Startups Must Get Creative as Early-Stage Investors Shift to Larger Deals

The swashbuckling masters of the universe of who fueled the early days of Silicon Valley have aged and it shows in their investment choices. July 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It wasn’t so long ago — 10 or 15 years — that many venture capitalists were willing to make bets on early and even seed-stage startups. After hitting the jackpot on companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo, the early generation of tech investors now have more money to spend — but they’re less likely to put it into young startups that require time and handholding to grow.   That shift into later-stage investments has created a more challenging landscape for entrepreneurs looking for someone to invest in their startups. But don’t despair. You can still find seed money if you know where to look. Investment in early-stage companies has entered a cooling-off period. […]

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You Have a Product, Now You Need a Strategy

Without a clear strategy, companies often get sidetracked. March 28, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Startups pushing to enter the market at just the right moment have no time to rest on their laurels after coming up with a great idea. But many still make the mistake of moving forward without a detailed strategy for turning that burst of inspiration into reality. A study featured in Entrepreneur cites a “lack of persistence” as the third most common reason why startups fail. Without a clear strategy, companies often get sidetracked. Constant changes in direction can result in wasted money, time and energy. Once your company’s mission, or North Star, is solidly in focus, it’s time to start plotting a course that will ensure the company reaches its goals. Taking a systematic approach, in which big ideas are broken down into measurable objectives, can help teams […]

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