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The Qualities Startups Focus On When Picking Their Board

Believe it or not, startups have a lot more choice about who’s on their board than you might think. Sure, some folks might want to be early investors or a part of a company they see as promising, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good fit. Why? Because investment and advisory aren’t just transactions of money or ownership, but rather of ideas and vision.
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History, Myths and a Comparison of Equity Crowdfunding

During my years as an angel investor, I came across different equity crowdfunding platforms. I have met founders who are apprehensive of using a platform to raise funds. They think it sends a signal of “negative select.” 
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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Creating a Winning Pitch Deck

Creating a pitch deck can seem daunting at first, especially if you’ve never done it before. You probably googled, “how to build a pitch deck” or looked at examples from 2010. You probably attempted to stitch something together based on what you’ve learned on the internet and realized your story is fragmented. 
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The Startup J Curve

In his book, the Startup J Curve, noted entrepreneur and angel investor, Howard Love, essentially states that there is no straight line from startup to sustainable success.  Rather, sustainable success follows a J Curve where the company initially dips after it starts.  The dip can occur for several reasons:
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4 Things Investors Secretly Look For in Your Cap Table

One of the most important things a CEO does is allocate capital using a Capitalization Table, or Cap Table, which gives investors valuable information about who owns the business and what the founding team thinks about financing, ownership, and exit strategies.
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