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Secrets of the super-angel investor

Dave told the audience that, “Investing in less than 20 companies is kind of gambling.” So one of his key points is to make small bets across a large …

Digerati50: Playing midwife to new startups

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How Women Angels And Entrepreneurs Are Beating Investment Odds

Overall, angel investment in 2012 showed signs of weakness: fewer investors and only a slight increase in dollars invested. But for women angels, it’s a whole different story.<p>While the percent of women angel investors is still small — 22% — it jumped 50%, according to the Center for Venture …

5 questions to ask before you invest in startups

When it comes to private equity investing, investors generally have two options: decide to fund new companies as an “angel” investor, or become a …

Best Advice from Billionaire Investors for Entrepreneurs (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone’s got advice to give. But everyone is not a billionaire with a successful track record.<p>Startups.co, a Columbus, Ohio-based angel investor network, pulled together the words of wisdom of legendary billionaire investors -- everyone …

Cash-Strapped? 10 PR Strategies to Improve Your ROI

<i>Dmitry Davydov is a Chief Marketing Officer for Bitrix24, worlds fastest growing free CRM, project management, private social network and online collaboration platform created specifically for small businesses.</i><p>PR is hard. And expensive. Most of the time, you get nothing out of it. And when your …

How to Speak Geek: 5 Tips for Marketing and PR Pros | Inc.com

When it comes to communication, technology and marketing inherently sit on opposite ends of the room. Oftentimes, because of this inherent disconnect, we miss opportunities for inter-organizational collaboration or worse--solving problems that may be core to our business.<p>Ahhh, but if only there …

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The 12 Most Overused Business Buzzwords

Does anyone actually like business jargon, or is it just a bad habit? Found in corporate offices, startups and resumes alike, business buzzwords and …

5 Things Socrates Can Teach You About Being a Better Mentor | Inc.com

If you've ever passed through a great books class or Western Civilization 101 while at university, you've probably encountered the Socratic Method. Perhaps you hazily remember it has something to do with asking questions, but being a busy business owner, you can be forgiven for not spending too …

A small business guide to alternative funding

Banks seem to be closing their doors to startup businesses, but that shouldn't deter entrepreneurs from seeking funding. In fact, there are more funding options open to startups than ever before as new services have emerged to fill the gap.<p>Emily Brooke, founder and chief executive of Blaze, has …

So You Think You're An Impact Investor? A Conversation with Investor and Entrepreneur Charly Kleissner

Charly Kleissner is a former tech entrepreneur and early pioneer of impact investing. He moved from Austria to Silicon Valley in the mid 1980s and worked for Hewlett Packard, as well as alongside Steve Jobs. Two of the start-ups that Charly worked for were successfully sold, and one (Ariba) went …

4 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before Meeting an Investor

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Almost all startups – whether they are in major hubs like Silicon Valley, Boston or New York or less metropolitan areas like Kansas City, Mo. – face the same problem.<p>Every Wednesday morning, I sit in 1 Million Cups Kansas City, an …

How To Spice Up Your PR When Your Business Isn’t Sexy

Your startup may not have the same fanfare factor as other, more flashy companies. But you can still get some love by honestly answering these four questions.<p>Not everyone is lucky enough to run a sexy business.<p>An honest look in the mirror will tell you if your company is truly the next Apple, and …

Sriracha Maker Huy Fong Foods Is Thumbing His Nose at His Neighbors | Inc.com

I know most entrepreneurs don't like to think about public relations. But Huy Fong Foods' recent conundrum shows why you should -- and exactly how not to do it.<p>The story of Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha hot sauce, starts with that nice Horatio Alger glow.<p>David Tran emigrated to the U.S. …

Half of angel investors regret investments they made this year (survey)

Angel investors invest approximately $20 billion into 60,000 companies a year, but a recent survey shows that 46% regretted making an investment in 2013.<p>The data comes from Worthworm, a company that uses analytics to “take the guess work” out of “premoney” startup valuations. It designed its tools …

8 Reasons Angel Investing Fulfills YOUR Dreams While Helping Others

It sucks, but women entrepreneurs have a harder time getting equity financing than men. But, women have powerful tools for helping other women start and grow high-impact companies. They have their own expertise, influence and money.<p>Sure, this is a feminist issue, but it’s also an economic one. If …

Meet 7 Angel Investors Who Love Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is an incredible tool for entrepreneurs seeking capital at any stage of their business. Startup businesses can validate their idea through a rewards crowdfund, giving them great traction to share with potential investors through a follow-on equity crowdfund.<p>A successful rewards …

Breaking Free from Best Practices That Don't Serve Clients | Inc.com

This morning, a client told me I was "different, but it worked." She was referring to a briefing document I wrote for an interview. These documents tend to be formulaic and gigantic -- a few paragraphs about the reporter, a few anecdotes, and a few links to related articles. I don't find the norm …