Tag: venture capitalist

Securing funding from a knowledgeable and generous venture capitalist is the dream of many a startup business owner. Actually making that deal happens very rarely in the real world. There are millions of new businesses each year and only a finite amount of VC funds. If you are hoping to woo some VC funding soon, the key is proving that your company stands out among all the rest. They will want to see numbers that confirm your claims of being a company with huge growth potential. One of the first […]

There are seemingly millions of articles out there on the Internet handing out advice on how to financially run a better business and it can be difficult to sort through all the static. In reality, there are a few basic principles that when followed will lead to success time and again. 1. Have Focus and Stick to It A business will be successful and find the needed investors when it has a clear mission and fulfills a real need. It is important to define your company’s meaning and then make financial […]

Every stage of owning and growing a business requires a lot of funding. Traditional small business loans are not available or even appropriate for all these stages. Fortunately there are several other viable sources of financing, among which are venture capitalists (VCs). VCs are investors who provide promising companies with cash in exchange for an equity stake and the hope of greater profits in the future. There are venture capitalists seeking for opportunities in every market segment and many […]

Angel investors and venture capitalists have been a major source of funding for small businesses in the past, but according to a recent survey by Massolution, crowdfunding may soon overtake both groups as the financing vehicle of choice. The survey found that crowdfunding is on track to provide more funding to small businesses by 2016 than VCs. The crowdfunding industry has grown from just $880 million in investments in 2010 to $16 billion in 2014 and a projected $34 billion for 2015. By contrast, […]

If you are trying to secure business funding from one or more venture capitalists, it is important to speak their language. VCs may use a variety of jargon and slang that you will need to understand if you want to capture their attention. Mastering words like the following will help you avoid embarrassment when a VC asks things like ‘what is your burn rate?’ or ‘what’s the valuation of your company?’ Bootstrapping Bootstrapping means using one’s personal resources or the small business’ […]

Pitching your company to angel investors or venture capitalists can be intimidating, especially when the fate of your start-up small business rests in their hands…