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Venture capitalists aren't the vultures they're said to be. They're just investors, and the key to dealing with investors is having a relationship, according to this witty exchange between the author and her construct, the Everyman-entrepreneur, who discuss financing at a typical gathering for entrepreneurs.
This exceptional article offers insightful explanation and key details of how angel investors determine valuations, why entrepreneurs and investors often have different perspectives for angel returns, and what steps angels and entrepreneurs can take to quickly find common ground on this critical topic.
Entrepreneurs looking for seed capital should consider Toronto TSX Venture Exchange's Capital Pool Company (CPC) program, which allows companies to go public by merging with a CPC.
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.
Fickle clients, fast growth, creative people -- crazy business! This entrepreneur watched his firm grow swiftly and his financial records become increasingly more complex, all while doing business with people whose first priority was not finishing the project on budget. He shares his experience dealing with creative workers, a quickly growing business, and his solution: strictly managed cash flow.
Compare actual financial figures to your budget at least monthly. You may need to adjust the budget during the year to reflect new information.
Venture capital firms consider key variables in your business plan before committing capital to the project. Prepare your management team to answer the questions discussed here. This article also explains the securities and documents that result from venture capital negotiations.
The founder and CEO of American Reading Company, Jane Hileman, has seen her company grow from a few teachers ten years ago to 111 employees today who provide books and reading goals for students to encourage a love of reading. Hileman's goals are revenue growth, profitability, and success.
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.
After coaching others in spin control for years, a cash-strapped entrepreneur had to face the music-and the media-himself. He drew on long-cultivated relationships to tell his story accurately and bring his business out of receivership. Being both proactive and honest, he says, is essential in a crisis situation.
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