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China Venture Capital Investment Continues Decline In Fourth Quarter

Venture capital investment in mainland China experienced a decline during the fourth quarter, with companies raising $854 million, a drop of 42% from the same period a year ago, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. The number of deals completed over the three month period also fell, by 52% to 39 in total. Overall in 2012, investment declined by 40% from 2011 levels to $3.7 billion, with the number of deals falling by 44% to 202. Ch...

Chinese venture capital market warms

China's venture capital (VC) market continued to improve after last year's retreat, with the number of deals signed growing in the second quarter. Eighty-nine VC deals were disclosed during the April-June period, which was 20.3 percent more than the previous quarter, data provider ChinaVenture said in a report on Monday. The amount of money involved in these deals, however, declined slightly to 492 million US dollars from the firs...

Finance minister promises support for industry-academia cooperation

"In the coming decade, the Israeli government will invest resources in collaborations with academic institutions. We intend to inject government capital into high-tech companies that will cooperate with academic research institutes, in order to promote Israeli high tech," said Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz at the Landmark Ventures Israel Dealmakers Summit in Tel Aviv today.

Steinitz also discussed the plan for encouraging ins...

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Business Plans & Pitching

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...

10 Questions Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors Are Going To Ask

When raising money from venture capitalists or angels, you’ll want to meet as many as possible. They won’t all invest, but each time you pitch, you get better. Each time you pitch, you get asked different questions, get different opinions and ideas. It’s worth it to pitch as many people as you can, as often as you can. Wil Schroter says it perfectly, pitch everyone, all the time. Some questions will get asked over and over. And...

5 Tips for Talking to Investors. Make sure your growing company gets the funding it needs ...

A young company looking for outside funding won’t get very far without a well-crafted pitch. And pitching to investors doesn’t just mean showing them a raft of numbers; it also requires skillful storytelling. “The biggest challenge is distilling [the pitch] down to something that’s irresistibly compelling,” said Greg Erman, a serial entrepreneur who has founded six medical-technology companies, at a recent conference held by B...

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Fund Raising

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...

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

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...

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Marketing & Social Media

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

10 Ideas For Those Critical Early Startup Sales

Closing your initial sales at a startup is one of the most challenging parts of building a company. Many startups die before they ever close a deal. Unless you’re entering a well established market there will be uncertainty with your product, approach, and timing until you have enough customers to prove that you have a good business model. When Brendan and I started Wistia, we had questions about how the sales process should wor...

10 Things Every Startup Founder Should Know

These 10 tips could prevent your startup from facing certain doom. "You can go it alone for a while, but eventually team is everything," advises Scott Bell, CEO of the wealth management firm MyGDP. Second, Bell told Benzinga that you should "read James Altucher's How to Have a BIG Idea. And then subscribe to his blog. The man is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and author [who is] honest, smart, [and] funny. He's 100% genuin...

7 Simple Tips For Succeeding as an Online Entrepreneur

The Online revolution has set the stage for more entrepreneurs than ever to build a successful career. Although the way the barriers to entering into the business world are falling is good for you, it also means that you have more competitors than ever to deal with. To help you toward your goals, here are 7 simple tips for succeeding as an online entrepreneur. 1. Online marketing is critical: Remember the days when it seemed like any...

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