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What would Elon Musk Say about your Business Pivot?

By Robert Steven Kramarz

If you could ask Elon Musk for advice on your business pivot, you would. You already know that Mr. Musk is now the wealthiest business owner on the planet, leaving aside only the Queen of England and Vladimir Putin possibly.  By now it’s clear his success is not a matter of luck, succeeding as founder […]

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Get Funded by Leveraging your Unique Personal Advantages

By Robert Steven Kramarz

Get funded by being unique. I’m going out on the edge with this blog, but I really believe I’m right here and you’ll benefit big time if I am.  So listen up. It took me a long time in my life to embrace that I’m different.  True I’m a white male with a middle-class background, […]

Born with Every Disadvantage One Needs to Succeed – When Anger Works

By Robert Donnell

Sports can teach us a lot about raising capital.  That statement is unconventional like all of my posts.  Remember, as an entrepreneur raising capital, if you do what everyone else does, you’ll get the same results as everyone else does which is not much.  So pay attention. Meet Jim Abbot.  He was born without a […]

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Raising Capital for Women Led Companies – Some Insights From Women

By Robert Steven Kramarz

We recently hosted a web meeting with a group of women CEOs and investors. The goals of the meeting were twofold: First, to determine if these women leaders experienced bias in fundraising. The second goal was to develop strategies to deal with stated bias. Here are 8 take-home lessons and observations. A bonus lesson is […]

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Women Raising Capital – Is There Bias?

By Robert Steven Kramarz

Many women CEOs raising capital believe that bias against women exists. We know that 90% of VCs are male. Our calculations show that 80% of angel investors are men.  So bias, whether deliberate or unconscious, could be expected. (Controversial) Question: Is there an actual bias against women entrepreneurs seeking investment? Continue reading to see why I […]

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Vision Mastery in Action – The Jericho Center – 3 Surprising Lessons

By Robert Steven Kramarz

This post covers a little-used yet very effective method of increasing funding for small yet high-impact ventures.  The secret is combining funding from both non-profit donors and for-profit investors.  This of course applies only to impact-driven ventures and only at early stages. The mystery is, exactly how do you do this while remaining both legal […]

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Three Pitching Myths That Kill Investor Interest

By Robert Steven Kramarz

With investors, the Rule of Three can make or break your funding. Passion. Product. Team. But there is a fourth element to that equation. Entrepreneurs tend to think pitching should embody one or even all three of those elements. But they would be wrong as they don’t understand myths that kill investor interest. There are […]

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Boost Investor Valuation Big-Time by Building Trust

By Robert Steven Kramarz

In our previous blog, you may recall that old-style pitching damages trust and eventually generates a low valuation with investors. This low valuation means you lose control and much of your power; this creates chaos in the boardroom because of your loss of control and is the source of endless headaches.  Adding pain to the […]

Investor Valuation is Critical

How Old-style Pitching Hurts Investor Valuation

By Robert Steven Kramarz

  When you seek capital, a growing company’s investor valuation is critical because if you get funding and your valuation is low, you’re going to lose control of the company or at the very least have less power. And you’ll have less cash when you exit.  The effect of a low valuation is substantial on […]