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Crowdfunding 101: The Social Funding Craze - Part 1

For small businesses, crowdfunding (also called crowd financing, crowdsource funding, and/or social funding) circumvents the traditional funding model of seeking capital investments from angel investors or venture capitalists. Instead, crowdfunding allows start-ups to raise money directly from a group of people—”regular,” real people as opposed to financial wizards—one small donati...

Angel Investors vs Venture Capitalists: Targeting Funding Sources

When you’re looking to fund your start-up, should you pursue funds from an angel investor or a venture capitalist? Your first response may be: whoever will give me money! Sure, you may be at the point where you feel ready to take money from whomever will give it to you, but it’s actually more complicated than that. Before targeting a potential funding source, there’s a lot to consider. You m...

What is Your Start-Up Culture?

Recently I was talking with the CEO of a newly formed start-up who told me he had called a meeting of his small team to ask: What kind of culture should we create? Nice question, I thought, but the answer was already set. The company culture was the CEO’s vision, the people he hired, the way he led the weekly meetings. The culture was monthly movie nights, endless free snacks, a...

Are Incubator Programs Worthwhile for Your Start-Up?

If you’re a first-time entrepreneur, you have probably been on the hunt for the start-up holy grail: a blue-print for guaranteed start-up success. Unfortunately, as you’ve probably already discovered, there is no such thing. Fortunately there are incubation programs. Joining an incubation program gives you the opportunity to learn from others’ experience so you can avoid pi...

The New Accounting Rules for Social Media and Gaming

In the big business of gaming, one small accounting change can lead to a huge shift in revenue reported—as recently happened when Zynga was preparing for its initial public offering. In the case of Zynga, this one accounting estimate change magically transformed their loss into a small profit, adding more than $27 million to their revenue for the first half of 2011. Such accounting changes...

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