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What 2014 taught us about the shifting startup landscape

Last year was one of impressive success for the global startup community. Venture capital investments poured in, the M&A market flourished, and the number of companies that hit a valuation of a billion dollars or higher rose exponentially from the years before. The prosperity of the startup scene has even led some to whisper the chilling term that sobers the most optimistic entrepreneurs and investors: Bubble. While that is nothing t...

Global Venture Capital Financing Up 58 Percent in 2014

The value of capital invested by venture capital fund managers in young companies topped $87bn last year, says private equity data specialists Preqin, some 58% more than the capital invested in 2013. Through 2014, a total of 7,474 venture capital financings were announced globally with an aggregate value of $86.6bn, with an aggregate 11% fall in the number of financings taking place compared to 2013. The venture capital indus...

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Business Plans & Pitching

10 Tips For A Persuasive Elevator Pitch

A comprehensive, clear business plan is among the most important aspects that any business can prepare for investors. However, without an intelligently crafted elevator pitch, entrepreneurs might never get to the business plan discussion stage. Whether you’re searching for investors or merely attempting to get individuals interested in your company, your capability to explain what makes your company unique and hook a listener’s i...

4 reasons why you need a written business plan in 2015

According to the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, companies with a written business plan have 50% greater sales growth and 12% higher gross profit margins than companies without them. When you build a good business plan, it becomes clear where the opportunities for growth have been hiding. It also gives prospective investors confidence in the growth of your company so you can secure external funding, if you need to. ...

What is in a Business Plan? A Quick Guide for the New Entrepreneur

For most small business owners just starting out, a business plan is the first serious step. But that first step is often met with a perhaps more serious question: “What’s in a business plan?” Let’s start with what a business plan is… A business plan, in short, is a statement of the goals for a business, support for why those goals are reachable, and concrete plans for how you plan to make it all happen. Business plans a...

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Fund Raising

10 Things Angel Investing Taught Me About How To Raise Money For A Startup

After selling my startup, the first big “purchase” I made was an investment in another startup. I loved the idea of angel investing; I wanted to give back to the community that supported me when my startup was little more than a crazy idea. I wanted to be involved with promising startups outside of my own space. And, of course, I wanted to make more money. I’m still just a baby angel, with a lot left to learn. But what’s s...

How To Win Angel Funding

It’s one of the most pressing questions for startup entrepreneurs: how can I win funding from angel investors? David Rose, author of Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups, estimates that “angels invest in maybe one out of 40 deals they see,” for a hit rate of 2½ – 3%. How can you make sure your company joins those ranks? Here are four tips Rose shared in a recent interview. Netw...

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Marketing & Social Media

6 Traffic-Boosting Tips For The Penny-Pinching Startup

I’ll fill you in on a little secret . . . you don’t need to spend a lot of money to drive quality, organic traffic to your website. In a two-year period at KISSmetrics, we’ve brought more than 2 million visitors to the site, and it cost us less than $29,000 to do it. How? By hacking our SEO strategy. SEO can be intimidating for your time-crunched, cash-strapped startup, especially when competing against huge brands with deep...

How To Effectively Use Social Media Marketing

If you are a business owner, it is very important that you learn to market with social media. It’s a fantastic and popular way to get your name out there online as well as getting new customers, time and again. You should put a ‘like’ box on Facebook on the top of your blog page. That way, folks will ‘like’ you on that site. Putting this button on your blog page means readers don’t have to search out your Facebook feed if...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

This Woman Who Sold Her First Startup For $1.4 Billion Has Simple Advice For Future Female...

Some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley, such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Apple, released diversity statistics recently, revealing that only about 30% of their workforce are female. Gender inequality is a problem that's been discussed for years in the tech space. Although it's improving, many believe females are still underrepresented in this field. Paula Long, who sold her first startup EqualLogic to Dell for $1.4 billi...

3 Ways to Transform Yourself Into the Entrepreneur You Want to Be

Just because that lightbulb went off in your head and you’ve started a business does not mean that you're 100 percent satisfied with who you are as an entrepreneur. Indeed the life of entrepreneurs can be full of trial and error. If they try something and it doesn’t work, they often move on to the next project. When it comes to personality traits, entrepreneurs tend to be passionate, resilient and assertive. But even so, start...

6 Money-Saving Tips for Bootstrapping Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs often embark on the journey of building a business with a grand vision in mind — one in which the company flawlessly grows from convoluted concept to well-oiled machine like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. The reality of running a small business is a bit more chaotic, not to mention expensive. If you're bootstrapping your company, taking out loans to get off the ground or pouring your hard-earned savings into a bu...

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