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The 5 Critical Things You Need to Raise Capital

Many first time entrepreneurs want to know the same thing – what does it really take to raise capital for a startup business? The following video summarizes my answer as a primer on the subject.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

In this podcast, John Morris and I discussed a number of challenges associated with raising capital. In addition to addressing common problems that arise, we also discussed solutions to those challenges.

The Core of Funding Success

We talk about many subjects when it comes to raising business capital, but there are three core issues around which funding success revolves. The more you can demonstrate strength in these areas, the easier it will be for you to get the funding you need on the most favorable terms.

Smart Money and You

Imagine for a moment you’re a hungry entrepreneur who needs capital to launch or grow an exciting business. You finally connect with an angel investor that’s really interested in your deal! The angel looks you in the eye and asks, “Are you looking for smart or dumb money?”

Accredited Investor Reality

If you want a real chance to gain the support of accredited investors, you need to understand the realities of their world.

Myth Busting – The $100,000,000 Startup

Comparatively few companies achieve $100 million in 5 years. Here’s what you need to know, and what you should do about it.

Preparing for Five Hurdles

Here are five key hurdles investors will expect you to be well prepared to address. Failure to comply will often disqualify you from further consideration.

93 Percent of Business Funding

While aspiring entrepreneurs can learn much from angel investors and venture capitalists about getting funded, 93 percent of small business funding comes from somewhere else. Somewhere that shares key viewpoints of high profile investors, but also takes many other issues into account. Things that are usually much more favorable to business owners.

An Essential Unspoken Truth

When raising money, there’s at least one truth that’s difficult for entrepreneurs and investors to candidly discuss, even though it’s a vital factor in the decision-making process of most investors.