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Get Your Business Funded in 2021: A Look at Super Angels

The year (2020) that will be forever defined as the year of the Covid pandemic brought about significant upheaval and change in many areas of private and professional life across the globe. It also sparked tremendous shifts in the start-up investment world. One class of investors emerging is what we call “Super Angels”. What Are Super Angels? Super Angels in the business investment world are best described as a hybrid between traditional angel investors and venture capitalists. They tend to [...]

By |2021-02-12T11:40:10+00:00February 12th, 2021|0 Comments

2021: The Year to Get Funded

RIP Tony Hsieh. This article is dedicated to you and the inspiration you provided to me and so many entrepreneurs, helping us to put our passion and focus into the vision and values that led us to our start-up dreams. The investors and the funding are out there! $69.1 billion! That’s how much has been raised by entrepreneurs in venture capital funding in the US so far in 2020 according to VC, PE and M&A news outlet PitchBook. This figure [...]

By |2020-12-14T13:26:06+00:00December 14th, 2020|0 Comments

How Far Will You Go to Get Funded?

Entrepreneurs are going to extremes to make themselves memorable to investors. Earlier this spring, at the beginning of the pandemic in the US, I published articles on creating and delivering a digital investor pitch (“Now’s the Time to Get Your Business Funded: Coronavirus Edition”) and on featuring the sustainability of your business in any market (“Pandemic-Proof Your Funding Pitch Deck”). Some of my contacts have shared how great the advice in those articles was, but were struggling to get the [...]

By |2020-10-16T09:51:06+00:00October 16th, 2020|0 Comments

5 Keys to Convince Investors Your Product Can Make Money

Even if you’re too young (or too old?) to know where the line “show me the money!” comes from, everyone knows the phrase “follow the money”. When it comes to attracting investors and getting them on board with your vision, it’s all about the money potential. Many entrepreneurs, especially in the tech field, are under the mistaken impression that it’s all about the product. If the product is sexy, fresh, or disruptive, investors will be falling over themselves to put [...]

By |2020-09-09T18:04:11+00:00September 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Value Proposition and Covid: Is Your Premise Still Valid?

Five hundred and sixty (560). That is how many commercial Chapter 11 filings occurred in April 2020, a 26% increase from the same time the year prior. That is 560 data points proving that creating a value proposition is not a one-time deal, unless you want to be left behind as the market shifts and your business changes to meet those new market needs. Just consider the year 2020 as a microcosm for these shifts. The economy, technology, consumers, and [...]

By |2020-07-09T09:57:11+00:00July 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Now’s the Time to Get Funded: Coronavirus Edition

Preparing for Funding Digitally During COVID-19 In times of uncertainty, most people crawl back into a protective shell, trying to hunker down until the perceived threat passes by. Despite the growing public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, savvy investors are still looking for great investment opportunities. When investors consider where (and with whom) to invest their money, they are not looking for “most people”. They want the best, the brightest, and the boldest. What better time to let [...]

By |2020-03-24T17:28:41+00:00March 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Is Your Fundraising Story Epic? Blueprint: How to Open Doors to Funding Starts with the Value Proposition

“Thanks, but no thanks.” If this is the response you get from potential investors, chances are that you have an unrefined value proposition. Dianna Booher, an author, keynote speaker and expert in corporate communications sums it all up with her statement, “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.” In my last article entitled “Blueprint on How to Open Doors to Start-Up and Next-Stage Growth Funding,” I noted that potential investors give [...]

By |2020-01-20T11:39:09+00:00January 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Blueprint on How to Open Doors to Funding Starts with the Value Proposition

“Thanks, but no thanks.” If this is the response you get from potential investors, chances are that you have an unrefined value proposition. Dianna Booher, an author, keynote speaker and expert in corporate communications sums it all up with her statement, “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.” In my last article entitled “Blueprint on How to Open Doors to Start-Up and Next-Stage Growth Funding,” I noted that potential investors [...]

By |2019-12-03T10:40:40+00:00December 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Blueprint on How to Open Doors to Start-Up and Next-Stage Growth Funding

3:40…three minutes and forty seconds…220 ticks of the clock. That’s how long potential investors take before deciding whether to even entertain a deeper discussion about funding a startup or next-stage growth business. Most entrepreneurs don’t get the funding they desire, with angel investor rejection rates around 90%. There are plenty of examples of failed startups and next-stage growth companies out there, many of which were even dialed in correctly on a few of the items Dave McClure pointed out. But [...]

By |2019-09-18T10:54:52+00:00September 17th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Execute a Business Turnaround in 2019

Turning around businesses and dramatically improving performance is something I’ve done repeatedly over the years. A lot of friends and colleagues have come to recognize me as an expert in this area, so I’m often asked whether a quick business turnaround is possible, if turnarounds are easy, and whether a turnaround solution is even affordable for a small or medium-sized business. Turnarounds are possible Turning around the performance of a business quickly is something that can be achieved, even in [...]

By |2019-09-10T18:23:05+00:00September 10th, 2019|0 Comments
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