Since the business side of my world is focused on entrepreneurialism and business growth, so is my new year reading list.
How to Build a Winning Team
How to Create a Strategy, Vision and Mission
How to Create an Advisory Board
How to Get Funding
How to Improve Your Company
How to Improve Your Pitch
How to Start Your Company
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Spotlight
Startup Accelerator Spotlight
Startup Investor Spotlight
Business Startup Spotlight
Entrepreneur Events Spotlight
University Entrepreneurial Program Spotlight
Women Entrepreneurs Spotlight
While there is no formalized list of “Thou Shall Not” items for start-ups seeking funding similar to the Ten Commandments, if there were, Thou Shall Not encumber your balance sheet with debt, would certainly make the list.
Global Investor Register is a curated listing of Angel Networks, Funds, VCs and Corporate VCs from around the world.
The Billion Dollar Startup Club has 101 companies as of July 2015, with the number one private company valued at $46 billion. It’s no secret, technology has revolutionized entrepreneurship. The explosive growth of tech-based companies is at its highest since 1995, surpassing the dot-com boom of year 2000.
Entrepreneurs have numerous options for obtaining funding to explore and validate their startup concept.
“We filter out half of these qualified interviewees in the first minute.”
The words were NOT an accurate reflection of the company I worked for.
If this research were to uncover the ‘secret sauce’, entrepreneurs could prepare accordingly and drastically increase their probability of successfully acquiring the funding.
An entrepreneur without funding is a musician without an instrument.― Robert A. Rice Jr.
Even the great ones can screw this one up, case-in-point: Apple, Inc. Consider this lesson when preparing for your next investor pitch.