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The process venture capitalists go through to decide which entrepreneurial ventures to fund can be something of a mystery. Chicago-based VC, Matt McCall, provides a description of the qualities he looks for in the CEOs he backs, including resourcefulness, relentless determination, and creative thought.
Matt McCall posts about Sequoia Capital and how this VC firm describes the elements of sustainability they seek within the ventures they fund, such as clarity of purpose, large markets with rich customers, and focus.
VCs increasingly are leaving the industry to become entrepreneurs, yet despite their experience with funding startups, many of them are realizing just how challenging it can be to launch a successful business. The insights gained in entrepreneurship, in turn, provide them with a perspective on what it means to be on the andquot;other sideandquot; of the funding table.
Entrepreneurs pursuing venture funding will find useful information in this article. Guy Kawasaki offers insight into the venture capitalist mindset. His Venture Capital Aptitude Test could be used by the entrepreneur as a list of qualities for which to seek in a venture capitalist partner.
Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.
Are your startup financials accurate? Odds are they are not, perhaps significantly so, because you have not spent the necessary time and effort forecasting revenues. This article explains why revenues, not expenses, are the most important--and difficult--numbers to get right.
This article provides an excellent framework not only for how to raise money but also for how to think about raising money. Key point: Always stay nine months ahead of your need for cash.
Sales forecasts made by salespeople are usually overoptimistic and often inaccurate. This article offers the basic processes and thinking behind successful forecasting systems that rely on history instead of hope.
An angel investor provides a succinct set of tips on how to pitch your company to investors. Key advice: project confidence and boil your pitch down to one or two sentences to establish a frawework for the audience.
Have venture capitalists overlooked innovation in industries such as nanotech, biotech, medical devices, and semiconductors? A new generation of entrepreneur-innovators is succeeding in such arenas-with promises of more to come. VCs are beginning to take notice. The article offers an overview of industries and products with explanations by entrepreneurs.
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