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The 5-Point Plan to Check Out Potential Investors
8/7/2007
Summary:

Stolen software, too-high brokerage fees, out-and-out scams are just a few of the pitfalls entrepreneurs must avoid as they raise capital. This article explains key signs of trouble and what to do about them.

Go To Source (www.angel-investor-news.com)
Suing a Customer for Nonpayment
8/30/2007
Summary:

A straightforward article about the three options you have to collect a debt from a non-payer: write a final demand for payment letter, sue in small claims court, or sue in state civil trial court. In each case, you'll need documentation of your claim and your attempts to collect, not to mention the hardy persistence entrepreneurs are known for. Bonus: Links to several other resources.

Go To Source (www.allbusiness.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)
The Best Funding Source for You
8/16/2007
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This article provides an excellent framework not only for how to raise money but also for how to think about raising money. Key point: Always stay nine months ahead of your need for cash.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
The Art of Projections in a Dotcom 2.0 World
8/16/2007
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Facing facts and forgetting fantasies are vital to accurate forecasting for startups seeking outside investment. This highly practical blog entry provides eleven helpful tips for doing forecasts realistically and presenting them in ways that investors understand and appreciate.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
The Narrowing GAAP
9/6/2007
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There's a convergence in international accounting standards (GAAP vs. IFRS, mainly) that entrepreneurs with growing global interests might want to be aware of, as reported by this lengthy article. However, larger corporations seem to be the key players right now.

Go To Source (www.cfo.com)
Toward a Leaner Finance Department
9/6/2007
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A leaner finance function will reduce costs, increase quality, and better align corporate responsibilities in finance and other departments. This article shows how CFOs can apply the waste-reduction principles of lean manufacturing to their challenges.

Go To Source (www.cfo.com)
Ask the VC: How Do You Calculate Operating Cash Flow?
11/8/2007
Summary:

This brief, to-the-point VC blog entry explains why investors often consider operating cash flow as the best measure of business health. The piece also explains one way for entrepreneurs to calculate it with investors in mind.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Fundraising: No-Shop Agreements
11/8/2007
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When seeking venture capital, entrepreneurs may be asked to sign a term sheet with a no-shop clause. That means the entrepreneur agrees not to seek other investors during the final negotiations. This blog entry contains some good advice that isn't necessarily obvious to the uninitiated.

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
All I Know About VC, I Learned from My Kids
11/8/2007
Summary:

Investors can have a high degree of influence on the operations of their portfolio companies because of their capital and their board roles. Such influence, at times, may push through ideas that are not in alignment with the leadership team's strategy. This article offers one VC's insights into the relationship between investor and the entrepreneur or CEO.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)

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