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Recounting the tale of founding and growing two companies, one which ultimately failed, the author argues that the key message about cash in a high growth business is raise more than you need, and spend less than you have.
Entrepreneurs often have only one opportunity to make a good impression on potential investors. Goff includes recommendations to ensure that pitches have a better chance of gaining interest from angel investors.
For Terry Gold, preparing for pitching angels is more about demonstrating how your good idea is going to result in a great business than it is about developing documents and presentations.
The author asserts there are three tasks entrepreneurs need to do to attract the attention of angel investors. They are "the three shows": show up, show enthusiasm, and show humility.
Starting a business usually involves committing personal finances, no more so than at the beginning, when banks are loathe to extend credit.
To maximize the amount of financing you can raise, you can either marshal tangible evidence of growth and success or demonstrate your company's potential.
Angel investors are funding companies at the seed and start-up stage, as venture capitalists retreat from that market, says an angel investor and former entrepreneur.
Raising capital at any stage of a company's growth is challenging and requires creativity and tenacity. However, these hurdles are especially difficult to conquer at the earliest stages of an enterprise's development, the author says. This article discusses where and how to raise capital at the seed level and growth stages.
No growing company survives and prospers without some debt component on its balance sheet whether it's a small loan from family or friends or a line of credit from a regional commercial lender.
Convertible debt and a discreet amount of bank credit are available to entrepreneurs seeking substantial loan financing for early-stage ventures, says a company founder turned private investor.
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