Best Business Plan Software
Best Business Plan Software: using the best software is a critical component of startup success. I have been practicing and teaching new business creation for 35 years and have tended to veer away from 'template' business plans for two reasons: first, they relieve you of thinking and questioning your own assumptions too hard, and second they encourage you to believe that there is a set formula. However, that was before I encountered LivePlan from Palo Alto Softwar...
Raising Capital with an Internet Go-Between
Entrepreneurs often come across finance brokers of various kinds, including many on the Internet, but I recently met Hall T Martin who founded TEN Capital in Texas. Hall T has created an organization that has been very successful in raising capital for new ventures in Texas. I forecast that we will see more of this kind of new Go-Between, elsewhere in the United States or across the globe, if TEN Capital doesn't get there first.
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Entrepreneur Who Isn't
Lost City Beneath the Sod
Stuart Wilson, 37, is a graduate archaeologist—and entrepreneur, though he might not classify himself as such. He was a toll collector when he invested in his passion: archaeological excavation. He followed a conviction that he was on the trail of a long lost major medieval city in Trellech, Wales.
Whereas he might have put a deposit on a home, or bought a sports car, he actually bought a 4.6 acre field—for £32,000 (about $40,000 at current ...
10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Change
the Social & Economic Story
Men and women who create for-profit and nonprofit new ventures can and should do things of the kind that the President-Elect is likely to neglect, negate, or avoid. Entrepreneurs can quietly change the story, one organization at a time, whatever government may or may not do.
Here are ten ways venture founders can alter the course implied by what we know of Donald Trump's intentions. They are all within our own authority, not t...
What about us little local guys 'n gals?
"There is plenty of conventional "establishment" writing and advice to startups as to how to raise money from billion-dollar VC funds, how to design companies for rapid growth then acquisition by big pharma/tech, how to ingratiate themselves with bankers and high finance—in general, how to become the growth cogs for the 1% (by convincing the founders/management that they personally can join the 2% as a goal). There is very little true attention to smal...
Female Founders is a new feature at Startup Owl. Among other things it lists over 30 sources of startup and early-stage funding that are specifically aimed at female founders. There is pointed advice from female founders for intending female entrepreneurs. The page is written by Will Keyser in conjunction with Danielle Tate, founder of misnowmrs.com and author of the Elegant Entrepreneur.
Why do I as a male think the issue of the low proportion of businesses that are created b...
Storybeing: India in Corsica
What do you think is going on in the image above?
No, you are wrong.
It is the making of a Bollywood film on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Last July an group of Indian filmmakers descended on the island to make a film called Tamasha and they were amazed to find rituals, music and culture that made them think of home—so far away. You will enjoy watching this 3-minute video. It's fun just for itself.
An old Corsican acquaintance of mine, Jean-...
Are you an entrepreneur?
8 questions to help you decide.
Here are 8 questions that will help you decide if you have what it takes to start your own business. If you only score a total of 8, this is probably not the life for you; if you score 40, go for it right now!
Check each how strongly the statements apply to you, with a 1 being not very applicable and 5 being absolutely how you are. Think about the characteristics carefully and be honest with yourself. Nobody is going to check your an...
Small Town Teams—Located Anywhere
The beauty of the new digital landscape is that small town and rural entrepreneurs have totally unrestricted access to talent. One of the issues, though is that remote locations do not have pools of talent close by.
So it's vital to have easy and good forms of collaboration. The market for oftware and applications for team working is a very crowded space. Finding the tools that really work for you is tough.
In my College, we use Google and all its apps (like ...
Restaurant Startups Best Advice
My former student, Cody Durant, on the Marlboro College MBA in Managing for Sustainability has written an Ebook that all restaurant entrepreneurs would be well advised to buy and read right away. The book is called Redefining the Restaurant Experience: Transitioning to Sustainability. It is set out like a restaurant menu, with three courses and a desert. It is very nicely done and easy to read and assimilate.
The book is well illustrated and has many short inter...
Will Keyser, the Startup Owl, is a wise old bird who has done several startups himself, and helped many others see the light of day: an arboretum, low-tech communication, green retailing, online fitness among many others.