Securing venture capital funding is a tricky terrain to travel. It’s hard enough for founders to accrue the capital needed to continue scaling, but it’s even more difficult for entrepreneurs from underrepresented demographics. In a recent study jointly published by Babson and Wellesley colleges, it was found that just 3 percent, or $1.5 billion, of the […]
To expand your wealth and achieve specific financial goals, you’re going to have to make some investments. However, those investments come with the significant risk of potential loss. Fortunately, the investment world has grown to offer more investment options and ways to assess those options. This includes more opportunities for individuals and companies to get […]
According to the most recent edition of PitchBook’s Venture Monitor, the first half of 2018 saw 94 investment deals surpassing the $100 million mark, continuing a trend in which late-stage successful startups and larger companies receive the lion’s share of VC funding allocations. That’s not to say that seed rounds for startups don’t get VC investment, but by […]
Today Wordstream was acquired for $150 million by Gannett. This was confirmed by it’s founder Larry Kim via Linkedin. Kim started Wordstream when he was in his 20’s and grew it till around a year or so ago when he exited to start Mobile Monkey. Here is a little more information about Wordstream being acquired […]
Congratulations on registering your new business! Or if you’re still contemplating forming your business, and just trying to better understand the steps required for having a bank account under the company name, you’re in the right place. Be sure you have seen our Lloyd & Mousilli guide on incorporation here for a step by step analysis. […]
Stay22, a travel tech company based in Montreal, announced it raised $750K in its first round of funding. The company has also amassed a growing roster of partnerships – including Pearl Jam, France’s Weezevent and Canada’s Evenko. Along with a growing team and a breakout amount of gross bookings in Q1 2018, totaling $600K, Stay22 […]
Ecommerce brands have seen innovations spring up for all parts of their business to help them compete more effectively with Amazon. Shopify makes it seamless to launch a great storefront. Instagram helps you build your audience (and even sell directly!). Whiplash and Shipmonk handle your fulfillment. Fuse Inventory and Stitch Labs manages your inventory with […]
Virtually every startup has to find funding somewhere. Although some founders take venture capital in exchange for equity, that’s not the only way to do it.
Hear 12 entrepreneurs share their advice on the questions to ask before investing in a friend’s startup.
When it comes to raising money for your startup, there are several ways of doing it. However, out of all startup funding options, the two most popular methods are Loan and Equity. Both types of loans are very different from each other, and sometimes it becomes challenging to choose the right option for your business. […]
Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Dallas, and they’ll probably say football, steaks, and JR Ewing. But lately the answer has been a little different: “Disruption.” You wouldn’t think Dallas, a city deeply rooted in tradition, is becoming synonymous with creating new markets and upending old ways of doing things. […]
Crowdfunding is an excellent way for startups to raise capital and test the market for innovative ideas. However, crowdfunding is not easy, and there’s a lot that goes into making a crowdfunding campaign successful. From this article, you will find out: What crowdfunding is, what it isn’t, and how to launch a crowdfunding campaign that’s […]
Accelerators have appeared across the country and around the world. Their goal is to push startups further along — to help them grow into their potential and start benefiting the economy. Accelerators also want to share in developing disruptive new technology. In a Harvard Business Review article titled “What Startup Accelerators Really Do,” Booking Institution Nonresident […]
The movement of software into the cloud has enabled developers to release new features at a staggering pace. But, all this change has created a fundamental security problem: How do you secure software that’s no longer monolithic and instead consists of hundreds of microservices that are updated multiple times daily? This is a challenge that […]
Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council. Raising rounds of venture capital is the goal for many companies: An influx of cash is certainly the fastest way to jump-start your growth and start hitting key milestones more quickly. But venture capital isn’t a silver bullet, and it’s not the right […]
Taking out any loan for your business or personal use is easy nowadays, but it is highly essential that you take out a loan that makes sense. No one wants to fall into a debt trap making life difficult. If you’re going to be stress-free then you should consider your need and most importantly the […]
11 entrepreneurs share their advice on fundraising without relying on venture capital.
Tradition leads you to believe: start a company in a garage or basement, find a few people to tell you it’s a good idea, raise a small bit of money from your friends & family, move to Silicon Valley, raise more money from a well known VC and become a technology rockstar. Well those […]
Paying back small business loans (SBL) has become a nightmare for so many entrepreneurs in this millennial age. The research by Main Street Lender on over 10,000 business loan applicants in the U.S disclosed that about 64 percent of applicants were unable to secure any type of financing. About 82 percent of applicants were denied financing […]
There’s a lot of speculation around whether blockchain technology will fundamentally transform the regulatory processes and requirements for companies raising money on public markets — but that may not be the best way to frame the conversation. The rise of blockchain can teach the regulatory environment. Certainly, there are aspects of the current regulatory environment that […]
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Kickstarter may have raised $10 million for the maker of a high-tech wristwatch, but people who have successfully used the crowdfunding site say that it is still, by and large, a place to raise small amounts of money to complete creative projects. Crowdfunding is something of an art, and success depends on many factors. The key…
Back in the gold rush days, the smart people were not the ones heading for the hills to dig holes. The smart people were selling picks and shovels. Crowdfunding is like that. With everyone and his brother now founding a startup, the smartest entrepreneurial play could be to set up a crowdfunding site to provide those founders with their essential…
With the recent passage of the JOBS Act, crowdfunding is about to get even hotter. Serial tech entrepreneur, speaker and consultant Scott Steinberg, author of The Crowdfunding Bible, explains how to make crowdfunding work for your startup.
Venture capitalists have been getting a black eye to go with their blue shirts. A recent report from the Kauffman Foundation slammed VCs for “shortchanging” investors, pointing out that public markets deliver better returns. The next day, Fred Wilson, general partner at Union Square Ventures and prominent VC blogger, suggested that a flood of…
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…
In the House of Representatives yesterday we were treated to a rare showing of bipartisanship. The House passed HR 3606 to make changes to our securities laws allowing crowdfunded companies and other early-stage ventures to legally solicit investors. Now it is up to the Senate to pass its equivalent bill SB 1933, which is expected by most…
In previous months, we’ve covered here in ReadWriteWeb a new and emerging concept called crowdfunding – a way for entrepreneurs, especially apps developers, to obtain just enough funding to get off the ground, by way of a handful of collected funding sources contributing no more than $1,000 each. It’s a superb alternative for businesses as small…
We have written numerous articles about crowdfunding, the soliciting of funds from the public using sites such as KickStarter. The unfortunately named Gplus community posted this infographic, created by the Garson Lehrman Group, that looks at the major crowdfunding sites and their current statistics, as well as the pros and cons of this emerging…