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5 Lessons From the TV Show ‘Shark Tank’ on Successfully Approaching Investors

ABC’s Shark Tank, which depicts owners of garage and kitchen startups pitching their request for investment capital to successful entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Mark Cuban, is a runaway success. Your needs may be significantly larger and more complex than the show’s contestants, but nonetheless, there are lessons that can be learned from it on how to approach a potential ...

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Four Paths to Unconventional Capital

While crowdsourcing gets all the ink, alternative-financing models also include less sexy BDC (Business Development Company) investment funds, equipment buybacks and other debt and equity strategies ranging from the slightly unconventional to the quirkily obscure. Still, their availability testifies to the buyer’s store of options out there for companies needing cash. Take the BDC option, for instance. This was the ...

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Why CEOs Should Know About BDCs

When a multi-location provider of end-of-life care with $38 million in revenues needed $13 million in financing for a dividend, it did not find the funds at a bank. Rather, it used a Business Development Company (BDC).

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Time to Invest in Early-Stage Fund

  Encouraged by declining operating costs in financing startup companies, venture capital firms and angel investors feel the current economic conditions favor starting an early-stage venture capital fund. Commenting in his blog post, “Angel Investing, Entrepreneurship and Learning”, Brock Blake, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of the FundingUniverse.com, a market place which connects qualified entrepreneurs with active VCs, angel investors ...

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