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Choosing Your Startup Banking Solution

High tech startups require a lot of cash up front to grow quickly. Funding solutions range from venture capital, angels and seed accelerator funding models to crowd funding and straightforward bank loans. Because traditional financing is often difficult to get for startups, fledgling high technology companies often rely on equity capital to provide the quick influxes of cash they need. Th...

What Are the Tricks to Raising Investment Capital?

Well, the good news (and the bad news) is that there really are no tricks to raising investment capital for your business. Raising capital requires preparation, persistence and diligence. Before you begin, make sure that you are well organized. Once you start meeting with investors you need to be on the ball to be able to respond quickly to their requests and questions. If you’ve got a solid bus...

What Do VCs Care About?

In our experience, venture capitalists really only care about two things: growth and risk. These investors are interested in companies with high growth prospects, managed by exceptional and ambitious leaders who can demonstrate that they can turn a business plan into reality. To compensate for coping with a higher risk, VC’s want a high return for their money. Before buying equity in your compan...

How Does Convertible Debt Work?

In the start-up consulting side of Early Growth Financial Services, we often have start-up founders asking about convertible debt and how it can help them when raising venture capital and angel funding. Many start-ups want to avoid having a valuation discussion with their investors, and so they’ll turn to convertible debt since it delays valuation. However, there are up-sides and down-sides to u...

How Do You Create Culture for Your Startup?

Each employee of a company transmits its true values through its culture. If the culture is outdated, irrelevant or misaligned with its core values, people will pick up on it in many subtle ways and steer. This is easy to see in large corporations who have become mired in a dysfunctional culture. For giants entrenched in consolidated markets, the slow death this stagnation points to can take years...

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