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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...

Steer Clear of These 5 Pitch Mistakes

It's easy to get the impression that any entrepreneur who scrawls an idea on the back of an envelope can get funded these days. Angel investments hit $24.8 billion in 2013, up 8.3 percent over 2012. And the number of new ventures winning angel funding rose to 70,730 in 2013—up 5.5 percent since 2012, according to newly released figures from the Center for Venture Research. Nonetheless, many entrepreneurs miss out on critical sta...

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...

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Fund Raising

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...

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...

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Marketing & Social Media

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...

8 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy

Do you need help getting started with your social media marketing strategy? Do you know what to include? Goals and objectives guide your social media strategy to help you successfully connect with your customers. In this article I’ll share what you need to include in your social media marketing strategy so it works from day one. #1: Identify Business Goals Every piece of your social media strategy serves the goals you s...

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...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

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...

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...

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