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7 Insider Tips for New Venture Capital Investors & Why Investing is a Lot Like Pro Surfing

Q & A with Venture Capital Veteran, Brian Smith, Managing Director at Grayhawk Capital

Investors want to be Sold! So Sell Them!

Four Key Considerations for Your Investor Pitch — Michael Toney, Founder – Conquest Training Systems, Inc As I have coached entrepreneurs in preparing for presenting their concepts and companies to investors in order to try to raise capital, I’ve seen time and again that they all suffer from the same disease. They want to share too […]

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5 Things Investors Are Interested In Knowing About Your Business

—by Chuck McLane at CBIZ MHM, LLC As you grow your business, new opportunities and risks may emerge. You need to be aware of key areas that any investor will want to examine before they put money into your organization. An experienced business advisor can help you maximize your benefits and minimize the liabilities. They can […]

April 19, 2016 Preferred Shares Cocktail Reception – By Invitation Only

Join Invest Southwest, for the Preferred Shares Cocktail Reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at mod in Phoenix.   This invitation-only event is designed for accredited investors, investment bankers, and annual Invest Southwest sponsors, is free to attend, and is guaranteed to leave you connected and inspired! By invitation only and all guests must register for this event. To […]

3 Key Startup Considerations For Reaping Investor Rewards

Every startup hopes for an offer of funding. Plans are great but without resources, it’s tough to get off the ground. As your startup takes root, while you toil with early stage development, make sure you are not vulnerable to an investment storm. Whether you are courting a bank, a venture capitalist, or some type […]

THE 6 C’s OF SELF-CONFIDENCE & HOW TO HONE THEM

Key to an entrepreneur’s success is confidence in oneself, and in one’s powers and abilities. Self confidence inspires confidence of others. After all, we hesitate to back an idea presented by someone who is nervous and overly apologetic. However, we are likely persuaded to support a project pitched by one who speaks clearly, answers questions with […]

10 POINTS YOU NEED TO COVER IN YOUR INITIAL VC PRESENTATION

You are a startup looking for a VC and a VC is looking for a startup. So how do you convince a VC to take your call or meet with you? You send them a deck—make sure it is stacked in your favor. Start by developing and refining the reasons why the VC should meet […]

8 Sources of Startup Funding

Fetching funds and other resources is a critical aspect for any startup. And, managing investors is an important skill founders need to learn. It is said that getting venture funding is a lot like shifting gears. A typical startup goes through several rounds of funding, at each round getting just enough to shift it into […]

Why VC Confidence Matters To Every Young Company

When it comes to confidence, a rosy outlook among VC’s can be clouded. And that will cast a shadow on the future of start-ups everywhere. Here are some of the symptoms to recognize, and treatments to keep the VC community healthy and fit. Relevance fatigue. This happens when a mediocre or underdeveloped startup idea is […]

Fundraising Tips For Startups at the Later Stage

In a previous post, we detailed the first three phases of fundraising for startups: seed, early, and friends and family phases. These early phases have one thing in common – most of your capital comes from you and your family. Jim Marshall of Silicon Valley Bank jokingly calls these the Three Fs of Startup Finance: […]