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Overcoming Venture Capital Concerns about Team Members Who Are Also Family

Husband/wife, father/daughter, or other family member teams can be particularly challenging for venture capitalists. How likely is it that the best choice for a CFO [more…]

Finding a Qualified Securities Attorney for Your Venture Capital Deal

There are a few times when your attorney more than pays for himself, and negotiating your venture capital deal is one of them. The value in having an experienced attorney goes beyond his knowing the law [more…]

Dressing to Fit into Company Culture When You're Seeking Venture Capitalists

When you are pitching your company to venture capitalists, how you dress can make or break your chances. The accepted style is different in different areas of the country — sometimes from city to city [more…]

10 Things Venture Capital Investors Look For in Your Company

As you prepare your company for investment, be aware that venture capitalists scrutinize all aspects of your company. You do not have to be strong in all ten aspects in order to be ready for investment [more…]

How to Choose a Microphone for Your Presentation to Investors

When you pitch your deal to a room full of investors, you must ensure that everyone can easily hear you. For that reason, microphones are critically important in large or noisy rooms. To work well, these [more…]

6 Ways to Be Ready to Raise Capital for Your Venture

Some companies move quickly through the process of raising capital for their business ventures, and some take a long time to close the deal. The speedy fundraisers tend to be proactive about meeting investors [more…]

Determining Whether Your Company Is a Venture Company

It’s very important to figure out the type of company you’re building — a venture company or a lifestyle business — so that you can decide whether you should consider venture capital in your business growth [more…]

Alternatives to Venture Capital Funding

Venture capital is a unique way of getting funding for your company. Because venture investors look for companies that are growing very quickly and can make several times the initial investment for the [more…]

Preparing to Seek Venture Capital

Investors want to put their money in companies that will succeed. To select such companies, an investor has the difficult task of predicting which companies will flourish and which will fail. Investors [more…]

Crafting a Venture Capital Agreement That Benefits Entrepreneurs and Investors

A venture capital investment is a partnership between an investor and a growing company. To create a productive relationship that supports a rapidly growing company, the partnership has to be good for [more…]

Pitching Your Deal to Venture Capital Investors

Talking with venture capital investors about your company is different than having a discussion with potential clients or customers. Investors want to know how you will make money for your company and [more…]

Venture Capital For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Navigating the world of venture capital as you seek to raise funds for your business can be scary and confusing because of the high stakes. After you identify whether venture capital is a good choice of [more…]

Introduction to Kickstarter Project Funding

The number of launched projects on Kickstarter (over 89,400) is much larger than the number of successfully funded projects (closer to 37,300). What does that mean? [more…]

How to Prepare Your Kickstarter Project

You can save time down the road by preparing key elements of your project information before you begin to set it up on Kickstarter. Your campaign page explains your overall vision for your Kickstarter [more…]

How to Make Your Kickstarter Project Stand out with the Short Project Description

Your short project description on your Kickstarter campaign page needs to convey your project's unique selling point. This description appears just below your main project image on your campaign home page [more…]

How to Decide Your Kickstarter Fundraising Goal

The first step in determining your fundraising goal for your Kickstarter campaign is determining the scope of your project: [more…]

How to Reward Your Kickstarter Project's Backers

Like it or not, almost no one does something for nothing. A very small percentage of your Kickstarter backers will support your campaign without expecting anything in return, but not most. Thankfully, [more…]

How to Build a Kickstarter Fan Base and Offer Creative Rewards

Here is an example of how a successful Kickstarter campaign for The Order of the Stick, organized by the comic's creator Rich Burlew, used both of these elements. [more…]

How to Create a Timeline for Your Kickstarter Campaign

Every Kickstarter campaign requires its creator to estimate a timeline for the project. Why is it important for you to have a realistic timeline for your project? [more…]

How to Tell Your Kickstarter Project's Story

On the Story tab of the Kickstarter campaign page, you upload your campaign video, enter your long project description, and fill out the Risks and Challenges section. [more…]

How to Prepare Your Project for Kickstarter Review

After all the elements of your campaign have been uploaded into your project page through the Kickstarter dashboard, it's time to submit your project to Kickstarter for review and approval. [more…]

How to Launch Your Kickstarter Campaign

After you receive approval for your campaign from Kickstarter, your project campaign doesn’t automatically go live for people to contribue. You have to launch it. [more…]

How to Contact Your Kickstarter Campaign's Backers

When you have a Kickstarter campaign, you can use a few different tools on the website to contact your backers. Your options include [more…]

How to Promote Your Kickstarter Deadline to Gain Support

All Kickstarter campaigns have a definite end date; if you don't hit your fundraising goal, you don't get any of the money pledged by your backers. Accordingly, it's important to alert both your backers [more…]

How to Manage Your Campaign from the Kickstarter App

From this point, you can use the app to view and reply to messages, change your settings, see your account activity, and post updates to your ongoing Kickstarter project. [more…]

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