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Diversity

DC

Emerging Markets Need Investors to Get Over Their Blind Spots

By | Nov 17, 2017 at 8:30 am

Anyone following the world of venture capital sees first hand that a disproportionate amount of capital is going to just a few people in a few places. Let’s put numbers on that: More than half of all venture capital in the world goes to…

Funding

Phoenix

Why We Invested: What Made This SaaS Company Stand Apart?

By | Nov 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

I am often asked what separates the startups we choose to invest in versus the ones opt to forgo. The truth is there’s a lot that goes into evaluating companies through the lens of their investment potential. And while we absolutely look at the…

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Diversity

Salt Lake City

How the Startup World Can Level the Playing Field For Women

By | Nov 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

In the past fifteen years, women have been starting businesses in unprecedented numbers. Utilizing programs offered by the Small Business Administration as well as local Chambers of Commerce, women have been making rapid inroads into the world of business. Their businesses range across the…

Funding

Denver

Galvanize Raises $7 Million to Expand Offerings

By | Nov 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Galvanize, the learning community for technology that offers education skilling programs in key technical disciplines and entrepreneur-focused workspaces, announced a $7 million investment led by existing investors ABS Capital Partners and University Ventures. The funding will be used to fulfill strong demand for Galvanize’s…

Finance

Phoenix

When Raising Capital Becomes Risky Business

By | Nov 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

It’s often seen as the ultimate goal for startup founders –get the attention of a powerhouse VC, raise capital to get your business off the ground, then make a successful and lucrative exit. If only it were that simple. Every business needs cash to…

Failure

Why Are More Startups Going Bankrupt?

By | Oct 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm

It’s no secret that the vast majority of startups and small businesses eventually fail. The “8 out of 10 businesses fail” within the first 3 years statistic is commonly reported, but false. Still, more than half of businesses don’t make it past 5 years,…

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…

Entrepreneur

Phoenix

Raising Capital Comes Down to Trusting Your Instincts

By | Sep 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

Your startup that was seeded with your own money is really starting to take off. With good business instincts and sound financial management, you’ve bootstrapped your business into a success. Your big idea has transformed into a thriving, rapid-growth company that’s turning a sustainable…

Finance

6 Ways to Quickly Bootstrap Your Startup

By | Sep 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Ask any startup founder and they are probably thing about money. At the end of the day, it’s hard to know if an external source of income will provide the edge you need to propel your company forward, or if it’ll simply detract from…

Finance

Phoenix

4 Ways Women Founders Prepare for Investor Meetings

By | Sep 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

Getting your pitch down, dealing with rejection, the stress of waiting for the big check and trying to make payroll are just some of not-so-fun parts of raising capital, but for many, it must be done. These days, more women founders and cofounders are…

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…

Acquisition

Maine

CashStar Acquired by Blackhawk Network for $175M

By | Sep 1, 2017 at 7:15 am

The Portland, Maine-based CashStar, a pioneer in the digital gift card space, has been acquired by California-based Blackhawk Network for $175 million. The all-cash deal is not expected to affect CashStar’s local operations, according to a company spokesperson. It currently has two offices in…

Ecosystems

Maine

Maine Technology Institute Wants Your Input on How to Spend $45M 

By | Aug 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

The Maine Technology Institute will receive $45 million as a result of the $50 million bond referendum that voters approved earlier this year and is looking to gather feedback on the process it will use to distribute it. MTI will be soliciting proposals from Maine organizations…

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…

Funding

Understanding Funding Rounds of the 100 Highest Valued Unicorn Companies

By | Aug 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

As the saying goes, a unicorn company can’t be built in a day. Much like the rest of the entrepreneurial process, success takes time and hard work, and there are no shortcuts to accelerate it. You’ll need to make small, achievable goals along the…

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…

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…