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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...

An inside look at high-tech start-ups and their investors

Kevin Kinsella founded Avalon Ventures in 1983, which seems like eons ago in the history of venture capital. The Avalon Ventures team But the San Francisco area was getting crowded even back then, and Kinsella figured, “I want to be at least a medium-size fish in a small pond.” So he set up shop in the San Diego area, where the weather is better and “in the summertime you can swim in the ocean.” The years have been good ...

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...

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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...

Five Questions Your Business Plan Must Answer

Five questions your business plan should answer: 1. How will you win market share? Your plan should define your ideal target customer and how you'll market, sell and distribute your products or services to buyers. Within the plan, detail the size of your market based on geography, population of target customers or other defining factors. Then, identify the competition and explain how your company will win over enough of that market...

Tips for an Effective Elevator Pitch

The elevator pitch is an invaluable business networking secret. It’s your first opportunity to make an impact so it’s imperative that you get it right especially when speed networking At the November 9th BABC Chicago Afterhours, we will hold our first speed networking session. Attendees will give a 60 second elevator pitch about themselves. To help you prepare your elevator pitch, here’s some tips. So what is an elevator pit...

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Fund Raising

10 commandments: how to choose and work with great angels and investors

Public program for internet sites, CambridgeElevator.com recognized Specialised Entrepreneurs Many several weeks a opportunity to see business angel and entrepreneur, Sherry Coutu produce 10 recommendations on how to select and do with amazing angels and investors. The products of wiseness were: 1 Choose angels/mentors who have an amazing program of relationships in your industry. 2 Select an individual rather than a ‘firm’. ...

How to wow an angel investor

You've got the idea, but you don't have the cash. It's a common dilemma for entrepreneurs but it's one that can often be solved by funds from an angel investor. So how can you ensure that your pitch ends with them shaking your hand and handing you a briefcase full of money, rather than kicking you out with a scream for security? Well firstly, it's important to remember an angel investor is different from your bank manager or a ventur...

What Is Seed Funding?

Seed funding is the money required by start-up companies to either begin operations or to fund the production of the item or items the company plans to sell. This round of funding is usually the first that the business uses and it allows investors to get in on the ground floor. In some cases, seed funding may be provided by friends or family or by the business-owners themselves, but outside help is generally required for a new business ...

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Marketing & Social Media

13 Steps to Effective Emails That Don't Suck

Three things that make an entrepreneur anxious: one, managing cash flow; two, finding the right partners/hiring the right team; and three, pressing the “send” button on an email campaign. On the surface, email seems straightforward, not least because the people on your list have asked to receive your messages. (You are using an opt-in list, right? I hope so.) That’s an advantage: You have the privilege of interacting with a per...

5 Tips for Targeting Your Ideal Start-Up Customer

There's a big difference between visitors and customers. The logic is simple: Would you rather your startup have 10,000 monthly visitors to its site with a 10 percent sales conversion or attract the attention of 100,000 visitors with only a few finally deciding to buy from you? This question, as simplistic as it is, remains a big source of frustration for many online entrepreneurs. They often invest a lot of time, energy and finan...

Amazon is stepping up social media efforts after the largest Internet retailer partially m...

AMZN.O) is stepping up social media efforts after the largest Internet retailer partially missed one of the hottest technology trends of recent years. Amazon hired a director of social media, John Yurcisin, from WPP's (WPP.L) Ogilvy & Mather earlier this year to help the company come up with social strategies. He is the brother of Jeff Yurcisin, the general manager of Shopbop.com, an apparel retail website owned by Amazon. The com...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

7 Attributes of an Extraordinary Entrepreneur

Ashton Kutcher made headlines at SXSW this year when he announced the launch of a new investment fund with business partner Guy Oseary. But Kutcher and Oseary are not new to the startup game. In fact, Kutcher made early investments in Uber, Airbnb, and Spotify, showing a keen eye for investing in promising startups. When CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo asked Kutcher what he looks for in new companies, one of his answers was “extraordinary en...

5 Ways to Stay Productive as an Entrepreneur

You're an entrepreneur, and part of being an entrepreneur is feeling overloaded and occasionally too distracted to get any real work done. We've all been there. Sometimes it feels like it's impossible to feel productive, but the reality is you are in complete control of how much work you can get done. It may require prioritization, delegation or a number of other strategies to make it work for you, but as an entrepreneur you'll ne...

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 ...

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