Susan Schreter Archive
Published April 03, 2012
Entrepreneurs who are serious about business growth should organize a serious board of directors from day one. Here’s how to do it.
Published February 13, 2012
Most investors are not forgiving when meeting with entrepreneurs. They often consider terminology blunders as a warning sign that entrepreneurs are financially “unsophisticated” or don’t have the financial “bandwidth” to manage money wisely or report financial results in an accurate way. Here are a few terms to become familiar with before approaching potential investors.
Published February 06, 2012
Want to add a board to your startup to increase your credibility? Here's what your potential board members are thinking, and how you should compensate them.
Published January 30, 2012
In an attempt to attract larger audiences, bloggers are becoming more provocative and sensational. Does it matter if blogs are accurate? Here are a few tips for writers who are in business to blog.
Published January 24, 2012
While it may seem more difficult for big idea entrepreneurs to obtain checks from wealthy investors, ultimately soliciting non-accredited investors can be the more time-consuming and expensive path to funding success.
Published January 16, 2012
Savvy entrepreneurs are always looking for faster, easier ways to raise equity capital from investors. It’s no wonder that entrepreneurs today want to leverage their online networks to solicit funds from their online “friends,” “followers” and “fans.” This may get a thumbs up for creativity; state and federal regulators would give your fundraising plan a big thumbs down on execution.
Published January 10, 2012
Too often, eager entrepreneurs leave salaried positions with only a vague notion of their business goals. This is why so many startup businesses fold early – they start from a point of weakness rather than strength.
Published January 03, 2012
In a typical joint venture company, two or more partners agree to form a new corporation to pursue a specific business opportunity. Sometimes partners in such ventures contribute equal amounts of cash to the new venture, or one partner may contribute cash while another partner contributes technology, know-how or the personnel resources to operate. Here's some tips to organize your "JV" approach.
Published December 08, 2011
Startup entrepreneurs and well-established business owners should have a sophisticated appreciation of how investors and ultimately business buyers will size up their company’s potential. Sometimes these factors which can influence company valuations are referred to as “business fundamentals” or “investment fundamentals.”
Published December 02, 2011
It is often said that people develop lasting impressions within the first 10 seconds of meeting someone new. The same can be said for individuals who read executive summaries. Harsh but true— if the first page of the document fails to stimulate interest; the potential investor will just click elsewhere or move on to another entrepreneur’s executive summary.