Excessive Seed Capital Can be a Burden for a Startup Company

Excessive seed capital can be almost as bad as none for a startup company. There are a number of reasons for this, some general and others specific. Let's start with some general common-sense arguments against too much startup funding first. Sure, it sounds great if you are looking for $1 million dollars in funding and are offered $10 million. Ma...

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...

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...

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...

Startup Accelerator Programs: How to Find, Apply and Get Accepted

Startup accelerator programs are designed to help entrepreneurs receive mentorship and training from like-minded people who have made it. For many who need help in getting their idea of the ground, an accelerator program is fundamental to their success. The training from those who have already done it, made the video and wear the t-shirt offers a m...

Charles River Ventures caps off new $393M fund

Charles River Ventures has disclosed that it is has raised $393 for its 16th fund. The disclosure was made on July 2nd, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Named from the Boston river, Charles Rivers Ventures was started up in 1970, with offices in Cambridge, MA and Menlo Park, CA where it now seems to be focusing. Commonly known as ...

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...

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...

Venture Capital Companies Raise Over $17 Billion – Best For 8 Years

Following an average 2013 for venture capital companies, 2014 set off with a bang with Thompson Reuters reporting first-half fundraising to have reached $17.3 billion, the highest level for 8 years. This impetus slowed slightly into Q3, with the first seven weeks bringing in $4.3 billion, although analysts and venture capitalists are forecasting a ...

Multiple Startup Investors or Single Investors: Pros and Cons of Each

Should you aim for multiple startup investors or single investors when you are seeking angel or venture capital investment for your new business? Is raising all your money from one or two investors better for you than raising small amounts from a whole army of investors? There are differences of opinion on this, so let's examine these options caref...