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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…


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3 Signs That Vets First Choice Is Preparing for an IPO

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Going public is a big deal for any company. It requires months of preparation, years of hard work, and decades of innovative thinking. And if you’re pay attention, it can be easy to spot these companies before they make the move. And while I…


Reminder for Startup Founders: VCs Are Not Demigods

By | Aug 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Responding to a recent tweet from Joe Fernandez, VC Fred Wilson has stepped up to offer an important reminder that any young entrepreneur needs to keep in the back of their mind: Venture capitalists aren’t superheroes. too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc's like they're…


3 Things VCs Should Know About Direct-to-Consumer Companies

By | Aug 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

For decades, there has been a major disconnect between manufactures and consumers. Nowadays, though, even the most traditional businesses, like eyewear and jewelry, are entering the ecommerce space thanks to the Internet, and also increasing mobile accessibility. As more companies have adopted the direct…


5 Red Flags for Startups Looking for Their First VC

By | Jul 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Getting a venture capitalist to back your startup is difficult. You’ll need experience to convince them you’re worth it, meaning that you’ll likely want to start with a few other funding options. So, once you finally land your first VC, you’ll be tempted to immediately…

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VCs Share How to Get Their Attention and Their Money

By | Oct 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

The world of venture capital saw the bucking of trends in 2014. Geographically, companies across 47 states and D.C. received funding, which is one less than the all-time record. The average deal was much larger than in previous years, but the number of deals remained…



Mobile Future’s Reverse Pitch Webinar: Get Investor Advice in Your Living Room

By | Mar 19, 2014 at 9:02 am

This is an advertorial sponsored by Mobile Future. We thank them for their support! When the time comes for entrepreneurs to interact with angels and VCs, there seems to always be a lingering question: how do you provide a perfect takeaway from a pitch?…


The Rise and Fall of the Angel Empire

By | Apr 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

The Rise of the Angel Investor If the last 5 years was the Rise of the Angels, the next 5 years may be the fall of the same. After the last market crash, many factors led to the fall of the Venture Capital (VC)…


Going to SXSW? Hop Aboard the StartupBus And Hack Your Way Down

By | Feb 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm

It’s finally here! The first StartupBus will be leaving Washington, D.C. during the first week of March and will head down to SXSW with about 25 lucky “buspreneurs,” hackers, hipsters, and of course hustlers! “StartupBus is an invitation-only community of hackers, hustlers and hipsters passionate about…



Uppidy Founder Josh Konowe on Raising Money in DC

By | Jan 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm

It is certainly no secret that raising money for your startup requires that you have a proven product, a solid customer acquistion strategy, and a sustainable business model.  If you’re in DC, though, you have a bit of an uphill battle, as Uppidy founder…

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CEO of Ohio-Based Startup Buyvite: “There’s More Money Than Startups Here”

By | Jan 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

If your new startup is trying to rise above the noise and get noticed – and looking for funding – you might want to move headquarters to Ohio and/or hire a female CEO. Brandy Wimberly, Founder and CEO of Toledo, OH-based Buyvite, a group-buying…



Lessons in Landing Seed Funding from Buyosphere CEO Tara Hunt

By | Jan 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

Back in July when I first covered Buyosphere, the Montreal-based startup felt like an iteration of Pinterest – you could curate collections of products, find interesting products through friends, and establish yourself as a tastemaker.  I was skeptical about the future of the company…



Study Hall DC, a Collaborative Co-Working Environment, Makes Its Debut

By | Sep 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Co-working is not a new thing, it’s been a trend we have been watching for quite sometime and many people do it everyday across the country. On Thursday, September 1, Study Hall DC (SHDC) made its debut in DC. SHDC is a collaborative co-working session focused on…


Angel Investing Series Part I: Who are Angels & Angel Groups?

By | Aug 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Editor’s Note:  This guest post is a three-part series on angel investing. Part I introduces angels and angel groups, Part II focuses on the due diligence process and the post-investment relationship, and Part III breaks down angel investing for entrepreneurs.  Angel Profiles Angel investors,…



Sandbox Industries Launches Healthbox, An Accelerator for Healthcare Startups

By | Jun 10, 2011 at 11:43 am

Chicago-based Sandbox Industries, a venture capital firm and leading incubator for startup companies, is launching Healthbox, a business accelerator that will focus exclusively on the healthcare industry. Healthbox will build on the success of Excelerate Labs, the tech accelerator that Sandbox co-founded last year,…


Which Legal Structure Is Best For Your Startup?

By | May 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Picking the right legal structure for your startup can save both money and hassle. The three structures most often mentioned are LLCs, Delaware S Corps, and Delaware C Corps. Deciding which structure to go with is dependent upon what your goals are. Venture Capitalists…