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The Venture Capital Aptitude Test (VCAT)
1/19/2007
Summary:

Entrepreneurs pursuing venture funding will find useful information in this article. Guy Kawasaki offers insight into the venture capitalist mindset. His Venture Capital Aptitude Test could be used by the entrepreneur as a list of qualities for which to seek in a venture capitalist partner.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Sample Balance Sheet
1/22/2007
File Resource
Summary:

Along with this sample Balance Sheet for a year old business, this tool provides a line-by-line explanation of the most common categories used to report the value of the company's assets, liabilities, and equity.

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What Sequoia Expects from Entrepreneurs
1/25/2007
Summary:

Matt McCall posts about Sequoia Capital and how this VC firm describes the elements of sustainability they seek within the ventures they fund, such as clarity of purpose, large markets with rich customers, and focus.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Funding Your Dream Video
1/19/2007
Summary:

Mohanjit Jolly, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, moderates a discussion between five VCs and Angel investors. The panel addresses key issues related to the funding process, including valuation, business plans, funder presentations, and strategies for accessing VCs.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
New Profit
1/19/2007
Summary:

While confusing to investors, mixing financial investments with philanthropic giving is a concept that is gaining ground. Good Capital is one organization collecting a portfolio of social enterprises and provides funding for their "social good" along with cash returns to their investors.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)
Board Meetings - A CEO's Point of View
1/19/2007
Summary:

Serial entrepreneur Will Herman shares 11 best practices for working effectively with a Board of Directors, including determining support, maintaining focus and direction, communication tactics, incorporating the management team, and presentations.

Go To Source (www.2-speed.com)
What VC's Look for In A CEO
1/25/2007
Summary:

The process venture capitalists go through to decide which entrepreneurial ventures to fund can be something of a mystery. Chicago-based VC, Matt McCall, provides a description of the qualities he looks for in the CEOs he backs, including resourcefulness, relentless determination, and creative thought.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Recruiting a New Director
1/19/2007
Summary:

Bringing new board members into your company can be complicated. Brad Feld provides some best practices for managing this complex process, including: recruiting, analyzing current board composition, and establishing selection criteria.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
The Money Hunt: Convince With Results or Tantalize With Promises
11/1/2004
Article Resource
Summary:

To maximize the amount of financing you can raise, you can either marshal tangible evidence of growth and success or demonstrate your company's potential.

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Committing Your Nickel
11/1/2004
Article Resource
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Starting a business usually involves committing personal finances, no more so than at the beginning, when banks are loathe to extend credit.

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