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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…

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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…

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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…

Ecosystems

Detroit

5 Takeaways From the Midwestern Startup Ecosystem

By | Aug 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm

After working on this for months, M25 finally released our first official ranking of the top startup cities in the Midwest. After making the announcement and releasing the rankings publicly last week, I figured it would only be prudent to add some color from…

Startups & Apps

Maine

This Startup Aims to Swap Blood Draws for Saliva Samples

By | Aug 9, 2017 at 7:15 am

Portland, Maine-based biotech company Abogen, founded in 2012, has developed a method and accompanying technology to extract blood cells from saliva, allowing for the potential replacement of up to 80 percent of the five billion invasive, needle-necessary blood samples drawn annually. The company is…

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…

Opinion/Analysis

Los Angeles

Exponential vs Sustainable Growth: The Donkey Revolution

By | Aug 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

There are arguments for and against the exponential growth or the slow, sustained growth of a startup. There is no doubt that Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) currently, and will continue to play a vital role in the global economy by contributing considerably to employment and…

Ecosystems

Madison

An Inside Look into the Madison, WI Entrepreneurial Hub

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Madison, Wisconsin is the home to Badger football and some of the best ice cream and cheese in the country. It’s also has a booming entrepreneurial ecosystem that is seeing some significant growth in the last few years. Scott Resnick, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at StartingBlock, and…

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,…

HR and Recruiting

Phoenix

6 Common Mistakes Founders Make When Scaling their Businesses

By | Aug 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

The path to scaling a business is lined with its fair share of unforeseen obstacles. For all the unknown and unpredictable challenges that exist, there are just as many easily avoidable missteps founders tend to make on the road to achieving growth. In business,…

Startups & Apps

Maine

Cerahelix Helps Save the Environment One Filter at a Time

By | Jul 28, 2017 at 7:15 am

Cerahelix, the Orono-based startup that’s invented a high-tech filtration device using DNA and ceramics, is raising $2 million to help it accelerate development of pilot programs at several early-adopter customers, including Magic Hat Brewing Co. in South Burlington, Vt. So far, the company has raised $500,000…

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…