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Phoenix

Make Sure Your Mistakes Are Affordable

By | Feb 21, 2018 at 11:00 am

Making mistakes while building a business is part of the startup journey. But depending on the severity of the lesson, it can set you back or even close the doors for good. Fortunately, at Techstars Startup Week Phoenix 2018 powered by Chase for Business,…

Venture Capital

NYC

Every New York City Venture Firm, Listed

By | Feb 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

As entrepreneurs brush off their pitch decks for the new year, they’ll likely realize that finding the right venture fund is tougher than ever. Even though last year’s VC deal dollars added up to the largest amount since the dot com boom, those dollars…

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Ecosystems

Deals, Contraction, and Plenty of Unicorns: The State of Venture Capital in 2018

By | Jan 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

When compiling their pitch decks and researching investors for a fresh round of fundraising in 2018, entrepreneurs and startup founders everywhere have one place to gain the data they need to make informed decisions: Last year. The data on the state of venture capital…

Trends

NYC

Real Estate Tech Hit Record Investment in 2017

By | Dec 15, 2017 at 9:20 am

Global real estate value is worth about $217 trillion, and startups are just beginning to scratch the surface of digitizing this massive pool of assets. Startups like Zillow (IPO), Redfin, and Trulia (acquired by Zillow) were early winners in the space. Two real estate…

Tips & How To’s

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…

Tips & How To’s

5 Ways to Build a Transparent Relationship With Your Investors

By | Dec 8, 2017 at 7:15 am

One thing that has struck me as interesting for quite some time, and especially over the last several months, is the hesitation that exists within us to reveal uncomfortable information. Whether it has to do with an everyday company decision or a compounding, lingering…

Funding

Maine

STARC Systems Closes $3.4M Round Led by Blue Heron Capital

By | Dec 6, 2017 at 8:30 am

STARC Systems, a five-year-old company in Brunswick, Maine, that sells innovative containment systems for the construction industry, has received a $3.4 million investment led by Blue Heron Capital. Blue Heron has a “growth-equity” investment fund that focuses on the healthcare and tech-enabled business services…

Artificial Intelligence

London

16 Artificial Intelligence Startups in the UK Raising Some Serious Capital

By | Dec 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

With the boom of artificial intelligence companies in the UK, it seems that a new company launches every week in the UK. In a government report, they called for a UK strategy to advance AI. The subsequent budget included a £270m investment fund for disruptive technologies such as…

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…

Finance

NYC

4 Quick Tips to Land the Right Investment Deal for Your Startup

By | Nov 27, 2017 at 7:15 am

For any startup, funding is crucial. While there’s loads of information on the internet on how to attract investors, not much has been said on how to ensure that the financial deal you are signing up, or the investor you are partnering with, will…

Funding

Is Venture Capital Right for Socially Conscious Startups?

By | Nov 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Recently, a friend and founder of a social venture that increases access to basic services for underserved communities in the US, started gearing up for his Series A fundraising. As a mission-driven company, the advice he got about where to look for funding was…

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…

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,…