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Outrageous Startup Idea - Snake Defense

Outrageous Startup Ideas by The Startup Station A new resource for founders to learn now to present even the most ludicrous ideas from the investors point of view. Startup Name: Snake Defense Problem: With unemployment rising and businesses closing in the United States, it is not a surprise...

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CAN AND SHOULD YOU BOOTSTRAP EVERYTHING?

If you are an entrepreneur, you pride yourself on having the “can do attitude”, on being self-reliant, and incredibly resourceful. In essence, it means you can do a lot with very little and hack your way through everything. But is it really true? Can you *really* hack your way through...

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Top Five Challenges Female Founders Face and How to Overcome Them

In its recent report, S&P Global analyzed earnings and share price data of U.S. -based companies between 2002 and May 2019, following 5,825 new executive appointments for roles of CEO and CFO. About 10% of those appointments were women. The data showed that: In the two years following a...

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How to Look For Angel Investors If You Are a Female Founder

When I meet first-time entrepreneurs, almost every initial conversation eventually turns to “How and where do I look for angel investors”? This process is especially arduous for female founders. In 2018, Fortune magazine reported that only 2.2 percent of all venture capital funding in the U.S....

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Is Crowdfunding For You?

Crowdfunding has become a very popular way to raise money among startups. In 2017, 17.2B was raised via crowdfunding campaigns in the U.S. alone. Business.org lists best crowdfunding sites with detailed comparative statistics and is a great resource for beginners. In this article and...

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Key Considerations in Modeling Early-Stage Ventures

The Startup Station was created to help you model ventures with no financial history. In this article and corresponding video, we discuss our approach in more detail. Why is it so hard to create assumptions for early-stage ventures? Modeling an early-stage venture is especially hard because...

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Three Reasons Why Your Startup Can Run Out Of Money

When we think about startup financial issues, we usually refer to funding. However, instead of focusing on funding, which is the outcome, we suggest to focus on the underlying reason which causes a startup to run out of money prematurely. That reason is improper budgeting. In this article and...

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FOMO: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data ... Should You Have Them All?

Nowadays, it is hard to be in the startup world and not hear the buzz words: blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data. Thus, it is very natural to have FOMO that if you don’t adapt any or all of these technologies for your startup venture, your solution will not be competitive...

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The Pitfalls of Early Success

The first taste of success is exhilarating. All the hard work is finally paying off. Your vision, meticulously planned out and deftly executed, is coming to fruition. A product you created from nothing is being used and liked by your customers. However, while the uncertainty, sleepless nights,...

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How To Correctly Determine The Size Of Your Financing Round

Many founders often ask me how much money they should raise - especially when it comes to their first funding round. Should they aim to cover three, six, twelve, or eighteen months of operations? Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet. The rule of thumb is that you should raise enough capital...

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