Author Katherine Hague explains how the venture capital industry works, and walks you through each step necessary to plan, execute, and optimize your own fundraising round. Packed full of exercises, checklists, and templates, this book guides you through the process from start to finish. It’s ideal for entrepreneurs raising later rounds of capital, as well as those just starting out.Gain an understanding of core venture capital concepts and standardsLearn how to develop and hone an investor pitchCome away with a plan to hit the fundraising trail for your companyDevelop the confidence you need to negotiate key terms in a funding dealUnderstand best practices in fundraising, and learn how to avoid the top 10 fundraising mistakes
The Art of Startup Fundraising takes a fresh look at raising money for startups, with a focus on the changing face of startup finance. New regulations are making the old go-to advice less relevant, as startup money is increasingly moving online. These new waters are all but uncharted—and founders need an accessible guide. This book helps you navigate the online world of startup fundraising with easy-to-follow explanations and expert perspective on the new digital world of finance. You'll find tips and tricks on raising money and investing in startups from early stage to growth stage, and develop a clear strategy based on the new realities surrounding today's startup landscape.
The finance world is in a massive state of flux. Changes are occurring at an increasing pace in all sectors, but few more intensely than the startup sphere. When the paradigm changes, your processes must change with it. This book shows you how startup funding works, with expert coaching toward the new rules on the field. Learn how the JOBS Act impacts the fundraising model Gain insight on startups from early stage to growth stage Find the money you need to get your venture going Craft your pitch and optimize the strategy Build momentum Identify the right investors Avoid the common mistakes
Don't rely on the "how we did it" tales from superstar startups, as these stories are unique and applied to exceptional scenarios. The game has changed, and playing by the old rules only gets you left behind. Whether you're founding a startup or looking to invest, The Art of Startup Fundraising provides the up-to-the-minute guidance you need.
The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur's essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You'll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. Instead of simply referring you to experts, this discussion shows you exactly which experts you need, what exactly you need them to do, and which tools you will use to support them—and you'll gain enough insight to ask smart questions that help you get your money's worth. If you're ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit.
Over two thirds of startups are built on creaky foundations, and over two thirds of startup costs go directly toward cleaning up legal and practical problems caused by an incomplete or improper start. This book helps you sidestep the messy and expensive clean up process by giving you the specific actions you need to take right from the very beginning.Understand the critical intricacies of legally incorporating and running a startup Learn which experts you need, and what exactly you need from them Make more intelligent decisions independent of your advisors Avoid the challenges that threaten to derail great young companies
The typical American startup costs over $30,000 and requires working with over two dozen professionals and service providers before it even opens for business—and the process is so complex that few founders do it correctly. Their startups errors often go unnoticed until the founder tries to seek outside capital, at which point they can cost thousands of dollars to fix. . . or even completely derail an investment. The Startup Checklist helps you avoid these problems and lay a strong foundation, so you can focus on building your business.
Finding an angel investor to fund the next big idea has always been a daunting task. The next difficult task is to gain marketing exposure. Together, these elements can make or break a startup. Until recently, these two were separate activities – you first find investors & raise money, and then you would allocate your marketing spend.
The advent of crowdfunding has disrupted the way funding and marketing is done – by combining these critical tasks and getting them done at the same time.
Crowdfunding – Venture Capital on Steroids.
With crowdfunding, you can set your terms, retain your company’s vision & culture, and bring several shareholders rather than just a handful – and most importantly get promotional boost that comes with this.
Furthermore, crowdfunding also allows you to offer shares and attract a lot more money! Entrepreneurs usually raise hundreds of thousands, and even millions!
This Book Is Your Blueprint on the “HOW”!
Crowdfunding has offer new avenues for startups and it is relatively easier to start a business than ever before. But it is also attached with a steep learning curve. Many ventures find themselves into deep waters without the real knowledge of choosing a platform, crafting a pitch and attracting investors.
In this book, you will learn:
The power of crowdfunding today
Finding the next big thing and running your campaign
Designing your idea and funding it through the crowd
Crafting an irresistible pitch and getting them to say YES
Building a powerful marketing strategy
Accelerating the conversation with the crowd and re-igniting the momentum
Building a powerful marketing strategy
The biggest mistakes that can kill your business before it has even begun
The powerful impact of crowdfunding on your business and profile
Introducing Your First Comprehensive Resource on Crowdfunding
This book is powered with the best strategies from real companies who have used crowdfunding to raise millions of dollars, pounds, and euros. Furthermore, it provides expert advice on leading platforms that are at the peak of the crowdfunding revolution.
This book is a genuine attempt on providing a global resource on crowdfunding with stories from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, among others.
Finally, this is THE complete guide, which will help you kick start with your crowdfunding campaign from ground up, with no prior knowledge assumed.
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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is an internationally renowned way of analysing a person’s personality type and thus learning more about how they react and think. With this comprehensive guide, you will be able to use your own profile in order to select a career that is best suited to you and understand how knowing other people’s personality types can benefit you!
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Using a hockey stick as a metaphor and highlighting four key phases, Martin shows the healthy way a business should grow and uses entertaining stories and interviews with successful entrepreneurs like the founders of LendingTree, Under Armour, and iContact, woven throughout the book to not only share a wealth of advice, but to chronicle the ins and outs of these different phases:
-The Tinkering Period: The tip of the stick, or the time when you first develop and hone your idea.
-The Blade Years: The formative years when growth can be flat and navigating the unpredictable process of creating a company can be rocky.
-The Inflection Point: The crucial point in time right before your business takes off when it's important for entrepreneurs to prepare and make decisions to properly manage rapid growth.
-Surging Growth: Once your company proves that they have potential, you need to optimize that growth and scale up in a sensible way.
Innovation almost always involves a number of challenges, misdirections, and uncertainty and can take several years of struggle. But The Hockey Stick Principles gives aspiring entrepreneurs and those in the midst of the messy process a realistic, human, and inspiring understanding of what starting an innovative business is like, while teaching you what to look out for along the way as you shepherd your business through to success.