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By Doug Wendt and featured on his blog at Wendt Partners Do you have an exciting business concept? Perhaps it involves technology that will disrupt a market or change the world. Conventional wisdom says that, after putting in a few months of hard work on your part, designing some wireframes and Read More

posted in category Capital Markets

Raising investment capital is brutal.  It’s a jungle out there. Early stage capital has never been more difficult to raise.  There are too many business plans chasing too few open wallets.  The entrepreneurs who can capture the imagination of an investor on the first slide has a higher probability of Read More

posted in category Capital Markets

It’s every startup founder's dream... having a venture capital firm invest in your company.  Let’s celebrate! We’ve finally made it! We’re going to be big….. right? Well most likely not. First off only 20% of venture funded companies are considered a success by their investors, and of the those not every Read More

posted in category Startup

I was meeting with an experienced serial entrepreneur who had the right mix of education and successful exit credentials…. two very important hurdles to cross for founders seeking investors. His Idea was big. Possibly a home run and more likely a spectacular failure. He was very early stage, some patents applied Read More

posted in category Capital Markets

To angel and venture capital investors, companies seeking capital are driving buses on which the investor is hopping on for the ride.  These companies are vehicles that investors hope will take them from point A (the investment) to point B (10X returns). Experience tells investors that the odds are against ever Read More

posted in category Capital Markets

Work for the government, or create the next Facebook, that is the question.  Whether it is nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of startup boom to bust cycles or to work on some of the coolest technology projects while a.) being assured rational working hours, b.) actually being on Read More

posted in category Culture

It is a common trap for entrepreneurs pitching to investors to demonstrate their brilliance by conveying in a wealth of detail that they are subject matter experts. After all, if the investor is going to invest in your business, they really need to understand your business... right? ...........WRONG! If you are Read More

posted in category Capital Markets

Of the 32 DC regional companies funded in Q3 last year, only 9 received funding from area VCs. It kind of makes you wonder about the health of the regions start-up ecosystem. Well in a very weak Q4, where only 23 area companies landed funding, DC investors accounted for 10 Read More

posted in category Capital Markets

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