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5 Things Startup Founders Often Get Wrong About Funding

They often make the mistake of raising too much too soon.<p><i>What are some common misconceptions that startup founders have about getting funded? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Vladimir</b> …

Venture Capital

4-Point Guide to Manufacturing Startup Unicorn Magic

4 Must-Haves of a Life-Changing Startup<p>I started WordStream in my 20s with nothing.<p>Today it's being acquired for $150,000,000 by Gannett.<p>Here are my top 4 lessons I learned over the last decade from making a baby unicorn.<p>1. Project a Bold Vision<p>I pitched the boldest vision I could possibly imagine …

Startups

How Much You Should Actually Pay Your Startup Employees

A guide to establishing flexible and equitable pay at your startup.<p>Founders are subject to an extraordinary level of pressure as they work to establish their businesses, and often experience even more pressure as a result of rapid growth. As new ventures evolve, employees must grow in lockstep if …

Employee Engagement

Crowdfunding evolves from source of capital to a test market for start-ups

Nine years ago, Bobbie Carlton started hosting a once-a-month get-together for start-ups to mix, meet and get advice. By 2014, the Boston-area marketer for tech companies and entrepreneurs found herself invited to one-too-many “all-male, all-pale” discussion panels, noting the lack of women and …

Crowd Funding

Building Your Startup Team: A Guide To Finding The Perfect Hire

8 min read<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>First of all, hiring for a startup often times means hiring for the first time. It could be that the company is a one-man show that has reached the point where one person can’t do everything on their …

Employment

Need Funding? Here's How to Catch an Investor's Eye

If you want to succeed in the funding game, you need to know what investors are looking for.<p>Even though startups expect 2018 to be a promising year for business, securing funding can still be a challenge. You may start catering to one investor's criteria only to discover that your other funding …

Go solo or find a partner: When a startup needs a co-founder

<b>By DeForest Mapp</b> <i><br>Medill Reports</i><p>Today’s startup inventor often brings revelation to fruition by returning home from a fulltime job to start a second …

Startups

The Top 4 Reasons Startups Fail, According to 14 International Accelerators

The only mystery about startup failure is why founders keep making the same mistakes.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As speakers, advisers and trainers in the entrepreneurial space, we’ve been particularly excited by our December survey of the principles of 14 …

Capital-Hungry Startups Should Consider This Alternative to VCs.

Venture firms are funding fewer startups, mostly in selected places. If yours is outside the promised land that is Silicon Valley, business development companies might be your best bet for funding.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>By nature, startups are hungry for …

5 Hidden Expenses That Catch Entrepreneurs Off Guard

Entrepreneurs may be in control of their own destiny when it comes to running a business, but they still need to pay for their startup's expenses. …

Small Business

How to Prepare a Startup Profit and Loss Statement

How Do I Prepare a Startup Profit and Loss Statement?<p>Updated November 05, 2016<p>How Do I Prepare a Startup Profit and Loss Statement or Income …

Why Most Startups Fail (and How You Can Avoid It)

No one likes to think about failure, especially when they've just launched a new business. A study by the U.S. Small Business Administration found …

Small Business

How Uber's top lawyer negotiated a spectacular severance deal on her way out the door by asking Travis Kalanick for about $100 million

Business Insider on Sunday published the full, untold story of Uber's tumultuous 2017, documenting how several company insiders went head-to-head with Uber's cofounder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick, on their way out the door.<p>Whatever emotional drama Uber's roster of departing executives endured …

Silicon Valley

What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

Some founders toil for years to secure a meager seed round. Others seem to go from launch to a massive fundraise in no time. Why is that, and how does one get into that second group?<p>There’s no single formula, of course. But data indicates it helps to be famous, involved in a hot technology sector …

Venture Capital

Want to Get Funded? Make Sure Your VC Pitch Deck Has These 4 Things

Be short, direct, and focus on what matters most in a pitch context.<p><i>How long should a good venture capital proposal be? 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 Shane Luke, Start-up Founder</b> …

How To Successfully Find Aligned Startup Investors

Investing for the sake of the adventure is rarely a good idea. Venture capitalists are masters of investment and run the game on what makes a sound business decision and what looks too risky. They’ve built careers off of detailing the key factors necessary to make these decisions, regularly. Ernst …

Entrepreneurship

How to Ask the Right People for the Right Amount of Money to Kick-Start Your Business

New venture founders tempted to ask for a large single investment up front will find that to be a failing strategy. I recommend a staged approach.<p>It's great to start with a big dream as you contemplate a new business, but finding the money you need takes more than dreaming.<p>As an advisor to young …

7 Reasons Why Investors Turn Down Startups | Inc.com

<i>What can be the reason(s) that VCs/angel investors aren't interested in my profitable business idea? 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 Brett Fox, Former CEO of Touchstone</b> …

Venture Capital

4 Tips To Secure Funding For Your Start-up

Here are 4 tips to help you secure funding for your start-up.

Small Business

Want to Invest in a Startup? Here's What You Need to Know.

Invest in founders first, and ideas second.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Fifteen years ago, the funding landscape for startups looked entirely different. Through the development of new startup funding options, entrepreneurs now have more ways than ever to get their …

Don't Want to Start a Business Alone? Here's How to Find the Right Co-Founder(s) | Inc.com

If you have a business idea or are in the process of starting a company, you might be on the hunt for a co-founder. While it's possible to start a business on your own, it's certainly not easy.<p>There are many examples of extremely successful solo founders. One of the most famous, Jeff Bezos (Amazon) …

Entrepreneurship

What Are VCs Really Trying to Say? Here Are 3 Common Conversations Translated For You.

Use these translations to decode the three most common messages to understand what your investors are actually telling you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A good friend stayed with me and my family last week, and as she shared about her trials and tribulations in …

Why You Should You Sign a 'Pre-Nup' With Your Co-founder | Inc.com

What are the most common reasons startups fail? Sure, many build something no one wants to buy or simply run out of money, but there's also another huge potential stumbling block new businesses need to look out for -- co-founder conflict.<p>According to Noam Wasserman, a professor at Harvard Business …

Startups

9 Ways to Start a Company in 48 Hours | Inc.com

<i>By Kasey Kaplan, co-founder and president of Urban FT.</i><p>Can you start a company in 48 hours? You bet. You can apply these concepts to companies in almost any industry. Keep in mind, this advice is only on how to get started. As you go, you will need to productize, optimize, upgrade and possibly fund …

Marketing

8 Ways to Win Over Investors for Your Startup

Unless you are Elon Musk, raising capital is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do as a founder or CEO.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When raising capital, our resumes and track records matter. In 2010, I attempted to raise my first round of funding for my …

California makes it illegal for employers to ask about salary history

- An awkward job interview question — how much did you make at your last job? — is getting banned in some parts of the country, including …

Lessons for First Time CEOs Choosing Board Members - Part 1 | Inc.com

There are bookshelves filled with stories about company Boards in disarray that ousted the CEO over egos and direction. Tech startups are notorious for having dysfunctional Boards. Just look at Uber, where the Board members ousted the CEO and then some even resigned amid the chaos at the company. …

CEOs

Your Hard Work Will Be For Nothing If You Say This 1 Thing to an Investor | Inc.com

Let me share with you a short story about brilliant ideas, growing ventures, value--and why those three things so often die an early death. And let me begin with growth and this simple truth: No matter what business you're in, you grow or you die. While obvious for a start-up, the reality of growth …

Business Strategy

Maximizing Your Earnings on the Ground Floor of a Startup | Inc.com

<i>What can you do early on in a startup to maximize the amount of money you can make from it? 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 Kwame Thomison, Former engineering manager at Meebo,</b> …

Startups