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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

European Startups Raise Highest Quarterly VC Financing Since 2001

European startups have had a bumper few months, raising €2.1 billion (more than $2.8 billion) from venture-capital investors in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since 2001, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource. The influx of funding into privately held European companies echoes a similar investment boom in the U.S., where private companies raised $13.8 billion in venture capital in the same period, ...

Venture Capital Investment Rockets to Highest Level Since Dot-Com Era

Venture capital investment continued its surge in the second quarter with $13.84 billion invested, the most since the fourth quarter of 2000, as investors piled into later-stage financings. The amount was 21% higher than in the strong first quarter of this year and 60% higher than in the second quarter of last year, according to industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource. First-half venture investment was $25.25 billion, on pace to ...

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Business Plans & Pitching

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

I have recently started delving into the startup funding world and I have been hanging out with Angel investors and attending as many pitch events as possible. I want to learn the ins and outs of startup investing from both directions. That is to say I want to learn how a startup can GET funded as well as learn what it takes to BE the one doing the funding. I have also been reading a lot and listening to The Pitch Deck podcast, where An...

How to Turn a Business Plan into the Best Pitch Deck Investors Have Ever Seen

It’s not always easy to raise capital for a new idea. Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the game for quite some time, you need significant preparation in order to make a favorable impression on potential investors. You need time to research the validity of your idea, and to work out its details and technicalities. When you already have a comprehensive and viable business plan, the next step is to create a pitch deck t...

5 Things You Shouldn't Forget When Pitching Investors

I'm not an investor but I've seen hundreds of pitches while running Springboard's accelerator programs for the last five years. There's a lot of good advice out there for how to construct an investor pitch, and like any advice you should think critically about whether it makes sense for you to follow it. Sometimes you'll do yourself a favor, and stand out, by taking the opposite approach. I don't believe in relying on Pattern Reco...

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Fund Raising

Talking To A Venture Capitalist? Here's How To Think About Valuation

I regularly get asked by entrepreneurs about how valuations are derived by venture capitalists for recurring revenue businesses. While many entrepreneurs are seeking a specific formula, in reality, valuations are a mix of art and science. Based on my experience as both an entrepreneur and investor, there are six primary components that impact the venture capital valuation of an early stage technology company: market dynamics, company...

A Foolproof Guide to Raising Capital for Startups

This past week I started teaching a course about strategy and the CEO to 40 MBA students at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. One of our topics was the CEO's role in creating shareholder value. We tackled the question for startups as well as public companies. We discussed the nine tests that entrepreneurs must pass in order to get a big check from a venture capitalist. (I came up with these criteria after interviewing startup invest...

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Marketing & Social Media

4 Ways to Market Your Business for Free

Ask any entrepreneur that’s just starting out what the most difficult aspect of their business is and they’ll likely point you to the challenge of reaching and retaining customers. Yes, marketing a new business or product can be a time consuming, costly endeavor -- something many entrepreneurs don't have. Small businesses and startups generally don’t have the luxury of outsourcing their marketing needs to professionals. Howev...

Advice From 14 Experts for Getting Online Traction for Your Startup

As an early-stage startup, building brand awareness is one of the most important parts of your business. To succeed you must get the word out about your brand, cultivate an audience and expand the reach of your company. Generating online traction is a top of priority, second only to getting funded. However, getting large volumes of website traffic and piquing the interests of PR professionals and journalists is incredibly difficult f...

11 Unusual Social Media Tips and Tricks to Drive Branding, Clicks and Conversions

Effective socia-media marketing helps build successful businesses. A recent study by Shareaholic, which tracked 300,000 websites over four months, suggested that social-media referrals now lead to 30 percent of websites’ overall traffic. If your business website falls below this benchmark, you may want to consider if your social-media strategy is working. Then again, if your site receives more visits from social media than that rat...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

15 Essential Startup Tips From Founders

Startup CEOs are faced with the challenge of developing a business from the ground up, growing as they compete with established brands. About three out of four startups fail, and 90% of those in the tech industry don't survive. To become highly successful, lots of luck is required, but so is exceptional leadership. We took a look at the Quora thread "What is the best advice for a young, first-time startup CEO" and highlighted some...

10 Lessons to Learn From Failing Startups (Including My Own)

Entrepreneurs who start businesses often fail, although the statistics cited can vary, according to Bloomberg. While it’s a given that launching a startup means embarking on a long and winding road, pinning down the exact odds for success is not the most crucial task for a company founder. The most important question to ask is why so many fail. While the overall economy can be a formidable influence, startups frequently make certa...

7 Things to Do Every Morning as an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, you're used to following your own tempo, using your innovative mind to unlock new secrets in the business world and try new things where others nervously adhere to what they're used to. Habits can be seen as both a necessity and a weakness for a busy entrepreneur; getting trapped into the same cycle of tasks can lead to stagnation, but on the other hand, a solid, repeatable process can be a consistent recipe for succ...

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