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Facebook Participates In StartUp America Initiative

President Barrack Obama and Facebook, plus numerous other companies, have formed the StartUp America Partnership to stimulate economic growth by fostering technology entrepreneurs.

The initiative was announced this morning via a livestream on Facebook, and you can watch a recording of it here. Chaired by AOL founder Steve Case, the partnership will be privately funded but bring together players from both the public and private sec...

Seed funded startups ripe for shakeout, VCs say

Individual seed investors have been an increasingly powerful force in Silicon Valley’s startup funding landscape. But some venture capital heavyweights say that while the VC industry has been shaken up by the increase of seed backers, the current environment will likely lead to a fall. Jonathan Marino of peHUB.com, Maha Ibrahim of Canaan Partners, and Matt Murphy of KPCB at Mobilize 2011.Individual seed investors have been an incre...

Google Ventures leads corporate venture capital pack as cash continues to flow

Big corporations are putting more money to work in startup companies, another sign that things are heating up in the startup ranks. According to a report by CB Insights, corporate venture capitalists sunk over $3 billion in 129 deals during the first quarter, up 73 percent on a sequential basis. Google Ventures was the leading investor in the first quarter, placing cash into twice as many startup companies as second place finisher...

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Business Plans & Pitching

The 9 Buzzwords That Can Kill Any Business Plan

Great ideas are often doomed by terrible pitches. Here's a list of startup cliches that should be avoided at all costs--from a guy who has read tens of thousands of business plans. MAY 16, 2013 If written effectively, a business plan can serve as the blueprint for a startup's success. It's a roadmap that guides founders from A to B, a tool for wooing investors, and a way to keep fast-growing teams focused. Forget the debate about wheth...

7 Tips for a Great Elevator Pitch

A clear, comprehensive business plan is one of the most critical components of any business. But without an equally well-crafted elevator pitch, an entrepreneur may never get around to showing his or her business plan at all. Whether you're looking for investors or just trying to get people interested in your business, your ability to explain what makes your business unique and hook your listener in less than a minute could make or b...

Common Sense Tips for Making a Successful Angel Investment Presentation

Most start-ups don't need to be told the importance of an effective pitch. The pitch attracts financing which propels the company into the marketplace. Because investors in angel groups are usually well-connected, one stellar pitch can trigger interest from others. Conversely, a flop can really harm your chances elsewhere. But what comprises a successful presentation? How do you avoid a flop? I've compiled the following tips fr...

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Fund Raising

Business Angels: The Solution On Where to Find Funding

Where can you find business angels and what do they offer? In answering this question we must know what a business angel is. They are simply people who provide businesses, usually those starting,enough money to move up to the next level.

Their professions range from retirees and doctors to business owners and executives, one may just even be your neighbor. There are over a million such investors annually in the US pumping capit...

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

3 things to remember when trying to win over an angel investor

The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money?

Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best...

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Marketing & Social Media

6 Tips to Attract Press and Make Your Launch Go Viral

Chances are your product or marketing campaign isn’t as naturally viral as DrawSomething or Instagram. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t reach your audience and see explosive growth. My company BrandYourself built a product that helps people improve their own search results. Because our product isn’t naturally viral or sexy, we were only expecting moderate growth. But since March, we already have well over 100,000 users af...

7 Rules for Marketing a Start Up

Digital marketers will be familiar with the Paid Owned Earned Media (POEM). You still need to know the difference between paid, earned and owned but new words such as measurable, scalable and social have become just as important. Stick with these seven rules and you will have a good basis to make your next big idea spread like wildfire the way evernote or AirBnB did.

1. Your main aim should be get customers to pay for your p...

4 Reasons Your Brand Should Avoid Facebook

Just because Facebook has made important upgrades to its platform, doesn’t mean it’s a place you need to be. Below are a few reasons you shouldn’t create a presence on Facebook. Feel free to replace Facebook with “Twitter”, “blogging” or “that other social media site” as you see fit. Because, really, the same rules apply. You don’t have the resources to invest there You’ve heard it a million times – the onl...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

5 Crucial Keys to Knowing You Should Start-Up from a 5-Time Entrepreneur

Andy Palmer has started at least five companies by my count–and I’d guess he has invested in dozens of others. Based on that experience, I’d consider him an expert when it comes to deciding whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. After graduating from Bowdoin with a major in English, History, and Computer Science, the passionate Rugby player was injured and decided to become serious about a career. So he got an MB...

5 Startup Lessons From Belly, Which Just Snagged $10 Million In Funding From Andreessen Ho...

Back in December, we told you about Belly, a Chicago startup that created a new digital-based loyalty program for small businesses. At the time, it was just one of a jumble of startups crowding into the local commerce space. Today, though, Andreessen Horowitz is announcing it's putting $10 million into the company. That's notable since the firm's philosophy is to focus on only the 10 or 15 companies it thinks are going to matter in the ...

Five Things Startups Should Not Spend Money On After Raising Capital

Here’s the funny thing about many start-ups: Before they raise even a modest amount of capital, they operate lean and mean. They focus on keeping expenses under control and only spend money on what’s necessary. They operate in basements, buy or inherit second-hand furniture, keeps perks to a minimum, and barter for their other needs. But when they raise money, their attitude towards spending dramatically changes. Suddenly, the go...

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