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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

The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups

Great startups don’t fund themselves. Raising money from investors for your startup is challenging at any stage and requires a great pitch, even for experienced founders with significant traction in their company. The good news is that there’s a formula for pitching your startup that has helped startup founders raise millions. In this article below I’ve distilled the investor pitch formula down to the 11 core slides you need...

5 Tips to Knock Your Next Investor Pitch out of the Park

Pitching your business to investors can bring on a wave of unwanted reactions: nerves, anxiety and worry. Then because you’re stressed, you lose sleep. Which makes you even more jittery and off your game. Unfortunately, you can say all the right things with a flawless by-the-book presentation. But if you come across as nervous or unsure, you undermine every word that comes out of your mouth. What does it take to exude confidence...

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...

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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...

5 stats to make you rethink social media marketing strategy

As of September 2013, 73% of online adults used social network sites. Although sites such as Pinterest and Instagram have been growing in popularity, Facebook is still the most dominant social network platform, with 71% of online adults using it, an increase of 4% from late 2012. With people spending so much time on social media it makes sense that small businesses are utilizing it to market their products and services. However, it ...

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

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...

The 10 Qualities of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs according to new research from Gallup

Wondering if you have what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur? New research from Gallup offers a window into what separates those who launch and grow successful companies from less successful peers. Gallup studied more than 1,000 entrepreneurs to arrive at a short list of the 10 qualities of highly successful entrepreneurs. They will be discussed in a book by Gallup chairman Jim Clifton and consultant Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal cal...

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