Venture capital

Good article in StartUpSmart  … ASX won’t be launching a start-up platform, but do start-ups care? For early stage investment and growing startups the gap from their first raises to a listing is a long journey and there will probably be Angel and VC rounds before then. For companies starting their raises on ASSOB the next [...]

“I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Niederer, CEO of ASSOB, the world’s largest equity or investor crowdfunding platform …..”  (Read more here)  What was interesting about this interview was that Jonathon walked me through a series of questions that attempted to trace the journey a new raising would take through our equity capital raising platform. ASSOB is by [...]

Equity Crowdfunding Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Management Practice at Babson Global has written a controversial article for the Harvard Business Review titled “The Road to Crowdfunding Hell” He builds his article around 4 main points: Equity Crowdfunding is based on inappropriate extrapolations from other similar-appearing activities, such as donation crowdfunding. Purchasing equity (stock) in early stage ventures is [...]

Reading Bob Gottliebsen’s article on investing in shares in Business Spectator should have got you thinking. To an investor what does”Investing Productively” mean? Bob picked up the theme of my talk based on a blog post on capitalunderdogs which was that investing by individuals today is predominantly driven by charts, numbers, spreadsheets and stock picking software [...]

If any of you have attended my capital raising seminars over the years you will have experienced the strong shift towards obtaining investors through people discovered during “Discovery Sessions”. Discovery sessions are intensive sessions where followers of the business, founders or technology can be uncovered. Crowdfunding is leading the way here and in effect ASSOB [...]

Spent a few days last week at the Australian Angel’s annual conference In Newcastle City Hall, NSW Australia. It was inspiring to be among some many people that really care about early stage companies requiring funding. Also they are networked worldwide and share deals, contacts and expertise. It showed that no matter what country attendees [...]

Capital Underdogs are businesses that need capital or private investors (private equity) and havent been able to find it. My blog at CaptialUnderdogs.com has plenty of valuable advice for businesses in this situation. From reading and deciding upon hundreds of Capital Raising Applications I see Venture Funding as based around 7 stages … 1) Evaluating [...]

Dharmesh Shah, Chief Technology Officer & Founder of HubSpot wrote a blog post where he reflected his experience to produce 9 Quick Tips Learned While Raising $33 Million In Venture Capital. I thought I would take a slightly different approach and rewrite these relative to my experience at the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board. At [...]

Was “Australia Day” here yesterday and I got thinking about how so many ventures are dependant upon funding from friends, family and fans to get to the next level. Many people say friends, family and fools. Which got me thinking. How can someone with a business opportunity needing early stage funding from private equity or [...]

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