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Auckland-based company director and active angel investor Ray Thomson has been named the n...

Auckland-based company director and active angel investor Ray Thomson has been named the new chairman of the Angel Association of New Zealand, taking over Phil McCaw who is stepping down after two years in the role. Wellington angel investor Marcel van den Assum has been appointed deputy chairman and Suse Reynolds is taking over as Angel Association executive director. A former share broker and current Ice Angels advisory board me...

Private equity & venture capital investment in New Zealand rose 88% in 2011 to the best le...

Private equity and venture capital investment in New Zealand rose 88 per cent in 2011 to the best level since the global financial crisis, an annual industry report shows. The sector's recovery was largely due to two big private equity buyouts and a resurgence in the "mid-market" area of private equity, the Ernst & Young NZ Private Equity and Venture Capital Monitor reported. There were 84 private equity investments last year, an ...

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

Business Planning: Document successes well and remember to share them

Simplification - not elaborate constructs - is the key, writes Simon O'Shaughnessy, chairman of The Executive Connection. Some businesses seem effortlessly well run. Their staff are motivated because they know their company has a plan and a strategy. Their customers feel as though they are being listened to and looked after. But though it may look easy, it hasn't been effortless. On a regular basis, the company management meets to...

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

Business Angels: The Solution On Where to Find Funding

Where can you find business angels and what do they offer? In answering this question we must know what a business angel is. They are simply people who provide businesses, usually those starting,enough money to move up to the next level.

Their professions range from retirees and doctors to business owners and executives, one may just even be your neighbor. There are over a million such investors annually in the US pumping capit...

3 things to remember when trying to win over an angel investor

The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money?

Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best...

10 Entrepreneur Comments That Kill Investor Deals

Lack of confidence in your self, your product, and your startup is a surefire recipe for disaster. At the other extreme, too much confidence or arrogance can kill you just as fast. It’s always painful when a startup fails, but as a mentor to founders, I would hope that you can learn from these failings and not stumble on the same issues. I’ve written about these before, but since I see them so often, I thought it might be worth reit...

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Marketing & Social Media

4 Reasons Your Brand Should Avoid Facebook

Just because Facebook has made important upgrades to its platform, doesn’t mean it’s a place you need to be. Below are a few reasons you shouldn’t create a presence on Facebook. Feel free to replace Facebook with “Twitter”, “blogging” or “that other social media site” as you see fit. Because, really, the same rules apply. You don’t have the resources to invest there You’ve heard it a million times – the onl...

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...

10 Tips for Better Startup Marketing

Many aspiring entrepreneurs foolishly believe that all they need to do is sign up for a Twitter account, blog about special offers, and hand out a flashy looking brochure, whereupon leads will come pouring in. This couldn’t be further from the truth. These are unfortunate social media fantasies and free marketing delusions. The mere existence of a market for your product or service does not guarantee anyone will listen to or care a...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Can an entrepreneur start a business in a downturn?

Bangalore: "Starting a business during a recession! Are you crazy?" You may have to face this kind of question if you want to start up a new company in an economic downturn, as many people think starting a business during a recession is a mistake. On the face of it, it does sound utter insane, but there are opportunities to be exploited. If you look at the economic downturns throughout history, you'll find that most recessions after the...

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 ...

10 Startups Changing the World And What We Can Learn From Them

For lots of startup founders, a big money valuation is just half the goal. Many startups are motivated by a singular drive to change the way we view and interact with the world around us. And while every startup can teach us something, the most disruptive often have the most profound lessons. Here are 10 of today’s most visionary startups to admire, and more importantly, model: 1) Instagram Instagram is a popular photo sharing a...

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