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9 Udemy Courses on How to Raise Pre-Series A Startup Funding

Posted on Thursday, Nov 11th 2021
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If you’ve never sought money for a startup, you may not be aware of how difficult it is. I know it first-hand, and thousands of entrepreneurs that I’ve advised throughout our 1Mby1M Accelerator would tell you the same.

That’s why we are committed to educating each founder about how investors think. We do not want anyone to waste their time or the time of others. We are firm believers in minimizing waste at all levels.

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9 Udemy Courses on How to Raise Post-Seed Startup Funding

Posted on Monday, Nov 1st 2021
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Raising money is a huge challenge. To be able to raise any money at all, you must first understand how investors think.

This specific course covers how post-seed and pre-Series A investors analyze startups and what they are looking for. We will have in-depth conversations around startups and funding with several real-world investors.

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10 Udemy Courses on How to Raise Seed Startup Funding

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 27th 2021
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One frustrating observation remains with me. Entrepreneurs constantly come to us for assistance with their funding in situations where their chances of fundraising are ZERO.

We can’t do anything to assist them, regardless of how strong our investor connections are. We can’t help startups get funding until they are fundable. It pains me to see so many entrepreneurs who have no concept of what it takes to raise funds.

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Mike Maples, Founder And Managing Partner, Floodgate (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 13th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the twelfth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Mike Maples, managing partner of Floodgate, a fund with the superangel approach that bridges the gap between initial seed money raised from traditional angel investors and traditional VCs, and aims to find the fifteen most valuable companies that are created in any given year. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Basil Peters, CEO and Fund Manager, Fundamental Technologies II (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jul 5th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the eleventh interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Basil Peters, an angel investor with a passion for exit transactions who has been founding, financing, growing, and selling technology companies for over two decades. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Basil is the founder, CEO and fund manager of his fund, Fundamental Technologies II.

Irina: Hi, Basil. Tell us briefly about your background.

Basil: I was trained as a computer and electrical engineer and got a PhD here in my hometown, Vancouver. While I was still in graduate school, I started my first company, which was called Nexus Engineering, and we started out manufacturing satellite television and cable television equipment. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Peter Birkeland, RAIN Fund Program Manager, RAIN Source Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 1st 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the tenth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Peter Birkeland, RAIN Fund Program Manager at RAIN Source Capital, a multistate network of RAIN® funds.

The network currently has more than $33 million invested in 55 companies. Its head office is in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Irina: Hi Pete, Could you tell us a little about your own background?

Pete: I started off in public accounting and then wound up doing some incubation in a company and decided I wanted to work with startup businesses. From there I went to do some tech transfer work, and then years ago I joined RAIN Source to help on the financial side. Now I manage our RAIN Fund program.

Irina: Tell us about RAIN Source Capital.

Pete: RAIN Source Capital is network of angel funds, 23 of them, that operate mainly in the upper Northwest – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana, and Idaho. These 23 funds are made of 450 accredited investors, and we’ve been operating as an entity for about 12 years and focused on specifically angel investing for the past seven.

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Working Capital (Debt) Financing For Entrepreneurs: Mitch Jacobs, Founder And CEO, On Deck Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jun 28th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the ninth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Mitch Jacobs, founder and CEO of On Deck Capital, a small business online lending platform.

Irina: Hi, Mitch. Let’s start with your background and how you arrived where you are today.

Mitch: I began a career in entrepreneurship, somewhat unintentionally, as a junior at Dartmouth College. I launched a company that enabled local businesses to accept the student ID card as a form of payment off campus. It had a different name at every campus. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 23rd 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the eighth interview in our series on seed financing and angel investing. I am talking to Padmaja Ruparel, president of Indian Angel Network. She is based in New Delhi, India.

Irina: Hi, Padmaja. Let’s start with your telling us a little bit about yourself.

Padmaja: I have been in the early-stage entrepreneur ecosystem in India for over a decade now. It was something I did in addition to working for a software company as head of Indian corporate communications strategy. I operationalized The Indus Entrepreneur’s (TiE) Delhi chapter back in 1998. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: M. Todd Dean, Keiretsu Forum, Northwest Chapter President (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Jun 19th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the seventh interview in our series on seed financing and angel investing. I am talking to M. Todd Dean, Keiretsu Forum’s Northwest Chapter president.

Irina: Hi, Todd. Please tell us about yourself.

Todd: I was in insurance for about ten years, and then through a divorce, I stumbled into a startup company. Some friends and I invested in the company, and I worked for the company for about a year and a half, and it went bankrupt. And the reason it went out of business was leadership and the CEO of the company. So, that was my first induction into angel investing, which was in 2002. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Corey Silva, Assistant Manager, River Valley Investors (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jun 14th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the sixth interview in our series on seed financing and angel investing. Corey Silva dropped into the angel universe by chance after being a serious rock n’ roll musician in his early days; he has written over 120 original songs. As fate would have it, he is now an assistant manager at River Valley Investors and a partner at Angel Catalyst, a management and consulting firm he runs with his brother. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

Irina: Hi, Corey. So, River Valley Investors (RVI), where are they based?

Corey: The group is located in western Massachusetts, outside of Springfield. My brother, Paul Silva, is the manager of RVI and I’m the assistant manager. I live around two hours away from where they meet, in southeastern Massachusetts, so I have quite a bit of commuting to do when they have meetings. But the group is based in western Massachusetts, that’s where the majority of the membership is from, although they do have quite a few members from the Boston area who actually trek two hours to go to the meetings. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Randy Williams, Founder and CEO, Keiretsu Forum (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jun 10th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the fifth interview in our series on seed financing and angel investing. Our guest today is Randy Williams, founder and CEO of Keiretsu Forum, a growing angel network that currently has 850 investors in 19 chapters around the world. The forum has made 265 investments since its inception in 2000. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Malvern D. Lusky, Individual Angel, Houston Angel Network (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, May 31st 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the fourth interview in our series on seed financing and angel investing. Today we are talking to Malvern D. Lusky, CPA, and individual angel who is also a part of the Houston Angel Network.

Irina: Hi, Malvern. You’re an individual angel, right? And also associated with the Houston Angel Network (HAN)?

Malvern: That’s correct. I did a little bit on my own before joining the network, and I’ve been a member of that network for five years now.

The Houston Angel Network is a nonprofit organization that provides its members a forum in which to efficiently evaluate promising early-stage investment opportunities. Its membership consists of active and SEC-accredited angel investors who share the goal of making informed, collaborative investments in promising early stage Texas-based companies. HAN was founded in late 2001 and is the largest and most active angel network in Texas. Since inception, our members have invested more than $27 million in 54 deals. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Paul Olliver, Wider Wake Networks (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, May 27th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the third interview in our series on seed financing and angel investing. Today we are talking to Paul Olliver, cofounder and CEO of Wider Wake Networks, Inc. and Steve Stratz, Wider Wake spokesperson. Wider Wake is headquartered in New York City, its member network is global, its members think of themselves as a trans-Atlantic angel forum, and they invest predominantly in digital media advertising. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Bob Aholt, Pasadena Angels (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, May 24th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the second interview in my series of interviews with angel investors and angel groups. This time I talked to Robert (Bob) Aholt, a vice chairman of the Pasadena Angels based out of Los Angeles.

Irina: Hi Bob, tell us briefly about your personal background and about your group. Let’s start with your personal background.

Bob: I’m the vice chairman of the Pasadena Angels, the angel investing group that I do most of my personal investing through right now. I come out of a background around technology, biosciences, and life sciences. I originally had a consulting firm here in Los Angeles that focused on technology consulting and strategies. The company was called Systems Development. I was fortunate enough to be able to sell that back in the early 2000s. Then I moved to a company called Phase III Medical, which was a publicly traded company in New York, and I was the chief operating officer of that company. Phase III focused on providing capital to biotechnology and life sciences companies by investing in a revenue stream or royalty agreement that a company might already have. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Nicola Corzine, Band of Angels Acorn Fund (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, May 19th 2010

By guest author Irina Patterson

I recently talked with Nicola Corzine, deal manager and partner at the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest seed funding organization. The Band of Angels is, I should say, a passionate and dedicated group of more than 120 former and current high-tech executives who are interested in investing their time and money into new, cutting-edge, startup companies. They have seeded over 200 companies with more than forty profitable M&A exits and nine Nasdaq IPOs. >>>

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Entrepreneurship Education: Why Do Business Incubators Fail?

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 2nd 2010

While my previous post on entrepreneurship education, Bootstrapping at B-Schools is still generating hot discussion, I would like to pose another important discussion topic: Why do business incubators fail?

Those among my readers who have perspective and analysis to offer on the subject, please feel free to jump right in.

[Please note that since this discussion started here on the blog in 2010, we have launched the One Million by One Million global initiative, and for incubators looking for a viable business model, you are very welcome to reach out to us to become a partner of our program.]

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My New Year’s Resolution

Posted on Friday, Jan 1st 2010

I wish you all a happy 2010, dear readers!

I was reflecting back on 2009, and thinking what would be a good synthesis of the work I have been doing, and how I might succinctly summarize a New Year’s resolution for myself. Here is what I have come up with: >>>

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