Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money. Second, the risk is very high, since as […]
This is how you attract investors and keep them. You need this if you are serious about fundraising.
There isn’t an organization in existence today that hasn’t had some internal dialog about digital experiences, and for good reason. Digital experience investments, either in technology, people, or process (or all of those), represent a unique opportunity. Done properly, digital experiences can drive higher revenue and act as a catalyst for change throughout an organization. […]
I had lunch with a friend a few weeks ago and we were talking about some of the companies we were seeing in the market and how our portfolios were doing. Generally when this happens you break out in hyperboles and metaphors — baseball season was about to start so we started to make analogies. Based on […]
On the desk of SMC’s analytics expert, James Dalton, sits a piece of paper. Printed on it is a quote that’s familiar to most of us in marketing and advertising: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Setting aside the debate about who actually said […]
If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? A lot of smart people ask themselves that question, especially as they struggle to keep up with the bills and worry about an inadequately funded retirement. In my work, consulting with entrepreneurs, I commonly find that they spend so much time juggling the competing demands of their […]
Advice on how Mr. Frankel chooses what companies to invest in.
Startups are really risky. And, if you are looking to join one, know going in you have a nine in ten chance that company won’t be in business within a couple years from now, and you’ll have to look for a new job again. Venture capitalists can get around these odds by investing in ten […]
Private investors are always looking to get in on the best deals – and there are those that they’re not always privy to. Artivest is changing that. It’s a new way to invest in private funds, including private equity, hedge funds and venture capital. The company is upgrading the entire process for investors and fund […]
From the beginning, I have maintained that crowdfunding will become an investment standard, the go-to system to raise funds and one of the best methods for sound return of investments. Long before the JOBS Act came into play, however, crowdfunding (or its methodology) was already used in the US as a means to fund projects. […]
Have you ever wondered what goes through an investor’s mind when you pitch an idea to them? If the answer is yes, then look no further. There are many things, such as: what the ideal combination of people to work with for an extended period of time, whether or not the product has organic […]