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Top 10 Brazilian Undiscovered Startups

While Brazil’s overall GDP fell 4 percent in 2015, its tech industry has been largely immune to the slowdown, growing 20 percent from 2014-2015. The Brazilian startup ecosystem is still in its early days, but there are many startups growing under the media radar in this thriving environment. We believe they deserve to be discovered, and, who knows, maybe…

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Term Sheet: Common Terms & Practices To Be Aware Of

In this post we are going to touch upon some of the concepts that occur in a term sheet and the general underlying principles. The difference between an angel round, a seed round and a Series A is that the latter involves institutional investors, such as VC firms. These types of investors usually have more sophisticated requirements in…

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Top 10 Indian Undiscovered Startups

With about 4,200 startups, the Indian startup scene is the third worldwide, after US and UK. With IT hubs like Bangalore’s and a number of startups expected to nearly quadruple from 3,100 in 2014 to over 11,500 by 2020, India is one of the few hubs that are likely to outperform Silicon Valley in the near future. Besides 7 unicorns,…

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Top 10 Emirates Undiscovered Startups

The United Arab Emirates have just recently ranked 31st out of nearly 200 other countries in the global index for ease of doing business and 19th in the rank for Global Entrepreneurship. In addition, the country has been seeing the emergence of many seed investment fund, as well as, startup incubators and accelerators. Many keep an eye on…

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Convertible Debt vs Equity Financing

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here. You have probably heard of the concept of convertible loans. Quite frequently convertible debt is considered the better or even easier financing option compared to raising an equity round. Is that really the case? First things first, if you think you need a quick refresher on what convertible debt…

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Comparables: How To Use Them To Defend Your Valuation [Video]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here. In valuation theory, comparables are referred to as those companies or deals that are similar in size, type of company and industry. Comparables can be very useful for setting your own milestones and projections. Making any type of financial or business planning is simply making an educated…

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Employee Stock Options: Common Practices And Examples [Video]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here In our previous post about how much equity to offer to investors at different funding rounds, we looked at the equity boundaries that a founder can offer at the different stages of development of a startup. However, there is also the case of rewarding early employees with stock…

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How To Reach Out To Investors [Video]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here In our post about the right timing for fundraising we mentioned that, during “jogging”, founders should build up a list so that they can efficiently reach out to investors during the fundraising “sprint”. The question now is: How to build up this list? How to identify right potential…

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Top 10 Canadian Undiscovered Startups

Ranked by KPMG as the most tax competitive country in the G7, along with the strong entrepreneurial mindset of its citizens, Canada has been climbing up the ranks of startup and tech hubs for the past several years.  Earlier this year, Toronto was placed third on a list of global tech hubs, surpassing San Francisco,…

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Planning and Timing Fundraising

Planning and Timing Fundraising

Fundraising is an activity that requires considerable time and effort and, as founders, we often wonder when is the right time to commit to it. Without proper planning and timing, fundraising can even become detrimental as it diverts a significant amount of attention from the business. Truth is, startups are always fundraising. However, in different…

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