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  • newFinding My Tribe — The Upside of the Downcast Year

    Finding My Tribe — The Upside of the Downcast Year

    It’s been a tough year globally. Many feel the division in our families and societies. It has been heart-breaking to see progress reversed and social & racial tensions exacerbated unnecessarily.Much of the focus on the public discourse has been how…
    - 8 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:09am -
  • 11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board

    11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board

    Many board meetings are bored meetings. Management teams whisk through slides trying to get through a presentation to share how great things are going and they are eager to get through the meeting so they can get back to their real jobs. This is a sh…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 10:43am -
  • What Do Boards Actually Do?

    What Do Boards Actually Do?

    There’s a lot of mystique about what happens at board meetings and a lot of imagined board-room drama. I read commentary or Twitter or blogs and realize that there are also strongly held convictions that there are these evil VCs who do terrible thi…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 1:04am -
  • What Does it Mean to be American?

    What Does it Mean to be American?

    What Does it Mean to be American?The journey to build a nation of immigrants has led to the strongest, most vibrant society in history. Our creativity and innovation have been unmatched precisely BECAUSE we’re a liberal democracy, are tolerant of o…
    - 31 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 10:26pm -
  • I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

    I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

    Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.” Like characters from one of my favorite novels “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” life seemed very light.…
    - 31 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 10:47am -
  • Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

    Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

    I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. Upfront VI is our latest core fund and is $400 million to invest in early stage entrepreneurs. This brings o…
    - 48 days ago, 30 Jun 17, 10:45am -
  • One Simple Way You Can Make an Actual Difference in Somebody’s Life

    One Simple Way You Can Make an Actual Difference in Somebody’s Life

    Fresno State students receive supplies for school with help from Renaissance Scholars staff John Hunt, Jr. (left) and Kizzy Lopez (right).We’re all bombarded with social media campaigns asking for us to Tweet, share, like, change our badge, use a…
    - 52 days ago, 26 Jun 17, 9:24pm -
  • What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?

    What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?

    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 invest…
    - 59 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 2:05am -
  • Should Startups Care About Profitability?

    Should Startups Care About Profitability?

    There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk with who aren’t startup oriented can’t fully grok. One of them is whether profitability matters.It’s common cocktail party chatter to hear people confidently pronounce that s…
    - 59 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 10:50am -
  • Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise

    Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise

    I am wired to discount people who have total assuredness in their point-of-view, have dogmatic positions or use data as a crutch or substitute for logic. I appreciate people who have strong opinions or conviction but expect them to constantly be test…
    - 88 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:42am -

Financing for Food

  • How to move to New Zealand from the US

    How to move to New Zealand from the US

    Sometimes, when people in positions of power do things I find absurd and infuriating, I get depressed, cranky, angry, and/or despondent. Other times, I’m more productive, getting all academic, or trying to draw personal connections so people migh…
    - 74 days ago, 4 Jun 17, 7:37pm -
  • 4 questions that will lead you to work you’ll love (or: How I ended up at Xero)

    4 questions that will lead you to work you’ll love (or: How I ended up at Xero)

    Don’t want to read my whole TL;DR story? No worries, here are my four critical questions I recommend to anyone looking for work you’ll love: What’s the ultimate impact you want to have? What industry do you want to be a part of? What type of…
    - 1 Mar 17, 7:33pm -
  • The Women’s March, Sheryl Sandberg’s silence, and Leaning the F*** Away

    The Women’s March, Sheryl Sandberg’s silence, and Leaning the F*** Away

    Someone at work recently posted the article Lean Out: the deafening post-November silence of Sheryl Sandberg on our internal social network, posing the question, “Do you do what you think is right, or do you do what is right by your company?” Her…
    - 26 Jan 17, 11:52pm -
  • Accounting 101 with Liz Mason

    Accounting 101 with Liz Mason

    When you’re a startup, you only have about a billion things to think about. So it’s understandable if accounting isn’t top of mind. That’s why I worked with Liz Mason from High Rock Accounting to produce this 37 minute online course, designed…
    - 12 May 16, 1:17am -
  • Small Food Business podcast interview

    Small Food Business podcast interview

    It’s always a pleasure to serve as a guest on other people’s podcasts. Back in November, Jennifer Lewis interviewed me for the Small Food Business podcast series. They released the episode today, saying: Many of us start our small businesses with…
    - 17 Apr 16, 6:22pm -
  • Nonprofit fundraising with Kishshana Palmer

    Nonprofit fundraising with Kishshana Palmer

    I recently worked with Kishshana Palmer, an experienced non-profit executive and consultant, to produce what was possibly the most engaging nonprofit fundraising education session I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Kishshana not only knows w…
    - 11 Apr 16, 6:46pm -
  • Good Food, Great Business at the Commonwealth Club

    Good Food, Great Business at the Commonwealth Club

    Want to learn more about financing your business, working with co-packers, marketing for increased sales, working with retailers, and more… from a group of kick-ass women who really know what it takes to run a successful food business? Listen to t…
    - 15 Jan 15, 3:33am -

FNO: Fundraising

Funded's Blog

  • How To Make The Perfect Pitch To An Angel Investor?
    The time has come for you to make your pitch to your angel investor. Everything you have invested into your business start-up rides on this moment, and it is up to you to make the best impression possible. While it can be easy to get bogged down in t…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 12:07pm -
  • 5 Details Angel Investors Look For In A Business Plan
    As a business startup, you have no doubt developed a business plan that outlines your need for funding to get your company off the ground. While you may have a clear purpose and objective, angel investors are looking for specific details that let the…
    - 21 days ago, 27 Jul 17, 12:53pm -
  • 4 Ways to Impress an Angel Investor with Your Business Startup?
    Gaining the attention of an angel investor takes plenty of wit and charisma, but getting them to sign the dotted line to fund your business takes a little more effort and preparedness. Knowing what will garner their focus and impress them to the full…
    - 27 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 11:10am -
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Angel Investor Says, “NO” To Your Business Startup
    It’s no secret that angel investors prefer a sure thing when it comes investing in a business startup. But, that doesn’t always mean they won’t take risks when it comes to funding a business that shows great promise. If you your business startu…
    - 42 days ago, 6 Jul 17, 12:03pm -
  • Hiring The Right Employees For Your Startup Business
    You are ready to open your doors and need the right employees to communicate your vision to your customers, but finding them has proved to be a challenge. You want an employee that you can trust and has the experience necessary to handle the responsi…
    - 52 days ago, 26 Jun 17, 10:41am -
  • 4 Ways An Angel Investor Can Benefit Your Startup
    If your startup business needs a boost to propel it forward and into the market, an angel investor may be able to give you the financial help you need to make your dream a reality. While it will take effort, a great pitch, and a stellar business plan…
    - 62 days ago, 16 Jun 17, 11:41am -
  • Secret to Finding Angels Investors: Great Business Plan
    One of the most daunting tasks for business startup owners is finding an angel investor who would be willing to finance the bulk of the company’s expenses. And while there are a lot of possible investors out there, the number of people competing fo…
    - 69 days ago, 9 Jun 17, 11:40am -
  • Four ways to secure the nod of angel investors
    Securing an investment from an angel investor is considered as one of the most difficult aspects of establishing a business startup. For many, this is even harder than coming up with a good idea for a successful business venture.Fortunately, there a…
    - 73 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 9:06am -
  • Ways To Secure Venture Capital for Your Business Startup
    For most business startup owners, one of the most difficult aspects of their job is the task of securing venture capital. And while there are many available sources of funds out there, we have to realize that there are also a huge number of business…
    - 83 days ago, 26 May 17, 10:33am -
  • 4 Things Venture Capitalists Do Not Want to Hear From Entrepreneurs
    Securing financial support from a venture capitalist is not an easy task. Most of the time, only those who are considered the “best of the best” get the venture capital that they need. But does that mean it’s almost impossible to get one? Actua…
    - 90 days ago, 19 May 17, 10:00am -

InvestorPitches

  • Is it too early to brand?
    By Deb Gabor I hear one question from business owners all the time: “When should we brand?” My answer is always the same: “Early, often, and always.” Branding is not optional, and the risks of not taking it seriously are very real. Your custo…
    - 6 Jul 16, 4:58pm -
  • Decks that changed the world
    It’s important for anybody preparing to pitch to investors to absorb the lessons of those who have gone before. Why not pattern your pitch after some of the most successful in history? Take a look at some of the pitch decks heard ’round the worl…
    - 9 May 16, 3:18pm -
  • Startup Archetypes: what you’re trying to accomplish shapes your story

    Startup Archetypes: what you’re trying to accomplish shapes your story

    A compelling story is the most important element of your pitch to investors. Just like fictional stories, startup stories often fall into broad archetypal categories. These categories clarify your startup’s purpose to investors, customers, potentia…
    - 9 May 16, 2:59pm -
  • Every pitch tells a story
    Every investor pitch needs to tell the same basic story to signal to investors that their company represents a solid, safe, investment that will make them good returns. Each story needs to have these elements: Here’s a problem Many people/businesse…
    - 3 Mar 16, 5:10pm -
  • Sign up today: Sixty seconds to Success
    Get your tickets now! Deb Gabor’s session at General Assembly will sell out fast. Sixty Seconds to Success: Hacking the Elevator Pitch at General Assembly on February 1, 2016. Deb is the founder and president of Sol Marketing and is known as the In…
    - 4 Dec 15, 3:24pm -
  • 3 Lessons from SXSW Eco
    SXSW Eco might be less glamorous than its springtime cousin, but that doesn’t mean there is any less excitement in the sustainable startup community. Here are our top three takeaways from the startup showcase: Simplicity is still the key to a succe…
    - 23 Oct 13, 4:44pm -
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Investor Pitch Archetypes

    [INFOGRAPHIC] Investor Pitch Archetypes


    - 20 Sep 13, 12:28pm -
  • One week left to vote!

    One week left to vote!

    Only one week left to vote for our panels for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Please create an ID {if you haven’t already} and give our panels a thumbs up: “Startup Branding Lessons from the Trenches” – This panel features Adam Lieb, C…
    - 30 Aug 13, 10:48am -
  • Vote for InvestorPitches.com in the SXSW PanelPicker

    Vote for InvestorPitches.com in the SXSW PanelPicker

    Can you believe we are already talking SXSWi 2014? The SXSW PanelPicker is now open for voting. We’ve submitted two panels for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Please register {if you haven’t already} and cast your vote for our panels: “Sta…
    - 19 Aug 13, 3:29pm -
  • Investor Pitches that Win on SlideShare
    Ever wonder how to win at your investor pitch? The basics on creating a winning investor pitch — with everything you do need and nothing you don’t. See our presentation on SlideShare. Investor Pitches That Win – Sol Marketing, Austin, TX from D…
    - 29 Jul 13, 3:00pm -

SBA: Blogs

  • How To Complain To Your Franchisor To Get An Issue Resolved
    Occasionally, franchise owners run into problems running their businesses.If you decide to become a franchise owner, who should you communicate with to get an issue you’re...
    - 2 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 12:54pm -
  • 5 Key Financial Tips When Starting a Business from Home
    Did you know more than 52% of all small businesses in the U.S. are home based?According to the Small Business Administration, there are more than 28 million small businesses in the United...
    - 3 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 9:22am -
  • Cultivating a Business

    Cultivating a Business

    Who doesn’t love the freshness of vine-ripened...
    - 9 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 5:35pm -
  • Training the Staff You Envision
    For small business owners, it can be difficult to find good job candidates. Small businesses often times have to compete in the job market with large employers offering an attractive menu of...
    - 9 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 3:49pm -
  • 4 Marketing Mistakes That Can Get You in Legal Trouble
    Advertising and marketing is regulated by federal law, and if you’re not on top of the regulations that apply to you, your ads could end up costing you more in fines than they bring in business....
    - 13 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 6:25pm -
  • Seniors Win in Small Business
    What’s an encore entrepreneur? It might look a lot like you.These are people who might be starting a business for the first time as they near retirement age. Or, you may be retired already...
    - 20 days ago, 28 Jul 17, 3:18pm -
  • Celebrating Our Heroes
    When President Trump asked the members of his Administration to tell him about the American heroes we have encountered in our Cabinet roles, one family instantly came to mind.Rob Leonardis...
    - 23 days ago, 25 Jul 17, 4:56pm -
  • Write an Executive Summary
    Most business owners have a general idea of the executive summary that comes with the traditional business plan.  However, in the real world, summaries come up much more often than just in the...
    - 28 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 2:55pm -
  • The Importance of Market Positioning
    It’s been several decades now since I first ran into the mental magic of marketing positioning. The diagram here shows it as presented by Philip Kotler in his text Marketing Management, which has...
    - 28 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 2:46pm -
  • Rethinking Insurance Coverage
    Like most small businesses, you probably can’t self-insure (pay for losses out of pocket) because you can’t afford the risk for substantial financial exposure. You need insurance. But you may not...
    - 35 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 12:39pm -
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Janine Just, Inc.
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The Equity Kicker

  • Evolving our investment strategy

    Evolving our investment strategy

    This is a long post (1,900 words). For those of you who are time poor here’s the tltr: Forward Partners operates a focused investment strategy because it helps us...
    - 10 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 5:49am -
  • Google’s 5 Traits of Great Teams

    Google’s 5 Traits of Great Teams

    As you may know Google has done an almost obsessive amount of research into what makes a high performing team. This post from Michael Schneider summarises what they found,...
    - 20 days ago, 28 Jul 17, 9:45am -
  • Ten minutes mindfulness a day makes you a better leader

    Ten minutes mindfulness a day makes you a better leader

    Want to see the confirmation bias at work? Then read on. I just read Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything...
    - 27 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 9:26am -
  • The growth equation

    The growth equation

    This growth equation is brilliant in it’s simplicity. I love that it forces the focus on a magic moment and core product value. Both are essential. Read more about...
    - 34 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 12:01pm -
  • How to beat the behemoths

    How to beat the behemoths

    I just read Andrew Chen’s Growth is getting hard from intensive competition, consolidation, and saturation. His argument is that we are at a point in the cycle where distribution is controlled...
    - 49 days ago, 29 Jun 17, 11:34am -
  • Authenticity cannot be achieved solo

    Authenticity cannot be achieved solo

    I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity recently. The first thing to say is that it’s a woolly concept. As an individual I am clearly me, and therefore of...
    - 59 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 7:03am -
  • Entrepreneur to scale-up CEO: two very different skill sets

    Entrepreneur to scale-up CEO: two very different skill sets

    Growing from a founder to a scale-up CEO is challenging. Thinking up game changing ideas couldn’t be more different to running a large business. Many transitions are required along...
    - 65 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 7:46am -
  • The devil in the detail…

    The devil in the detail…

    A common mistake founders make at the early stages of a company is to put too much detail into their business plan. Sometimes we see a level of detail which...
    - 72 days ago, 6 Jun 17, 7:36am -
  • Change: The beguiling nature of exponential curves

    Change: The beguiling nature of exponential curves

    Consider the three charts above. They are all representations of the same exponential function where the Y value is equal to two times it’s previous value. The first chart...
    - 78 days ago, 31 May 17, 12:35pm -
  • The importance of being an expert-generalist

    The importance of being an expert-generalist

    I am in the Elon Musk fan club. It’s hard not to be in awe of what he’s achieved – four multi-billion dollar companies and he’s only in his...
    - 20 Apr 17, 12:43pm -

VentureBeat: Pitch

WSJ: Small Business Financing

  • Goldman, Buffett Aid Small Business
    Goldman Sachs said it is launching a $500 million small-business assistance program that includes an advisory panel with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
    - 18 Nov 09, 1:10pm -
  • Small Businesses Could Face New Credit Squeeze
    Business owners could face a new credit squeeze as early as next month, as two popular stimulus provisions expire before Obama's small-business lending plan ramps up.
    - 1 Nov 09, 10:07pm -
  • Entrepreneurs Get Creative for Funding
    With venture capital scarce, small-business owners find alternative financing.
    - 14 Oct 09, 11:53pm -
  • The Double Whammy of Bankruptcies
    Bankruptcy is an ordeal for executives at any business. But entrepreneurs' personal assets are in jeopardy along with their business.
    - 28 Sep 09, 1:17pm -
  • Can You Afford to Hire?
    If the recent jobs report is any indication, the economy may be on its way up. But before you start hiring new workers, run the numbers to see if you can afford it.
    - 14 Aug 09, 9:59am -
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