To succeed as an entrepreneur, make these 8 investments

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Invest in Yourself. We all invest our time and money in people and things. The best investment for entrepreneurs is always going to be in themselves. This could mean your health, education, well-being or relationships—anything that can fine-tune and improve your life will bring the highest return on investment because the cost is often very small. Invest in yourself in both small and big ways. Invest in Your Business. Invest in Tax Strategy.

Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities

GAN

You face a lot of challenges—anything from your commute time, to finding great talent, to landing big investments, to connecting with your target customers (fashion and beauty companies come to mind, for instance). Staying in business in a small city or an emerging market can be truly difficult, so what if you invest in a company that doesn’t make it? When a company raises another round of financing, it comes at a higher valuation than when we invested in it.

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Revenue-based financing: The next step for private equity and early-stage investment

TechCrunch

Thomas Rush is founder of Bootstrapp and Head of Investment Platform at ConsenSys Mesh. Revenue-based investing ( RBI), also known as revenue-based financing, or revenue-share investing, 1 is a natural next step for the private equity and early-stage venture investment industry.

Google’s Africa Investment Fund makes first investment in Uganda’s SafeBoda

TechCrunch

Internet giant Google announced today that it has made the first investment from its Africa Investment Fund in Ugandan super app SafeBoda. Google sets up $50M fund to invest in African startups.

Investing In You

Entrepreneurs' Organization

In early 2018, we happened to fall into one of those phases where we had lots of new cases requiring lots of up-front investments in records, experts and filing fees. I streamlined my accounts and finances. The post Investing In You appeared first on THE BLOG.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Cell-cultured meat, alternative financing, avoiding tech debt

TechCrunch

Friederike Grosse-Holz, a director at impact investment firm Blue Horizon, said lab-grown meat is “a little like a moonshot,” but predicts that 11% of the seafood, meat, eggs and dairy consumed globally in 2035 will come from alternative sources. “We

4 Ways Startups Can Empower Their Remote Finance Teams

StartupNation

Finance teams worldwide emerged as strategic leaders for startups with the onset of the pandemic by recognizing ways to efficiently manage remote teams, their finances, company operations and associated cost-cutting mechanisms. What challenges do remote finance teams face?

7 Creative Financing Options for New Businesses and Startups

StartupNation

But financing isn’t always easy — especially if you’re the proud founder of a brand new business. You still have plenty of creative financing options to fund your business. Creative financing options for new businesses. Angel investing and venture capital (VC).

New Study by MPOWER Financing Shows the Value of Investing in Immigrants

Dream It

An Impact-Investing Success Story: Goldman Sachs-Backed Fintech Fuels Double Bottom Line by Investing in International Students A new study by MPOWER Financing (Dreamit Spring 2016 alum) highlights the dramatic impact of no-cosigner loans for international and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students on campus diversity, gender equity, and financial inclusion. About MPOWER Financing MPOWER Financing, headquartered in Washington, D.C.,

Alto raises $40 million to help individuals make tax-savvy investments in assets like crypto and artwork

TechCrunch

Alternative investments are having a moment. Institutions have fueled a large part of this growth, investing at record pace into alternatives like crypto, private companies and real estate.

Open Finance First, Open Data Second

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Nick put together a deck outlining USV’s approach to crypto investing earlier this year and we have been using it with founders and investors since then. We expect we will see continued innovation in the open finance (finance 2.0) One slide I particularly like from that deck is this one which describes how we think the crypto market will develop over time.

4 Finance Lessons for Rookie Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Finance is a common source of both challenges and opportunities for a growing company. Learn these foundational finance lessons now to set yourself up for success: Avoid the sunk cost fallacy. You fail to consider the overall losses you might suffer in making further investments.

iMCI managed investment funds

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Technology Business Finance Program *. This Concept Fund provides pre-seed financing and early stage risk capital to advance scalable startup Oklahoma companies to prove new products and processes. OCAST TBFP has made 151 investments in 139 companies totaling $12.95

Global Processing Services adds $100M to its coffers to grow its embedded finance and API payments platform

TechCrunch

Embedded finance continues to be the engine driving the growth of fintech, with one group of companies building core banking, payments and other financial technology, and a much bigger group tapping that technology through APIs to build customer-facing businesses.

Crypto API provider Conduit wants to be the Stripe of decentralized finance

TechCrunch

Financial institutions continue to search for ways to pile into the crypto market, and decentralized finance (DeFi) products are one mechanism that could help them capture share.

Arc wants to build the de facto finance solution for SaaS startups

TechCrunch

Coming out of stealth today with $150 million in debt financing and $11 million in seed funding, Arc is building what it describes as “a community of premium software companies” that gives SaaS startups a way to borrow, save and spend “all on a single tech platform.”

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How Venture Capitalist Diane Yoo Chooses Her Startup Investments

StartupNation

With so many entrepreneurs and startup ventures seeking investment opportunities, it’s crucial that venture capitalists (VCs) create a list of criteria they want their potential investments to meet.

Embedded finance startup Banxware raises €4M seed

TechCrunch

Embedded finance — the idea of offering financial products where customers are already congregating via white label solutions and APIs – isn’t an entirely new concept. Liberis, the embedded finance provider for SMEs, raises additional £70M in debt.

Southeast Asian open finance startup Brankas gets $20M Series B led by Insignia Ventures

TechCrunch

Other backers included Visa (Brankas was a member of its 2021 Accelerator Program), AFG Partners and Treasury International, the venture capital firm led by fintech veterans including Jeff Cruttenden, co-founder of Acorns and Eli Broverman, co-founder of Betterment, also invested.

E-Commerce Financing: Funding Your Online Business

StartupNation

What is e-commerce financing? Taking out e-commerce financing, whether that’s a term loan or a line of credit , allows you to have the cash flow to purchase inventory, pay staff and cover other business expenses. What are the financing options for e-commerce? Equipment financing.

How I Invest

Both Sides of the Table

During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends. Often as I describe to people privately why I invested the first reaction is not to immediately get it.

Fairplay closes $35M in equity, debt to provide revenue-based financing to entrepreneurs

TechCrunch

Mexican revenue-based investment startup Fairplay secured $35 million in Series A funding to invest in the online marketing campaigns of direct-to-consumer e-commerce brands and marketplace sellers in Latin America. The average investment Fairplay makes is about $85,000, Atala said.

4 Tips for Writing a Standout Business Plan Financing Request

StartupNation

One of the most important elements of a business plan is a financing request, or the amount of funding your business is requesting of potential investors. Will you need additional financing in the next five years? Financing request, summarized.

Key Risks of Angel Investing

The Seraf Compass

? Early stage investing is an inherently risky way to invest. The list of high level risks is long and includes financing risk, technical risk, and market risk. As angel investors, you need to be aware of the key risks you are taking with your investment

Investing and Saving as a Woman Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Sharon Oberlander, a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch and long-time mentor to women entrepreneurs and executives, shares her thoughts on what women in business should know about investing, retirement and personal finance. So the question ‘are you investing in this market?’

Award-Winning Finance Expert Shares 5 Financial Musts Before Jumping Into Entrepreneurship

StartupNation

If you currently have a side hustle — or if you’re a freelancer — and are thinking about making the change to full-time entrepreneur, preparing your finances can help alleviate pressure. Plus, it can help you focus on building your business instead of constantly worrying about your finances.

Personal finance startup Truebill raises $17M

TechCrunch

Truebill , a startup offering a variety of tools to help users take control of their finances, announced today that it has raised $17 million in Series C funding. ” Truebill raises $15M to build a comprehensive platform for personal finance.

QED Investors hires Gbenga Ajayi as partner to focus on investments in Africa

TechCrunch

He will focus on Africa investments as part of QED’s international team. Other global investors have as well, but most of their multiple investments have been led by partners without local market know-how. The company has made 170 investments globally.

Liberis, the embedded finance provider for SMEs, raises additional £70M in equity and debt

TechCrunch

based fintech that provides finance for small businesses as an alternative to a traditional bank loan or extended overdraft , has replenished its own coffers with £70 million in funding. to offer finance for small businesses paid back via customer card transactions. Liberis , the U.K.-based

If You Are a Small Business Owner, P.R.A.Y. for Financing

Entrepreneurs' Organization

For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, securing financing is one of the biggest challenges. Certainly, financing is more difficult than it used to be, but early stage entrepreneurs also struggle to do the work needed to be in a position to obtain financing.

Octane raises $52M at a $900M+ valuation to help people finance large recreational purchases

TechCrunch

Some are more for fun, and the financing options for those types of buys — such as motorcycles and ATVs — are more limited. Progressive Investment Company Inc., Most innovation and investment is focused on large, marquee markets such as small business, auto and homes.”

Element Finance raises $32 million for its DeFi fixed rate protocol

TechCrunch

Element Finance has raised a $32 million Series A round at a $320 million valuation. The company has been building a new DeFi (decentralized finance) protocol on top of the Ethereum blockchain. So far, 9,000 users have tried Element Finance. Image Credits: Element Finance.

5 Tips for Getting Your New Business Finances Set up for Success

StartupNation

While it may sound obvious, your finances are one of the most critical elements of any business. In this article, you’ll learn five tips for getting your new business finances set up for success this year. You can accomplish this by tracking and planning your finances.

Newsletter: Top Investment Opportunities

OurCrowd

Join OurCrowd as we invest in Sfara , a US-based company that leads this market, replacing specialized in-vehicle hardware previously required, with software-only technology based on smartphones. Additionally, Webank committed to $100 million in receivables financing.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Venture Capital Investment at Record Numbers in First Half of 2021 (Episode 268)

StartupNation

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses venture capital investment, which was at a record high throughout the first half of 2021 and is experiencing greater gains through all stages in North America, according to Crunchbase. Why the torrid pace of venture investing?

Serial fintech founder raises $20M for Ant Money to make micro-investing even more accessible

TechCrunch

Serial fintech entrepreneur Walter Cruttenden founded Acorns with his son, Jeff, in 2012 with the goal of helping low- and middle-income households invest and save responsibly. The pair wanted to simplify investing for the millions that have trouble getting started or continuing to invest.

Binance-backed Xend Finance launches DeFi platform for credit unions in Africa

TechCrunch

Nigerian startup Xend Finance uses decentralized finance (DeFi) to address currency devaluation. This gave birth to Xend Finance.” Not only is Xend Finance trying to protect credit unions from fluctuation, but it is also changing how they operate.