Angel & Venture Funding

What Advice Are Venture Capitalists Giving to Startups in Light of the Coronavirus Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic is broadly affecting businesses globally, but it is affecting startups particularly hard. In this article, I have gathered some key advice to startups from leading venture capitalists and others connected to the venture industry. 1. Cash Runway Is Paramount “We suggest you question every assumption about your business, including [cash runway]. Do …

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Why Startup Investors Need Billion-Dollar Exits and Entrepreneurs Don’t

By Alejandro Cremades Billion-dollar startup exits are cool. Yet, are they really as great for startup entrepreneurs as they are for startup investors such as VCs? The new California gold rush has definitely been in “ludicrous mode” for a while. Who knows, unicorn farms may soon become the new norm. Yet, it’s worth pausing for …

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10 Key Lessons for Startup CEOs and Founders

By Richard D. Harroch, Mike Perlis, and Mitch Zuklie CEOs and founders of startup businesses face many challenges: raising startup capital, building a management team, developing competitive products, starting a marketing program, finding early customers, and more. The prospect of launching a new startup can be daunting. We have collectively been involved in hundreds of …

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10 Key Issues for Fintech Startup Companies | Company Profile

By Richard D. Harroch and Melissa Guzy Investment in financial technology (“Fintech”) companies is growing dramatically. Global Fintech funding has risen to over $100 billion, fueled by large M&A deals and large rounds of financing. Investment in Fintech companies is expected to continue to grow significantly in the next few years, as such companies offer outsized …

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12 Key Issues for SaaS Startups Seeking Financing

By Mitch Zuklie and Richard D. Harroch SaaS (Software as a Service) companies, are attracting some of the top talent and funding in technology today. The most notable SaaS companies occupied seven of the top 10 verticals by venture capital deal activity recently, and three of the top 10 by investments. Venture investment is running …

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15 Key Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Before Investing in Your Startup

By Richard D. Harroch and Larry Kane Venture capitalists make decisions constantly about whether or not to invest in various startups. The majority of the time, the answer is no. There can be many reasons for this decision, including that the startup is not within the firm’s focus or stage of desired investment. But assuming the company is …

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15 Expert Tips for Startups Seeking Angel or Seed Financing

Very early stage startups often seek angel or seed financing in order to gain initial traction on developing their product or technology, land initial customers, and make other progress. Angel or seed rounds typically range from $100,000 to $500,000 or more. I have been an angel, seed, and venture capital investor in a number of …

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17 Key Issues for Clean Tech Startups

By Daniel K. Yost and Richard D. Harroch Clean tech companies seek to leverage the power of technology in order to profitably solve the world’s energy problems. These companies can span a variety of sectors: solar, wind, ethanol, biomass, geothermal, water purification, electric vehicles, energy storage, software, materials, data, and more. Clean tech companies should …

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Looking for Venture Capital? Avoid the 3 Biggest Pitch Deck Mistakes

By Katie Bronnenkant Most entrepreneurs know they should avoid the obvious mistakes when creating their pitch deck: pitch is too long or not clear, it says there are no competitors, etc. But what a lot of first-time entrepreneurs do not know is what venture capitalists are actually looking for. In a way, VCs are like clients. …

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10 Ways to Practice Your Pitch Presentation When Seeking Investors

Practice makes perfect before pitching your idea to investors. It’s important that you display the right amount of confidence so that investors will believe in you and your business idea. That’s why we asked 10 successful entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: Q. Getting your pitch right for investors is vital—after all, …

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