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Investment Valuations of Seed- and Early-Stage Ventures
Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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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.

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Startup Pre-money Valuation: The Keystone to Return on Investment
Payne William H Bill Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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Investing in seed and startup companies is extremely risky: Angel investors typically realize about 85 percent of their total portfolio returns from 15 percent of their portfolio companies. Consequently, angels look only for companies that can grow rapidly. Entrepreneurs who pursue less aggressive growth are unlikely to attract angel investors.

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Branding: The Power of Personality
Vernon Lillian
10/8/2001
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At a time when branding is more important than ever for entrepreneurs, Lillian Vernon, the doyenne of direct-mail retailing, talks about branding herself to reach her customers. In the past half century, the strategy has enabled her company to get valuable publicity, as well as more easily extend its product line and weather times of crisis, the author writes.

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Using Creativity to Stand Out in a Competitive Marketplace
Vernon Lillian
6/22/2003
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Marketing creatively will enable entrepreneurial retailers to prosper in difficult or changing times, writes the founder of a venerable direct marketing company. The author offers examples of creative marketing from the company's half century in business.

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Mission Hills Builds for China’s Golf Boom
Veach Emily
6/27/2010
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When you run the biggest golf resort in the world and you bring a weak game, you play.  Early and often, night and day.  That's what Ken Chu did when he became vice-chairman of Mission Hills Group.  The company opened the first course on what is now a sprawling 12-course club in Shenzhen, China, in 1994, and is building a 10-course venue in Hainan, the southern Chinese island Beijing is backing a tourism hub.

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Building Trust In Entrepreneurial Outsourced Relationships
Valluru Hari K Vallurupalli Kiran
6/15/2005
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The founders of a provider of outsourced information technology services advise that entrepreneurial companies maximize trust with vendors.

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Ten Focus Group Tips
Ueng Grace W
4/1/2007
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Market research results can help an entrepreneur change company behavior. To that end, this author recommends a ten-step plan for tapping the power of focus groups to conduct research that is immediately actionable.

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Preparing for a Post-Entrepreneurial Life
Turpin Debra
12/22/2003
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Regularly reviewing your business plan ensures that you meet the needs of a growing enterprise. This allows you to identify key growth areas that you want to target.

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Dodd's Bill is an Angel Killer
Tumlinson Rick
4/5/2010
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President Obama bet his legacy and the nation on the creativity, energy and drive of the American people. His entire persona is that of a man bent on creating a better future, placing the long and short bets that will insure the US remains the most vital and creative nation in the history of the world. His faith in American ingenuity and the abilities of the people to innovate and create fill every speech he makes. In particular four areas are the focus of his belief that Americans can lead the world into a brighter tomorrow; clean energy, communications, medicinal technology and space development.

Be it encouraging the development of a US clean energy industry, supporting our amazing internet and communications entrepreneurs, developing new ways to save lives and make Americans healthier at lower cost, or catalyzing a vital new commercial space industry to follow in NASA's footsteps and open the frontier to the people, in each of these areas the president is pursuing initiatives that are transformative.

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Big Banks' Small-Business Lending Promises
Tozzi John
7/22/2010
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They said they would increase credit to small businesses in 2010. Here's a look at how some of the biggest fared in the first quarter.

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