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Beware of “Advance Fee” Schemes

An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value – such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return. The variety of advance fee schemes is limited only by the imagination of the con artists who offer them. They may involve the sale of products or services, the offering of investments, lottery winnings, “found money,” or many other “opportunities.” Clever con artists will ...

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The 6 Biggest Mistakes in Raising Startup Capital

Avoid these traps to increase your chances of securing funding and keeping investors happy. 1. Half-baked business plans — There’s nothing worse than going into a money meeting unprepared. If you haven’t put the time and energy into writing a full-blown business plan complete with elements, such as a cogent business description, financial projections and a competitive market analysis, the people with the cash won’t put the time into evaluating your proposal. 2. Focusing too much on the idea and ...

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10 Rules For Writing a Powerful Executive Summary

Whether you write your own business plan, or you work with a professional business plan consultant to craft the perfect document, you will soon notice that you will need to change your plan for various purposes. For instance, if you are seeking a loan, you may want to focus on your balance sheet and collateral. If you are submitting your plan to an angel investor group you may want to focus on growth, market potential, and your management team. Rather ...

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Why I need a Business Plan?

While a business plan is a necessary tool for attracting angel investors, venture capital, and bank financing, the business planning process has so much more value to offer than just as a tool to raise money. Our experience has taught us that the benefits of the business planning process include: Providing you a 360 degree view of your company, allowing you to examine its viability and potential for growth and success. A business plan is powerful tool for ensuring that ...

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1.你创业的原因是什么? 你的动力是什么?我必须搞明白创业者创办这个公司的原因,因为我感觉好像很多人是为了一个错误的原因而开始创业的,或者他们根本就没有考虑过这个问题。我必须确认他们是有经过深思熟虑的。 2.如何证明你的公司是有市场的? 我相信精益流程,并且希望创业者能把它应用在开拓市场当中。他们是否曾找过使用者或者潜在客户,了解用户的想法?创业者只是单单在推销他的愿景(好的愿景固然很重要!),还是他们同时已经有一个完整的实现计划了?

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Start-ups and deals, Malaysian style

A LOT has been written about getting investors interested in start-ups. However, very little has been written about how start-ups can and should negotiate with potential investors in Malaysia. A few people recently asked me for tips on how they could save themselves from common issues or complications, and I thought maybe I should just share my thoughts with Digital News Asia readers. Given that I do have some experience making a living in my previous life fumbling around with ...

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It’s hard to raise money in Malaysia

‘We couldn’t raise even a single dollar in Malaysia or Singapore,’ says Catcha’s Patrick Grove Can’t depend on govt-backed VCs, private sector needs to step up, says Mavcap chief THE start-up space is recognized as amongst the most vibrant sectors in the country’s technology ecosystem, with even the Government launching initiatives to boost and support it, yet it is still very hard for entrepreneurs to raise money in Malaysia, especially from private sector funds and investors. Which is what forced ...

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5 Ways to raise capital for your SME

ANGEL INVESTORS Angel investors are wealthy individuals who will give an entrepreneur financing in exchange for a share of equity in the company. Investment sizes range, but usually are less than $1 Million. Angels often times work in organized groups that screen deals and invest with each other, while many invest on their own. Angel investors are more serious than the type of investor you would find in a Friends and Family Round, but they are usually less serious than ...

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3 common pitching mistakes of business startup owners

Securing funds from venture capitalists or angel investors is one of the most difficult tasks of business startup owners. Not only do they need to convince potential investors that they will benefit from the deal, they are also tasked to convince them to believe in the potential of their ideas. Venture capitalists and angel investors are experienced when it comes to choosing which startups to fund. Most of the time, they know how to separate the entrepreneurs who lack the ...

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