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We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: Entrepreneurs and startup founders have a lot on their plates. They must often wear many “hats” and fill many roles across the organization as their company grows. That said, while their focus … Continue reading

Questions to Ask Before You Invest

Questions to Ask Before You Invest

Investing in startups can be exciting. You’re backing entrepreneurs, helping new technologies grow, and potentially introducing some disruption into longstanding industries. That said, such investments are also inherently risky. You’re funding a company that is oftentimes just gaining traction or … Continue reading

When a startup founder is pitching to investors, typically, that founder is advised to include highly detailed charts, financial numbers, and milestones. With more information, investors can gain a better idea of where a startup is in its journey, if … Continue reading

After all the research, all the intros, all the pitches, and all the negotiations, you’ve done it – your startup has gone through a successful funding round. You’ve made it to the other side…so what’s next? The hard work isn’t … Continue reading

Private equity investments hit a new record in 2017 with ~$453 billion raised. This surpasses the previous record of $414 billion, which was set in 2007. This is due, in part, to an increase in fund sizes – for example, … Continue reading

Amazon. Airbnb. Snap Inc. Groupon. 23andMe. While these companies wouldn’t initially seem to have much in common, they were in fact all started by non-tech founders. Jeff Bezos of Amazon initially worked on Wall Street before founding the billion-dollar company; … Continue reading

What is Impact Investing?

What is Impact Investing?

Depending on your personal investment strategy, you may seek out investment opportunities within a certain industry, such as tech or finance. You may prefer debt- or equity-based financial instruments, or you may prefer short- or long-term investments. These all come … Continue reading

Dealing With Fundraising Challenges

Dealing With Fundraising Challenges

As an entrepreneur and startup founder, one of the biggest challenges you can take on is raising funds. A startup’s first outside round of financing, series seed, can help founders begin operations, hire a small team, launch products, and rent … Continue reading

It’s been over one year since MicroVentures teamed up with Indiegogo to form First Democracy VC (FDVC), a registered funding portal that allows investors like you to support startups. Since then, more than 20 startups have been funded via FDVC … Continue reading

While startup founders may receive the majority of news headlines and recognition surrounding their companies, there is often another group involved in making business decisions: a board of directors. A board of directors is a group of individuals that act … Continue reading