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Top 10 Turnoffs For Angel Investors

By Martin at September 25, 2014 | 11:17 am | 0 Comment

Many new entrepreneurs are so excited by their latest idea that they can’t resist contacting every investor they know, assuming the investor will be equally excited and want to contribute immediately. Others will work hard on a business plan, and then mail it indiscriminately to every potential investor they can find on the Internet. Both of these approaches are a waste more...

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Pros & Cons Of Angel Investor Or VCs Money For Startup

By Martin at July 4, 2014 | 8:38 am | 0 Comment

Pros & Cons Of Angel Investor Or VCs Money  For Startup

As an Angel investor to startups, I’m still surprised to find entrepreneurs who expect investors to give them money, and then disappear into the sunset. Would you do that if it was your money? If the entrepreneur wants total control of their own venture, with no one looking over their shoulder, they should work within the limits of their own resources, a process more...

Money Matters , entrepreneurship

Why Angel investors & Venture Capitalists Don’t Invest In Non-Profits Company

By Martin at October 14, 2013 | 8:48 am | 0 Comment

Why Angel investors & Venture Capitalists Don’t Invest In Non-Profits Company

Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t invest in non-profits. The simple reason is that it’s impossible to make money for investors when the goal of the company is to not make money. Yet I still get this question on a regular basis, so I’ll try to outline the considerations in common-sense terms. A non-profit organization is generally defined as an more...

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How To Avoid Bad Angel Investors For Your Startup Company

By Martin at May 27, 2013 | 8:06 am | 0 Comment

How To Avoid Bad Angel Investors For Your Startup Company

A few angel investors have slipped or fallen from their lofty perch, so entrepreneurs must take great care to validate the character and reputation of every prospective investor. The entrepreneur’s tendency to be in a huge hurry to obtain the funding can end up being disastrous, and play into the hands of these less scrupulous investors. Many entrepreneurs believe more...

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How To Attract Investors?

By Martin at April 23, 2013 | 8:15 am | 0 Comment

How To Attract Investors?

I’ve noticed that some entrepreneurs seem to have no trouble attracting investors, while others with a great business plan struggle with it. The reality is that angel investors are humans, and personal traits often make or break the relationship, even before the investment is considered. On the top line, angel investors look to invest in entrepreneurs that have an more...

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Why VCs& Angel Investors Would Not Fund R&D Projects

By Martin at October 6, 2012 | 9:37 am | 0 Comment

Why VCs& Angel Investors Would Not Fund R&D Projects

I still get business plans, looking for an investor, that say all too clearly that the primary “use of funds” will be to do research and development (R&D) on some promising new technology, like superconductivity or cancer cures. Investors are looking for commercial products to make money, rather than R&D sunk costs, so your investment hopes are sunk as well. In more...

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Simple Tips To Raise Funding From Angel Investors

By Martin at September 22, 2012 | 9:07 am | 0 Comment

Simple Tips To Raise Funding From Angel Investors

Fundraising is brutal. Actually, according to Paul Graham, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want.” More startups may fail for that reason, but a close second is the difficulty of raising money. A while back, I outlined “The 10 Best Sources of Cash to Start Your Business” for startups, more...

Money Matters , New Funding ,

Find Out: Which Type Of Startup Domain Angel Investors Hate To Invest

By Martin at July 13, 2012 | 8:20 am | 0 Comment

Find Out: Which Type Of Startup Domain Angel Investors Hate To Invest

We are talking about angel investors here, meaning people who invest their own money in early-stage startups for a share of the equity. These people are highly focused on investment areas they know, which have a large opportunity for growth, revenue projection of $20M or more in five years, and a high return that can be realized via an exit within five more...

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Few Angel Investors That Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

By Martin at April 23, 2012 | 8:20 am | 0 Comment

Few Angel Investors That Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

A few angel investors have slipped or fallen from their lofty perch, so entrepreneurs must take great care to validate the character and reputation of every prospective investor. The entrepreneur’s tendency to be in a huge hurry to obtain the funding can end up being disastrous, and play into the hands of these less scrupulous investors. Many entrepreneurs more...

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When To Approach VCs Or Angel Investors For Your Startup Funding?

By Martin at February 6, 2012 | 8:35 am | 0 Comment

When To Approach VCs Or Angel Investors For Your Startup Funding?

If you are looking for an outside investor, you need to know how they see you. Different types of investors look for startups at different levels of maturity. If your startup is at the wrong stage for the investor you are approaching, fishing for money is a waste of time for both of you. For instance, if your company is only a few weeks old and you have zero customers more...

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