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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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Understanding the Startup Valuation Process (Infographic)

(special thanks to … Redwood Valuation Partners)

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As of today, Amazon says it’s a #1 bestseller ! (and I proudly can wear the badge) – Few feelings are better! Thank you all !! My next book is due out end of summer, and I hope it is even more useful to #entrepreneurs and #startups

 

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Entrepreneurs! Here’s a great way to have fun when sitting in meeting with a typical corporate customer, or even some potential investors, advisors and partners.

These meetings are, by design, not  with innovators or visionaries. Half the time, the participants utter the most predictable and inane comments. We see right through their attempts to appear helpful, savvy or superior — but it’s frustrating because you really can’t say anything. Until now.

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A few years ago, crowdfunding was the latest disruption for startup funding – giving entrepreneurs new options.  Today, the most exciting innovation for startup funding are ICOs – Initial Coin Offerings.  BTxchange puts together a concise but comprehensive “round-up” – in the form of an infographic – of all the major concepts and issues surrounding this new form of funding. 
Very valuable:

Initial coin offerings, or ICOs for short, are the latest craze in the cryptocurrency world. Despite being just a couple of years old, ICOs have managed to attract a lot of attention.

Ahead of the data-packed infographic, they write:

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Running the D.C. Marathon last March was supposed to be a glorious experience: cherry blossom week, the first day of spring, sunshine and smiles. Instead, we were greeted by ice, slush, and 12 degree wind-chill — a shocking contrast to my usual running experience in Phoenix’s 103-degree desert sun.

From the sidelines, marathoning must look pretty simple: just move your legs for a couple of hours and until you reach the finish line. But for the runners, marathoning is a multifaceted experience — exhilarating, emotional and exhausting. It’s also cerebral, strategic, and rewarding in so many ways beyond the race.

In any weather, marathoning take several hours. It is a unique form of meditation. I reflected on the decades I’ve spent as an entrepreneur, and what it’s like to build more than a half dozen high-tech ventures.

The startup experience looks much different when in the race and not on the sidelines. The entrepreneurial journey can be a grueling and intense roller coaster — just like a marathon — with many profound and insightful lessons:

 

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