Saad Ansari

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Pitching an Investor? This Is Exactly How Many Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck

A killer investor presentation only needs to convey these key things.<p>When I sit down with new startup founders, most ask me about one thing: raising money.<p>This is smart of them, because, as I've stated previously, fundraising needs to be one of the core competencies of any young company. Yet for …

Investing

5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

A good book teaches you something new. These books teach you the most.<p>I recently published an article on Inc.com saying that people who read are going to be a mile ahead of those who do not. I received a lot of feedback from aspiring entrepreneurs asking where they should begin. After I gave myself …

Here's everything you need to know about blockchains, the ground-breaking tech that could be as disruptive as the internet

From a 'castle' full of bitcoin millionaires to the initial coin offering (ICO) craze, it's hard to escape the chatter about how some people are building their fortunes off the new world of cryptocurrencies. But behind those cryptocurrencies sits a technology called blockchains, which some people …

Blockchain

5 Questions You Absolutely Must Answer When You Pitch to Investors

Investors care about your idea and your vision, but they need to know more in order to invest.<p>I've said it before, and I will say it again: an investor presentation is not a presentation about your product, its features and how amazing it is. Yes, investors care about what you do, your big idea, …

Fintech could be bigger than ATMs, PayPal, and Bitcoin combined

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Fintech broke onto the scene as a disruptive force following the 2008 crisis, but the industry's influence on the …

Financial Services

8 Common Reasons Why Your Startup Is Going to Fail

Sure you're excited to be building your own company, but are you paying attention to budgeting, your online presence and what the competition is up to?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>So, you’ve finally done it: You’ve raised some capital, maybe even attracted some …

Online Life

7 Must-Read Books From Entrepreneurs in the Trenches

The right books can help you grow both as a person and an entrepreneur. Here's a few book recommendations from seasoned entrepreneurs.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Aside from incredible success, what do Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg …

Entrepreneurship

6 Business and Financial Terms Every New Entrepreneur Needs to Know

If you want to make money, you'll need to understand some basic concepts and metrics regarding money, customers, and even personal performance and health.<p>While a new entrepreneur may not (yet) understand advanced financial and business terms and concepts, he or she understands one thing: the bottom …

'Shark Tank's' Lori Greiner on the Do's and Don'ts of Pitching

The Queen of QVC explains what you should and shouldn't do during your next pitch meeting.<p>Lori Greiner knows how to sell an idea. Nicknamed "The Queen of QVC," she has made a small fortune convincing TV shoppers to buy her numerous inventions, including the Scrub Daddy and the Simply Fit Board.<p>As a …

Entrepreneurship

Become a blockchain expert in 1,384 words

And it's going to fundamentally change how businesses operate.<p>Make no mistake… this revolution is <i>at least</i> as significant as the one brought about by the Internet. It will disrupt every single business on the face of the earth.<p>That's why it's vital that you learn to understand this technology. It …

Bitcoin

10 steps to becoming a successful entrepreneur — from a real life entrepreneur

No one is born a game-changer.<p>Even the most rebellious, one-of-a-kind iconoclasts likely learned those traits from inspiring figures in their lives. …

Cap tables, share structures, valuations, oh my! A case study of early-stage funding

Jason Rowley Contributor<p>Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Where did venture capitalists go to college?<br>• ICOs delivered at least 3.5x more capital to blockchain startups than VC since 2017<p>For many entrepreneurs, especially …

14 Podcasts That Will Increase Your Business and Make You More Successful

Need some hacks to grow your business? Start here.<p>If you own or aspire to own a business, here's my new list of recommended podcasts for founders and entrepreneurs looking for wisdom on anything from internet marketing, productivity and motivation to virtual assistants, startup growth and scaling. …

Don't Let Money Be an Obstacle to Starting a Business -- 5 Reasons Why

If money is your only holdup for realizing your dream, do some research -- you might find more opportunities than you'd expect.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I've found that a surprising number of professionals -- the majority, in fact -- have dreamed about, or at …

Small Business

3 Money Lessons From Pro Athletes Who Went Broke

Don't just cheer from the sidelines. Learn from superstars who made big mistakes so you finish ahead of the game.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>More than a decade ago, I was drinking in a New Jersey bar with a fairly well-known Major League Baseball player. The bar is …

Entrepreneurship

Tai Lopez Shares 7 Steps to Launch a Business With No Money or Experience

How to go from idea to paying customers in one to eight weeks.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, 310 out of 100,000 people on average created new businesses each month in the U.S., according to the 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity. Most entrepreneurs …

Entrepreneurship

Everything a Startup Founder Needs to Know About Equity

Don't go in blindly.<p><i>How is equity calculated for a startup? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Alexandra Isenegger, CEO @Linkilaw | Entrepreneur | Advisor & Strategist, on Quora:</b><p>There …

Quora

The Book Every Entrepreneur Should Read This Year

Want to create a product, a business, or a movement that lasts? 'Perennial Seller' is your blueprint.<p>Failing fast is a popular concept. So is creating a minimum viable product. In the internet economy, speed is everything.<p>Or not.<p>What if you want your products, your services, or simply your thoughts …

Having a Good Idea Is Not Enough. Here's How to Turn Yours Into a Valuable Business

Steal these tricks from innovation consultants to help develop your idea into a million dollar business<p>You have a killer business idea. You're excited to bring it to the world. But how do you make it happen? How does the seed of an idea actually help you know how to build a successful business? You …

Blockchain Will Disrupt Every Industry

<b>As with all major paradigm shifts, there will be winners and losers. But if we do this right, blockchain technology can usher in a halcyon age of prosperity for all. —</b> Don Tapscott<p>I continue to read articles and see example of the disruptive nature of Blockchain. Recently, one of our Salesforce …

Blockchain

Thomson Reuters Launches Blockchain Startup Incubator

In a recent press release, Thomson Reuters, the behemoth news and information company, announced the formation of a new startup tech incubator …

Why SAFE notes are not safe for entrepreneurs

The shortcomings of SAFE notes (simple agreement for future equity) are coming home to roost; ironically, entrepreneurs are paying the price. Y Combinator invented the notes with a noble goal: “we intend the SAFE to remain fair to both investors and founders.” But many SAFE notes that entrepreneurs …

Evergreen | The Next Web

All stories in Evergreen<p>Understanding quantum computers: The basics<p>Theoretical physics for people without PhDs. Here's what you need to know about quantum computer systems so you can belly-up ...<p>Tristan Greene<p>Check out these 5 wild and wacky quantum computer facts for cool people<p>Quantum computers …

Windows 10

There’s a better way to build your startup

If a startup founder could peer 8 years into the future and see a company that has become the symbol for disruptive culture, one that has raised over $8 billion on a valuation of $67 billion, that has a worldwide presence in hundreds of cities, millions of app downloads,12,000 full time employees …

7 Failed Startups That Were Just Ahead of Their Time

Pioneers get slaughtered and settlers finish.<p><i>What are some startups that had good ideas but failed? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Lee Egstrom, founder, on Quora:</b><p>Having been in web …

Startups

Want to Build the Next Airbnb, Instagram, or Slack? This Online Startup School Will Show You How

Thousands of startups around the world finally have access to the world's most powerful startup accelerator.<p>Y Combinator is one of the most successful startup accelerators in the world. Every year they take two batches of 100 companies and offer them in-person instruction from Y Combinator partners …

How to Determine What Your Company's Burn Rate Should Be

Use these pointers to know your risk tolerance.<p>One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable "burn rate" is. That is, how much should your company be willing to lose in cash every month as you make investments …

The 10 Commandments of Business

Imagine "Thou shalt not steal" and "Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother" and the rest of it -- on your wall at work.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In religion, the Ten Commandments are a set of biblical laws relating to ethics and worship which play a key role …

Small Business

Entrepreneurs, Don't Make This Mistake When Raising Capital

Financing your startup can be tricky, but it doesn't have to be.<p>Small business owners and entrepreneurs are an important and dynamic part of the economy, you and I both know that, but one of the realities is that most new businesses do not succeed. Depending on the specific report you look at the …

8 Common Crowdfunding Mistakes

The more you can avoid these, the better off you'll be in your execution.<p><i>By Evan Varsamis,</i> <i>founder</i> <i>and CEO of Gadget Flow.</i><p>No matter how prosperous crowdfunding looks, few campaigns exceed their goals every year. Is it because of the project idea, or is there something else campaign creators are …