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Planning To Invest In Startup? Then Ask Right Questions

By Martin at April 9, 2015 | 11:12 am | 0 Comment

Planning To Invest In Startup? Then Ask Right Questions

Every startup founder loves to prompt for questions from investors and potential key team members about their vision, and the huge opportunity that can be had with their disruptive technology. Yet if you are on the other side of the table, there are some other key questions that you need to ask, which will tell you more about the real success prospects for this more...

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8 Insights For Startups To Find Suitable Angel Investors

By Martin at February 17, 2015 | 11:31 am | 0 Comment

8 Insights For Startups To Find Suitable Angel Investors

Most entrepreneurs have found by now one or more of the many popularcrowdfunding sites, and have the name and contact information for at least one of the big venture capital firms. But many have no insight or connections to the ethereal angel investment community, which actually funds more startups then all other venture sources combined (over $25 billion more...

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How To Give Funding Pitch To Angel Investors

By Martin at January 21, 2015 | 11:25 am | 0 Comment

How To Give Funding Pitch To Angel Investors

The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes. The biggest complaint I hear from investors is that startup founders often talk way too long, and neglect to cover the most relevant points. Or they get sidetracked by a technical glitch due to poor more...

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Financial Forecasting Tips For Startups

By Martin at January 5, 2015 | 11:32 am | 0 Comment

Financial Forecasting Tips For  Startups

Most aspiring entrepreneurs understand that you can’t build a business if you won’t commit to delivering a product or service, but many are hesitant or refuse to commit to any financial forecasts. Yet every business requires revenue and volumes, as certainly as it requires a product to sell. Thus, financial projections for up to five years are a necessary element in more...

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5 Lending Startups To Watch Out For VCs

By ajay at December 16, 2014 | 11:25 am | 0 Comment

5 Lending Startups To Watch Out For VCs

5 Lending Startups To Watch Out For VCs 1. iWoca: iwoca is a new online lending startup that aims to provide quick loans  without much paperwork. For using it, all you need to do is just link your online accounts or upload bank statements, VAT returns or company accounts so they  can understand your business in details. Once they understood your nature more...

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Ten Common Sources Of Funding For First Time Entrepreneurs

By Martin at October 13, 2014 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

Ten Common Sources Of Funding For First Time Entrepreneurs

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” I always answer that there isn’t any magic, and contrary to the popular myth, nobody is waiting in the wings to throw money at you, just because you have a new and exciting business idea. On the other hand, there are many additional creative more...

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Why Investors Due Diligence Is Important For Entrepreneurs

By Martin at September 11, 2014 | 12:05 pm | 0 Comment

Why Investors Due Diligence Is Important For Entrepreneurs

Even though the color of their money is always green, all startup investors are not the same. Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. Taking on equity investors to fund your company is much like getting married – it is a long-term relationship that has to work at all more...

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How To Plan Revenue Model For Your Startups

By Martin at September 1, 2014 | 1:48 pm | 0 Comment

How To Plan Revenue Model For Your Startups

One of the toughest decisions for a startup is how to price their product or service. The alternatives range from giving it away for free, to pricing based on costs, to charging what the market will bear (premium pricing). The implications of the decision you make are huge, defining your brand image, your funding requirements, and your long-term business more...

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How To Do Financial Projections For Your Startup

By Martin at August 18, 2014 | 10:44 am | 0 Comment

How To Do Financial Projections For Your Startup

Most entrepreneurs struggle with financial projections, not wanting to commit to numbers they can’t deliver, and having no clue what investors might consider reasonable. However, making no projections, or non-credible projections will get your startup marked as unfundable. I recommend a simple set of guidelines, which work for at least 80% of the business domains I more...

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How To Offer Stock Share To Co-Founder Of Startup Company

By Martin at August 5, 2014 | 11:10 am | 0 Comment

How To Offer Stock Share To Co-Founder Of  Startup Company

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology or money. The first question I usually get is what percent of the company or equity is that person worth? Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you more...

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