Crowd funding should use the late great James Ling as its poster boy.
Let me tell you about this great but little known American entrepreneur. His name comes to mind whenever someone mentions crowd funding. Continue reading
This is the First Part of a Free Series on Raising Seed Capital from Angel Investors
This series should be of relevance to anyone looking at raising capital down the road whether it be from angel investors or venture capitalists.
However, before we begin the series, allow me to get something off my chest. The label “angel investor” is one of the most misleading names ever given to anyone or anything. It creates significant confusion which then leads to a great deal of wasted time. A lot of first-time capital seekers infer from it that these are people who basically use their savings as grants to fund all manner of loopy or at least half-baked ideas. They also erroneously believe that the main criterion used for giving away this money is the level of the entrepreneurial wannabe’s need. The more the wannabe thinks that he or she needs the money the more obligated the investor is then to cut them a check. Continue reading
How to Quickly Raise Seed Capital
Entrepreneurship is like a 25-level computer game. If all that you can think of when it comes to startup financing is “write a business plan and shop it around to strangers,” you’re stuck at the bottom level. There are 24 more levels above you.
Savvy entrepreneurs know how to create startup funding using various tactics. One of the classics entails using what is called “mobilization capital” obtained from the startup’s own customers. In a nutshell, you get your prospective customers or clients to supply you with the capital required for you to then deliver your product or service.
Here’s a story of a how an educational startup funded its launch using this tactic: Continue reading