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  • David Rose: What Angel Investors Look For in a Startup
    investment firm Gust has written a book Angel Investing that was released this week Inc spoke with Rose about the role angel investors play in the startup world and how entrepreneurs can get investments At what stage should founders be trying to get angel investments David Rose Today given the reduced costs of starting a company the bar has been raised an enormous amount When it took 20 million to get a company started or even 2 million the only way to start a company was to get the money first But at this point angels no longer fund ideas If you just have an idea don t even try Now where does that first money come from to start a company It comes from the entrepreneur Because if you are not prepared to put in money to back your idea there is not a chance in hell that anyone else is going to How much do you expect entrepreneurs to invest in their company at this stage David Rose Now how much they put in that s a different story Not everyone is Elon Musk So what we as angel investors like to see is what we call skin in the game We want the entrepreneur to show us that they have something meaningful to risk backing the venture The first outside money is coming from people who are betting on the person usually friends or family members Then at that point the entrepreneur will use that money to actually develop something some proof some traction that you can actually create something that people want This typically is where angels come in We take the first outside bet on his or her ability to actually deliver a product into this market that people are willing to pay for See

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  • David Rose
    group and CEO of investment firm Gust has written a book Angel Investing that was released this week Inc spoke with Rose about the role angel investors play in the startup world and how entrepreneurs can get investments At what stage should founders be trying to get angel investments David Rose Today given the reduced costs of starting a company the bar has been raised an enormous amount When it took 20 million to get a company started or even 2 million the only way to start a company was to get the money first But at this point angels no longer fund ideas If you just have an idea don t even try Now where does that first money come from to start a company It comes from the entrepreneur Because if you are not prepared to put in money to back your idea there is not a chance in hell that anyone else is going to How much do you expect entrepreneurs to invest in their company at this stage David Rose Now how much they put in that s a different story Not everyone is Elon Musk So what we as angel investors like to see is what we call skin in the game We want the entrepreneur to show us that they have something meaningful to risk backing the venture The first outside money is coming from people who are betting on the person usually friends or family members Then at that point the entrepreneur will use that money to actually develop something some proof some traction that you can actually create something that people want This typically is where angels come in We take the first outside bet on his or her ability to actually deliver a product into this market that people are willing

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/david-rose/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Investors
    ready to raise Introduction meetings to show and tell what you are working on will be the death of you with that firm See Full Story on www boston com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Entrepreneurs Fundraising Advice Investors Pivot The Art of the Warm Introduction 21 November 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Getting an In Investors don t want to meet you They wanted to be introduced to you There s a huge difference Another top tier VC once told me that out of the thousands of business pitches he receives in his office every year his firm has never funded one that came in completely cold In other words the only way to get an investment was through an introduction It makes sense The job of a venture capitalist is finding a needle in the haystack So investors rely on their network to do the first round of vetting This little insight should dramatically change how you raise money Instead of trying to build a network of investors you should be building a network of introducers And not all introducers are created equal Here are four tips to help you 1 Get introductions to your friends investors If you re working in any kind of start up hub you almost certainly have friends who are working on their own start ups Ask them to help you The first question should be Am I ready to fundraise This question will help you gauge just how warm your friends introductions will be If they like you but don t believe in your start up yet then it will be impossible for them to hide that perspective from their own investors But once you get the go ahead you should absolutely ask them for introductions Then send your friend a fresh email requesting an introduction to a specific investor The email should have enough information that it can be forwarded by your friend without further editing and short enough that the investor can read it on his or her mobile phone Assume that no attachments will be opened and that no links will be clicked 2 Get introductions from entrepreneurs who aren t friends Even if you are not yet friends with everyone in the PayPal Mafia or the Y Combinator alumni crew your friends list may not reach as far as you need to go That s not a problem because most founders are willing to help out other founders when approached in the right way I regularly introduce other start ups to my own investors and it s a win win for both sides When you are approaching another entrepreneur for an intro you need to really sell them on your start up because an entrepreneur will only make an introduction to his or her investors if the entrepreneur believes there is high likelihood that that introduction will result in an investment It affects the entrepreneur s own credibility when it doesn t That said it s

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/investors/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Here’s what it actually takes to make it as an entrepreneur
    comes the multi billion dollar IPO That s the Hollywood version of Silicon Valley But it is as far from reality as is Disneyland Entrepreneurship is never that easy and the stereotype of the startup founder is not representative of the technology world Yes there are a few such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates who made it big But they are the outliers and they too don t fit the stereotype Here are six myths about what it actually takes to make it 1 Entrepreneurs are a product of nature A common belief is that entrepreneurs are born and cannot be made Venture capitalist Fred Wilson once said that he was shocked when a professor told him you could teach people to be entrepreneurs He explained I ve been working with entrepreneurs for almost 25 years now and it is ingrained in my mind that someone is either born an entrepreneur or is not Venture capitalist Mark Suster with whom I once had a fierce debate on this topic maintained the same See Full Story on www washingtonpost com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Computer Science Entrepreneur Multi billion Venture Capitalist Speak Your Mind Cancel reply Name Email Website

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  • Computer Science
    build his technology Then comes the multi billion dollar IPO That s the Hollywood version of Silicon Valley But it is as far from reality as is Disneyland Entrepreneurship is never that easy and the stereotype of the startup founder is not representative of the technology world Yes there are a few such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates who made it big But they are the outliers and they too don t fit the stereotype Here are six myths about what it actually takes to make it 1 Entrepreneurs are a product of nature A common belief is that entrepreneurs are born and cannot be made Venture capitalist Fred Wilson once said that he was shocked when a professor told him you could teach people to be entrepreneurs He explained I ve been working with entrepreneurs for almost 25 years now and it is ingrained in my mind that someone is either born an entrepreneur or is not Venture capitalist Mark Suster with whom I once had a fierce debate on this topic maintained the same See Full Story on www washingtonpost com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Computer Science Entrepreneur Multi billion Venture Capitalist Email Newsletter Sign up

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  • Venture Capitalist
    demanding my presence I ignored the blatant bias and answered What do you mean could I work like that I already do Five years later I am at the helm of a company that grew its revenues 450 in 2013 and counts one in 200 Americans as a supporter The young pair of founders I saw who eventually raised over 50M in venture capital funding are no longer at their venture There are two points to this story I will leave one of those points investor bias to another time But the second point about the advantages of being a middle aged company founder is often overshadowed by a media archetype of start up founders as hoodie clad 20 something s In reality studies show that one of the identifiable success factors in creating a high growth start up is having founders who graduated from college and were older at the time they started their companies because they therefore tended to have more experience and more contacts to build successful large firms In fact the average age for founding a successful company is 40 It s not a revolutionary insight to expect that experience and networks matter However in building The Grommet I have experienced and observed that there is a hidden advantage to this life stage more mature adults tend to have more significant social and family supports to give them resilience to survive the brutal psychological assaults of creating a company In other words there are plenty of credits to balance the debits of kids mortgages and looming college tuitions For me family provides a separate identity outside my company a consistent outlet for rest and relaxation and a safe haven to escape the relentless pressures of building a business These social supports go far to replenish the necessary reserves of energy courage and tenacity that are essential to successfully leading a start up See Full Story on blogs hbr org Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Company Entrepreneur Grommet Secret Weapon Venture Capitalist Released From Prison and Starting a Company 11 November 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Like most entrepreneurs Frederick Hutson cannot resist trying to solve a thorny problem His company Pigeonly based in Las Vegas taps an underserved and captive market by offering prison inmates an easy and efficient way to receive photos from loved ones and to make phone calls to them inexpensively Isolation is the worst thing for an inmate Mr Hutson said It makes it hard for him to rebuild his life when he gets out Hoping to reduce recidivism he came up with an idea for an online platform called Fotopigeon that lets friends and relatives upload photos which are then sent through the postal service directly to the incarcerated for a flat fee of 50 cents a print Companies like Shutterfly and Snapfish their packaging won t get accepted by prisons Mr Hutson said because they don t like anything that doesn t come in a plain white envelope

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  • Seeking to Expand Overseas? First Determine If Your Firm's Ready.
    growth rates in virtually all industries in emerging markets around the world it s no surprise the temptation to go international is so strong In the mobile app space for example Japan is by far the fastest growing market generating 560 percent revenue growth in the Apple App Store alone last year The next three top markets Russia China and Taiwan are all above the 100 percent mark with additional strong growth in Brazil Mexico and Turkey And in the cloud technology space another booming industry Gartner predicts double digit growth rates in Indonesia India Argentina Mexico and Brazil Why expand For any type of company international expansion obviously provides tremendous growth opportunities to penetrate and dominate new markets Considering how resource consuming and challenging this is however startups must be very clear about why they would even attempt international expansion and partnerships The primary reason for international expansion and partnerships is to enable or accelerate market domination Most hardware companies like consumer devices and wearables will need manufacturing partners early on to support going to market in a new geography Mobile app companies need device distribution partners to accelerate user adoption and growth Without these strategic partnerships in place

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  • International Stardom
    expansion Considering the skyrocketing growth rates in virtually all industries in emerging markets around the world it s no surprise the temptation to go international is so strong In the mobile app space for example Japan is by far the fastest growing market generating 560 percent revenue growth in the Apple App Store alone last year The next three top markets Russia China and Taiwan are all above the 100 percent mark with additional strong growth in Brazil Mexico and Turkey And in the cloud technology space another booming industry Gartner predicts double digit growth rates in Indonesia India Argentina Mexico and Brazil Why expand For any type of company international expansion obviously provides tremendous growth opportunities to penetrate and dominate new markets Considering how resource consuming and challenging this is however startups must be very clear about why they would even attempt international expansion and partnerships The primary reason for international expansion and partnerships is to enable or accelerate market domination Most hardware companies like consumer devices and wearables will need manufacturing partners early on to support going to market in a new geography Mobile app companies need device distribution partners to accelerate user adoption and growth Without these

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