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Who. What. How. Three Secrets Investment Bankers Wish Every Startup Knew

Many entrepreneurs fail to consider what investment bankers can do to help them raise money. Let’s look at investment bankers — who they are, what they do, and how they differ from a VC or an angel — and key reasons that hiring an investment banker can be one of the smartest decisions an entrepreneur […]

5 Elements for Building a Healthy Startup

With the right planning up front, you can cut the time it will take to successfully get to your ultimate destination. Here are five elements to consider for starting your business on the path to success. <click to tweet> 1. Experience. Consider the experience you wish to give every customer. Whether it is the benefit of […]

Q&A: Choosing Between Convertible Notes and Priced Equity with Michael Hool

A convertible note is a short-term debt that can be converted into equity (typically preferred shares) of a company. It has advantages and disadvantages for both investors and the issuing company. Michael Hool, of Hool Coury Law Group, focuses his legal practice on working with investors and emerging businesses from startup to exit. He took […]

Fundraising Tips for Early Stage Startups

Infusionsoft Co-Founder Clate Mask calls himself a bootstrapping evangelist. “When I was in business school, we learned the ‘MBA way’ to grow a business,” he says. “You write a business plan, raise some money and then roll it out. Not only is that the wrong approach, but gives false hopes.” Mask says a business plan […]

Expert Q&A: Startup Financing

Albert Martinez, leader of the relationship management team at Silicon Valley Bank, provides solid advice to entrepreneurs looking to raise capital: What is your role at Silicon Valley Bank? I primarily work with early and mid-stage software and digital media companies. Silicon Valley Bank works with innovation companies in all tech and life science sectors and regions […]