With a fund we could collectively share the risk of investing and the burdens of legal compliance, the costs, and the necessary due diligence. We could also leverage more capital than any one of us could on our own.
Of course, there is much more to a startups success than market, technology and design execution, including team dynamics, the competitive field, surrounding ecosystem and the intellectual property conditions.
A lot of businesses think they need to bring in equity investors as soon as possible. Every business is different, but building your customer base and revenue stream is going to help you get a better equity deal.
I would go so far as to say that most aspiring entrepreneurs ought to start their entrepreneurial journey while sitting inside a corporate umbrella. Especially for technical people, it allows for the enhancing of their technical skills, while also developing the bricks needed to build a venture.
Whether you are a man or a woman--if you work for yourself every time you go to a networking event you are representing your brand. Fortunately for some and unfortunately for others first impressions matter.
Indeed, surviving as a new firm is far from guaranteed, no matter how good your product or service. By following some of these tips from our experience, hopefully your business will not only survive, but flourish.
The contest is focused on financial technology entrepreneurs, and TradeKing, an online brokerage, will be awarding 12 1M/1M scholarships, picked from 20 finalists, to entrepreneurs who are developing apps on their platform.
During today's roundtable, we turned the spotlight on Western Massachusetts, spanning the Northampton-Amherst area and the home of Smith College (my undergraduate alma mater), Amherst College, UMass, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire College.