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How Much Capital Should You Raise for Your Startup?

How Much Capital Should You Raise for Your Startup?

If you’re having a difficult time deciding how much money to raise for your startup, you’re not alone. Many struggle with balancing all the factors involved in an initial raise, especially because those factors vary depending on what type of product you’re attempting to launch. Some startups simply need more capital than others. For example, […]

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5 Guidelines for First-Time Startup Investors

5 Guidelines for First-Time Startup Investors

The startup investment landscape has recently undergone some significant changes. The SEC previously restricted investing in private deals almost exclusively to accredited investors, but the JOBS Act reduces the limitations of these private investments. Because of these reduced limitations, investors like you have access to startup investment opportunities through tools like equity crowdfunding platforms. Private […]

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How to Bootstrap Your Startup

How to Bootstrap Your Startup

Turning your startup into a successful company without taking outside capital is a daunting task; but it is possible, if you’ve got the time, dedication, and resourcefulness to make it happen. Many successful startups have raised a significant amount of venture capital before going to market, but money raised is really more a metric of […]

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Essential Elements of a Startup Pitch Presentation

Essential Elements of a Startup Pitch Presentation

Time is limited when delivering your pitch to investors and venture capitalists. Both your time slot and the attention span of your audience only allow you 10-20 minutes to deliver your most crucial points, but that’s only if you first get their attention. To do this, you’ll need to simplify your thoughts and your product. […]

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How to Value Your Startup

How to Value Your Startup

Startup valuations are highly subjective numbers, making the valuation process one of the most difficult aspects of fundraising for your company. Entrepreneurs focus more on future potential rather than the current state of their product, while investors focus on the amount of capital needed to ensure future profitability. Therefore, entrepreneurs are more likely to overvalue […]

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Investing in Pre-IPO Companies

Investing in Pre-IPO Companies

MicroVentures makes primary and secondary investments in private companies. When an opportunity is listed as a “Late-stage” offering, MicroVentures has been able to secure an investment in a later-stage private company through the purchase of shares in the secondary market, meaning from someone other than the issuing company. In many instances, the general public is […]

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Metrics Every Startup Should Track

Metrics Every Startup Should Track

Do You Really Know How Your Startup is Performing? At every level of growth, startups are faced with an array of advice and suggestions: focus on this, not that; allocate your money here, not there; target these customers, not those. When resources are thin and big decisions could have big consequences, it is impossible to […]

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How to Use Your IRA to Invest in Startups

How to Use Your IRA to Invest in Startups

What is an IRA? According to Fidelity Investments, the definition of an IRA is, “an account set up at a financial institution that allows an individual to save for retirement with tax-free growth or on a tax-deferred basis.” There are four, most familiar, IRAs — Traditional, Roth, SEP, and Rollover — each with different advantages. […]

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8 Essential Tips for a Successful Startup

8 Essential Tips for a Successful Startup

It’s no secret, a high percentage of startups don’t make it. So what steps can you take now to increase your chances of success? Ensuring success for your startup means utilizing every bit of your time and budget. We’ve put together a list of 8 tips below to help you increase your startup’s chance of […]

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