Ep. 188 – Seed Funding: Angel Investment Criteria, Part 5

SIBP-Blog-NEW-1Angel funds and other early-stage investors know the odds. For every one company they back that is a breakout success, five or six others will most likely fail, taking their investment cash with them. Two or three other companies they invest in may break even. If those angel groups want to see a profit when it’s time for them to exit, the companies they invest in need to be primed for serious growth.

In today’s episode, host and business coach Tom Ryan explains the investor’s side of the equity agreement, and why their business model means focusing on high-growth startups with plenty of potential buyers in the wings. Tom is joined by guest co-host and producer Natalie Pyles. Continue reading

Ep. 178 – Seed Funding 101: Common Methods

SIBP-Blog-NEW-1Raising money is a roadblock most early stage companies will encounter sooner or later. It can be a confusing topic, with a wide variety of competing models and expert opinions muddying the waters. To understand how fundraising works — particularly the “seed stage” funding that’s relevant to most startups — we need to get back to basics.

In today’s episode, host and business coach Tom Ryan outlines the fundamental stages of fundraising, discussing what they mean in purely practical terms for first-time entrepreneurs. Tom is joined by producer and co-host Jason Pyles. Continue reading