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​China to pump $7.8 billion into startup VC fund

China is moving to establish a government venture capital investment fund worth 40 billion yuan. The fund will be aimed at supporting new industries by boosting entrepreneurship and innovation, said China's State Council in a statement on the government's website. The government released the statement following a State Council executive meeting chaired by China Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday, during which the establishment of the...

Four Women Listed among China's Top Venture Capitalists

Four Chinese women are among the top 50 venture capitalists in China, as shown on the List of the Top 50 People in Venture Capital, an official list published by Forbes China on December 29, 2014. Ranking among the list's top company, Xu Xin, founder of Capital Today, was ranked second — the highest ranking of any woman. The other three women on the list are TDF Capital's Tina Ju, GGV Capital's Jenny Lee and DCM China's Ruby Lu, wh...

VC Investment in China Soars to New Heights

China’s startups received a record amount of venture capital funding in the second quarter, driven by a flow of public offerings both at home and abroad and a pressing need for venture capital firms to deploy capital, Sonja Cheung reports for VentureWire. Investors injected $2.78 billion into Chinese companies in the second quarter, double the $1.39 billion invested in the same period a year earlier, according to data from Dow Jones V...

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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

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...

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...

Top 10 Mistakes When Dealing with Venture Capitalists

I've talked with several Venture Capitalists in my day, and have a pretty good connection to a few. That doesn't mean they'll write a check for a company I represent any easier, but it does mean I can be a bit more laid back and communicate with them. I wanted more information on what mistakes startups constantly make, and avoiding them would at least put them ahead of the pack when approaching VC's. 1. Making ridiculous claims ...

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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

Three Bootstrapping Rules to Live By

Cash the VC check, but spend it wisely and act like the startup you are.

Successful startups are often the most innovative, efficient, and scrappy companies around. They have to be. What makes leading a startup so special is that you're making magic happen, most likely on the cheap. And when you have no money, you have no choice but to make the smartest decisions with the limited resources at your disposal.

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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...

24 Concepts Every Young Person Should Know About Business

The Babson College definition of entrepreneurship is: "A way of thinking and acting that is opportunity obsessed, holistic in approach, and leadership balanced." In honor of the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit being held at Rutgers Business School in Newark today, I wanted to present my thoughts on what the younger generation needs to know about entrepreneurship. The quotation above from Babson, the top entrepreneurship college in t...

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