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Keys to Entrepreneurial Success in 2017

Entrepreneurs are a unique breed. For many, success comes from having the moxie to challenge the status quo and take on calculated risks in order to realize greater opportunities. Particularly for those bold enough to embark on a startup venture, it takes vision and guts to put it all on the line in the hopes of turning a great idea into the next big thing.

Posted: Apr 24, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted: Jan 26, 2016