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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

Dumb money will lose in tech bubble

The question was posed to the audience during a panel discussion about tech startup funding. Wired magazine senior writer Steven Levy moderated the talk with Harj Taggar, a partner at uber-incubator Y Combinator, and Chris Sacca, Lowercase Capital's influential founder. Both Taggar and Sacca said the popularity of angel investing has changed their firms and how they look at promising new startups. "I was at Google when I started inv...

Finance minister promises support for industry-academia cooperation

"In the coming decade, the Israeli government will invest resources in collaborations with academic institutions. We intend to inject government capital into high-tech companies that will cooperate with academic research institutes, in order to promote Israeli high tech," said Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz at the Landmark Ventures Israel Dealmakers Summit in Tel Aviv today.

Steinitz also discussed the plan for encouraging ins...

Hong Kong is Asia's premier start-up hub according to angel investor Doug Richard

The nation’s eyes were firmly set on China last week as David Cameron took his merry band of entrepreneurs on a trade mission to Beijing. But it is Hong Kong that is the number one start-up city in Asia, says the former Dragons' Den investor and founder of School for Startups.

Last week, Hong Kong embraced its fast-growing entrepreneur community with the first StartmeupHK Week – a major project backed by the Hong Kong go...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Effective Business Plan Writing Guide

A business plan is meant to attract investments for starting a new business venture or expanding an existing one. It is common that 9 out of 10 business plans are rejected because VC's or Angels find them unattractive or unviable. So what does it take to create a business plan that can deliver result. Here are some points a. Speak with people who have 'been there and done it'. It gives you a new perspective to your way of looking at ...

Your Elevator Speech… Still Working On It?

So a financial services guru, a chief operating officer, and a lawyer walk into a bar. And a career coach asks, “What’s your elevator speech?” And they all have the exact same one: “Um, I’m working on it.” Picture of an elevator up button The time to work on an elevator speech is well before you get on an elevator. It’s actually not a joke, I know all these people and that’s what they say when I ask them. I’m wo...

4 Lessons From a $200,000 Start-Up Pitch

An entrepreneur asked me for $200,000 and I turned him down. From that failed pitch -- I see four lessons for start-up CEOs. It all started in May 2013, when the entrepreneur, an electrical engineering professor, told me that he was getting back into the start-up game and had started reading my book, Hungry Start-up Strategy. A few weeks later, he told me that he had a business idea and asked for a chance to pitch it. At a late Ju...

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Fund Raising

3 things to remember when trying to win over an angel investor

The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money?

Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best...

Interview: Angel Investor’s Five Best Practices For Attracting Capital

The key to raising money is building investor trust. There is a formula for doing so. The entrepreneurs that succeed in raising capital for their business know the formula for crafting a compelling story that earns the trust and investment of angel investors. James Magowan is an angel investor I met at an Investors Circle event. As an investment banker with Security Research Associates he helps companies successfully bridge the trust ga...

8 Hard-Earned Insights Into Raising Startup Capital

Approaching investors for the first time is a daunting exercise for any startup. Regardless of whether you’re raising venture capital, approaching angels or still trying to figure out where to get started, it’s critical to stay level-headed about what you’re really pitching - and what it’s actually worth. The best way to do that is to… Approaching investors for the first time is a daunting exercise for any startup. Regardle...

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Marketing & Social Media

The Don'ts of Social Media

So many blog posts are covering what you should do in content and social media marketing. But sometimes we need to take a step back and have a little review of etiquette. So today we offer 16 things to NEVER do.

Don’t forget to Tweet regularly.

Especially if you are B2B. And follow your clients and potential clients. They care.

Don’t forget to maintain a solid Facebook page.

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12 Ideas for Growing Your Brand on Social Media

What is the single smartest thing you have ever done on social media — ever — to grow your company’s brand? (Be specific!) The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start...

5 Tips for Creating More Efficient Social Media Processes

Creating, executing and evaluating a social media plan takes a healthy amount of time, money and talent — resources that are scarce in today's business world. Mashable spoke with Altimeter Group Industry Analyst Jeremiah Owyang and Intel Social Media Strategist Ekaterina Walter to get their thoughts on how businesses can save time, money and other valuable resources by creating more efficient social media processes. Here are five e...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Ways to Grow from a Smart to a Wise Entrepreneur

Most of the entrepreneurs I have met are smart, but many are not always wise. That means they may show great insights into a new technology that has marginal business value, their passion may motivate team members more than customers, or they may allow themselves to be pulled over the ethical line in their success drive. Wise leaders are authentic, timeless, and enduring. Of course, experience is the ultimate teacher of the differenc...

China’s Entrepreneur Confidence Index slightly up in Q1

China's Entrepreneur Confidence Index (ECI) continued to rise in the first quarter of this year, up 2.1 percentage points from the fourth quarter last year to 76.3 percent, according to a survey conducted by the People's Bank of China, or the central bank. The ECI is a gauge of the understanding, views and projections of business people. Meanwhile, China's business climate index, a major measure of macro economic outlook, edged do...

Hong Kong needs more risk-takers to nurture start-up culture

Is the younger generation in Hong Kong unwilling to take risks to start their own business these days? This is clearly one of the strongest arguments that I have heard in the debate on why we haven't seen the next big thing like Xiaomi, known as the Apple of China, in Hong Kong. The typical local success story we often hear is how a bright young student goes through several rounds of interviews at a big developer or bank and lands a ...

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