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Finance minister promises support for industry-academia cooperation

"In the coming decade, the Israeli government will invest resources in collaborations with academic institutions. We intend to inject government capital into high-tech companies that will cooperate with academic research institutes, in order to promote Israeli high tech," said Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz at the Landmark Ventures Israel Dealmakers Summit in Tel Aviv today.

Steinitz also discussed the plan for encouraging ins...

Future of private equity in India may be a pipe dream

Last week, after a record year, Sequoia Capital India's four founding partners shocked the subcontinent's private equity world by quitting abruptly to re-start their own firm, WestBridge Capital Partners, which, they said, would invest in publicly traded companies. Since 1991, when the Indian financial market opened up, the country has spawned a rich entrepreneurial culture that is reminiscent of Silicon Valley in the US. Rather than...

Aydin Senkut & Dave McClure Find Agreement On Angel Investing

This was evident when the pair of iconic investors shared the stage Thursday afternoon to share tips with a standing-room-only crowd at the 2013 ACA Summit. That’s right, Senkut, the mild mannered, go-his-own-way managing director of Felicis Ventures, and McClure, the often brash, globe-hopping pioneer of 500 Startups. The exchange, while playful at times, testy at others, brought a thumping response for more. That’s because i...

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Business Plans & Pitching

7 Tips for Persuading Angel Investors to Invest in Your Business

$18 billion dollars. That’s about how much angel investors provide in investment per year in Canada, according to Allan Riding, a leading Canadian expert on angel investing and professor at Carleton University, which is three times the investment rate of institutional venture capital. Yet angel investors typically reject three quarters of investment proposals sight unseen. How do you get an angel investor to invest in your business? W...

10 Good Reasons For Business Planning

The fact is that a business plan — even just a one-pager with a few financial projections — can be a valuable internal tool. A roadmap for even the smallest or earliest-stage idea. It can foster alignment, set the tone for the business and even help you craft your brand messaging. And where did it come from? We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invitation-only nonprofit organization comprised of the coun...

5 Elements of an Effective Business Plan That Will Leave Them Begging for More

At one time standard protocol called for a lengthy, very detailed business plan that would permit the reader, be it an investor or potential client, to get a complete understanding of a proposed business idea, product of service right off the bat. But unfortunately for those poor souls who slaved away writing 20, 30 ñ even 50 page business plans, the end result was often rejection. That meant that weeks or months of work may have been ...

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Fund Raising

3 things to remember when trying to win over an angel investor

The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money?

Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best...

A seasoned Angel Investor highlights 4 things investors looks for in the companies they ar...

This was interesting. The speaker, Wade Brooks, is executive director of the Willamette University MBA Angel Investment fund. A couple of nights ago as he shared notes and research with members of the Willamette Angel Conference. These are the top four things Wade and his group looks for in the companies his organization is considering for investment: 1. Entrepreneurial expertise They want people who have been there, team leaders ...

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...

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Marketing & Social Media

Social media continues to gain traction in marketing strategies

MerchantCircle’s latest quarterly Merchant Confidence Index survey found that local merchants, who have limited time and money for marketing, are gravitating toward simple, low-cost online marketing methods such as Facebook and other social media, as well as tried-and-true methods such as search and e-mail marketing. The survey, which was taken by more than 8,500 small and local business owners across the United States, also found ...

6 Ways to Be More Persuasive With Social Media

How can you be persuasive with consumers on social media? One of the best books on persuasion is called Influence, in which author Robert Cialdini describes six elements of effective persuasion. I share those tactics below and analyze how they can best be applied to a social media audience. 1. Reciprocation – The Oldest Trick in the Book Reciprocation is built upon the theory that if you give something as a gift and then ask th...

How to Integrate Social Media With Your SEO Campaign

Like many things in life, certain SEO tactics will fade into oblivion as Google Penguin matures. This has left many people who used to practice the art of SEO wondering where to go. The good news is that while certain SEO tactics may be under the gun and likely to fail in months to come (if they haven't already), other tactics are destined to succeed, impervious to algorithmic changes. Many people believe that search marketing integr...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

10 Mindsets of Successful Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are all different. They all have a different entrepreneur mindset that contributes to their success. Their entrepreneur mindset might have to do with their personality or even the field in which they have chosen to work.

When figuring out your own approach to the challenges of entrepreneurship, it can help to learn from the experiences of others.

We’ve selected the experiences and entrepreneur mindset of 10 w...

Why Businesses Fail: A Data Expert Explains It All

Data science is used in everything from medical research to mortgage applications, yet it’s not widely used when it comes to predicting outcomes for budding businesses. Thomas Thurston, the founder of Growth Science in Portland, Ore., has spent the last seven years building databases and algorithms aimed at finding commonalities between businesses that thrive and fail. The idea started while he was working at Intel and gained traction...

5 lessons startups can learn from the American football film, Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans was put amongst the top movies of the year 2000 when it brought in over US$135 million while breaking numerous racial barriers through the game of football. Denzel Washington stars as Herman Boone, the new African American head football coach of the 1971 high school football team; the T.C. Williams Titans. Throughout this Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer production, the Titans experience never-ending adversity due to ...

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