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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

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...

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...

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Business Plans & Pitching

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...

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...

10 Pitch Deck Principles (or How to Blow them Away With Your Deck)

Most pitch decks are disasters. They are confusing, boring, uninspiring, and misused. The worst thing is that it isn’t a secret. Death by PowerPoint is a syndrome as well-known as many a medical condition. Despite the efforts of presentation design gurus such as Nancy Duarte (Slide:ology) and Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen) to show the world a better way, by and large entrepreneurs continue to churn out the same text-laden pitch k...

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Fund Raising

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...

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...

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Marketing & Social Media

10 Tips: How to Write an Effective Social Media Policy

More and more companies are embracing the openness and transparency of social media, and are using it to demonstrate their authenticity online. Over 170 companies have already published their social policies online and socialmedia.org have a selection of policies for anyone to look at when they are creating their own policy and a great set of Best Practices in their toolkit. Chris at Social Media Governance has what I think is the d...

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...

10 Measures of Social Media ROI for Your Brand

It’s essential that companies clarify success metrics before launching their social media marketing and advertising initiatives. Social media success requires brands to reconsider their definitions of ROI. That does not mean, however, that the tried and true measures should be summarily tossed in the trash to make room for new benchmarks. Nor does it mean brands should attenuate their expectations because “social media is so new ...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

6 Steps to a Smarter Start-Up

Ideas are cheap--it's turning them into reality that's the hard part, says Doreen Lorenzo. "Innovation for me is meaningful change," said the president of Frog Design during the Dell Women's Entrepreneurs Network on Monday. "It is about breaking rules. It's about making something that matters in the world. And creativity, well, that's the way you do it." There's no formula for it, innovation is a way of life. "Start-ups, peo...

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...

7 Opportunities to Save on Startup Expenses

Older, more established companies have the flexibility of deciding how to allocate their budgets and spend their available funds on the resources that make their businesses more comfortable and easier to run. But as a young startup, you have no such luxury! Because it’s important to make every dollar count while your business is still growing, you’ll want to take a look at the following seven opportunities to save money on common b...

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