Venture Capital

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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Raising Venture Capital Can Have Some Downsides—Here’s How to Avoid Them

By Adam Cragg Raising money for your business can be great. Many entrepreneurs see it as validation that they’ve “made it.” While it is a good sign that a professional investor has kicked the tires on your company and is willing to invest their money, there are many reasons why raising venture funds may not …

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Positioning Your Startup to Raise Venture Capital Funding

By Curt Cuscino There’s a saying in Los Angeles: “Always be camera ready.” Likewise, it can be said for startups: “Always be investor ready.” Are you scrambling to touch up spreadsheets and printing out a mountain of documents before every important meeting? Does even thinking about an investor meeting give you anxiety? Fear not. There are ways you …

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ICO marketing in 2018: from SEO to PPC

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) were the talk of the town in 2017.  There were 435 ICO projects deemed successful in 2017, raising an average of $12.7 million. In total, over $5.6 billion was raised in 2017, a 40-fold increase from the $96.3 million raised in 2016. ICO’s are rapidly replacing the traditional forms of venture …

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The Growth of Accelerators Continually Drives Startup Figures—Here’s Why

Startups are growing every year. This means investors have a lot of options when choosing which one to support. A research by Challenger, Gray, and Christmas states that in the last quarter of 2016, 7.4 percent of job seekers in the United States started their own businesses. That’s a 4.8 percent increase from the last …

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VC Money Is Finally Flowing Outside Silicon Valley and Into These 3 States

It’s become ever more expensive for venture capitalists to invest in California-based startups. So VC are increasingly investing in startups based in states other than California. Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Florida all have emerging startup scenes and could benefit from the trend. When searching for startups to invest in, venture capitalists are increasingly casting their eyes outside …

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