iOS app Android app

Angel Investors

Business Plans: Mapping Your Road to Success

Nina B. Ries | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

When I work with startups, I am invariably asked whether they "really need to bother with a business plan." Small businesses owners pose the same question.

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

A 102 Year Old Cleveland Institution Goes Global

Michael Goldberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Until late last year, people who wanted to participate in a forum at The City Club of Cleveland had to drive to 850 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, park the car, take the elevator to the second floor, sit down in a chair, and wait for the mike.

Shark Tank Contestants Share Their Top Lessons Learned

Jeff Steinmann | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Jeff Steinmann

I asked former Shark Tank contestants to share their biggest lessons, they generously agreed and candidly shared these 15 valuable business lessons learned from bravely putting their businesses in front of "the sharks."

How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my f...

11 Slides You Need to Sell Your Vision

Lili Balfour | Posted 12.27.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Delivering a compelling pitch is Step 0 in building your company. Whether you are pitching to a customer, an investor, or a potential hire, you need t...

Innovation Earth: The Next Green Tech Town

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

More than 300,000 people may have marched in Manhattan last month for a worldwide climate call-to-arms, but evidently we can't even get it together at...

Honing in on Innovation in Princeton: Tiger Labs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology
Steve Mariotti

Bert Navarrette skydives (regularly), rides mountain bikes, runs companies, and has four children. you might think that keeps him busy enough. But you'd be wrong.

Why We Must Help Bridge the Gap For Women In Tech

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

Some days it gets wearying to face the additional challenges it takes for a woman to make it in the world of tech, but on days when it feels like that to me, I pull out the photo of all of the women that attended our first bootcamp.

10 Things I Learned By Studying Every 'Shark Tank' Pitch Ever Made

| Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Small Business

I've spent years of studying entrepreneurship and am now involved in a new startup of my own. It might not be surprising, therefore, to learn that I'm...

How Do Angels Invest: Five Important Lessons from the Angel Investors Education Day

David Drake | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
David Drake

Angels are almost everywhere in the financing and business landscape in the country, and globally. They either invest as individuals or as a group in ...

Are Women Entrepreneurs Better Off Than a Year Ago?

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Abeyta

During yesterday's second annual NMTC-WIT Luncheon, a reporter in the audience asked the panelists if things were getting any better for women.

Angel Investing: 'Back to School'

Ellevate | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Ellevate

As an angel investor, September puts me in a "back to school" frame of mind. In preparation for training sessions, I am constantly looking for new resources, books, etc. to continue to enhance or improve our training materials. here are some resources that I have found to be helpful.

Why Male Investors Should 'Get' Women-Led Companies

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

The world of angels and VCs is still a boy's club, and men apparently tend to invest in other men -- something investor Adam Quinton of Lucas Point Ventures (who actually does invest in women-led companies) calls "unconscious bias."

ACA Summit 2014: Angel Impact on Entrepreneurial Success

David Drake | Posted 10.20.2014 | Money
David Drake

Angels are everywhere in the business landscape nowadays. They invest, individually or by groups, in startups and in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

5 Benefits of Raising Capital Online Through Equity Crowdfunding

Sang Lee | Posted 10.12.2014 | Small Business
Sang Lee

Equity crowdfunding has become something of a legend in the startup industry. It is being hailed (and criticized) for being a brand new conduit for st...

They've Got LeBron, But Now Cleveland Seeks MVP Entrepreneurs

Daryl Rowland | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Daryl Rowland

Where Los Angeles can be said to be about beauty and fame, or New York about ambition or talent, Northeast Ohio has a long history of manufacturing and celebrating the excellence and hard work required to make or do things well.

Hard Truths About Business Plans and Angel Investors

Tim Berry | Posted 09.13.2014 | Small Business
Tim Berry

Earlier this year I reviewed submissions on more than 30 businesses for our angel investment group in two days. Yes, I was cramming! No, I didn't read the business plans, just the summaries. So here's what I saw about business plans, summaries, and angel investors.

It's Time to End the Misconception That Impact Investing Isn't Financially Profitable

Praful Shah | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Praful Shah

It is a fallacy that there is no return on investment in impact investing. One of the reasons the impact investments are successful is the passion of the founder and the team for the cause.

A Sushi Burrito: The Real Estate, Natural Resources, Family Office and Crowd Investing Conference

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Mix real estate, natural resources, family office, and crowd investing into one conference? This sounds akin to a restaurant with too many chefs, like...

Will the JOBS Act Create More Jobs, or Just More Risk?

Jason Earle | Posted 07.23.2014 | Small Business
Jason Earle

The contrast between the unemployment numbers and the workforce participation stats seem to lead us in two different directions.

Stop! And Ask Yourself This One Question

Ian Cinnamon | Posted 07.19.2014 | Technology
Ian Cinnamon

We need to define "better." What makes someone's life "better?" The term can mean almost anything... more productive, happier, simpler, and so on. But at the end of the day, it will be your gut reaction. You'll know whether it actually makes someone's life better.

Flying Cars or 140 Chars?

Ian Cinnamon | Posted 06.07.2014 | Technology
Ian Cinnamon

If even half of the engineers who built internet startups focused on "big problems," I guarantee we would have flying cars, not just 140 chars.

The Hidden Terms of Startup Capital

Anna Barber | Posted 05.27.2014 | Small Business
Anna Barber

When you are starting a business, where you get your money from has mostly to do with who is willing to give it to you. Most entrepreneurs just want to get funded, and often don't think through the ramifications of their funding source.

The New Rules of Fundraising

Lili Balfour | Posted 05.25.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

The world of fundraising has been turned on its head. A decade ago, entrepreneurs had limited sources for capital -- angel investors, venture capital funds and rich Uncles. Today, entrepreneurs have a plethora of options.