Startups and small businesses are often incredibly hesitant to call a lawyer for advice. Why? Because they want to avoid legal issues? No.  Because they want to avoid the invoice afterwards. Navigating legal issues is a challenge — a time-consuming and costly […]

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How University-Affiliated Angel Groups are Helping Fuel Startups While Supporting Higher Education. Angel investors typically congregate into formal angel groups based upon geographic proximity and interests in certain industry sectors and/or specific growth stages.  While these characteristics generally reflect the commonality […]

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Many entrepreneurs are “allergic to the numbers side of the business”. Part of the high failure rate of small businesses is due to avoiding and ignoring basic financial principals. Ken Kaufman’s book explains the essentials of small business finance and […]

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ActSeed’s mission of reducing small business failure rates depend upon both well-prepared entrepreneurs and well-informed investors. This new series of articles, called “Kick the Tires”, will help both investors and entrepreneurs align for the best chances to achieve reciprocal success.  [“Kicking the Tires” […]

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ActSeed has developed a program to help large enterprises and governmental agencies foster entrepreneurship and build early relationships with today’s emerging small businesses and tomorrow’s most promising startups. There is a natural symbiosis between large enterprises and an “Innovation Economy” full […]

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Inside Pitch for Entrepreneurs and Angels: Crowd-Based Feedback for Startup Elevator Pitches Our new LinkedIn group is a collaborative area for “perfecting the quick pitch”. You typically get 45 seconds or 45 words – your “inside pitch” – to articulate your […]

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“Most people start businesses simply because they just don’t like working for someone else.” If this quote resonates with you, or even if you have another motive for becoming an entrepreneur, you should read this book. Scott Shane packs this […]

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What is compatibility in the context of small business investing and why is it important?  Private direct investment is very different than buying a publicly traded security. Investors do not have the same regulatory support or liquidity as a publicly traded stock.  While we […]

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