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How To Convince Investors About Long Term Competitive Advantage Of Startup

By Martin at August 16, 2014 | 11:57 am | 0 Comment

How To Convince Investors About Long Term Competitive Advantage Of Startup

In their passion and excitement about a new product or service, entrepreneurs tend to continually narrow the scope of potential competitors, and often claim to have no direct competitors. This raises a big red flag with potential investors, who conclude that no competitors means no market, or you haven’t looked, and the new startup is likely not investable. They are more...

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How Startups Should Approach Investors

By Martin at June 26, 2014 | 11:11 am | 0 Comment

How Startups Should Approach Investors

Don’t bash the competition. Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about yoursustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. How an entrepreneur answers this question speaks volumes about their knowledge of business realities, customers, confidence, and their ability to handle investor more...

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How To Define Traction Metrics For Your Startup

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

How To Define Traction Metrics For Your Startup

Almost every early-stage startup who has approached investors for funding has heard the innocuous sounding rejection “I love your idea, but come back when you have more traction.” What does traction really mean to investors, and how much is enough? Let me try to clarify the rules, and what it takes to win at this game. First of all, a definition. Traction is more...

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Why Every Startups Need Traction First Before Approaching Investors

By Martin at September 1, 2012 | 9:02 am | 0 Comment

Why Every Startups Need Traction First Before Approaching Investors

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. If you have been working 20 hours a day, and spent your last dollar, but have no results to show, investors will be sympathetic, but will probably tell you that your dream doesn’t have wheels. Traction means forward progress. I hear a lot of entrepreneurs contemplating their more...

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Key Points For Startups To Consider Before Approaching To Investors

By Martin at April 4, 2012 | 8:23 am | 0 Comment

Key Points For Startups To Consider Before Approaching To Investors

If your startup desperately needs an investor, you may not care if the investor is a so-called “angel” investor, or a venture capitalist (VC). The money is the same color in either case. But I have found that making the right choice at the right time can have a major impact on your long-term valuation, and the decision process is complex. The basics are simple. more...

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Key Characters Required For Entrepreneurs To Attract Investors

By Martin at March 19, 2012 | 8:25 am | 0 Comment

Key Characters Required For Entrepreneurs To Attract Investors

Key Characters Required For Entrepreneurs 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 more...

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Make A Good Business Plan For Your Start Up Ideas Via Plancruncher

By Vineet at October 11, 2011 | 12:08 pm | 0 Comment

Make A Good Business Plan For Your Start Up Ideas Via Plancruncher

Most of the new wannabe entrepreneurs lack good business plan making skills that's why they fail to get investors for their startup projects. So,what's the solution? Well,how about using some sites that could help you to make a good business plan? How? Through Plancruncher. What it does? Plan Cruncher creates a standard one-page summary of a more...

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Why Investors & Incubators Need To Look At Pre-Incubation?

By Guest Post at August 3, 2011 | 10:59 am | 0 Comment

Why Investors & Incubators Need To Look At Pre-Incubation?

Why Investors & Incubators Need To Look At Pre-Incubation This week, I’ve had several meetings with venture funds, incubators, corporate accelerators and other significant players in the startup eco-system. One theme seems to come up over and again, especially from geographies outside Silicon Valley: lack of a reliable pipeline of deals. On July 1, 2006, more...

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Tips for your startup funding

By Martin at June 18, 2011 | 10:49 am | 0 Comment

Tips for your startup funding

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. If you have been working 20 hours a day, and spent your last dollar, but have no results to show, investors will be sympathetic, but will probably tell you that your dream doesn’t have wheels. Traction means forward progress. I hear a lot of entrepreneurs contemplating their more...

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Tips for “funding pitch” to angel investors

By Martin at April 30, 2011 | 10:26 am | 0 Comment

Tips for “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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