Tough Questions Smart Startup Founders Should Ask Prospective Investors

In my last post, I covered the tough questions smart investors should ask startup founders. In this post, we turn the tables and cover the tough questions smart start founders should ask prospective investors. It’s just as important for entrepreneurs to do their due diligence on prospective investors, as it is for investors to do their due diligence on startups raising capital. […]

Anticipating the Dreaded Three D’s that Derail Startup Founders and Business Owners

Everything was going great, we were crushing it. After three years of hard work and sacrifice, our product took off like a rocket ship. Orders were pouring in. Retailers lined up to stock the product. OEM’s wanted to bundle it. And VC’s were knocking. A publicly-traded software company invited us to their headquarters in Silicon Valley to discuss their interest […]

Why Networking Will Help Your Business Grow Along With Sales

by Aliana Keith In 2011, a Business Insider article on the importance of networking concluded with the statement, “Your net worth is only as good as your network.” This seems, for all intents and purposes, today’s start-up speak for the age-old adage: “It’s who you know, not what you know.” When it comes to launching and maintaining a business, there are many factors […]

How to Get a Business Loan

Introduction According to The SBA Loan Book: The Complete Guide to Getting Financial Help Through the Small Business Administration, over 99 percent of all business entities in the US are small businesses. These businesses represent over half of the private workforce and the private-sector output and over 40 percent of all private commercial sales in the United States. How do […]

What Does It Mean to Get a Good Opportunity?

The Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” It’s another way of saying we make our own luck. What surprises me is how many people prepare and prepare and prepare….and wait and wait…for the “right” opportunity. They wouldn’t recognize a good opportunity if it slapped them in the face. And then there are those people […]