Inc.: 3 Sentences an Entrepreneur Should Never Say to an Investor Under Any Circumstances

Fundraising has always been, and will remain one of the most challenging elements of building a startup for a first time entrepreneur. We have already covered how to answer some of the most common investor questions. Communicating effectively throughout the…

Inc.: 14 Specific Mistakes Most First-Time Entrepreneurs Make

The most common mistakes made by first time entrepreneurs: Over-weighting the opinions of investors/VCs. Raising money from investors you don’t trust/raising money from investors who don’t truly believe in the founding team. Not impacting the market frequently enough (for example,…

Inc.: According to Embr CEO Sam Shames, Entrepreneurship is About These 4 Things

For Embr CEO Sam Shames, though, all he wanted was to be warm. “We were working in an MIT lab in the summer in Cambridge–where it was hot and humid outside — but inside was freezing. The school wouldn’t let…

How To Pitch Your Brand to Investors (and Why It Matters)

Pitching to investors can be a scary part in your entrepreneurial journey. The response you get from these meetings will determine the future of your company, and while it’s good to get some clarity on where you stand, it doesn’t…

Inc.: Why Investor Updates Are So Important and How to Nail Them

Each week, I get investor updates from more than two dozen companies we support at Ryerson Futures. Some are good, a few are bad, and even fewer are ugly. Investor updates, like all stakeholder communications, are not just a responsibility but also an…