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Y Combinator's Paul Graham on Why Some Companies Get His Cash and Others Don't

Paul Graham spills: Why some companies get his cash and others don't

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The 5 Things You Must Do Before Approaching Any Investor

How to show financial backers that your business has what it takes to succeed.

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3 Ways Entrepreneurs Swing and Miss at a Funding Pitch

Often entrepreneurs focus on the wrong things during a pitch session, resulting in a strikeout instead of a home run.

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Want to Get on Shark Tank? 8 Secrets From the Show's Casting Producer.

Scott Salyers, the supervising casting producer for ABC's hit show, offers tips for pitching investors.

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The 10 Most Reliable Ways to Fund a Startup

Every funding decision is a complex tradeoff between near-term and longer-term costs and paybacks, as well as overall ownership and control.

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8 Women VCs Share the Most Memorable Pitch They've Ever Received

From a dinosaur in a tutu to getting (really) personal, these pitches left an impression.

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10 Successful 'Shark Tank' Women Alumni Share the Business Lessons They Learned From the Show

Hear what each business leader learned from the high-pressure pitching experience.

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4 Things You Need to Do to Secure Backing If You're In a Flyover Area

This is how to get funding if you live outside California, New York, or Massachusetts.

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Why Seeking Out Investors Could Sabotage Your Business

Bootstrapping forces you to cut the fluff from day one.

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Want to Raise Money Faster? Talk About Yourself

Investors invest in people, not ideas.

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Why You Should Stop Touting Your 'Six-Figure Business' in Your Media Pitches

Big claims might be killing your media outreach.

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3 Secret Growth Metrics That Matter Most To Investors

Don't misjudge what they're looking for -- it could mean missing out on a potential match.

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3 Tips to Follow When Pitching to Investors

Investors want to invest in people, and people come to life through stories.

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How to Make Your Startup Irresistible to Investors

Clear differences exist between startups that can raise financing and those that can't.

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How Investors Determine Whether Your Business Is Worth It

If you want to write a successful business plan that gets you the funding you desire, you'll first need to put on your investor cap.

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A Cognitive Scientist Reveals Why We Choke Under Pressure and How to Avoid It

Cognitive scientist and president of Barnard College Sian Beilock discusses how we "get in our own way" when it matters most and shares strategies to...

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Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec: In Business, Don't Forget That 'The Sun Always Rises Tomorrow'

The tech entrepreneur and investor explain how he keeps anxiety at bay and his eye on the prize.

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6 Reasons Why Your Elevator Pitch Isn't Working

You've only got about 30 seconds to land a great first impression, and your elevator pitch is the best tool to get the job done.

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5 Steps to Identifying Potential Investors That Are Right for You

While there are many options for fundraising, it doesn't make it easier to get capital. Here is how to make the process more productive and efficient.

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Want to Go on Shark Tank? Here's What You Need to Know.

A behind-the-scenes look at the Shark Tank process from two co-founders who pitched the Sharks and walked away with a deal.

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Is Your Business Idea Too Weird for a VC?

If your business doesn't firmly fit the mold, don't be discouraged.

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What it Takes to Get a Deal on Shark Tank (Infographic)

Is there a formula for Shark Tank success? A look at the stats from the first five seasons of the hit TV show.

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5 Qualities Angel Investors Want in Founders

Are drive, passion and smarts enough to impress investors?

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From Prison to Silicon Valley: How One Entrepreneur Spun a Jail Sentence Into a Y-Combinator Backed Startup

Frederick Hutson shares advice for entrepreneurs with untraditional backgrounds who are seeking VC funding.

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The Top 4 Traits VCs Look for in Tech Entrepreneurs

Want to earn investors' respect? Here's what will impress.

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Why VCs Don't Sign NDAs and You Shouldn't Worry About It

Nondisclosure agreements are not the magic cloak many entrepreneurs imagine and often are simply counterproductive.

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The 5 Best Pitch Tactics I Heard as an Angel Investor

The best pitches tend to incorporate these elements.

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'Shark Tank' Casting Calls Are Coming: 5 Tips for Making the Cut

Strategies for getting past the first round of casting and beyond.

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