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Singapore slips to No. 8 most innovative country in the world

Singapore has been ranked the eighth most innovative among 142 economies surveyed by business school Insead for the Global Innovation Index 2013. But this is five places lower than the third position it garnered last year, according to the report, released yesterday. Mr Bruno Lanvin, the report's co-editor and executive director of Insead's European Competitiveness Initiative, said methods for the ranking were tweaked this year, a...

Advice For VCs from Paul Graham of Y Combinator: Move Fast, Take Less Equity

At the 500 Startups’ PreMoney Conference last week, Y Combinator’s Paul Graham gave a presentation in which he suggested a new way for Series A investments to get done. Graham provided a few suggestions for innovative early stage investors to differentiate themselves. It basically comes down to: move fast, and don’t over-invest in startups just to get a certain percentage of equity. “One of the biggest things investors do not...

VCs suck about as bad as startups – Dave McClure, 500 Startups at Echelon 2013

Founding Partner of 500 Startups Dave McClure delivered a session on ‘Shifts in investment trends in Silicon Valley and the Series A crunch’ at Echelon 2013 in Singapore. In his distinctive flamboyant style, Dave spoke about investment trends in Silicon Valley and other markets, changes among tech startups off-late and the Series A crunch (or the lack thereof!) Below are a few snippets from his presentation: We are very bullish o...

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Business Plans & Pitching

The 5 Best Pitch Tactics I Heard as an Angel Investor

One of the blandest bits of advice that I always hear for pitching to angel investors is to “stand out.” I think I’ve rolled my eyes at that tip so many times that I’m beginning to worry about my vision. Of course, you want to make a memorable impression, but at the end of the day, you want to be remembered for your amazing idea, not for a flashy gimmick. I had the great pleasure of spending a year as a member of the angel...

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...

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...

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Fund Raising

How Smart Startups Survive Investor Due Diligence

For the elite startups and entrepreneurs who manage to attract the investor they dream of and survive the term sheet negotiation, there is still one more hurdle before the money is in the bank. This is the mysterious and dreaded due diligence process, which can kill the whole deal. In reality, it is nothing more than a final integrity check on all aspects of the business and the team. Some entrepreneurs do very little to prepare for ...

These Are The Latest Startup Funding Trends, According To The Most Influential Startup Inv...

Startup accelerators like Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and TechStars are churning out young companies left and right. Some people say there are too many startups and not enough investors to support them. But Y Combinator founder and investor Paul Graham is more optimistic. There are two big related forces driving change in startup investing, Graham writes on his blog. It's cheaper to start a company and it's also becoming more co...

6 Tips When Meeting Investors at a Conference

As our Startup Asia Jakarta and Founders and Investors meetup draws closer, I’ve received a lot of emails from entrepreneurs asking about engaging with investors. After speaking to many investors on this subject, I’ve decided to share my thoughts. I have listed a few important points below – which are far from complete – but should serve as a good start to get entrepreneurs thinking: 1. Target and research the investors If y...

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Marketing & Social Media

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...

8 Essential Tips for Social Media Etiquette

Social media is an important part of your organization, brand, or personal identity. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have a large reach, and failure to understand the proper etiquette for these platforms can be damaging and embarrassing. You don’t snap gum, tell crude jokes, or chew with your mouth full in a business meeting, so don’t let sloppy Twitter behaviour damage your image in the same way. Emily Post may have missed out on w...

6 B2B Marketing Mistakes That Are Easy To Make

The hardest mistakes to avoid are the ones that don’t look like mistakes at all. Last week we shared 5 B2B marketing mistakes that are hard to avoid, and asked for your contributions to complete the list. Below are six more mistakes, including your contributions, that are deceptively easy to make in B2B marketing. 1. Assuming Your Audience is Just Like You Mistake contributed by Dara Schulenberg and Traci Browne They aren’t...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Start-up advice from famed Silicon Valley angel investor Dave McClure

Famed Silicon Valley "super angel" investor Dave McClure kept a Singapore audience spellbound with some blunt advice on the key to a successful start-up. To begin with, don't get hung up on government grants to start-ups, advised Mr McClure, in his mid-40s and dressed casually in bermuda shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops. Rather, entrepreneurs should focus on building businesses and increasing revenue, he said at a conference on Tu...

How Memebox Bootstrapped to Become a $1 Million Company

Last Thursday, we had our second ever Tech in Asia Meetup in Singapore. This one featured Hyungseok Dino Ha, CEO and founder of Memebox Korea. To those who are not familiar with Memebox, it is basically the Birchbox of South Korea- a beauty sample subscription e-commerce service that is currently leading in terms of market share. During the session, we were pleased to have Dino share with us his startup story, as well as providing insig...

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...

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