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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...

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

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...

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Business Plans & Pitching

The new elevator pitch: Now in five slides or less

Making a pitch for investment is one of the most important steps that many new business owners can make. It can also be one of the most intimidating. First impressions matter with investors, so the pressure is on to make your pitch to them a winner. Can entrepreneurs make good managers? For many years the rule of thumb was to limit your initial pitch to investors to no more than ten slides in your PowerPoint deck. But now the...

The Importance of Telling a Story in Your Investor Pitch

Acquiring angel investors can be the difference between success and failure for a new business. The main challenge that comes with raising money from angels is getting angel investors excited enough to commit to the project. Many angel investors have entrepreneurs approaching them on a daily basis pitching potential deals, and startups really have to amaze them to be picked. Standing out from the noise can be difficult even when you hav...

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

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...

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

6 Myths About Social Media Marketing

Over the past five years, social media has become an increasingly important part of many companies' marketing strategies. But there are still some misconceptions about how to use social media to drive sales and which services are worth the investment of company time and resources. Here are the six myths I hear most often: Myth No. 1: If it doesn't go viral, it wasn't worth the effort. When people think of social media success stor...

3 accurate metrics for ROI on social media campaigns

Businesses are struggling with how to evaluate the effectiveness of their social media campaigns. Currently, most companies are using a variety of metrics to measure diverse campaigns across multiple departments. These metrics fail to provide an overarching picture of which marketing programs are increasing their revenues. There are five metrics that accurately measure success in terms of ROI and revenues from social media for all enter...

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 ...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

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...

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...

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...

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