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Here’s How Investors Can Help Put the ‘United’ Back Into ‘United States’

Originally published on Entrepreneur on November 18, 2016.

Rarely have we been so divided as a country. This election was a referendum on that divide: rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, us vs. other. A large segment of the country feels disconnected from the 21st century economy. In today’s digital age, manufacturing jobs have largely left the US, and emerging technologies like driverless vehicles threaten many of the remaining options for blue-collar employment.

In the days and weeks to come scholars and pundits will offer numerous reasons why this happened and how our political prognostication systems so badly missed the mark. As entrepreneurs and members of the global startup community, we need to look ourselves in the mirror and recognize the role we have to play. (more…)

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What Kind of Startup Investor Are You?

Many aspiring startup investors around the world struggle to determine whether they should be startup investors and what role they should play in their startup investing community. While the term ‘angel’ investor is increasingly understood, it’s just one of a dozen roles an investor might have in their startup ecosystem.

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Angels vs VCs: How They Think, Part 2

For those looking to finance their startup, raising money is one of the most daunting tasks they’ll ever face as entrepreneurs. While many understand that angel investors and venture capitalists (VCs) exist, few understand their similarities and differences in order to pitch them effectively. Building upon Part 1 of this series, the following are some key characteristics you should know about these investor types. (more…)

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Angels vs VCs: A Primer on How They Think, Part 1

Understanding investor motivations and mindsets.

Angel money or venture capital? A frequent question many entrepreneurs face when navigating the financing needs of their startup company. The reality is these two investor types think quite differently. Understanding their motivations is imperative if you are to make it through the fundraising minefield and bridge the fiscal valley of death.

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Lean Investing Best Practices from Dave McClure

Earlier this month, Dave McClure joined us at AngelSummit 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Dave imparted some wisdom (and candid cautions) on the audience of aspiring and experienced investors, community leaders, and entrepreneurs. If you’ve ever wondered how to approach angel investing — and how some best in the business approach it — here’s a snapshot of the 500 Startups investing strategy: (more…)

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Investor Q&A: Janet Bannister

Janet Bannister is a General Partner at the early-stage Canadian VC firm, Real Ventures. Previously, she founded a startup, headed a consulting firm, and had positions at eBay, Proctor & Gamble, and other notable companies. Below, she talks to us about her transition from being an entrepreneur to being an investor.

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