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Angel Investment & Venture Capital News

2013 review of the African PE and venture capital industry

Africa remains a compelling proposition for investment: according to the 2013 World Investment Report, Africa bucked the trend of declining global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows, which fell by 18 percent globally, and posted a 5 percent increase to $50 billion over 2012. The report stated that while this growth was driven partly by FDI in extractive industries, investment in consumer-oriented manufacturing and service industrie...

What successful investors teach us about investing in startups

Investing is never a sure thing according to those who have succeeded. If you can’t find a sure thing, the next best bet is to learn from the best practices of successful investors. Here are tips from active angel investors who have enjoyed success with sInvesting is never a sure thing according to those who have succeeded. If you can’t find a sure thing, the next best bet is to learn from the best practices of successful investors....

Venture capital picking up steam in South Africa according to a report from the Southern A...

Gauteng is South Africa’s largest base for venture capital transactions, but Cape Town received more venture capital funds than either Johannesburg or Pretoria, with R830-million invested in the venture assets capital class, the Southern African Venture Capital Association (Savca) reported on Tuesday. Print Send to Friend 1 In its ‘Venture Capital Survey’ report, which surveyed 11 fund managers recording 103 venture capital ...

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Business Plans & Pitching

How To Write A Business Plan Yourself For Free

If you don’t know how to write a business plan you’ll know by the time you finish reading this post. And it’s an important topic. The first requirement to launch a new business is establishing a written plan. And not just new businesses need them either. A business plan needs to be in place (regardless of how long a business has been in existence) if you want to own a successful small business. It’s a company’s guide to its ow...

7 Steps for Writing a Powerful Elevator Pitch

I believe that small business owners can benefit greatly from attending live conferences and other networking events. Not only can you meet people and expand your network, but events are often excellent opportunities to learn something new that you can use to improve your business. One of my favorite learning opportunities at networking events comes from seeing how other people "package" themselves. How do they introduce themselves; ...

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...

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Fund Raising

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

Business Angels: The Solution On Where to Find Funding

Where can you find business angels and what do they offer? In answering this question we must know what a business angel is. They are simply people who provide businesses, usually those starting,enough money to move up to the next level.

Their professions range from retirees and doctors to business owners and executives, one may just even be your neighbor. There are over a million such investors annually in the US pumping capit...

7 Lessons On Startup Funding From a Research Scientist

My wife isn't in business, but she is wise in the way of funding. Just as I have experience on both sides of the funding table (as an entrepreneur and as an angel), so does she. As a research scientist, she gets her own grants and also reviews grants from others. While she doesn't talk in startup lingo (pivots, minimum viable product, etc.), she has taught me that many of the issues we face as entrepreneurs have a corollary in science. ...

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Marketing & Social Media

5 Most Common Mistakes in Social Media

When my agency started doing social media audits three years ago, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. What we soon discovered is that, big or small, B2B or B2C, many companies seem to be making the same mistakes, regardless of the department leading the charge. Here is a quick overview of the five most common mistakes we’re seeing, along with notes on how to correct these self-defeating faux pas. 1. The Wrong Metrics The...

MySpace For Sale: The Bidding Begins

A handful of venture capital firms and other companies are expected to make News Corp. offers for one of its most disappointing properties: MySpace. News Corp. declared it was ready to sell MySpace in an earnings call in February. At that time, in spite of significant layoffs and a massive redesign, the company “recorded a $275 million pre-tax charge for the impairment of goodwill related to the Digital Media Group and an organizat...

5 Tips for Integrating Social Media Into Your Next Business Event

I remember my first exposure to the world of event marketing. I was interning at a record label in New York in 2001 and I was tasked to comb the Harlem neighborhood surrounding the then-hot restaurant/lounge Jimmy’s Uptown with promotional flyers. There was a young R&B singer by the name of John Stephens (better known as John Legend) set to perform that night, and label management wanted to make sure everyone coming to the show knew a...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

10 Apps for an Entrepreneur to try

If you’re an entrepreneur and want to find an app which can help you, you might not know which ones should be downloaded. Here are a couple of apps which an entrepreneur should have on their smartphone, tablet or Android device. Voxy If you want to improve your English language skills, Voxy can help. English is the business language of the world and the Voxy app can improve your English skills if you are a native Spanish speaker. ...

10 Winning Tips for Entrepreneurs

Every entrepreneur encounters challenges along the way—success is a winding road with gravel paths. The following ten tips are a compilation of expert experiences, which will hopefully enlighten you and all your endeavors. 1. Do something you love: Work with something that you are passionate about and have a strong desire to learn about. Get involved in something that you can see yourself doing in the long run, being both happy ...

Which of These Six Entrepreneurial Types Are You?

Over the last few years I have interviewed over 150 start-up CEOs for my forthcoming book, Hungry Start-up Strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all way to think about what an entrepreneur is. I’ve concluded that there are six different types of entrepreneurs based on two categories: Pre-start-up work experience. There are some people who start companies before or right after graduating from college; others rise near the top of the ...

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