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crowdsourcing

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female founders
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Female Founders, Get Funding Now with These 4 Alternatives to VC

In 2019, venture capital investment into U.S. startups nearly doubled from $88 billion to $144 billion. So, while it comes as no surprise that 2019 was also a record year for female founders securing these dollars, many would be shocked to learn this funding amounted to a mere 3.4% at its all-time high.  It would...
millennials
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What Gen X and Baby Boomers Can Learn From Millennials

Millennials can often get a bad rap in the workplace. But let’s take a reality check: millennials are the best educated, most digitally savvy and fearless generation ever in the business world. They charge head first into markets, often loathe the shackles of a steady paycheck and assume there’s a technological solution to solve any problem. Therefore, millennials will...
Innovation
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How Today’s Leaders Should Respond to the Speed of Innovation

Have you done a SWOT analysis recently? Every business should regularly indulge in such introspection. In the process of considering your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, you may have found some unusual items on your list in the last few years. Chief among those is the existential threat that at any time, someone may invent...
crowdfunding
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What to Do When Your Startup’s Crowdfunding Campaign Fails

Did you try but fail to raise money through crowdfunding? While crowdfunding is a great idea in theory, in execution, only 35 percent of Kickstarter projects earn the requested amount of money. If your campaign is unsuccessful the first time around, you still have plenty of great options to raise the money that your startup...
Crowdsourcing
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Harness the Power of Crowdsourcing to Improve Your Business

Got crowdsourcing? Chances are you do—you just don’t realize it. In fact, most people have been crowdsourcing for years. Any time you’ve participated in or led a group discussion to solve a problem, you’ve crowdsourced. Any time you’ve used consumer-generated data to make a decision, you’ve crowdsourced. It happens all the time. As businesses have...
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Things Investors Say When Really What They Mean is, “No”

One lesson I learned the hard way as a founder is that investors never like to say “no.” They especially don’t like to say “yes,” but “no” is almost as difficult to get out of them. Why? Well, because they never want to completely close the door on what could eventually be a massive missed...
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Financing Options for a Small Business

Finding the Right Funding Financing your business is one of the first  critical decisions you'll make.  A while back, we were approached by "Brian," an Entrepreneur who  started a company with a combination of funds from his personal savings  account and credit cards. He was looking for a venture capital  investment, but part way into his...
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Financing Options for a Small Business

Finding the Right Funding Financing your business is one of the first  critical decisions you'll make.  A while back, we were approached by "Brian," an Entrepreneur who  started a company with a combination of funds from his personal savings  account and credit cards. He was looking for a venture capital  investment, but part way into his...
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Startup Funding – A Closer Look at the Key Options

Gaining access to initial funding and maintaining a workable cash flow situation are two of the biggest challenges that newly established and fledgling businesses face. There are of course no guarantees of sustainable success even when a new company is able to generate investor interest and raise the cash they need to get started. Here...
Cash Flow
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How to Start a Business with No Money

In these times of tight bank credit, aspiring entrepreneurs may wonder how to start a business with no money. If you have a great idea, but worry about your lack of capital, there are a number of ways to begin your start-up business with little or no costs to you. But you will need to...
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Get Inside Your Customer’s Head

What is one of the most effective ways to increase your sales? Get inside your customer's head. Simple as that. The more you understand about your customers, the more you can solve their challenges, frustrations and problems. The more you understand about your customers, the more you can help them achieve their objectives, goals and...
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The Angel Honey Pot Continues to Grow

According to the 2006 Angel Market Analysis released today by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, the angel investor market experienced steady growth in 2006, with total investments of $25.6 billion, an increase of 10.8 percent over 2005. This is an irrefutable statement about the fact that the money is...