Crowdfunding reinvented: Raising capital in the digital age

Benoit Vialle, NakedWines.com

By BENOIT VIALLE, NAKEDWINES.COM COO The concept of crowdfunding isn’t new, but technology has given it a fresh spin with multiple platforms springing up to fund everything from school band trips to startups. Project-based startup platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have gained widespread use as a way to raise funds for specific business ventures and product development … [Read more...]

Old and new: Global startup activity continues to thrive

Gust Q4 2014

By Justin Cina, Gust marketing director Early-stage investment activity in the United States continued to remain strong in the last quarter of 2014, especially in powerhouse markets like California and New York, but the last quarter of 2014 also saw the emergence of new markets and industries taking up a larger percentage of funding applications. This is according to … [Read more...]

Well-funded competitors, a dream, and LinkedIn: How I raised $7 million in 30 days for my startup

Colin Campbell, .CLUB

By Colin Campbell, .CLUB Domains founder, president, and CEO I had a problem. A problem that almost every startup faces: Raising money. I had to raise $7 million fast for a concept that hadn’t yet generated any revenue, but I had to do it in 30 days, all without a broker, and all on my own. In 2013 I had applied for a valuable stake of land on the Internet—a new domain … [Read more...]

Startups and philanthropy: How doing good will help you do well

SUB building

By Trevor Neilson, co-founder and president, Global Philanthropy Group We’re seeing a transformation in the way companies, particularly startups, engage with social good. What was often a siloed, small-scale corporate social responsibility effort is now more often a highly integrated effort, embedded in the company’s DNA from the beginning. The lines dividing making money … [Read more...]

Women and startups – the numbers

Monica Eaton-Cardone

By Monica Eaton-Cardone, Chargebacks911 founder Women own approximately 30 percent of small businesses in America. In fact, according to the National Women’s Business Council, there are over 7.8 million businesses in the United States that are owned by women. Despite this, only three percent of tech startups have women owners. The technology industry, while growing at a rapid … [Read more...]

Venture capital boom provides opportunities for startups

Andy Roe, SurePayroll

By Andy Roe, SurePayroll general manager Venture capital is experiencing a boom, with funding hitting its highest levels since 2001, according to CB Insights’ venture capital year-in-review report. There was $47.3 billion in VC funding last year for 3,617 deals. And yet despite the headlines of venture-backed startups and IPOs, the actual process remains murky. What … [Read more...]

Female founders and the evolution of ecommerce

Lorraine Dahlinger, FromtheLab

By Lorraine Dahlinger, From the Lab founder There are basic, and well-documented, behavioral differences between the way men and women shop online. Women typically browse products, read reviews, look for bargains, and utilize online chats and discussion forums. Not only is shopping online a social act for many women, it’s an increasingly informed act. Women frequently take … [Read more...]

The crucial factors for startup success

Matthew Sawyer, RocketMarketDevelopment2

By Matthew Sawyer, managing partner, Rocket Market Development Most Angel investors, VCs and entrepreneurs agree that the success rate for startup companies is dismal. Business Insider recently reported that only .4 percent of startups that applied to the Y Combinator accelerator are successful. Research conducted at The Harvard Business School found that only 25 percent of … [Read more...]

Five ways women entrepreneurs can stop punishing themselves

Lori Bollas, SurePayroll1

By Lori Bolas, SurePayroll It’s becoming increasingly clear that working ourselves to death is not productive. More-and-more research suggests that long hours do not equal more productivity. Many executives are now doing less to increase productivity. And yet, for those women who own 30 percent of the nation’s businesses, the demands seem like they’ve never been higher. … [Read more...]

Silicon Alley catching up with Palo Alto? Gust releases its Q1 2014 data trends within the early-stage startup ecosystem

Gust Q1_2014_Infog

By David S. Rose, Gust CEO and Rose Tech Ventures managing partner The early-stage ecosystem is witnessing a startup boom, as an increasing number of companies apply new technologies to existing industries and seek Seed investments from business Angel investors and early-stage venture capital funds. First quarter data from Gust, the global platform connecting high-growth … [Read more...]