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Feld Thoughts: The Torturous World of PowerPoint
7/12/2007
Summary:

This article isn't about PowerPoint but about a much more useful topic: Which questions should an entrepreneur answer in a funding pitch? A veteran VC who's suffered through countless poor business pitches, Brad Feld blames inadequate content--which PowerPoint delivers much too easily.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
Brian Berliner's Brain: Five Year Projections?
7/12/2007
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When going for round one financing, what should your five-year projections look like? This brief article provides excellent, practical advice. Key points: Know your numbers inside and out, show clearly how your projections were built, and be ruthlessly honest with your potential investors and yourself.

Go To Source (www.brianberliner.com)
Better Beginnings
7/12/2007
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Getting ready to do your first presentation to a VC or angel? A good beginning leads to a happy ending. An experienced speaker and writer provides entertaining and useful advice on why your business presentations should open with a spark instead of a spreadsheet.

Go To Source (headrush.typepad.com)
Potential Funding Sources Checklist
3/12/2007
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Use this checklist to evaluate all of your funding options and to consider alternative sources of funding.

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Guide to Angel Investors
3/13/2007
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Angel investors provide nearly $25 billion to more than 10,000 entrepreneurial firms each year. Increasingly, angels are banding together to combine resources, know-how, and prospecting efforts to identify solid investment opportunities. With the average group investing $400,000, this funding strategy can be a good alternative when personal assets have been tapped.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
How Equity Dilution Works
3/9/2007
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Issuing new equity shares of company stock has a direct impact on existing shareholders. Performing an equity dilution analysis can improve both financial decision-making and recruitment of new talent into the ranks of top management. A description process (including specific mathematical examples) are provided here.

Go To Source (www.gaebler.com)
Investor Turnoffs
3/9/2007
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When pitching a potential investor, it is important to understand not only what they want to hear, but more importantly what they don't. Avoid these typical mistakes that many entrepreneurs make when seeking funding from angels and venture capitalists.

Go To Source (www.gaebler.com)
National Venture Capital Association: Venture Capital Financing Documents
6/8/2007
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The NVCA site provides eight legal-document templates as starting points to save significant amounts of time and money during VC deals. For example, it includes term sheet, stock purchase agreement, and management rights letter.

Go To Source (www.nvca.org)
Next-Gen Innovators
6/8/2007
Summary:

Have venture capitalists overlooked innovation in industries such as nanotech, biotech, medical devices, and semiconductors? A new generation of entrepreneur-innovators is succeeding in such arenas-with promises of more to come. VCs are beginning to take notice. The article offers an overview of industries and products with explanations by entrepreneurs.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
The Interview: How to Survive an Expert Grilling by a Banker or Prospective Investor
8/23/2007
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Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.

Go To Source (www.angel-investor-news.com)

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