The 9 Categories of Seed Investors

For first-time startup entrepreneurs, it can be confusing to differentiate one type of seed investor from another. This post discusses the 9 different types of seed investors, and what’s important to know about each one of them.

What Happens When a Startup Fails?

The death of a startup is difficult for everybody involved. The death of a startup called “eFuneral” is admittedly ironic — but it doesn’t make things any easier. In this interview with Crain’s Cleveland Business, I talk about the death and failure of eFuneral

Getting Connected With Investors

One of the worst excuses that I hear from startup founders on why they’re running into roadblocks as it relates to raising capital is that they “don’t have any connections” to investors in town. In this day and age, this is no excuse — as it’s important to make your own connections.

5 Myths on Why Founders Can’t Connect with Investors

In the startup community that I’m a part of, I hear from a lot of entrepreneurs that lament the fact that they “don’t have any connections” – and they’re not sure how to get connected with an angel investor or venture capitalist. Every founder should know about these myths, and why they’re simply not true.

When to Turn Down a $200,000 Startup Investment Offer

I’m often asked by other entrepreneurs what to do in order to raise a large amount of money for their startup. But I once turned down a six-figure check that was written for eFuneral. And to this day, I’m convinced that I made the right move.

Startup PR — Does It Even Matter?

That golden PR moment. So many entrepreneurs think about that very moment when their new startup or product that they’ve been working so hard to launch finally sees the national spotlight in a TechCrunch article or New York Times piece. But does it matter?

What do people say about startups outside of Silicon Valley?

Within the technology startup world — there’s always a lot of talk. But most of the time, this talk is about startups inside of Silicon Valley. I was curious: What do people say about startups outside of Silicon Valley? So I decided to try a little experiment…

I’m writing a book to help startups raise seed capital.

Ever since raising nearly $1 Million in seed capital for eFuneral, I’ve been asked by countless founders how we did it. After reflecting on this, I decided to take some of my experiences and combine it with others that have gone through the process to write a book specifically geared for founders raising seed capital outside of Silicon Valley. Now that I’ve started the process, I could use your help!