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This Entrepreneur Has Raised $57 Million To Heal Your Gut

This Entrepreneur Has Raised $57 Million To Heal Your Gut

Colleen Cutcliffe has proven that when you have a passion for solving a big problem and are willing to let others help, anything is possible. So far Colleen’s startup has raised nearly $60M from amazing investors like Khosla, Sequoia and True Ventures. They’ve just released the world’s first and only microbiome intervention for type 2 diabetes, which has been clinically proven to lower A1C and post-meal glucose response.

She Sold Her First Business For $50M And Is Now Reinventing The Personal Shopping Experience

She Sold Her First Business For $50M And Is Now Reinventing The Personal Shopping Experience

Mauria Finley maybe one of the few female entrepreneurs who really helped give birth to the internet and mobile experiences. She has since launched two successful startups of her own. After working for some of the most notable tech companies Finley started and sold her first company for $50M, giving her investors a 10x return. Now she’s raised at least $10M for her latest fast-growing marketplace startup.   

Venture Capital Dictionary

Venture Capital Dictionary

Learning about venture capital terms can take a while and I have never come across a venture capital dictionary. There are a lot of terms to get your head around, especially when you are trying to get the best deal as an investor or startup founder. With this in mind, I’ve put together a go-to list of the most important venture capital terms you need to know on your journey as an entrepreneur.

They Went From Coffee Shop Entrepreneurs To Raising Over $60 Million To Change How Homeowners Get Insured

They Went From Coffee Shop Entrepreneurs To Raising Over $60 Million To Change How Homeowners Get Insured

Sean Harper and Lucas Ward ran into each other in a local coffee shop. That chance meeting has resulted in a startup that is disrupting one of the largest industries on the planet, and a business worth as much as $500M. Lucas and Sean have taken on the inefficiencies and inconvenience of the insurance industry with a fast-growth company that just keeps doubling. They now have hundreds of employees and were valued at between $100M and $500M when they raised another $47M in funding last summer.

Best Ways To Learn About Startup Fundraising

Best Ways To Learn About Startup Fundraising

What are the best ways to learn about startup fundraising? You can have the best startup business idea in the world, but it may not go anywhere without the funding to make it happen. Unfortunately, raising capital is rarely as simple as it is often made out to be. Some struggle with it for months and years and get turned away by investors hundreds of times.

What Is A Startup Accelerator Or Incubator?

What Is A Startup Accelerator Or Incubator?

Startup accelerators and incubators help businesses during their infancy to reach their initial goals. This is done in a number of ways including by offering finances, advice, and even facilitating networking with potential investors. In this article, we are going to delve deep into what startup accelerators and incubators actually are. By the end of this article, you’ll understand what they are and whether you should be involved in them as either an investor or a startup founder.

What Is A 409A Valuation?

What Is A 409A Valuation?

What is a 409A valuation? It isn’t as easy as you might think. Public companies are valued by their share price. What the public is willing to pay for a share is what it’s worth. But how do you value a private company that isn’t listed on any exchange? 

This Entrepreneur Flipped Her Fashion Startup For $85 Million In Just 48 Months

This Entrepreneur Flipped Her Fashion Startup For $85 Million In Just 48 Months

Michelle Cordeiro took her first fashion startup from launch to exit in just four years. She got funded even before opening an office and raised $50M to give women their own brand. We caught up on a new episode of the Dealmakers Show. Michelle shared her journey as a woman entrepreneur, what she has learned about brand building, raising capital and exiting a venture. Plus, her top advice for new entrepreneurs looking to start their own companies.

How Funding Rounds Work For Startups

How Funding Rounds Work For Startups

How do the different stages of startup fundraising work for entrepreneurs and their businesses? The big numbers thrown around in the media might make you think that one big fundraising campaign or two is enough finance your business idea for life. It doesn’t work like that. Startup funding in done through a series of stages of ‘rounds’.  Each round typically targets a different type of investor, for different amounts of capital. Investors will have differing expectations of entrepreneurs and their startups at each stage. While there are always exceptions, these round often come 12 to 18 months apart. 

This Fintech Entrepreneur Has Raised Over $50 Million To Give You Better Access To Credit

This Fintech Entrepreneur Has Raised Over $50 Million To Give You Better Access To Credit

Arad Levertov has raised tens of millions of dollars to innovate in the fin-tech space to make access to credit more efficient. We recently got together for an episode of the Dealmakers Podcast. Arad shared how his venture was born out of the Startup Nation, the keys to successful fundraising, the importance of picking the right investors, plus the future of banking.  

Ways To Fund Your Business Without Giving Up Equity

Ways To Fund Your Business Without Giving Up Equity

Non-dilutive methods to fund your startup comes with distinct pitfalls and rewards. In this article, we are going to explore how to fund a start-up through non-dilutive financing, while outlining the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

He Generated Over $1B From Selling His Startups And Now Raised $200M To Accelerate Deep Learning

He Generated Over $1B From Selling His Startups And Now Raised $200M To Accelerate Deep Learning

Andrew Feldman is a true serial entrepreneur. He has already created and exited over $1 billion in startups and has raised $200M for his next venture. We got together for a recent episode of the Dealmakers podcast. Andrew shared his unique start in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the challenges, and successes of raising capital in a bear market, how to pick investors, the art of listening and the biggest mistakes he’s made.   

He Sold Two Startups For Millions And Now Raised $20 Million To Take On The $270 Billion Big Data Industry

He Sold Two Startups For Millions And Now Raised $20 Million To Take On The $270 Billion Big Data Industry

Jeff White is a true serial entrepreneur. With two successful exits under his belt, he is now on his next big data startup.  As an entrepreneur, Jeff has certainly pulled off some enviable feats. As a founder and investor, there is plenty to learn and get inspired by his story. We got together for a recent episode of the dealmakers podcast. He shared why he made the leap from the 9-5, tips for making it through the tough days, and what’s possible when you go all-in on your ideas.  

How To Build A Fundraising Story For Your Business

How To Build A Fundraising Story For Your Business

Are you wondering how to build a fundraising story for your business? In essence, you should never try fundraising for your startup without a great story. If you want to rocket your chances of converting investors, secure the best terms when you do get and turn every contract into a brand ambassador, you need a strong story. Where do you start with creating one that will pave the way for you?

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million In 48 Hours For His Cannabis Business

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million In 48 Hours For His Cannabis Business

Sammy Dorf has set the bar pretty high for entrepreneurs and startups. His cannabis company raised $100M after many months of effort, over the course of one extraordinary weekend, and went on to be acquired in the largest transaction in the industry (at the time), at $850M. Whatever your opinions about marijuana, Sam Dorf has proven it’s serious business. We caught up for a special episode of the Dealmakers Show where he broke down his incredible entrepreneurial journey. We talked about legal cannabis, the strategy involved in winning licenses, the struggles and big wins of fundraising, choosing your exit, and what lies ahead in the industry.  

Pros And Cons Of Convertible Notes

Pros And Cons Of Convertible Notes

Convertible notes are one of many fundraising options for start-up entrepreneurs making it essential to understand the pros and cons of convertible notes. The way that convertible notes work is that an investor loans an agreed amount to a company which is then converted to equity during a later investment round. While convertible notes are becoming increasingly popular with entrepreneurs because they are a great bargaining chip to entice investors, they do have distinct advantages and disadvantages like any financial agreement. 

He Built A $1.7 Billion Business By Connecting Customers With Local Services

He Built A $1.7 Billion Business By Connecting Customers With Local Services

Marco Zappacosta has raised $400M for his marketplace startup that is unlocking the largest industry digital hasn’t fully solved yet. If you think a billion dollars is big business, Zappacosta’s already successful business is still just at the beginning of revolutionizing the trillion-dollar-plus human services industry.   

She Raised $35 Million To Disrupt Reproductive Health For Women

She Raised $35 Million To Disrupt Reproductive Health For Women

Alex Friedman is an experienced businesswoman, who has brought a wealth of knowledge to make millions of lives easier. So far LOLA has raised millions of dollars to fund her mission, and the brand is only growing. Having a few daughters myself, I was excited to have Alexandra appear on a new episode on the DealMakers Show. We talked about getting equipped to be an entrepreneur, what investors look for in funds and VCs to give their money to, the advantage of consumer products as a founder, and fundraising for your startup.  

This Entrepreneur Raised $9 Million With Just An Idea And A PowerPoint

This Entrepreneur Raised $9 Million With Just An Idea And A PowerPoint

Cybersecurity expert Fred Kneip has raised almost $60M for his startup so far. It all started with a winning PowerPoint that has drawn the attention of a host of the most enviable investors. Fred recently made an appearance on the Dealmakers Show. In our interview, he shared his journey, what he’s learned, the keys to raising millions in funding, and how his company is transforming one of the fastest-growing markets we’ve ever seen.  

Skills Top Founders Master When Fundraising

Skills Top Founders Master When Fundraising

Want to know the skills top founders master when fundraising? These are the skills you’ll need in order to land that funding. The media can often make it sound incredibly easy and simple to land hundreds of millions of dollars in funds for just about any startup idea. In reality, many stumble around for years and even have to face hundreds of investor rejections before getting a single check. 

This Early Employee At Square Raised $57 Million To Keep Institutional Investors Safe With Crypto Investments

This Early Employee At Square Raised $57 Million To Keep Institutional Investors Safe With Crypto Investments

Nathan McCauley lives and breathes cybersecurity. He’s been involved in some of the best-known tech startups and has now launched his own. His crypto company has already attracted some of the best-known investors, and they’re just getting started. Nathan showed up for a recent episode of the DealMakers podcast, where I had the opportunity to interview him on his journey. We talked about digital security, being a part of popular tech rocket ships, and what’s next in cryptocurrency.   

Business Plan Template

Business Plan Template

Need a business plan template? Check out this step by step plan to crafting one that will work for your venture. Every startup business needs a business plan template. You know the saying, “failing to plan means planning to fail.” Going into business for yourself is exciting, empowering and probably one of the best things you can ever try in your life. It can also be risky.

Competitor Analysis Template

Competitor Analysis Template

As a startup, your competitor analysis is one of the most important and influential parts of getting off the ground. Here’s what to include in your competitor analysis template. Every startup has competition. If you don’t see it, it is even more of a threat. If you don’t acknowledge it, prospective investors won’t take you seriously.

Executive Summary Template

Executive Summary Template

What do entrepreneurs need to include in an executive summary for it be successful and effective? The executive summary is a crucial and pivotal document for all startup businesses, and even over the years as you reach and stretch to new stages.

He Sold His First Business At 22 And Just Raised $50 Million To Take On The $450 Billion Legal Tech Industry

He Sold His First Business At 22 And Just Raised $50 Million To Take On The $450 Billion Legal Tech Industry

Reuven Moskowitz has started and sold multiple companies. His latest venture has raised over $50 million to advance technology for law firms. They’ve got some incredible case studies and are changing what’s possible for lawyers. Moskowitz recently joined me for an episode of the DealMakers podcast. We talked about buying and selling companies while still in college, the top challenges for entrepreneurs, balancing your optimism, and the future of law.  

Marketing Campaign Template

Marketing Campaign Template

A marketing campaign template will help your startup breakout your individual campaigns, gain more focus and improve the accuracy and outcome of your efforts.

Marketing Strategy Template

Marketing Strategy Template

Every startup needs a marketing strategy template to get things going. Without a written plan it is going to be virtually impossible to stay on track, keep the team focused and really enable your business to achieve its potential.

Sources Of Startup Funding: The Pros And Cons

Sources Of Startup Funding: The Pros And Cons

What is the right path when evaluating the pros and cons of different sources of startup funding for your venture? There’s more than one way to fund your startup. Each has its own pros and cons. Which is right for you?

20 Reasons To Start Your Own Business

20 Reasons To Start Your Own Business

What are some of the reasons to start your own business? Is starting your own business the best path forward at this point in time for you? Here are at least twenty reasons why you should dive in and launch your own startup.

This Entrepreneur Raised Over $100 Million To Deliver Chef-Cooked Meals To Your Door

This Entrepreneur Raised Over $100 Million To Deliver Chef-Cooked Meals To Your Door

Michael Wystrach was born into the farm to table movement, even before it was a thing. He was raised to be an entrepreneur, and since school and a stint in investment banking has launched one of the most successful startups in the food space. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Michael on the DealMakers Podcast. He shared how his entrepreneurial spirit was incubated from an early age, what he learned from the world of investment banking, his tips on hiring and cofounders, as well as what it takes to get through the dark days and create a hyper-growth startup that attracts millions of dollars in capital.  

Largest Markets That Have Experienced Low Innovation

Largest Markets That Have Experienced Low Innovation

Looking for the best markets to launch a hyper-growth startup? Want to know which sectors could offer the best growth potential for making startup investments? These are ten of the largest markets that have been lagging in innovation, disruption, and implementation of new technologies. 

This Billionaire Started His First Business At 17 And Now Is Reinventing Payments With His Latest Startup

This Billionaire Started His First Business At 17 And Now Is Reinventing Payments With His Latest Startup

Bhavin Turakhia is a man on a mission. He’s been building and selling companies since he was just 17 years old. His macro approach to starting businesses and proven startup acumen make him one of the most capable of disrupting and transforming the payments space. Bhavin is a true serial founder with multiple starts and exits. We caught up for a special episode of the Dealmakers Podcast. He shared his early journey of becoming an entrepreneur, how he sold his first company, his top advice to new founders, how to validate your business idea and the three-step formula for startup success.  

He Sold His Business For $45 Million And Now Has Raised Millions To Create A Bank For Startups

He Sold His Business For $45 Million And Now Has Raised Millions To Create A Bank For Startups

Immad Akhund is a true serial entrepreneur who has been on both sides of the table and many times. His latest startup has raised tens of millions of dollars to become the Google of the banking world through new Fintech applications. During our recent interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Immad shared his journey from being a young entrepreneur to multiple exits and becoming an active angel investor himself. We talked launching back to back startups, the patterns of success, how to take the pain out of entrepreneurship (as best you can), Fintech and M&A.

Marketing Plan Template

Marketing Plan Template

You’re not going to get far in business or stay in business for long without a good marketing plan template to start building your own pln. So, what should be in yours? Even if you never write a full business plan or put together a pitch deck, you need a marketing plan template. Without one you’ll just be blowing around in the wind. Do that and there’s more than a 90% chance you are going bankrupt within five years. Probably far sooner.

This Startup Pitch Deck Returned 100X For Investors

This Startup Pitch Deck Returned 100X For Investors

This startup pitch deck delivered a 100x return to investors and helped this uber competitor to go on to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Careem was an Uber alternative based in Dubai. They’ve since gone on to spread to 14 countries and raise over $421 million in funding.

How To Find Buyers For Your Business

How To Find Buyers For Your Business

How to find buyers for your business? Selling a business is unlike selling anything else. This is especially true when it comes to achieving an exit for your startup. So, where are they, buyers? How do you connect with them and get offers to buy you out? 

Startup Advisors: Everything You Need To Know About Them

Startup Advisors: Everything You Need To Know About Them

What do you need to know about startup advisors before you launch and to get to the next level? Startup advisors can make a huge difference in your venture. Though there can be a substantial difference in the outcome or bringing them in based on a variety of factors.

Startup Company Action Plan Template

Startup Company Action Plan Template

A clear action plan can be one of the most valuable assets you have as a startup entrepreneur. So, what should it look like? There’s nothing that can bog you down more as a startup than a dinosaur of a business plan. Or derail you more than having not clear written plan. There’s nothing better for curing a slow grind or getting out of the weeds than a clean, simple and powerful action plan. 

She Built A $100 Million Fashion Brand By Using Tech To Drive Sales Growth

She Built A $100 Million Fashion Brand By Using Tech To Drive Sales Growth

Rebecca Minkoff is well known for not only her line of designer bags and accessories but her high tech shops that blend interactive technology with tailored experience and fashion. If you’ve visited Rebecca Minkoff’s store in Soho you’ve found interactive mirrors to help you pick the perfect outfit, along with your choice of drinks delivered right to your dressing room, where you are matched with the latest styles. 

How To Compensate Startup Employees Without Money

How To Compensate Startup Employees Without Money

How to compensate startup employees without money during the early stages of a venture is an art. Cash for salaries is one thing you may not have a surplus of as a young startup. Even if you are funded, you need to be very careful about how you spend it. Yet, you know that the survival and ability of your venture to survive relies almost 100% on recruiting and retaining the best talent in your space. So, how do you do it?

Breaking Down The Pitch Deck

Breaking Down The Pitch Deck

Getting ready to raise money for your startup? Here we will be breaking down the pitch deck as well as the digits you need to know about creating and presenting the presentation that will get you funded.

100 Questions Potential Buyers Will Ask Startups

100 Questions Potential Buyers Will Ask Startups

Thinking about selling your business? This piece covers the 100 questions potential buyers will ask startups… Selling a business is often the best move. Maybe you receive an offer too good to refuse. It may be foolish or negligent not to accept offers you are receiving. You may be in a personal situation that is demanding more of your time. Exiting may be better for the business than raising another round of money.

How Startup Financing Rounds Get Oversubscribed

How Startup Financing Rounds Get Oversubscribed

Wondering how startup financing rounds get oversubscribed? Ready to launch your first fundraising campaign and want to make sure you bring in enough money? How do some startups seem to attract more money than they asked for while others struggle with hundreds of investor rejections for years?

Startup Business Plan Template

Startup Business Plan Template

Need a startup business plan template for your new venture? What’s the best layout for a business plan? What role should it play in your small business startup? How do you best make it work for you? The Role Of The Business Plan In Startups Every business needs a...

Will Investors Fund My Startup

Will Investors Fund My Startup

Will investors fund my startups? Does your startup really have a chance of getting funded? Whether you are still debating whether fundraising is the right path right now, or you’ve had some rejection and want to know whether it’s worth continuing, these questions will help you evaluate your startup, and improve your game to increase your odds of getting funded. Or you might find it’s time to make a quick pivot to give your vision the best chance of success.

How To Start A Business With Almost No Money

How To Start A Business With Almost No Money

Are you wondering how to start a business with almost no money and if it is even possible? Why should you, even if you just sold your last startup for millions and have plenty of cash?

10 Tips For Building A Successful Business

10 Tips For Building A Successful Business

Ready to build a highly successful business? In this article, you will find the 10 tips for building a successful business.  Here are the steps to take to create a valuable and growing business that will last and see your idea through.

He Sold His Business For $200 Million And Now Raised $100 Million To Address Concerns With Data Security

He Sold His Business For $200 Million And Now Raised $100 Million To Address Concerns With Data Security

Dimitri Sirota has been on both sides of the table as a founder and investor. He is now on his third venture of his own and has invested in at least eight other startups as an angel. What has he learned about the patterns of success along the way?  In a recent exclusive interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Dimitri Sirota shared his story, and his learnings of what patterns and factors can increase the likelihood of success for startups and entrepreneurs.  

How Important Is Due Diligence In Acquisitions

How Important Is Due Diligence In Acquisitions

Due diligence is no fun for entrepreneurs who are selling their startups. So how important is due diligence in acquisitions. This is the least fun part of being an entrepreneur. Even if it wasn’t essential, it can certainly teach you a lot about business. It will definitely make sure you are prepared next time and will ensure your next business is much more tightly organized than the first.

What Happens To Employees After Your Company Gets Acquired?

What Happens To Employees After Your Company Gets Acquired?

One of the biggest challenges in acquisitions for entrepreneurs is making sure the employees are taking care of. What happens to employees after your company gets acquired is one of the areas that negotiations tend to focus with potential acquirers during the M&A process. 

300 Best Tools And Resources For Entrepreneurs

300 Best Tools And Resources For Entrepreneurs

Taking a look at the journey’s of the most successful entrepreneurs, companies and founders with amazing exits, it is clear that startup success is a lot less about what you know and your coding skills when you take the leap than about leveraging resources, learning as you go and find the best help. Here’s where you’ll find access to many of the things you’ll need and find of value on your own mission.

He Sold His First Business For $20 Million, His Second For $400 Million, And Now Is Taking On The $8 Billion Robotics Industry

He Sold His First Business For $20 Million, His Second For $400 Million, And Now Is Taking On The $8 Billion Robotics Industry

Lior Elazary is a true serial entrepreneur. He sold his first business while still in school, and is now heading up a robotics startup worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Whether he intended to or not, Elazary has become a real dealmaker, building and exiting at least three companies, and is now on his fourth venture. Lior recently graced the Dealmakers podcast sharing his approach to building companies, his early entrepreneurial spirit, his methods for funding his startups, and why more founders should look forward to failure.  

These Ex-Cisco Execs Just Sold Their AI-Powered Startup To Juniper Networks For $405 Million

These Ex-Cisco Execs Just Sold Their AI-Powered Startup To Juniper Networks For $405 Million

Sujai Hajela and Bob Friday took their own journeys before landing at the same company. Then they joined forces to raise $90 million to build a tech company that was recently acquired for over $400 million. I recently caught up with cofounders Bob and Sujai for an episode of the Dealmakers Podcast. They shared how their unique paths led them to work together, how they selected an amazing lineup of tier-one investors, what makes a great CEO, selling their company to Juniper, and the advice they’d give themselves before starting another business. 

He Built A $1 Billion Business By Selling Natural Home Care Products

He Built A $1 Billion Business By Selling Natural Home Care Products

Stuart Landesberg has raised millions in startup capital to create a new consumer-driven experience that puts more products in homes that are good for them and the environment. As a founder Landesberg has learned a lot about leadership, teams and scaling startups. We caught up on a new episode of the DealMakers podcast, where he shared how he got started, what he’s learned about partnering and working with the best investors and perseverance it takes to build a venture that really makes it.

What To Do When Selling Your Business In An All Stock Acquisition

What To Do When Selling Your Business In An All Stock Acquisition

Ready to sell your startup business? Make sure you’ve covered these bases if you are wondering what to do when selling your business in an all stock acquisition. Selling a startup is a big moment. Perhaps the only thing bigger than your payday is going to be everything you’ve got to do to get through the finish line and how complex taking stock is going to be.

What You Need To Know About Startup Acquisitions

What You Need To Know About Startup Acquisitions

Thinking of selling your startup? Here’s what you need to know about startup acquisitions… Having sold my own company, interviewed dozens of the most successful founders with big exits on the DealMakers Podcast, and through my work advising entrepreneurs at Panthera Advisors, the following factors really stick out as what you need to know before you think you can hang up a for sale sign and cash out of the business you built.

This Entrepreneur Went From Zero To $250 Million In Revenue Without Taking Any Outside Investment

This Entrepreneur Went From Zero To $250 Million In Revenue Without Taking Any Outside Investment

Sanjay Shah bootstrapped his technology startup from nothing to $250 million in revenue before accepting private equity funding. Bootstrapping may not be as common as raising big money these days, but it certainly worked out for this entrepreneur. When you can pull it off, it puts you in a much stronger position to choose strategic investors later and can provide a great sense of accomplishment.  

16 Slides You Need In Your Pitch Deck

16 Slides You Need In Your Pitch Deck

Ready to raise millions of dollars for your next startup fundraising round? You may be wondering what are the slides you need in your pitch deck? Below is an in-depth commentary on a pitch deck template that I put together some time ago. It includes the slides you need in your pitch deck and that are necessary to pass the pitch test with potential investors and get the money you need to take your business to the next level.

How Entrepreneurs Get Paid After An Acquisition

How Entrepreneurs Get Paid After An Acquisition

How entrepreneurs get paid after an acquisition? There’s plenty to think about and keep you busy without even considering trying to navigate an exit for your startup. The acquisition process alone is like a whole new MBA of hustle and hard knocks and street smarts crammed into a few months. Though how do you actually get paid if you make it through the finish line to the closing?

8 Steps To An Effective Elevator Pitch

8 Steps To An Effective Elevator Pitch

What are the steps to an effective elevator pitch? An elevator pitch is one of the most important assets for every entrepreneur. It can open up many doors, referrals, and funds, or send them running. Even if you never plan to do any active networking in person, you...

He Built Facebook‘s Groundbreaking Data Infrastructure – Now He’s Raised $87 Million To Deliver Deep Learning at Scale

He Built Facebook‘s Groundbreaking Data Infrastructure – Now He’s Raised $87 Million To Deliver Deep Learning at Scale

Ashish Thusoo believed in the cloud long before most thought it would ever catch on. Now, his company Qubole is empowering other startups to scale and grow fast with self-service AI, machine learning and data analytics in the cloud. Thusoo’s venture has raised almost $100 million from heavy hitters like IVP, Norwest Venture Partners and Harmony Partners, and he’s enabling a new level of data processing and efficiency for their clients. 

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Acquisitions

What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Acquisitions

Given that big exits and valuations appear to be one of the factors that are really inspiring all the media attention around the startup ecosystem and billions in venture capital investments, it’s a part of starting a company that every entrepreneur needs to understand. Still, there seems to be a lot of persuasive myths and misconceptions about this eventual milestone among entrepreneurs so here is what every entrepreneur should know about acquisitions…

Most Common Business Acquisition Mistakes

Most Common Business Acquisition Mistakes

What are the most common business acquisition mistakes that you may encounter during the process of selling your business? An acquisition with a lot of zeros attached to it is the ultimate end game for most of today’s entrepreneurs and their investors. Even if that...

He Built A $600 Million Business By Preventing Fraud In Calls

He Built A $600 Million Business By Preventing Fraud In Calls

Vijay Balasubramaniyan has raised millions of dollars for his tech startup, Pindrop, that is shaping the future of how we communicate and do business. His venture has been funded by some of the most enviable investors, and your life may soon be a lot easier thanks to those who believed in him when most thought voice was dead. 

11 Ways To Finance Your Business

11 Ways To Finance Your Business

Have a great business idea? What are the different ways to finance your business? These are some of the questions that you will certainly ask yourself once you are building your own venture. There are actually a wide variety of ways to fund your business from initial launch to scaling your company through to an IPO. Speak with a fundraising consultant and determine the best method for you and your idea at each stage.

How To Develop Your Brand Strategy

How To Develop Your Brand Strategy

How to develop your brand strategy? This is certainly one of the key questions that entrepreneurs should ask themselves. Brand strategy can be everything for a startup business. Your brand can make or break you, and not only mean the difference between failing and thriving, but also in terms of hundreds of millions of dollars in company value. 

She Built A $130 Million Business That Is Taking On The $500 Billion Insurance Industry

She Built A $130 Million Business That Is Taking On The $500 Billion Insurance Industry

Jennifer Fitzgerald has raised tens of millions of dollars for her Insurtech startup. They are taking on a space worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year. While she is now seen as one of the first pioneers of this space, it hasn’t always been an easy flight with clear skies. I recently caught up with Jennifer on the Dealmakers Podcast to find out more about her journey with her startup Policygenius. She shared her lightbulb moment, the steps to quitting her job for her and her co-founder, Francois de Lame, the fun of fundraising, the advice she wishes she had when she started and how to scale as a leader in a fast-growth company.

6 Types Of Successful Acquisitions

6 Types Of Successful Acquisitions

The M&A market is very active today. Yet, history suggests that very few mergers and acquisitions are successful. Ultimately, at least 60% are expected to fail. So, what are the different types of successful acquisitions? The outcome of M&A deals is important for many different stakeholders. The founders who launched the companies being bought, the buyers, the teams involved, investors and of course the customers. Although buyers may often never intend to continue to invest in certain business units, no one likes failure. 

How To Build Momentum In A Financing Round

How To Build Momentum In A Financing Round

Momentum is key when pushing a startup financing round. No matter which stage you are at, it can be real work and take strategy. Here’s how to build momentum in a financing round to get the funds and close the round. 1. Get Your Data in Order Be prepared. Be ready to...

The Entrepreneur’s Journey – Infographic

The Entrepreneur’s Journey – Infographic

It may be simply being struck by an opportunity, seeing where the business puck is headed, or a gaping void in the markets that you have a solution for. More often, startup ideas the actual start of the startup journey initiate from getting frustrated about inefficiencies or lack of good service and solutions in antiquated markets. It’s that friction that creates highly valuable business pearls.

How To Sell Your Startup Company

How To Sell Your Startup Company

Thinking about selling your startup? What are your next steps when you are thinking about how to sell your startup company? It would be nice if Google called while you are reading this with a nice outsized offer to buy your business, and were willing to close with cash next week. I’ve interviewed some founders on the DealMakers podcast who pretty much had that experience. Though it is typically far less common than you think. 

How Earn-Outs In Acquisitions Work

How Earn-Outs In Acquisitions Work

What is an earnout and how earn-outs in acquisitions work? Should you have one in your term sheet? What key terms do you need to watch and negotiate as a founder selling a startup?  If you thought selling your own product was a challenge, welcome to a whole new world of selling fun. You’ll never sell anything as complicated as a startup.

This Entrepreneur Raised Over $100 Million To Track With AI How You Interact With Brands

This Entrepreneur Raised Over $100 Million To Track With AI How You Interact With Brands

Jonathan Cherki has raised millions of dollars for his venture, without ever going to work for someone else. He began by bootstrapping his startup, Contentsquare, and then took it global with the help of some great VCs. I interviewed Jonathan in this recent episode of the DealMakers Podcast. He shared why he made the move to NYC, the reasons to start fundraising, who to pick as partners, and how to manage when you are a global company with offices on different continents.

10 Questions Entrepreneurs Must Ask Before Seeking Funding

10 Questions Entrepreneurs Must Ask Before Seeking Funding

Are you really ready to begin a fundraising round for your startup? Before going for it there are certain questions that entrepreneurs must ask before seeking funding. Who doesn’t want more money for their startup? The media even makes it sound simple and like the...

How Startups Are Valued During An Acquisition

How Startups Are Valued During An Acquisition

How startups are valued during an acquisition? While billion-dollar startup stories seem to be everywhere, the average exit is still really only around $150 million. Where on this scale will your startup acquisition land? It’s important to know what your company is worth. You don’t want to throw out a ridiculously low offer and sell yourself short by a billion.

How To Avoid Getting Attached To Your Business

How To Avoid Getting Attached To Your Business

How to avoid getting attached to your business is one of the most difficult challenges that you will need to handle over the course of building and scaling a company as an entrepreneur. 

10 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Business

10 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Business

Selling your business will be one of the most critical decisions you will ever make. As seen on the list below there are plenty of mistakes to avoid when selling your business. Whatever you do, don’t make these big regrettable blunders. Whether you’ve already received an offer for your company, or you are just staying ahead of the curve, these are the things you should take into consideration and be discussing with your M&A advisor before signing anything.

This Entrepreneur Raised $430 Million To Disrupt The $1.2 Trillion Health Insurance Industry

This Entrepreneur Raised $430 Million To Disrupt The $1.2 Trillion Health Insurance Industry

Rajaie Batniji is a lifelong learner with a passion for having a tangible impact. His titan of a startup, Collective Health, has been disrupting the healthcare industry and is now valued at over $1 billion. It’s no secret that our healthcare system is seriously flawed. It’s dominated by a massive $250 billion incumbents who haven’t been moved to change things. As well as politicians who have failed to find a happy medium. 

Top Reasons Why Startups Succeed – Infographic

Top Reasons Why Startups Succeed – Infographic

What’s in the secret sauce and what are essentially the top reasons why startups succeed? Having interviewed over 100 over the most successful startup founders and investors on the Dealmakers Show, these appear to be the shared ingredients for building billion-dollar companies.

He Sold His Business To Salesforce For $390 Million And Is Now Investing From A Billion-Dollar Fund In The Most Promising AI Startups

He Sold His Business To Salesforce For $390 Million And Is Now Investing From A Billion-Dollar Fund In The Most Promising AI Startups

Steve Loughlin has gone from being involved in the operational side of very successful startups to now sitting on the other side of the table making investments in early-stage ventures with one of the most respected firms. In his first venture founding a startup, Loughlin created a $390 million company that was acquired by Salesforce. Now as an investor, he’s looking for others to fund. 

How To Negotiate An Acquisition

How To Negotiate An Acquisition

It’s inspiring to read stories of other entrepreneurs who are offered crazy sums of money for their young startups. You’d think every deal is just a slam dunk, putting an enormous amount of money in your bank account, after signing a few pieces of paper. I’ve interviewed some of the most successful founders with big and fast exits on the DealMakers Podcast who seem to have stories like this. Of course, in reality, most deals can take a lot longer, be far more complex, and take a lot of detailed negotiation. So, how does it usually work? How can you get the best deal? What should you pay attention to negotiating?

100 Best Books For Entrepreneurs

100 Best Books For Entrepreneurs

Leaders read. Founders of billion-dollar fast-growth startups and businesses that last read even more. Keep your reading list full with these one hundred books for entrepreneurs.

He Worked With Elon Musk, Took On Amazon And Sold A Company For $3 Billion

He Worked With Elon Musk, Took On Amazon And Sold A Company For $3 Billion

Mike Serbinis has started and sold an incredible portfolio of companies. He’s raised over $100 million and enjoyed exits all the way up to $3 billion. What drives someone to this level of entrepreneurship? What empowers them to not only build one hyper-successful fast-growth startup but to do it again and again? What’s the one thing they wish they could tell their younger selves about what’s coming?

100 Lessons Learned From Entrepreneurs That Have Built Billion Dollar Companies

100 Lessons Learned From Entrepreneurs That Have Built Billion Dollar Companies

We recently celebrated producing over 100 episodes of the Dealmakers Podcast. During this process, I have collected the most important lessons learned from entrepreneurs that have built billion-dollar companies. On the podcast, we’ve featured many great entrepreneurs and investors who have raised hundreds of millions for their startups as well as many that have exited for $1B. These are some of the key takeaways…

He Built A $2.7 Billion Business And Is Considered One Of The True Founders Of Artificial Intelligence

He Built A $2.7 Billion Business And Is Considered One Of The True Founders Of Artificial Intelligence

Ali Ghodsi loves coding and creating things that have a massive impact on the world. One famous VC made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Ali is now co-founder and CEO of Databricks which is worth almost $3 billion. In our recent interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Ali Ghodsi shared how he got started in tech, what made him leap into business, what it takes to raise half a billion dollars and become the CEO of a successful hyper-growth company.