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Venture capital for SMEs behind in global rankings

Venture-capital (VC) funding for Singapore\'s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) falls short on a global comparison, according to a study that surveyed SME sentiments across 71 countries. The inadequacy of funding is perplexing, analysts say, given th

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...

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...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Oren Klaff used his experience helping to place over $400 million in capital to write a bo...

Oren Klaff saw that entrepreneurs who make lame pitches can’t raise capital, so he used his experience helping to place over $400 million in capital to write a book about how to pitch. It was all done with effective pitching strategies, so we invited him to teach you how to do it. Oren is the director of capital markets at Intersection Capital and the author of Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Wi...

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Their Ideas to Investors

Entrepreneurs tend to work quite hard to nail down meetings with investors. It usually takes a combination of good targeting, persistence and finding a way in. As an investor, what has astounded me over the years -- after listening to thousands of pitches -- is that many entrepreneurs do not put the same effort in preparing for an initial meeting as they do in securing it. Below are what I have found to be the five most common ove...

Nail the Investor Pitch: Image, Presentation and Content

You have to be very clear about what type of business you are. One flaw that a lot of potential entrepreneurs display is that of lacking investor empathy – they do not understand what a business investor is looking for. Often, Business Angels will have specialization and experience within one or two industries, as it is rare to find a jack of all trades – why invest in something you don’t fully understand? As a result, this has...

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Fund Raising

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Testing the Impact of Your Social Media Posting on Search Engine Results

The integration of social network posts and profiles within the search engine results pages, such as Bing’s recent social sidebar addition and the advent of Google+, has deepened the relationship between these two areas. Just last week Bing started to include Foursquare tips in its functionality and Google began experimenting with share links that allow search users to share a website to their Google+ account directly from the search ...

How Small Businesses Can Use Social Media for Customer Service

Customer relationship management isn't just the domain of big brands, and these days, more and more companies are offering free online tools to make it easier for SMBs to keep track of and reach out to their customers. For some SMBs — whether they're brick-and-mortar shops or online businesses — being able to monitor customer feedback, respond to complaints and help answer questions across a wide variety of websites is incredibly...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Singapore the Latest Hot Spot for Social Entrepreneurship

Singapore is fast becoming the destination for social entrepreneurship, thanks to its targeting by internet start-ups and tech companies. The World Bank has ranked Singapore number one in the world for ease of doing business and number four for starting a business. Tapping into the island’s entrepreneurship, an accelerator programme for start-ups from around Asia has been set up by Singapore-based Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI) ...

8 ways to incorporate customer feedback into your startup’s strategy

One of the worst things a successful young startup can do once it actually starts generating reliable revenue is to ignore the people who made that happen in the first place: its customers. And while there’s lots of talk right now about leveraging data to make smarter business decisions, finding a way to use customer data to make better business and product choices can be tough. There’s a lot of noise to sort through, and not eve...

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...

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