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6 Ways to Build Trust with US-Based Investors

Today’s guest post is by Eyal Bino, Founder CEO of the World Wide Investor Network. If you are a founder of an innovative technology startup from outside the US, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The geographic distance, the difference in the business culture, the contacts (or lack of them), the cost, the time […]

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The Democratization of Startup Funding

                          “The crowd makes the ball game.”                                       Ty Cobb, American Major League Baseball Player Most startups will say that the biggest challenge they face is access to capital. Many good ideas developed by great entrepreneurs fail to get to market, not because of a lack of commitment, innovation or energy, but because entrepreneurs have families […]

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The Investor Pitch: Balancing Optimism and Risk

Optimism is a quality that is present in every successful entrepreneur. Without optimism, entrepreneurs would not take the huge risks they do, to bring their dreams to life. Without optimism, entrepreneurs would find it impossible to raise funding from Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists. it is optimism and iron clad self-belief that enables entrepreneurs to cope with frequent rejection […]

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How One Entrepreneur Became an Investor Magnet

This is the true story of ‘Ryan’ (not his real name). A serial entrepreneur with no qualifications and a very limited understanding of financials or launching a startup. Ryan, however, is an entrepreneur with a deep understanding of people, who consistently and easily raises hundreds of thousands of dollars from very savvy, experienced investors. I […]

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Pitch Fright? Make Sure You Bring the Right PERSONA With You

Fear of public speaking is the number one fear in the United States and number two fear in the United Kingdom.  Given that the future of an entrepreneur’s business may greatly depend on the outcome of an investor pitch, it’s easy to see why ‘Pitch Fright’ can blow your pitch and destroy your chances of […]

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Customer Validation – Truth and Consequences For Startups

When startups fail to obtain evidence to support their assumption that customers will buy and use their product, their chances of failure rocket.  A lack of customer insight means you’re more likely to launch something that does not have the necessary product / market fit. It also means an investor will refuse to fund you, […]

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Four Rules For Powering Up Your Video / Virtual Investor Pitch

Increasingly entrepreneurs are using ‘video pitches’ as a way of trying to increase the impact of their investor pitch. At the same time Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists are encouraging startups to ‘virtual pitch’ them. In our new world of e and virtual communications this is a logical step that brings clear advantages. Studies have […]

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Why Your Investor Pitch Must Focus on the Past and the Future

There used to be a time, not so long ago, when an entrepreneur could secure funding on the basis of an investor presentation that focused on what would be achieved, rather than what had been achieved. Times have changed and investors are far more risk averse and skeptical. This means investor pitches must be refocused to include […]

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