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For entrepreneurs, securing venture capital is a grueling and frustrating process. Even if you have the most promising venture in history, the likelihood of being offered a term sheet is determined by a mysterious series of steps. Until now. Here’s your guide to what happens behind the scenes, when venture capitalists decide whether to invest:

(read it on Medium : The Secret VC Decision Process — Exposed)



So, you read Mary Meeker’s legendary “Internet Trends 2019” report, and your life forever changed.

Now take a peek at the “Tech Entrepreneurship – Trends 2019” Report.

Learn about:

  • where entrepreneurship is thriving
  • what VCs and Entrepreneurs spend their time on.
  • the new stats on startup funding.
  • who is really getting funding.
  • the most effective business models and more!


Future of Entrepreneurship Report 2019-CJ Cornell

What a wonderful repository of small business and entrepreneurship statistics and data.

The summary:

If you are a small business owner in the United States you are in good company. According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are 30.7 million small businesses that employ over 59.9 million employees. Small businesses (firms that employ fewer workers than the average for their respective industry) make up 99.7% of all companies in the U.S.

Small businesses may abound, but they’re not always built to last. In fact, nearly half of them fail after five years, making it important to study the statistics from the current environment to avoid making mistakes.

But this does not give justice to the breadth and depth of stats provided (wonderfully organized and presented, with great documentation of the sources). Check it out, from ZenBusiness:

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Bitcoin, Blockchain, Crypto …

I’m a huge advocate and fan. But are they merely the shiny “new” things for techies, early adopters and speculators?

It’s easy for pundits, skeptics and cynics to deride Bitcoin as an impractical fad: A danger to society and unsuspecting victims. Then again, isn’t that what they warned us about every new technology? Heck they’re saying the same thing about Facebook right now.

Bitcoin won’t be mainstream until it is completely secure, easy to use and accepted almost everywhere.

Oh wait. Bitcoin is secure, easy to use – and now, apparently accepted at so many places it’s hard to list them all.

But the nice folks at SpendMeNot have done it. They’ve created a map of all the places that accept Bitcoin:

Who Accepts Bitcoin in 2020?

Infographic courtesy of: SpendMeNot


Startup Failure Rate and 80+ Other Startling Statistics About Startups

A great piece of research on startup statistics and trends:
Some highlights:

Startup Failure Rate Statistics

  • Incompetence, at 46%, is the most common reason why businesses fail, according to a Statistic Brain study.
  • The percentage of startups that fail after four years in the U.S. is over 50%.
    • CJ Note: see the details – so you can avoid the cliched, and incorrect meme: “90% of all startups fail”
  • 65% of entrepreneurs admit they were not fully confident they had enough money to start their business.
  • Of the startups surveyed, 58% started with less than $25,000 and one-third started with less than $5,000.
  • 71% of surveyed U.S. startups have successfully raised capital in 2018.
  • In 2019, 52% of U.S. startups expect their company’s next source of funding will be venture capital.
  • San Francisco and Silicon Valley account for 13.5% of global startup deals.

For more interesting facts and statistics about the startup landscape in 2019, check out SmallBizGenius’ comprehensive study and infographic.

Some highlights below:

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To get new startup ideas off the ground, aspiring business owners are faced with many options for funding, including bootstrapping (self-financing) their venture, taking out a short term business loan, or tapping into the boom of cryptocurrency by launching an ICO to raise capital.

An ICO gives companies the funds they need to operate by selling underlying crypto tokens in exchange for another form of cryptocurrency. Short for Initial Coin Offering, this method of raising business capital is allows startups to retain control of their companies and has little regulation, allowing entrepreneurs to see a significant ROI without facing red tape or restrictions.

Still, entrepreneurs should bear in mind potential disadvantages that come with ICOs, specifically that they bear significant risk of failure and can be expensive to launch. Small business owners should carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages that come with using an ICO to raise business capital.

To learn more about using an ICO to fund a new business venture, check out the infographic from Fundera below.

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Every entrepreneur dreams that their business will be one of the ones that make it big. For a few very lucky start-up founders, this dream has become a reality and their ventures have truly hit the big leagues by earning a coveted spot in the so-called Unicorn Club. This is a very small number of privately held start-ups that are now valued at a billion dollars or more. Many of the big names will be very familiar to you, with household names like Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Reddit all part of this exclusive club.

In this article, we’re going to look at the secrets to billion dollar startup success. What do these companies have in common – and what don’t they? How can another business replicate their success? Keep reading to find out…

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