Should American Venture Capitalists Be Less Picky?

American venture capitalists appear reluctant to invest outside the United States. Deloitte's annual survey of worldwide venture capitalists has show year after year that Americans have least confidence in investing outside their own country: only 2.41% American venture capitalists showed confidence in investing outside the USA in the 2013 poll of ...

Venture Capital Funding

This year has been one of booming enterprise for both start-up companies and the established venture capitals backing them. Major growth seen with the reintroduction of failed business ideas of the 90’s and 2000s, have returned this year make way for incredible success and big dollar turn overs. Popularity in the dot-com age has spread like wild f...

Startup Funding: Why Should Investors Invest in Your Startup?

Startup funding is a gamble for any investor. A venture capitalist might offer funding to 10 companies with the hope of making money on one. However, VCs will still evaluate your business very closely before making a decision, and so too will an angel. They will not just throw money into the air for the first firm to catch it. There are things tha...

University of California Announces Approval of UC Ventures

The University of California (UC) has announced the approval by its regents of a venture capital fund of $250 million. Not a great deal by today's standards, but enough to fund startups initiated from university-financed research. The proposed scheme will fund commercial opportunities that arise from research carried out in university premises. Th...

Why Joint Ventures Fail: Some Mistakes to Avoid With JVs

Some reasons why joint ventures fail might surprise you. Whether they do or not, it is important that you understand the major reasons for JV failures, because only then can you do something to avoid this happening to you. Half of all joint ventures fail, and some estimate the figure to be as high as 70%. Before discussing why, let's first be agree...

Will My Business Idea Work: Venture Capital Funding Might Help

Will your business idea work? Venture capital funding might help you make it work, but only with certain provisos. These are designed to protect the VC firm from bad decisions, and investing in companies that lack the desire or knowledge to succeed. You will not get investment just by having an idea. You might have this great idea for a new busine...

Want to Join a Startup: Tips on Finding a Successful Startup Firm

If you really want to join a startup then there are things you can do to maximize your time with the company. Remember that startups do not have a high survival rate, and your job might last just a few months – if not just a few weeks. Here are some tips on finding a successful startup firm. Investors divide their money between about 10-20 startup...

Splitting a Company Between Co-founders: How to do it the Right way

It is very rare to find startups with only one founder. Most have two or three and some have even more. There is a simple reason why you may need co-founders. You may specialize in technology, but you also need business skills to succeed. Money is another factor. A co-founder can bring these skills in. The most common question here is how do you s...

Alternatives to Venture Capital for Business Startup Funding

There are many alternatives to venture capital and angel investors for those that are seeking finance to get their business started up. Venture capital funding is not always the best way to get startup cash. If you pitch your company too early, it might cost you too big a slice of your business. The earlier in its life, the more risk there is in i...

Startups by People Over 50: Why Should you Watch Out for Them

Think startups and what comes to mind is twenty somethings in loafers, hoodies and headphones, reclining in their chairs and entering codes into their smart laptops. Another stereotype of startup founders is as recent grads or college graduates who hold meetings in coffee shops. Almost no one would suspect that a person in his/her 50s could also be...