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6 Startup Exit Strategies for Investors

David Drake | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
David Drake

Exit strategies take on different forms, but it is important that your startup should put one in place for your investors. While they are rooting and supporting your business, they are also looking for a return on their investment.

Putting Money Where My Mouth Is and Funding Women-led Startups

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

At Microsoft in Times Square this November 9, ten women-led startups will pitch their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of investors for t...

Should Long-Term Investors Care About an Interest Rate Hike?

Lule Demmissie | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Lule Demmissie

Investors, traders, savers and homebuyers - young and old - were fixated on last week's Federal Reserve interest rate announcement, especially in the wake of recent market volatility.

Commodity Prices Predicted to Decline

MoneyTips | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

World currency factors have a huge impact on commodity prices, since a relatively strong dollar makes commodities more expensive for overseas purchasers. The recent currency adjustment by China has had a huge effect on prices because of the size of their market and the abruptness of the devaluation change.

Closing the Funding Gap, Promoting the Innovation Chain

Joseph Klafter | Posted 09.22.2015 | College
Joseph Klafter

Leading universities are responding to an increasingly competitive environment for both public and private sector funding by doing what they do best: utilizing their entrepreneurial know-how and implementing novel strategies to reinvent themselves as centers of innovation.

Follow The Money: Sniffing Out Hidden Wealth Management Fees

April Rudin | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Financial advisors can be very creative about the fees they charge to clients in the distribution of investment instruments. Do you know what you are paying for? Are your advisor's interests aligned with yours?

Fiduciary or Suitability? SecureFamily or Not So Secure? | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business

I have recently seen a spate of advertisements from "" that attempts to discredit the work being done on pending fiduciary rules and ...

10 Ways to Find Investors For Your Startup

Murray Newlands | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business
Murray Newlands

It's hard to believe, but locating investors is not the hard part of getting funded - in fact, through the process of trying to raise money, an entrepreneur might have opportunities to talk to upwards of 40 to 50 investors, depending on their idea and location.

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Investors

Murray Newlands | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Murray Newlands

Whether you have an angel investor swooping in early to give you your first shot, or a VC who has recognized your years of work and has decided to help you continue your journey into the big leagues, it's always exciting to finally see some funding for your hard work.

Girls in Tech Adds Key Players to Judges' Panel for Lady Pitch Night

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 09.05.2015 | Technology
Beth Cone Kramer

Girls in Tech Founder & CEO Adriana Gascoigne has announced additional tech and investment leaders to the panel of judges at Lady Pitch Night US. ...

Who's Protecting Investors?

Terry Savage | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Terry Savage

The financial services industry is choosing up sides in an epic battle over what new regulations should be created to protect individual investors. The SEC, which has the overall responsibility of protecting investors, has been dithering about offering new rules.

Going Up? -- The 'Elevator Pitch' -- Be Ready to Tell Your Story on the Go

Donna Griffit | Posted 09.13.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

I truly believe that we can help luck along by being prepared for opportunity when it knocks. And one of the must-have tools in our storytelling arsenal is the infamous Elevator Pitch - or the "quickpitch" as I have often dubbed it.

Big News: Women Startup Challenge NYC to Fund Women-Led Startups

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.01.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Hey, big news: I'm working with Women Who Tech again to scale the Women Startup Challenge. Next up: The Women Startup Challenge NYC at Microsoft on N...

What Your Financial Adviser Should be Doing for You | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business

Average investors who buy mutual funds, insurance policies, annuities and other types of investments work under the assumption that their financial adviser is working in their best interests. This is a false assumption.

Republican Presidential Candidates Sound a Lot Like Financial Advisers | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

Did you happen to see the Great Presidential Debate a few weeks ago that debuted 10 Republican candidates for President of the United States? I thought Fox News did a decent job asking tougher questions that many of the candidates did not want to answer.

Uncertainty Intensifies

Michael Farr | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

China's move to devalue its currency caught the markets somewhat by surprise. As a result, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding both the reasons behind the move as well as the implications of the move.

Surprising Findings in China

Judah Freed | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Judah Freed

Steve Hoffman at Founders Space recently returned from a "marathon business trip" to China. He returned with some unexpected findings that defy many of our staid stereotypes in the West. With Steve's permission, I am quoting his findings below.

The Villain is the Hero of Your Story

Donna Griffit | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

What do Star Wars, Silence of the Lambs and The Dark Knight have in common? Well yes, they all were huge Box Office hits. But they also have a larger than life Villain. Who can ever forget Darth Vader? Hannibal Lecter or Heath Ledger's haunting version of the Joker?

Confusion Reigns

Michael Farr | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Economic data and financial-asset prices don't always paint the same picture about the health of the economy.

Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Be Ready to Answer When Raising Money

Diane Smith | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Diane Smith

I often look at business plans and meet with lots of entrepreneurs looking for funding guidance. So, I was pleased when my friend and colleague Liz Marchi recently joined me for a webinar to share insight on the questions every entrepreneur should be prepared to answer when fundraising.

When It Comes to Startup Numbers, Be Reasonable & Reasoned, Not Right

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Dear Professor Investor, I've been working at an idea for a few months and it's now time for me to find out information (numbers) on potential market...

Financial Advisers - Trust, the Double-Edge Sword | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business

Many of us were told since childhood to avoid "dark alleys," but all too often we seem to forget this important advice when it matters most. The metaphor of a dark alley in the context of financial advisers is perfectly suited to describe a place in which you would never want to be.

Storytelling -- Beyond the Buzz

Donna Griffit | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

Storytelling - it seems to be one of the hottest buzz words today. Everyone is saying that you must know how to be a good storyteller - but does anyone really know what that means?

Who Says You Can't Time the Stock Market? Why Market Timing Is Easy | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business

Don't waste your time and money trying to fight the impossible to win the market timing battle of predicting when to buy low and when to sell high. If you buy today and sell during your retirement you will do just that and with a lot less effort and stress.

4 Investments Millennials Like -- But Baby Boomers Don't

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business

For now and the near future, baby boomers and millennials alike will command marketers' attention because of their size and buying power. It'll be interesting to see where the world goes as these demographic shifts play out and markets respond, yielding new investment opportunities.