Thomas Elling

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Business Plans and Other Works of Fiction

The purpose of a business, Peter Drucker famously said, is to create a customer. Yet, rather than creating customers, many innovators create a fantastical piece of what you might call Microsoft fiction.<p>This hit home for me during a recent client project. I was working with a team that had been …

How to Finance a Startup Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve got an awesome idea, a slick name in mind and the garage space to start your dream business -- but not the cash. I'm not surprised.<p>Financing a small business -- especially a startup -- is an uphill battle in a crowded field. In the …

Loans

A Beginner's Guide to Starting and Marketing an App

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Building a mobile app for the first time? You no doubt have many questions: Is it worthwhile? Does it make sense? How will people know about it?<p>Having helped build more than a hundred apps from categories ranging from social networking, …

Apps

5 Rules For Crowdfunding Success From The Queen Of Multitasking Underwear (You Read That Right)

Set your goal below the actual amount you want to reach. And more counterintuitive crowdfunding wisdom from Joanna Griffiths, the woman behind Knix Wear.<p>Technology probably isn’t the first thing most people think of when they think of underwear.<p>Joanna Griffiths is not most people. While studying at …

Planning to launch a startup? Launch your kindergarten startup first

It has happened more than once. Somebody out of the blue contacts me, and at breakneck speed explains “the next Facebook idea." Okay, so they don’t …

Secret's Out: Now You Can Tell the Whole World You're Raising Money for Your Business

Raising money for your business? Shout it from the rooftops. For the first time, it's allowed.<p>The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted four to one that it will overturn the ban on publicly advertising that your company is raising money, what's called "general solicitation." By voting to …

Entrepreneurship

Paul Graham: Some VCs Push For Large Rounds, Even When Startups Don't Need Them

Venture capitalists are getting smaller stakes in startups and that trend will increasingly continue.<p>Venture investors are used to taking a 20% stake in Series A fundings. But that number is arbitrary and will inevitably go down further, says Paul Graham, cofounder of Y Combinator, who spoke at 500 …

New York University's Accelerator is Looking to Jump Start Startups

School may be out but for some New York University entrepreneurs learning isn't over.<p>NYU recently launched its 10-week accelerator program Launchpad for a select number of startup teams within the university's student pool.<p>To entice people to forgo summer vacation or put the kibosh on job hunting, …

Startups

Crowdfunding's Growth Spurt Going Strong

Crowdfunding is global and growing. Quickly.<p>There are approximately 600 crowdfunding platforms, which help users raise small sums of money from a group, throughout the world, according to Los Angeles-based crowdfunding and crowdsourcing research firm Massolution.<p>By the end of 2013, crowdfunding is …

Crowd Funding

Personal Claims for Injuries and mis sold Investment Compensation

Filing a Personal Injury Claim For Compensation<p>​An individual may be able to file a personal injury claim if they’ve experienced an injury at the …

5 Ways to Lose Investors in Under 3 Minutes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you think it's hard being an entrepreneur trying to raise money from a venture capitalist, consider the challenges facing the VC. It's typical for a VC to meet with between 500 and 1,000 entrepreneurs a year and invest in two or three …

Venture Capital

European Startups: Practical Tips for Raising Capital in the US

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Brendan Gill is the co-founder and CEO of OpenSignal, a startup that crowdsources data on mobile networks from consumer smartphones. Prior to that he founded a California-based e-commerce company after retiring from a brief lifeguarding career. You can find him on Twitter as</i> …