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

By Robert Donnell / October 19, 2021

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 / October 12, 2021

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 / October 4, 2021

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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Boost Investor Valuation Big-Time by Building Trust

By Robert Steven Kramarz / September 6, 2021

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 […]

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Investor Valuation is Critical

How Old-style Pitching Hurts Investor Valuation

By Robert Steven Kramarz / August 31, 2021

  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 […]

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Investor Valuation – Fast Track to Funding: The One Fact You Need To Control Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists

By Robert Steven Kramarz / August 13, 2021

Investor Valuation Angel investors (like venture capital investors) want to make money, but they know that most companies they invest in will never pay them anything. They just know that. It’s in the statistics. And they know it from personal experience. After I invested in the first 10 companies a decade ago (before I figured […]

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Fast-Track to Funding: The One Fact to Know about Pivoting that will Impress Investors (Angels and VCs)

By Robert Steven Kramarz / August 8, 2021

What is the one fact you can know about pivoting that will impress angel investors? Refer to the famous TED talk by Bill Gross (VC and founder of IdeaLab) “The Biggest Single Reason Why Startups Succeed” If he’s right, and I believe he is, and so if good timing is the most predictive factor in […]

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Vision Masters Wanted

By Robert Steven Kramarz / November 13, 2019

Not every innovator should make an appointment to connect with me.  There’s just not enough time in the day.  We’re interested in speaking with innovators who are: Looking to raise capital (not grants), and Vision masters, not visionaries The difference you ask? A visionary sees the future. A “vision master” makes the future. Yes, I’d […]

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Where’s the Beef? – 4 Ways to Succeed When it Looks Like You Shouldn’t

By Robert Steven Kramarz / May 7, 2019

I love a good mystery. I’m the guy who usually figures out the plot to the movie halfway through. Honestly, it’s fun but also a little disappointing to solve the plot too early in the film. That’s why I love a plot that stumps me right up to the end. Today I’d like us to have […]

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5 Core Principles of Agile Company Growth and Funding – Life Hacks for Vision Masters #5

By Robert Steven Kramarz / April 30, 2019

The other day I was observing a group of ants efficiently pursuing their objectives on a foraging mission in my new garden. When a barrier emerged, such as a small pool of water, they’d explore its edges, quickly huddle, seek a path around the water, communicate to the foraging troops, then move on toward the […]

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