When you create a profile on Gust, you immediately get emailed a link for a free download of Bill Payne’s excellent book “The Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels”, which is an excellent overview of the whole process. Good luck!
*original post can be found on Quora @ http://www.quora.com/David-S-Rose/answers *
The challenge you face is that there are other amazing ideas out there. Actually, there are many, many, brilliant, wonderful, amazing ideas out there. So faced with all these amazing ideas, investors invariably choose the ones that have been reduced to practice, developed traction of some kind and proved that they are amazing businesses, not just ideas. Read more
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First things first – your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make. The name of your business has a tremendous impact on how customers and investors view you, and in today’s small world, it’s a world-wide decision.
Please don’t send me any more business plans with TBD or NewCo in the title position. Right or wrong, the name you choose, or don’t choose, speaks volumes about your business savvy and understanding of the world you are about to enter. Here are some key things I look for in the name, with some expert help from Alex Frankel and others: Read more
It doesn’t work that way. A convertible note and an equity round are two different things, done for different reasons. In most cases, the former is a quick way to get some money in the door in anticipation of the latter. Read more
As Ryan Lackey noted, having a lot of money is essentially irrelevant in this context, because that is not the way venture capital works. Read more
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These days, your online Internet reputation is your reputation. Of course, having no reputation is usually better than a bad one, but don’t wait for someone else to establish a good one for you. It’s time for every business and business person to proactively create a positive presence, before someone else puts you in a defensive mode that is hard to win.
The first step in the process is to claim your online identity. This is simple in concept, but requires real effort and can be time consuming, and even expensive, if someone gets there before you and tries to sell you the rights to your preferred business or personal domain name. See my Forbes article on “Get A Domain Name Without Bankrupting Your Startup ” Read more
There are some great answers here already (and there’s no way I’m going to try to top Terrence Yang‘s magnum opus :-), so I will simply point you to a first-hand account of the challenges of VC fund-raising by Alan Patricof, the founder of Greycroft Partners. Read more