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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…

Accelerator

Y Combinator Plans to Raise a $1 Billion Fund

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Startup accelerators are so much more than the capital they provide. Between the mentorship, the network, and the general support, a good startup accelerator will lift a new startup on its shoulders and present it to the world with the pride and admiration of…

Tips & How To’s

Boulder

8 Things Founders Need to Know About Equity Crowdfunding

By | Jul 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

Since President Obama passed the JOBS act in 2012, we’ve been witnessing the beginning of a new movement in the U.S. – one that empowers entrepreneurs to raise money from almost anyone, anywhere. It’s a movement that removes the barriers to fundraising so that…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Vets First Choice Raise $223M Led By CD&R and Hillhouse Capital Group

By | Jul 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Vets First Choice, the Portland company founded in 2010 to provide online pharmacy services to veterinary practices, has raised nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in new equity financing to fuel an international expansion. The company revealed on Wednesday morning that it had…

Funding

Portland, Maine

Panasonic Partners with Pika Energy to Develop Solar Smart Batteries

By | Jul 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

In an earlier report, we talked with cofounder of Pika Energy Ben Polito about his thoughts on raising venture capital money, and there’s more on the way. Pika Energy in Westbrook has raised $2 million in a convertible debt round, according to a filing…

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Interviews

Portland, Maine

Taking VC Money Depends on the Goals of the Company

By | Jul 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Ben Polito and Joshua Kaufman, friends from their days studying engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded Pika Energy in 2010 in a basement in Gorham with a goal to make backyard, residential-scale wind turbines more affordable and accessible. Seven years later, the…

Healthy Entrepreneur

Boulder

Finding Harmony in Work and Life as an Entrepreneur

By | Jul 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

At a recent AMA, I discussed Mental Health Awareness & the Startup Community. I was asked about the work-life balance and the key to finding more balance instead of succumbing to the startup trend of burnout to succeed. Here are my thoughts: I think the…

Funding

Portland, Maine

NBT Solutions Closes Seed Round Led by Maine Venture Fund and CEI Ventures

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

NBT Solutions, a Portland, Maine-based developer of mapping software, has raised nearly a million dollars to drive growth of their flagship product VETRO FiberMap, a cloud-based broadband mapping and fiber management system for the telecommunications industry. The company closed the seed round of $773,333 from…

Trends

NYC

The Digital Renaissance of Fashion

By | Jun 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm

As a serial entrepreneur, Techstars alum, Cofounder of the New York Fashion Tech Lab, and advisor and mentor to numerous fashion tech companies around the globe, I’ve had a front row seat in witnessing, contributing to, and shaping the reinvention of fashion, retail and…

Business

DC

Why Don’t Investors Fund More Emerging Market Startups?

By | Jun 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

When you consider that half of global venture capital goes to three U.S. metro areas (New York, Silicon Valley and Boston), and that only 10 percent of private capital investment goes to emerging market startups, it makes you wonder. Are there simply not enough…

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…

Venture Capital

3 Ways Early-Stage Startups Can Capitalize on the Micro-VC Boom

By | Jun 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

For years, the term “venture capitalist” referred exclusively to investors interested in driving growth at already successful companies. Traditional VCs still focus solely on this area, but micro-VCs have gained prominence in recent years as well. Unlike traditional VCs, micro-VCs make smaller investments in…

Healthy Entrepreneur

New York

Recess Labs Is Reinventing Time Away With Structured Sabbaticals

By | Jun 14, 2017 at 8:30 am

What if the best way to advance your career is to take some structured time off?  Welcome to the rise of the early-career gap year. The idea of taking a sabbatical to pursue personal and professional priorities on your own time is gaining steam….

News

Portland, Maine

Carrie LeDuc of GTCA on the Importance of Balancing Work and Life

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Carrie LeDuc has been involved in four biotech startups, including two in Maine, over the course of her 26-year career. Though her startup stints were separated by more than five years working at The Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, LeDuc said an addiction to building…

Cannabis

Los Angeles

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Investing in Cannabis

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm

The cannabis industry has been filled with innovation and investment in recent years. With multiple states legalizing recreational and medical use across the country, investors big and small are hungry to get a piece of the action. However, federal laws still remain staunchly opposed to legal…

Funding

Chicago

Outcome Health Raised the Second Largest Funding Round in Chicago History

By | May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The world of entrepreneurship is one of patience. You have to wait to get funding, wait to launch your product, and you have to wait to make it big. But as any successful entrepreneur can tell you, good things come to those who wait….

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…