Over the years I have worked with and spoken to over 100 small business executives about their capital formation activities. Honestly, most of them were not successful in meeting their fundraising goal(s). For a capitalist like me, that is difficult to witness. The stark reality is that the high majority of small businesses and start-ups(…)
This December 6th, come on out to CoCoMSP and watch INVESTyR Co-founders Patrick Donohue & Phil Pogge provide an interactive seminar on why digital media is forever changing the world of finance. The seminar unveils tactics on how to use digital media to achieve your business goals and accelerate capital events. We guarantee participants will(…)
I am a big fan of agile development and lean startup practices. Failing fast is more important today than ever. The same is true for finding investors. Just like you need to evolve your product, you need to cycle though a lot of people to find and engage the right relationships. There was(…)
Have you seen him? He is the angel investor who wants to write a check, but he doesn’t know you. You’re lost with a lack of resources and feeling pinched on time. Money’s gotta come in or your dreams are going out the door. “Where’s Waldo?!” So let’s help you connect the dots. Put two(…)
As Red Bull Strato’s jumper, Felix Baumgartner said, “When I was standing there on top of the world so humble, you are not thinking about breaking records. I was thinking about coming back alive. You do not want to die in front of your parents and all these people….I thought ‘please God, don’t let me(…)
“What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you’re advancing. If you don’t you’re as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn’t there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you.” Lyndon B. Johnson What does your story say(…)
By this time, with all the attention in the news and current events, I’m assuming you’ve probably heard of Twitter. In the last five years, Twitter has amassed itself as the world’s best way to share and receive instant information. With over 500 million users, it has been proven as a valuable way to(…)
How many people do you know that have had an idea that they thought will change the world? Countless times, we’ve heard everyday folks with a small idea or dream try to change the ways things are done. Many of them have experienced a problem first hand that they can’t handle anymore! They set out(…)
Image courtesy of MDGovPics We talk to a lot of entrepreneurs and hear them tell us first hand what it feels like to be turned down by a potential investor. And it’s always the same story. The founder thought they had it in the bag, their product was the next big thing, it was going(…)
The first small business we are featuring is Abacus Party Cover, led by 21 year old Mark Hammond. Website: www.marquee-hertfordshire.co.uk The Team Matt, Daniel, Mark & Mark’s grandfather Who does the team consist of? Abacus Party Cover consists of a small unit which together makes sure the business runs smoothly. I have a team of(…)
Credits: Capitol Rally by Martin Saunders Having a shared vision in your company amongst potential Deal Team members, advisory board members, and investors leads to fundraising success. Shared vision has to do with leadership that inspires action and starts a movement. People support those who share the same vision of the future. The vision is the(…)
Part of finding investors through LinkedIn entails having a robust personal profile and company page demonstrating thought leadership. A profile detailing your accomplishments and knowledge of your industry creates trust and shows your knowledge is up to date on industry trends. This inspires investors to take a chance and engage with you. What is Thought(…)
AngelList is a great platform for connecting entrepreneurs with each other and with different types of investors. The digital platform means location is no longer a priority. Physically presenting a company to investors has evolved to include video chats and teaser videos to pique their interest. With over 42,000 businesses listed on AngelList, it is important(…)
At INVESTyR, we love encouraging others to try using crowdfunding campaigns. Failure doesn’t exist in crowdfunding, even if by chance, your organization fails to reach its campaign goals.. If the campaign does doesn’t meet its goals and closes, you can run another campaign later. Otherwise, there are other options such as peer to peer lending(…)
“Superior access to capital improves lives.” Credit: Gates Foundation Peer-to-peer lending is an excellent option for acquiring start-up funding while benefiting everyone involved–from the lender to borrower and even customers and employees of the start-up. Peer-to-peer lending creates a win-win situation without giving up a certain percentage of the company. Win-win sees life as a(…)
Credit: Timo Arnall According to Dave McClure, most investors have a short attention span. This is why we recommend using video in your presentation towards investors, especially when reaching investors online. When videos are used in crowdfunding campaigns and on AngelList or Gust, it is much easier to articulate your message quickly and in an(…)
Credits: Desri Tate “Emotion trumps logic.” Investors do not make funding decisions rationally. Take the time to understand investor psychology and your startup will be at an advantage in the funding game. First, you have to know what drives investors positively and negatively. Second, its not about money for investors. And lastly, you aren’t there(…)
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Yes, easy. Long gone are the days of secret rolodexes (that was a “technology” back in the day to index business cards that was famous for its rolling feature to view the cards). Sure there are people that are off-the-grid, but the real investors that are investing in startups and small businesses are mostly public(…)
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Are you afraid to pitch to an investor? What’s the worst that(…)
The advice we received from my mentor when practicing our pitch for Inspiration Medical Technology was “get rid of the presentation!” I laughed. I had given that same advice to others and it was a reminder how humans naturally over rely on crutches like presentation materials to present a story. A pitch deck(…)
Agile adjective 1. Characterized by quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble. 2. Mentally quick or alert. (The American Heritage dictionary definition) Wikipedia outlines Agile in relation to software development as “Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration(…)
Practice makes perfect, right? What if you took that notion and turned it on its head – practicing to be imperfect? Sound scary? Let me explain… Our business community has evolved from an era of expensive communications. Long-distance calls cost over $1.00 per minute and the only option for a face-to-face meeting was spending(…)
Throw Away Your Pitch Deck! from INVESTyR View this presentation as part of our new course “Agile Pitching: It’s More than Just a Pitch Deck”
Will a bank lend you or your business money? That is what being bankable is all about. If you are looking for ways to increase your credit score and borrowing capacity, the trick is to start small and demonstrate the ability to repay. The problem most entrepreneurs face in being “bankable” is that traditional lenders(…)
Yes. The age-old advice of bankers is that people should always be building credit. It is hard to argue with their thinking. Whether we like it or not, the reality is that credit is dictated by several bureaus that track our financial presence. And the lack of an established presence is a big red flag(…)
Have you heard of “Peer-to-Peer Lending”? Quite simply it is a platform that matches a borrower to lender(s). The concept is that it allows people to loan money to other people. Many people don’t need investors to support their business endeavors. Getting a simple loan will do. The caveat is that getting traditional personal(…)
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