug 15, 2017 at 7:15 am

When it’s time to start raising money, getting your foot in the door can come from a warm intro and a good executive summary. Think of fundraising as an enterprise sales process. Which means it’s going to take time to get fundraising done and…

Funding

DC

Entrepreneurs Hate Fundraising ; How To Fix It

By | Aug 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Entrepreneurs and VCs need to be more precise in the way they talk to each other when it comes to fundraising. Put yourself in the shoes of a startup investor. Every day you review entrepreneurs, through a sort of funnel: very wide at the top…

Startup Spotlight

Phoenix

Startup Spotlight: Trips With Friends, Sell Your Car, and More Sleep

By | Aug 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Trying to fit in one last vacation before summer ends? TechCo has your back. Each week, we compile a list of ideas in tech that will boost your productivity. This week, we discovered a way to help you plan trips with friends, an app…

Tips & How To’s

How to Dig Your Small Business Out of Debt

By | Jul 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Debt is one of the top killers of businesses around the world. Fortunately, being in serious financial debt doesn’t have to be an impossible hole for a business to dig itself out of. If a businessman like Anik Singal, author of Circle of Profit, could…

Tips & How To’s

Boulder

A Founder’s Guide to Prepare Your Series A Fundraising

By | Jul 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

When it’s time to raise a Series A for your startup, having a general idea of what you are walking into is always helpful, and it makes your meeting with the investors more impactful. I’ve put together an “internal guide” that I frequently share…

Pitch

Do’s and Don’ts for Creating an Effective Pitch Deck

By | Jul 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm

As a startup, you’ve probably envisioned yourself in front of a potential venture capital or angel investor, pitching your wonderful idea for a business—and getting an excited YES from them. If you’ve done a pitch deck before, you probably know it’s not all roses…

Tips & How To’s

Denver

A Simple Guide to a Great Startup Pitch

By | Jul 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

Pitching. It’s as much a part of startup life as building products and acquiring customers. If you can’t successfully pitch your company, you likely can’t raise money or sell to prospects either. The point is, it’s critical to get your pitch right. But crafting…