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Does Your Startup Need Social Media to Thrive?

If you ask any marketer whether social media is critical to building an audience, you’d be hardpressed to find one who would say no. Most brands have a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, if not Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Snapchat.

Starting
Posted: Jul 31, 2016

Five Tips for a Winning Fintech Pitch

Raising money is hard. So hard, in fact, that it is usually the first thing entrepreneurs ask us about. Since Connecticut just launched a $5 million global pitch competition for fintech and digital health companies, I thought it would be an opportune time to take another look at what makes a pitch attractive to investors. These five recommendations can apply to just about any tech startup, but given the focus of VentureClash, I’ve emphasized topics of particular interest to the fintech industry.

Starting
Posted: Jun 27, 2016

What is Venture Capital?

Venture capital has enabled the United States to support its entrepreneurial talent and appetite by turning ideas and basic science into products and services that are the envy of the world. The 2016 National Venture Capital Association Yearbook explains risk capital for business, deal flows, common structure and what’s ahead.

Starting
Posted: May 19, 2016

A 30-Year Veteran Investor On the Mistake He Wishes You’d Stop Making, and Why He Prefers Younger Entrepreneurs

Russell “Russ” Tweeddale, an engineer, Marine, and investor with Connecticut Innovations for more than three decades, sat down this week to talk shop with Douglas Roth, CI’s director of investments. Over the course of their hour-long chat, during which they covered everything from fuel cells to the importance of strong advisory boards, Russ imparted some hard-won pearls of wisdom he gained while investing more than $75 million in numerous Connecticut companies.

Starting
Posted: Mar 3, 2016

The Relationship Guru

An executive coach and expert on leadership excellence, Claudio Toyama excels at inspiring lasting transformations in C-level executives and their companies. His satisfied clients, which include Bosch, the Brazilian government, Nokia, DSM, Reuters, UNICEF and TED Fellows, span the globe, but we got Toyama to stay in one place long enough to answer our questions about maximizing the entrepreneur-investor relationship.

Starting
Posted: Jan 26, 2016

Entrepreneurs—Wary of Dilution? A Perspective to Consider

Most entrepreneurs are loath to give up equity—anyone who has ever watched Shark Tank knows that. And it makes sense. After all, it’s your breakthrough idea, your money (and sometimes your family’s and friends’ money), your sleepless nights and your hard work. When you’re pouring all that into a venture, you should be the one to call the shots and reap the spoils. It stands to reason that the more equity you take—in other words, the more ownership you give away—the less control you have over your business. And of course, you stand to make less money upon exiting, right?

Starting
Posted: Dec 2, 2015