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  • Startup Boards

    Startup Boards

    Startups that are backed by professional financial investors almost always have a Board of Directors that consists of some set of founders, investors and sometimes independent directors.While the management of a startup company deals with the day-to-…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Mar 19, 2:24pm -
  • How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

    How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

    Photo by Juliette F on UnsplashNetworking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people. I personally run many group lunches & dinner…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Mar 19, 10:36pm -
  • How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

    How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

    Photo by Filipe Delgado from PexelsWe’ve all been in meetings that get off track — sinking ever down the proverbial “rat hole,” from which rescue feels impossible. How does it happen? And how can you avoid it?This is part of a series on…
    - 19 days ago, 28 Feb 19, 9:58pm -
  • How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

    How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

    Most board meetings are administrative updates that accomplish very little other than inform board members about the performance of the company since the last board meeting.That’s certainly one function of every board but if your board is your “…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Feb 19, 7:55pm -
  • High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

    High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

    I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards. Here are some observations I have from this exposure:If a company moves from strength-to-strength with predictable outcomes, ea…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 11:46pm -
  • What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

    What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

    When you set up a board it is often initially a combination of the founders and the early investors. It can start 2–1 founders to investors and then sometimes moves to 3–2 but sometime around the A, B or C round the idea of “independent” dire…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 11:24pm -
  • How to Be a Good Board Member

    How to Be a Good Board Member

    I have been writing a series on how startup boards get selected, who sits on them and what to avoid. I will also delve into how to prepare for them, how to make the meeting effective and how to best follow up to make sure people take action.Photo by…
    - 24 days ago, 24 Feb 19, 2:35pm -
  • Should You Allow “Board Observers” on Your Startup Board?

    Should You Allow “Board Observers” on Your Startup Board?

    Should You Allow Board Observers on Your Startup Board?Photo by Antenna on UnsplashA board observer is somebody who attends your board meeting but doesn’t have a voting right. There are also certain points in a board meeting where you can ask the…
    - 25 days ago, 23 Feb 19, 11:36am -
  • Should All of Management Attend Board Meetings?

    Should All of Management Attend Board Meetings?

    Should All of Your Management Team Attend Board Meetings?The age old question for every startup is whom to involve in the board meeting. The reality is that there are some board meetings in which having a broad set of management present is a great id…
    - 25 days ago, 22 Feb 19, 5:07pm -
  • Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

    Who Should be on Your Startup Board?

    One of the things that founders have the most angst about is whom they should have on their board and at what stage of the business. This is smart because amazing board members can be transformative with important advice and access and can also help…
    - 27 days ago, 21 Feb 19, 9:19am -

Financing for Food

  • Body and Head Alone – two songs for the times from Julia Jacklin
    We went to see Julia Jacklin again last week. Afterward Scott remarked that there’s no way to write about something you appreciate without also reducing it and I know exactly what he means; what to do, though, when you want to share? Without furthe…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Mar 19, 12:39am -
  • Interwoven

    Interwoven

      I found this lovely weaving/drawing/metaphor here
    - 23 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 12:45am -
  • Fun fact: Auckland’s housing is even less affordable than San Francisco’s

    Fun fact: Auckland’s housing is even less affordable than San Francisco’s

    According to Demographia’s latest study (which I found quoted in The Guardian, so hopefully we’re not all spreading fake news), these were the least affordable major housing markets in the 3rd quarter of 2018*: Hong Kong Vancouver Sydney Melbourn…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 12:38am -
  • What does it mean to be a citizen?

    What does it mean to be a citizen?

    As I was writing my last post (about getting permanent residency in New Zealand), I ran across a timely article in The Atlantic: I loved the questions at the end: What does it mean to be a citizen? Is citizenship a kind of subscription service, to be…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 12:03am -
  • We are now officially permanent residents of New Zealand + some thoughts on global mobility

    We are now officially permanent residents of New Zealand + some thoughts on global mobility

    On the 20th of February, I got an email from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) informing me that they’d approved our application to become permanent residents. I’m super relieved as this was kind of hanging over us for a while, even though there was…
    - 23 days ago, 24 Feb 19, 11:40pm -
  • Road trips: 20s vs 30s vs 40s
    It’s been four and a half years since my last proper road trip. “Proper” as in just me and my car, plus the bare necessities required to cook and sleep wherever I happened to find myself. Most importantly, aside from one scheduled speaking gig,…
    - 45 days ago, 2 Feb 19, 11:28pm -
  • Expensify this
    My day job, as you’ve probably noticed by now, involves making YouTube videos for a small business audience. At a small business software company. Expensify, another small business software company, just won that game with their Superbowl ad: When…
    - 45 days ago, 2 Feb 19, 10:26pm -
  • We didn’t flood the new carpets / Why it pays to put due dates on your invoices
    Scott and I just spent about a week gradually moving out of our old rental and into a new one. The first order of business was replacing the carpets, a project we’d agreed to take on in exchange for not having to pay rent until the lease on our pre…
    - 45 days ago, 2 Feb 19, 10:10pm -
  • How to raise money for your business – a couple presentations from the archives
    I recently discovered a couple recordings of talks I gave when I was in my Finance for Food prime, traveling throughout North America to give keynote presentations and teach workshops on raising money for food businesses. My book had already been out…
    - 69 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 1:22am -
  • Why I didn’t go to Stanford

    Why I didn’t go to Stanford

    I wanted to start this story by stating that I didn’t have any interest in attending Stanford University in the first place, but that can’t be true. Why else would I have been there, surrounded by fellow students in a room much too small for the…
    - 75 days ago, 3 Jan 19, 5:17pm -

FNO: Fundraising

Funded's Blog

  • How Micro-influencers can Enhance Your Digital Marketing Strategy

    How Micro-influencers can Enhance Your Digital Marketing Strategy

    You do not need a million followers to become influential when it comes to promoting your business or brand. The concept of micro-influencers seems to have grown in popularity in the past few years. Micro-influencer marketing is gradually turning the…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Mar 19, 9:57am -
  • Why is ‘Quality Content’ Important for Your Business Growth?

    Why is ‘Quality Content’ Important for Your Business Growth?

    Business strategies have changed in the recent past and so have marketing strategies. Marketers are now more vigilant when it comes to applying innovative ideas in order to persuade potential customers. Similarly, analytical marketers are more incli…
    - 20 days ago, 28 Feb 19, 9:57am -
  • How to Identify Your Small Business Differentiator and Why

    How to Identify Your Small Business Differentiator and Why

    When you are the owner of a small business, there are times when the scale of bigger companies can overwhelm you. At these times, you may wonder what you have that will make potential customers pick your brand over another. This particular factor is…
    - 26 days ago, 22 Feb 19, 8:59am -
  • What Are the Necessary Means to Improve Your Business

    What Are the Necessary Means to Improve Your Business

    Entrepreneurs are not born; they learn things by experiencing ups and downs in a business. To make consistent improvement to enhance your business status is critical to maintaining sustainability. Successful entrepreneurs perpetually monitor their bu…
    - 34 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 12:03pm -
  • Aspects that Trigger Your Customer’s Buying Interest

    Aspects that Trigger Your Customer’s Buying Interest

     Irrespective of how exquisite the product or service is, it might not sustain itself in the market for long if the makers or providers are not aware of the reasons behind the success of their product or service. It’s crucial for any business to…
    - 40 days ago, 8 Feb 19, 9:21am -
  • What Does it take to Run an Online Business?

    What Does it take to Run an Online Business?

    Continuous innovation in technology is changing the paradigms of starting and running a business for all entrepreneurs out there. Technology is disrupting the conventional mindset of requiring a significant amount of capital and doing extensive rese…
    - 41 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 11:09am -
  • Here’s How to Restore Your PC Step By Step

    Here’s How to Restore Your PC Step By Step

    Even though Windows Operating Systems offer a greater level of flexibility and user-friendliness to their users as compared to any other operating system, yet one can experience a number of problems due to this very flexibility.From slower programs…
    - 48 days ago, 31 Jan 19, 2:18pm -
  • Ideal Approaches to Achieve Business Growth in 2019

    Ideal Approaches to Achieve Business Growth in 2019

    The business world is always adapting to changing consumer behavior and varying needs that come with a new year, and 2019 is no exception. Competition is growing, consumers are becoming ever-demanding, and more brands are entering the market.To sta…
    - 55 days ago, 24 Jan 19, 10:15am -
  • 4 Ways to Protect Your System from Malware

    4 Ways to Protect Your System from Malware

    For a business, the benefits of going digital are immense and hard to miss out on, especially if it intends to surpass competitors. However, every business is susceptible to a few drawbacks that come along with going digital, like ransomware and malw…
    - 61 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 1:56pm -
  • 5 Steps to Create a Good Back Up

    5 Steps to Create a Good Back Up

    There is no denying that protecting or securing your company’s data is of paramount importance. Whether it is a client’s files, project details or any important communication, everything needs to be securely saved in a digital format. Losing impo…
    - 65 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 11:21am -

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

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The Equity Kicker

  • When to be lean

    When to be lean

    Ben Horowitz, founder of leading venture firm Andreessen Horowitz and a successful entrepreneur prior to that published a post over the weekend: The Case for the Fat Start-Up. In it he...
    - 6 Aug 18, 11:17am -
  • Founders: Don’t be too needy

    Founders: Don’t be too needy

    We all know that things get difficult when someone wants something too much. You might have had a needy boyfriend or girlfriend whose constant need for reaffirmation and over-reaction...
    - 4 Jun 18, 7:46am -
  • Investor optics: don’t let the tail wag the dog

    Investor optics: don’t let the tail wag the dog

    Earlier this week a friend was asking me whether her fundraising chances would be improved if she started generating revenues. She’s a natural salesperson and she’s wondering if having...
    - 29 May 18, 7:55am -
  • Metrics: A double edged sword

    Metrics: A double edged sword

    Let me start by saying that I’m a massive believer in the power of metrics. There’s an old adage that if you don’t measure something it doesn’t happen and...
    - 3 May 18, 7:49am -
  • Structured customer dev – not to be missed.

    Structured customer dev – not to be missed.

    In our experience, structured customer development work is right up there amongst the most valuable things a founder can do in the early days of their startup. Once you...
    - 26 Mar 18, 7:48am -
  • European tech: Which way to the exits?

    European tech: Which way to the exits?

    Max Niederhofer recently published this chart showing European exits. As you can see there’s been impressive growth in sub $100m exits, but the story with larger M&A exits and IPOs...
    - 19 Mar 18, 7:53am -
  • A new dawn for European VC

    A new dawn for European VC

    This week I’ve been at the SuperReturn/SuperVenture conference in Berlin. It’s the biggest European gathering of venture capital fund managers, private equity fund managers and LPs, the institutions that...
    - 5 Mar 18, 10:23am -
  • Software startups: Beware ‘magic’ bullets

    Software startups: Beware ‘magic’ bullets

    I just read ‘Need More Time’? Guideposts For Tech Founders Going To Market When No Market Exists which is full of great tips for what they call ‘pre-chasm’ enterprise startups. The...
    - 30 Jan 18, 9:17am -
  • As easy as… AI

    As easy as… AI

    Google is pushing hard to make artificial intelligence as easy to access as cloud computing, building services that reduce both costs and the technical skill required from users. To...
    - 26 Jan 18, 7:13am -
  • Sometimes best practice isn’t best

    Sometimes best practice isn’t best

    The blogosphere has transformed entrepreneurship. Twenty years ago there were precious few resources available for founders and most either had to find an advisor who had done it before...
    - 10 Jan 18, 12:03pm -

VentureBeat: Pitch

WSJ: Small Business Financing

  • 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.
    - 15 Aug 18, 2:00pm -
  • 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.
    - 13 Aug 18, 2:41pm -
  • 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.
    - 13 Aug 18, 2:14pm -
  • Entrepreneurs Get Creative for Funding
    With venture capital scarce, small-business owners find alternative financing.
    - 13 Aug 18, 1:56pm -
  • 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.
    - 13 Aug 18, 1:43pm -
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