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What Does a Pitch Deck Look Like: Pitching Made Perfect

Tom Hicks, a “leveraged-buyout businessman” and former owner of the Texas Rangers, knows a thing or two about both business and baseball. He wisely said: “As any pitcher in the MBA will tell you, practice makes perfect.” This holds equally true for start-ups in the pitching phase—which is always! As any entrepreneur trying to get funding for his start-up will tell you, practice makes...

How to Reduce Your Start-Up Business Burn Rate

Are you worried about running out of cash before you even get your start-up off the ground? Sure, starting and running a business can cost a pretty penny, but if you evaluate and re-evaluate your expenses—and keep a close eye on your finances—you can keep your burn rate under control. When investors eyeball your burn rates, you want them to see that you are effectively managing your b...

Venture Capital Term Sheet: 7 Things You Need to Know

So you think you’ve found an investor who’s committed to backing your company? Good for you. But before breaking out the bubbly, you need to make sure that you’ve got all the pieces in place to make this deal go through—in a way that benefits and protects you, as well as your potential investor. The Venture Capital Term Sheet The key to turning this potential deal in...

How Do You Create a Startup Business Plan?

There isn’t any shortage of great ideas in the world. We’ve heard about a lot of them--and we’ve also had a hand in helping some of these ideas grow into strong and profitable companies. When you’re ready to take your idea to the next level, you need a business plan. A business plan is a document that turns your idea into concrete steps. It is a plan for action; for building your product,...

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...

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