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Making The Pitch: 5 Do's and Don'ts from Top Venture Capitalists

Porter Gale | Posted 12.26.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

To make a persuasive pitch, you need to be passionate about the topic, act as a storyteller, limit the PowerPoint slides and ingest no more than one cup of caffeine prior to any important meeting.

Making The Pitch: 5 Do's and Don'ts from Top Venture Capitalists

Porter Gale | Posted 12.26.2011 | Small Business
Porter Gale

To make a persuasive pitch, you need to be passionate about the topic, act as a storyteller, limit the PowerPoint slides and ingest no more than one cup of caffeine prior to any important meeting.

D.C. Venture Capital Deals Down, Following National Trend

CityBizList | Brian Wolak | Posted 12.26.2011 | DC

By Brian Wolak, Citybizlist WASHINGTON -- Following the national trend, venture capital in the Washington D.C. metroplex region was down markedly i...

TechStar Interview: Alan Patricof

Bill_Robinson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Now Managing Partner at his own NYC-based venture firm, Greycroft Partners, Alan Patricof is about as approachable a guy as one could imagine.

Click.to -- The Little App That Could!

April Rudin | Posted 12.14.2011 | Technology
April Rudin

Sometimes people write to me and ask me to blog about their cause, product or whatever passion that they have. Because blogging is an activity for whi...

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.

Entrepreneurial Hotbeds: A Homegrown Mix Of Science And Luck

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2011 | Small Business

(By Deborah L. Cohen) - Nick Cronin moved to Chicago from Milwaukee to stack the entrepreneurial deck in his favor, hoping to leverage the city's impr...

Top 10 States For Venture Capital (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Janean Chun | Posted 12.18.2011 | Small Business

If you agree with The Wall Street Journal's recent claim that Web startups have hit a cash crunch, you might just be in the wrong place at the right t...

How The FDA May Be Stifling Medical Innovation At Healthcare Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Regulatory burdens and healthcare reform are causing big uncertainties for venture investors that could limit the capacity of drug and medical device startups to bring products already in the pipeline to market.

Of Pigs, Pythons and Web Startups

Mahendra Ramsinghani | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Mahendra Ramsinghani

One of my portfolio companies has venture capitalists and angels stampeding over each other to invest. All of this when a recent WSJ report bemoaned the fact that Web startups have hit a cash crunch. So which is it: a stampede or cash crunch?

Know Thyself

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Both founders and investors are, in many cases, paying way too much attention to reverberations within the venture echo-chamber instead of just making good, sensible plans consistent with their missions. Don't cede control of your destiny to the oscillating waves of popular thought.

What Is A Revenue Based Loan?

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Revenue-based financing can be a great option for profitable companies looking for a straightforward way to raise funding without dilution, change of control, or a personal guarantee.

Six Ways to Build a Business: Go Big or Go Home and Do It

John Backus | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
John Backus

Piggyback on a business that has created a platform upon which you can build your business.

What We Are Seeing

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

The Wall Street Journal has a story out today that says "Web Startups Hit Cash Crunch." There has been a fair bit of reaction in the tech blogs and I thought I'd toss into the discussion some things we are seeing.

Small Business CFOs: Do You Need One?

Janine Popick | Posted 12.13.2011 | Small Business
Janine Popick

It's a growing pain that many small businesses have. Company founders and CEOs are rarely equipped to handle financing strategies, budgets and dealing with investors. But bringing on a chief financial officer is not cheap.

Nokia as 'He Who Must Not Be Named' and the Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank | Posted 12.12.2011 | Business
Steve Blank

The young entrepreneurs I met are bringing impressive energy and intelligence to their goal of building one of Europe's leading technology hubs in Helsinki. It will be fascinating to see if they can lead the cultural change to support their vision.

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.

Millenials: Stop Protesting Wall Street and Build a Startup

Jason McCabe Calacanis | Posted 12.05.2011 | Small Business
Jason McCabe Calacanis

It's lame to protest for more jobs when you will so easily create them by starting a company. Now get out of your tents, learn to code and make something that changes the world.

No Exit In Sight: Venture-Backed IPOs Slip To 2-Year Low

Reuters | Posted 12.04.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Just five venture-capital backed companies held initial public offerings last quarter, data from the National Venture Capital Association ...

Entrepreneur-Friendly Policies (Finally) Showing Promise -- But Leadership Required

Jeff Bussgang | Posted 12.03.2011 | Small Business
Jeff Bussgang

Despite the partisan rhetoric and bickering, the last few months have seen substantial progress amongst policy makers in the areas of helping the startup economy thrive.

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.

Serial Entrepreneur Carol Realini Shares Tips for Raising Venture Capital

Angie Chang | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business
Angie Chang

Carol's Law of "10-5-3-1" is her tried-and-true method to manage your venture capital pipeline.

Speed Can Kill

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 11.27.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Startup funding events are processes instead of panics and fire drills. In my experience, such frenzy is seldom necessary, but for some reason there appears to be an epidemic of "This deal is moving fast; if you want in you've got to hurry." Invariably, my response to such entreaties is: No.

How To Draw Up A Capitalization Table

Fred Wilson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Cap Tables (short for capitalization tables) are spreadsheets that show how much everyone owns of the company. If you want to make a cap table for your company, feel free to replicate this format.