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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

Why South Africa needs patient co-opetition between venture investors

A couple of weeks ago Ventureburn asked Marc Herson of mobile social network 2go, what the South African startup tech ecosystem needed, especially its Venture Capital ecosystem. This ecosystem is quite young but it’s a very active one and people are getting excited about Africa. In last few months we have explored a lot on South Africa’s tech ecosystem as well some funding dilemmas that the country’s startups face. Herson, a forme...

Tax breaks for the angel investors in South Africa

IN an effort to bolster enterprise development and job creation, the South African Revenue Service has taken a leaf out of the UK’s book and created a new asset class for investors to consider: venture capital trusts. Venture capital companies can now trade as trusts and give tax breaks to those who are prepared to throw some money behind small business. The potential risk-reward matrix could be very tempting. Grovest Venture Ca...

Tech Startups That Turned Down $100 Million Buyout Offers

It's common sense: If someone offers you $100 million, you accept and become fabulously rich. In Silicon Valley, common sense is replaced by an irrational desire to create an extraordinary company like Google or Facebook. For 99.99 percent of entrepreneurs, that mentality is profoundly stupid and the pursuit of a billion-dollar company has cost many founders life-changing fortunes. Here are four examples of companies that turned d...

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Business Plans & Pitching

How to Master The Elevator Pitch For Your Startup in 4 Steps

Your elevator pitch can make or break your efforts to attract new funding and build a stronger client base, and in four steps you could go from zero direction to total mastery. A strong elevator pitch is your first step in the door of virtually every opportunity you'll have in the early stages of your startup. Within 30 seconds of meeting someone and explaining the foundation of your company or idea, your new acquaintance will have d...

5 Ways to Lose Investors in Under 3 Minutes

If you think it's hard being an entrepreneur trying to raise money from a venture capitalist, consider the challenges facing the VC. It's typical for a VC to meet with between 500 and 1,000 entrepreneurs a year and invest in two or three companies at most. That means investors -- who may take about 60 minutes with each entrepreneur -- meet with a lot of people whose companies they never fund. But just because you have someone's atten...

5 Business Model Components Every Entrepreneur Needs

Is your business on a collision course with a train, but yet you’re 100% focused on getting more people to like your Facebook page or follow you on Twitter? Let me enlighten you: Big mistake. If your core fundamentals are out of whack, so is your business. Danny Iny, Founder and CEO of Firepole Marketing, is a guy who sees this everyday. And because of this, he is on a mission. As he stares down the face of one business failu...

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Fund Raising

10 lies entrepreneurs tell

Guy Kawasaki, adviser to Google-owned Motorola Mobility, author, and co-founder of Alltop has compiled a list of the top lies entrepreneurs tell. According to Kawasaki, for tech startups to be successful, “being in the right place at the right time is at least 50%”, adding that “a detachment from reality is the most dangerous factor,” when launching a tech startup. He said from his experience in listening to pitches, he ha...

A Quick Guide to Finding the Right Investors

When that time comes to raise an institutional round, especially for first time entrepreneurs, it can be tempting to take checks from anybody and everybody who’s willing to put down. In an ideal world, as much as it is a dating process for venture capitalists or angels to find the right investment opportunity, it is equally important for entrepreneurs to do the same, because who you jump in bed with can either be a source of power or ...

5 things you need to do to put your first funding round to best use

There was a time when investors would rush startups to market, but a shift has taken place during the past 20 years where the pace has slowed a bit. Now I find myself increasingly advising entrepreneurs to avoid putting a product to market before it is truly ready. Seed funding and Series A rounds are intended to help startups tease out their big idea and begin laying the product development groundwork. But it seems best practices fo...

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Marketing & Social Media

10 social media marketing tips for small businesses

Social Media Marketing requires time, resources and expertise. The benefits of effective social media are tangible... consistent online exposure, increased website traffic, sharing of knowledge, better lead generation, improved search ranking (SEO), increased brand awareness, direct customer feedback and service, and engagement with customers. "oGoing is helping many small businesses build their social media presence, promote and shar...

The Social Media Advertising Ecosystem Explained

The media constellation has become increasingly fractured. The Web produced the initial fissure, but mobile created new cracks in the landscape. Today, no single medium earns more than 45% of our media consumption. How can you solve this problem? Social media offers a solution. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are daily destinations for millions of consumers. Increasingly, their ad products offer targeting according to spec...

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Companies are Making on Social Media Right Now

When you think of social media, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Facebook. That’s no surprise considering that as of April 2013, Facebook had 1.06 billion monthly active users, 680 million mobile users, more than 50 million pages, and 10 million apps[1]. Numbers like that are attractive to any business looking to spread their message. Despite these great numbers, many big brands are leaving Facebook becaus...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

5 Tips for Accelerating Startup Growth

Launching a startup is one thing; accelerating growth and expanding is an entirely different challenge. While patience is certainly a virtue, it’s not necessarily the best skill for entrepreneurs to adopt. Instead, the focus should be on rapid growth and long-term success. By learning from those who’ve done it before and heeding tips and advice from leading experts, you can increase your chances of successfully giving your business ...

10 Free Online Courses That Can Benefit Every Entrepreneur

Every entrepreneur can benefit from continued education. Whether you are just starting out and handling multiple roles within your company or an experienced business owner -- enrolling in an online course is always a good way to improve your knowledge and has never been easier or more affordable. Long gone are the days of taking evening classes at local colleges and paying tuition. You can now take excellent courses in the comfort of...

6 Tough and Timeless Startup Lessons

No one is born equipped with the skills to start and run a business. It takes hundreds of misses and trials in order to get to somewhere close to the initial idea that you have envisioned. Understanding the “why” of your idea is necessary and the “how” to go about it is penultimate. Keeping that in mind, here is a little cheat-sheet on five things that you should absolutely consider while you start a company. 1. Write a busin...

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