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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…]

Understanding Venture Capital and Venture Capitalists

Venture capital is a very specific type of investment for a very unique type of company. Venture capital–backed companies are expected to grow extremely fast — much faster than other companies. In addition [more…]

What Do Venture Capital Firms Look For?

Venture capital firms tend to specialize. They focus on a specific stage of company and one or two industries. A VC firm may focus on companies in the medical device field, for example, or maybe in clean [more…]

The Venture Capital Fund Lifecycle

Venture capital funds don’t last forever. They tend to run on a predictable, ten-year cycle. To give you a better idea of your interactions with VCs, look at their activities paired with yours over the [more…]

Is Venture Capital Right For You?

Companies that benefit most from venture capital are those that have a disruptive technology or product that they aim to grow very large very quickly. Entrepreneurs who benefit most from venture capital [more…]

5 Steps to Secure Venture Capital

The most successful venture capital businesses are not just good at what they do; they are also lucky. Because you can’t do anything to improve your serendipity, you can plan your business from the beginning [more…]

Prepare Your Company to Attract Venture Capital Interest

Just as you would prepare your home when you put it on the real estate market, you need to get your company prepared for investors: Gathering the right advisors, making sure your records and certificates [more…]

What Do Venture Capitalists Do?

Venture capital is a financial industry in which institutions (the venture capital firms) raise money from many sources and invest that money in high-risk companies that possess paradigm-changing ideas [more…]

A Few Myths About Venture Capitalists

Venture capitalists are not out to steal your company, run your company, or otherwise ruin your life. They simply want to ensure that their investment fund makes money. Yet these rather uncomplimentary [more…]

How to Work Together on A Venture Capital Deal

If you get investment, the venture capitalist becomes your business partner. As with all business partners, the relationship between founder and VC is an intimate one. You must trust your VC, and she must [more…]

How a Venture Capital Fund Works

Venture capital funds are entities that exist to manage large amounts of money, put that money in growing companies, and then monitor the companies to protect the investment until what is hopefully a lucrative [more…]

Fundraising — Where Venture Capital Investment Money Comes From

The capital in venture capital comes from wealthy individuals, pension funds, insurance companies, family offices, foundations, and other pools of cash. These entities are looking for higher returns than [more…]

How Venture Capitalists Find Companies to Fund

When a fund is closed, the venture capital (VC) company has to collect applications from companies who want to be funded. Having a constant stream of interested companies is called [more…]

How Venture Capitalists Keep Tabs on the Investments

Venture capital (VC) companies add a lot more value to the companies that they invest in than just capital. They have a huge amount of experience in the industry and have their fingers on the pulse of [more…]

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