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New Law Will Help Entrepreneurs Raise Money: Crowdfund Act

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / April 6, 2012

It could be easier for you to launch your next great idea. Now, thanks to a provision of the recently enacted JOBS Act authorizing “crowdfunding,” instead of trying to convince big banks and Wall Street to back your business, you will soon be able to turn to Main Street. The provision, dubbed the CROWDFUND Act, brings securities laws and regulations into the Internet age.  It’s designed to boost…

5 Ways To Finance Your Startup

by / ⠀Funding / March 30, 2012

Your business is never going to get off the ground unless you have the money to do so. Most small businesses fail simply because they do not have the money to keep going. Employee salaries, equipment and supplies are all costs that can hinder the development of your company. Fortunately, you have many options when it comes to getting the financing necessary to grow your company. Venture Capitalists…

5 Pieces of Investment Advice Entrepreneurs Should Ignore

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / March 28, 2012

Entrepreneurs know what it takes to get things done. When it comes to funding your ventures, making decisive management calls, and propelling projects forward – you’re motivated and effective. But because of your intensely focused approach, you often overlook some of the key investment considerations that will help you become a sustainable “career” entrepreneur. Every startup includes risk, but if you take a broad view of investment strategy,…

5 Tips for Crowdsourcing Your Next Launch

by / ⠀Funding / March 19, 2012

With the growing popularity of crowdsourcing and the government’s efforts (as they may be) with regard to regulation of crowdfunding platforms, you may be considering using crowdfunding to finance your next startup venture. I am an advocate for crowdfunding (and am co-developing a campaign to launch at the end of next month); however, as an IP lawyer, I think there are a few key points that need to…

10 Ways to Turn Your Business Into a Cash Flow Machine

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 20, 2012

To say that cash flow is important for any business is simply and understatement.  Cash is what keeps your doors open, your lenders happy, and your employees from going on strike.  Cash flow is ultimately what your investors want to see, and is what gives your business life.  Here are 10 ways that you can increase your cash flow today: Pay with credit card instead of cash –…

Stop Pitching! It’s’ NOT Genuine

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 17, 2012

I’m really sick of these startup pitches. Their businesses are usually miles apart, but listening to their pitches make them sound all the same. It’s so damn generic! “So… how do we solve this?” “With out us…users…would be lost…” “We help grow online communities…to reach their full, potential” “This is a $500…million dollar market…If we reach…10% of this market, we’ll be successful” “Our Team consists of myself…I have…

An Insider’s Guide: Negotiating with a Business Angel Investor

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 15, 2012

The Internet is saturated with articles on ‘how to pitch your idea’; ‘how to draft and implement your pitch to perfection’ ad nauseam, but there are simply not enough articles and resources out there on how a relatively inexperienced entrepreneur should deal with hard hitting investors when meeting them to raise external investment for their business. As an established entrepreneur and angel investor network that has featured thousands…

Local Incubators Offer the Best “Shortcut to Success” for Startups

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 8, 2012

The vast majority of young entrepreneurs may often find themselves looking over their shoulders, wondering if a more experienced competitor will beat them to the punch or display better judgment in his decision-making processes.  A lack of experience can be an “Achilles heel” if left unattended at the critical early development stage, when a step in the wrong direction can cost precious time and money. One approach to…

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