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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...

Top 8 Things That Make Investors Cringe

Lili Balfour | Posted 09.07.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Have you ever left a pitch and wondered what investors really thought about you? I decided to roll up my sleeves and conduct a nationwide, sector and stage agnostic survey of investors.

Funding Your Small Business: Bootstrapping vs. Venture Capitalists

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.03.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

If you want to keep near-complete control of your business and can make the decisions necessary to keep a business afloat when it's tight, then it may be best to simply make do with what you have.

Jumpshot: An Experiment in Rapid Product Development

Carrie Yury | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Carrie Yury

This is part of "Freefalling Ethnographer," a series about life inside a digital innovation start-up. Being at a start-up not only provides the oppor...

An Investor Perspective: How Committed Should an Entrepreneur Be

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Small Business
Jonathan Aberman

Entrepreneurs become entrepreneurs because they want to be in charge of their lives. To suggest that they should confirm to a blanket truism or approach completely misses the point.

Three Myths About Raising a Seed Round

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 01.13.2013 | Small Business
Sunil Rajaraman

I wanted to dive a little bit deeper into some common misconceptions about the process to help some entrepreneurs who are going through the process currently.

A New Star In Silicon Valley

Reuters | Major Tian | Posted 10.14.2012 | Small Business

By Major Tian It may not sound as flashy as social media, but healthcare is becoming a new star in Silicon Valley. Driven by the promis...

Crowdfunding May Revolutionize Health Startup Funding

Dave Chase | Posted 09.09.2012 | Small Business
Dave Chase

A new organization, MedStartr, is bringing this concept to health care, where it can be particularly challenging to get a startup off the ground.

Are You There Ashton Kutcher? It's Me, Erin

Erin Flynn | Posted 05.12.2012 | Style
Erin Flynn

After doing some research and, let's be honest, some intensive Googling, I've come up with a list of ways to possibly get Ashton Kutcher to invest in your fashion startup.

The Perfect Entrepreneurial Resume Doesn't Exist

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 04.07.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

You have an idea for a phenomenal company. Problem is you have zero background in that industry, no prior entrepreneurial experience, never got an MBA and can't lean on your family for financing or business resources. At first glance, you're facing an uphill battle. But personal and empirical evidence has proven that it can be done.

Why Wall Street's Loss Is New York's Gain

Dinesh Moorjani | Posted 03.20.2012 | Small Business
Dinesh Moorjani

A flower has grown from the ashes of New York's financial industry meltdown. That flower is the city's innovation economy -- and it's here to stay.

Letting Go

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 03.11.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

In my experience, exceptionally bright, driven, visionary people commonly share a particular attribute: a high need for control. These characteristics are also hallmarks of the startup founder, who brings maniacal focus, evangelical passion and a penchant for multi-tasking to the table.

You're Not Steve Jobs -- And That's OK

Patrick FitzGerald | Posted 03.04.2012 | Small Business
Patrick FitzGerald

Startup employees and new investors are looking for people they actually like who are insanely passionate about their ideas; not inflexible, uninspiring drones.

Pitch-A-Thons Give Startups In Second-Tier Cities Investor Love

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen - Reuters) - The crowd was restless as startups, investors, MBA students and a host of entrepreneurial wannabes waited in anticip...

Message to Founders: Always Ask for 'The Order'

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.28.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Starting a company is one of the hardest things anyone can do. You've already taken the leap.

Congress Easing Capital Raising Rules For Small Companies

AP | By JIM ABRAMS | Posted 01.02.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON -- The House moved Wednesday to make it easier for small companies and banks to raise capital – and presumably spur economic growth &...

Raising Capital? 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Scott Edward Walker | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business
Scott Edward Walker

I've been helping entrepreneurs raise capital as a corporate lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental mistakes that I've seen entrepreneurs repeatedly make. Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to share three basic tips for entrepreneurs in connection with raising capital.

How Convertible Debt Works

Brad Feld | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

Last night I gave a talk hosted by SVB at their Palo Alto office. I had a ton of fun talking to and answering questions from about 75 entrepreneurs who -- at the minimum -- enjoyed eating the great food and wine that SVB provided on a luscious evening in Palo Alto. Several questions came up about Convertible Debt.

Great Board Meetings

Brad Feld | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

I've had a string of great board meetings lately. They all had several similar attributes.

Making The Pitch: What A 20-Year Old Whiz Kid Did Right

Porter Gale | Posted 11.30.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

What are the biggest factors in landing your pitch? I had an opportunity to witness what it takes in the flesh while eating breakfast with Brian Wong, a 20-year whiz kid and the CEO of Kiip.