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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 If the culture is outdated, irrelevant or misaligned with its core values, people will pick up on it in many subtle ways and steer.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...

How Do You Do an Investor Pitch?

Important Things to Remember when Preparing for a VC Pitch We’ve had a lot of conversations with start-up CFO and CEOs over the years, and they all have very similar things to say about doing a VC pitch. While it may seem like common sense, you’d be surprised how many start-up founders forget simple things like these when they start raising venture capital. Since it bears rep...

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