—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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Many entrepreneurs fail to consider what investment bankers can do to help them raise money. Let’s look at investment bankers — who they are, what they do, and how they differ from a VC or an angel — and key reasons that hiring an investment banker can be one of the smartest decisions an entrepreneur […]
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: […]
Infusionsoft Co-Founder Clate Mask calls himself a bootstrapping evangelist. “When I was in business school, we learned the ‘MBA way’ to grow a business,” he says. “You write a business plan, raise some money and then roll it out. Not only is that the wrong approach, but gives false hopes.” Mask says a business plan […]
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