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New Zealand edges ahead of Australia for start-up friendliness

Since Hobart-born Craig Richardson left his Sydney home to start a crime-fighting tech company in New Zealand, he hasn't looked back. Crunching numbers, scheduling trains and nabbing drug dealers are just a few of the ways that organisations around the world are using technology developed by New Zealand-based companies, which credit the government across the ditch with part of their success. That's in contrast to this side of the ...

Angel investment fell by nearly a fifth in New Zealand last year

The Young Company Finance Index shows investment fell to $27.6 million last year, nearly a fifth lower than in 2011, and only a quarter of that was in new investments. Over the year 95 deals were done, compared with 100 in the prior year. The average deal size was $300,000, and nearly 70% of all deals were $250,000 or less. New Zealand Venture Investment Fund chief executive Francesca Banga said angel investors are tending to inves...

Angel investment in New Zealand drops but still very healthy

The total value of angel investment in Kiwi start-ups has been in steady decline since 2010, according to figures released today. But Franceska Banga, chief executive of the Government-backed New Zealand Venture Investment Fund (NZVIF), said the current levels of investment were still "very healthy" compared with other countries and were not expected to fall further. The Young Company Finance Index, compiled by NZVIF and the Angel...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes to Avoid

Getting a new business off the ground is never easy. Increase your chances of success by avoiding these common business plan mistakes. 1. Giving top-down financial projections Don’t base your entire business plan on capturing a certain percentage of the market. Your investors will think that you are being far too optimistic, and your chances of raising capital will be scuppered with just one question; what if you don’t achie...

10 Topics To Know Cold for Your Perfect VC Investor Pitch

You’ve been slaving away, creating your product and company while bearing the weight of the world on your shoulders. Now it’s time to take your company to the next level. You’ve reached out to your network for investor contacts, and now the all-important meeting with investors is booked. You have three weeks to prep. What do you do? Investors can be tough, and you want to make sure you can roll with everything that is asked du...

How to Craft a Magnetic Elevator Pitch

In many of my blog writings and conversations with students, one of the key tools that I promote is the development of a great elevator pitch. Elevator pitches are vital to your networking success, and can be used in any situation where you need to neatly summarize your skills, experience, and career goals in a narrow window of time. These situations could be career fairs, networking events, interviews, or even chance encounters such...

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Fund Raising

How Smart Startups Survive Investor Due Diligence

For the elite startups and entrepreneurs who manage to attract the investor they dream of, and survive the term sheet negotiation, there is still one more hurdle before the money is in the bank. This is the mysterious and dreaded due diligence process, which can kill the whole deal. In reality, it is nothing more than a final integrity check on all aspects of the business and the team. Some entrepreneurs do very little to prepare for...

5 Ways to Make Your Startup a Choice Investment

People with money to invest have choices. How do you as an entrepreneur with a new idea get to be one of those choices? Initially, you may be able to rely on friends and family to put you on the top of their list, but eventually you will probably need real professional investors (Angels and VCs). You won’t win with them without understanding their alternatives, as well as their mindset. I like the work just published by Bob Rice in...

8 Reasons All Angel Investor Money May Not Be Equal

A few angel investors have slipped or fallen from their lofty perch, so entrepreneurs must take great care to validate the character and reputation of every prospective investor. The entrepreneur’s tendency to be in a huge hurry to obtain the funding can end up being disastrous, and play into the hands of these less scrupulous investors. Many entrepreneurs believe all money is created equal. As long as somebody recognizes their mil...

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Marketing & Social Media

Social Media 101 - How to Create Engaging Content

From December 2010, when Google confirmed social signals from Facebook and Twitter are used to determine search rankings, to the present day when the search giant reinstated the SEO-value of social signals, the critical need for a powerful social media presence has only increased. Today, you need to “emit” strong social signals for Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and other search engines in order for them to feature you high on search engi...

8 Social Media Mistakes That Are Killing Your Brand

Social media has great potential for businesses looking to increase their reach, traffic and leads. But when it’s not used properly, it can actually damage your brand’s reputation. This article will walk you through eight social media marketing mistakes you should avoid at all costs. 1. Not properly vetting and supervising your social media managers Your social media managers are the face of your company online. With social...

4 Big Social Media Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

When a small business owner comes to me experiencing frustration with social media, I admit, I’m a little confused. Why? Because I can’t help but think that small business owners are the segment of the business population that is most suited for social media success. I mean, who knows how to talk to their audience better than a small business owner? Who understands customers’ needs better than a small business owner? Who lives and...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

16 Common Mistakes Young Startups Make

Are you working on a startup? If so, I hate to break it to you, but there's a good chance it will fail. In fact, recent research shows that 75% of startups fail (based on a study of 2,000 startups that received VC funding from 2004 to 2010). Odds are, you won't be a Brin, a Zuckerberg, a Systrom, a Karp or a Fake. But hard as it may be, don't let that statistic discourage you. Some startups are destined for failure. Perhaps the team ...

What Does it Take to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Starting a business venture sounds easy enough. It only takes a great idea, time to hire a team to turn the idea into reality and investors to arrange investment for your business. After that, if all goes according to plan, you will soon start raising money. However, the truth is that business start-up life is long and full of hardships, with no guarantees of success. However, if newbies know certain things, they can better prepare them...

5 Bootstrapped Startup Tips to Survive the First Year

Bootstrapping a startup is no easy task. That first year is particularly grueling. Yet these days, a lot of folks are bootstrapping their web startups, rather than going the VC-funded route. It takes a tremendous commitment from the founder(s) to make it through the ups and downs during those early months. You must overcome many roadblocks and hurdles as you travel from idea to side project to full-time gig to thriving company. To...

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