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6 Strategies for Getting People to Invest in Your Business

By | Dec 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Startups need capital. Whether it’s from their own pockets or a venture capitalist, a little money can go a long way for new companies looking to make an impact. But how do you make sure that your startup is attractive enough for people to…

Funding

DC

Revolution Launches $150M Rise of the Rest Seed Fund With Dream Team of Investors

By | Dec 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Today Steve Case’s venture capital firm, Revolution Ventures, announced the creation of a new $150 million ‘Rise of the Rest Seed Fund’ geared at investing in startups outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. There’s no question there is a lack of seed…

Sports

7 Former Professional Athletes Turned Investors

By | Nov 29, 2017 at 10:50 am

Professional athletes are some of the most highly paid individuals on the planet. Their multimillion dollar contracts make headline news on a regular basis, and they never seem to go down. However, when retirement rolls around, these athletes are in dire need of a…

Innovate Celebrate

San Francisco

VC Insights, Sports Tech, and 5 More Clips You Missed at Innovate Celebrate 2017

By | Oct 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

You may have noticed that we recently threw a tech conference. I mean, we’ve only been talking about it nonstop all week. It’s over now, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we still have a final post that you’ll want to check…

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…

Interviews

Maine

Bootstrapping Your Company Comes With Challenges

By | Sep 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

Bill Keleher cofounded what is now known as Kennebec River Biosciences in 1996 when he was in his late 20s. He’s built the Richmond-based company, which provides laboratory services and health products to aquaculture companies, to a point where it currently has 15 employees…

Business

Portland, Maine

Should Maine Startups Really Be Worrying About Access to Capital?

By | Sep 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

Over the past several months, I’ve heard on several occasions that there’s a lack of capital available for early stage startups in the Portland, Maine area. This “access to capital” talk is typically surrounded by conversations about what the area is missing. While I…

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…

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…

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…

Accelerator

Portland, Maine

Scratchpad Accelerator Relaunches With Female Founder Initiative

By | Aug 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

After a two year hiatus, Bangor, Maine-based Scratchpad Accelerator is relaunching in Fall 2017 with a new focus on female founders. Starting in October, the accelerator will work with four or five female-founded, high-potential, high-growth entrepreneurial teams to validate their customer base, value proposition and…

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…

Funding

San Francisco

Why Are Fewer Startups Getting Seed Funding Deals From VCs?

By | Aug 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

Seed funding is the lifeblood of the startup ecosystem. It plants the seeds for companies that might turn into tomorrow’s Airbnb or Uber or WeWork. Then why are the number of “seed deals” slowing in Silicon Valley? Every quarter, plenty of hay is made…

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…

Finance

Des Moines

The 7 Biggest Downsides to Bootstrapping and How to Overcome Them

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

To new entrepreneurs, bootstrapping seems both exciting and sensible, and there’s a reason it’s become so popular as a means of funding and growing a new business. The theory is simple: rather than relying on angel investments or venture capital to fund a business,…

Virtual Reality

San Francisco

What the AltspaceVR Shutdown Means for the Future of Virtual Reality

By | Jul 31, 2017 at 12:20 pm

AltspaceVR, a social platform designed for virtual reality, has announced it will shut down on August 3, citing “unforeseen financial difficulties.” The startup was a noted one in VR: It has been termed one of the smartest VR startups in general, and was certainly…

Opinion/Analysis

San Francisco

For Some Startups, Skipping VC Money Preserves What Really Matters

By | Jul 27, 2017 at 10:50 am

Plenty of startups will tell you that bigger equals better. It’s easy to get into an IPO-measuring contest. That’s why we care about unicorns, and after they got old, decacorns. No even blinks when they hear 2017 venture activity has already passed up $21.78…