4 Tips for Productive Startup Board of Directors Meetings

Every company, from small businesses to massive corporations, should have a board of directors. For many startups still in the growth phase, however, the board of directors is all too often an afterthought. As a result, startups can move so fast that non-executive board members fall out of the loop between meetings.

It’s easy for startups to fall victim to a number of common traps that prevent them from running productive board meetings. In this article, we’ll discuss 4 best practices for avoiding these pitfalls and getting the most out of your startup board of directors.

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What Startups Need to Know About Fundraising in Latin America in 2019

As we enter into the second half of 2019, there's never been a better time for tech investments in Latin America.

In November 2018, for example, Brazilian food delivery startup company iFood announced that it had raised $500 million in capital--the largest funding round for any Latin American startup. This came after another record-breaking year in 2017, when venture capital investments in Latin America surpassed $1 billion for the first time.

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Startup Transitions: Signs It’s Time to Move On

Creating a business is an incredible process. Founders, CEOs, executives and even staff who get in on the ground floor of a startup put their heart and soul into businesses, which is usually a good thing. However, this means that there are lots of emotions involved. Many founders refer to their startups as their babies and feel a strong tie to the businesses. This feeling is helpful. It is what keeps other team members fired up and it fuels the long days and nights spent at the office fixing problems and making it all happen. However, this emotional connection to the company can also keep CEOs and founders involved in the business past the optimal point to get out. How do you know  when it's time to move on and sell the business?
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Inbound M&A Is This The Right Decision For Your Business

For most entrepreneurs, nothing is more satisfying than seeing their small startup become a successful, thriving business. And that success doesn't go unnoticed for long. Competitive brands and private equity groups are always on the lookout for new and established businesses with positive growth potential. In these cases, it doesn't take long for an attractive M&A offer to be made.

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Know Your Worth: Calculating Working Capital in M&A Transactions

Working capital is a measure of the capital a business uses during its day-to-day operations. This calculation is important because it gives an insight into the short-term financial health of the business.

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Top 3 Books for the Inside Scoop on the Investment Banking Industry

Investment banking is a specific sector of the financial industry designed to help organizations raise capital for their businesses. The industry also supports companies by providing various financial services including proprietary trading, mergers, and acquisitions.

Today, governments, companies, and businesses all actively use investment banking and the bankers that service it to assist in offering strategic advice on how to utilize their funds. To get a better understanding of the investment banking industry, here are three great reads that can give you a more in-depth look at the industry and how it's developed over the last several years.

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Top 4 Books Every Aspiring Business Leader Should Have

Summer may be almost over, but there’s still time to get in a beach read or two. If you have the bandwidth to pick up a book during the last few weeks of August, why not optimize your reading time by combining business with pleasure?

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Should your Startup Make a Pitch Video to Get Funded?

Securing funding can be quite difficult to accomplish, and there is a lot of fierce competition among the many startups that are seeking capital at any given moment. Finding interested investors and then convincing them to fork over funds requires an enormous amount of time and patience. Most startup founders are likely familiar with the importance of a polished pitch deck that will clearly yet succinctly elucidate the reasons that investors should provide some money to fuel their company’s growth.

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6 Common Questions Venture Capitalists Ask

Startup founders know that sourcing and then actually getting an infusion of venture capital can be quite a feat. The economic climate is always in flux, as is the nature of the competitive landscape. As a result, startup founders must do their research before approaching any potential venture capitalists (VCs). It is essential to know the type of businesses the VCs tend to invest in and how well those ventures are faring to ensure the right avenue is pursued. Of course, startup leaders must also be aware of the expectations and requirements the VCs will have, so that they can be well prepared in advance. VCs will no doubt have a ton of inquiries, and if things progress, a lot of concrete data will be requested and scrutinized. Here are some common questions startup leaders must be prepared to answer:

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5 Tips to Make a Stellar First Impression When Meeting With Investors

Startup founders know that securing funding early is critical to a company's long term success. As a result, there is a lot of pressure and stress when seeking investors and participating in fundraising rounds. Company leaders must ensure that they are completely prepared before diving in head first, so here are some tips to make a stellar first impression:

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