Budding endeavors and new businesses all need one thing: enough resources to bring their ideas to success. Even startups can have big needs, so venture capital companies can grant large amounts of cash resources into making the dreams of a startup a reality.
Start up entities can receive enough support from major venture capitalists that boost their initial entities into full-blown global endeavors –this is of course the dream of small start up ideas all over the world. Getting there is a whole different thing and it takes Grit! And understanding how to be attractive to the big capitalists.
The dream is attainable and someday the right connection will be made –but until that day comes a few wise words heeded, time saved and effort invested will take your dreams further in the right direction.
First and Foremost: Believe You Have It
Granted, the huge futures you have dreamed will come further on down the road will have impossibly high demands and needs, but the small start up you have now has the same essential needs for success as your future plans will –and in smaller more manageable amounts.
Being a successful entrepreneur is more about making the best moves with the amount of resources you can secure –make small attainable goals in line with your particular entity’s capacity. The demands that future growth will make will be on a much larger scale than the demands you have now –so get some good practice in.
Location, location, location
Be prepared to take your business to where the business is. Many important venture capitalist companies look for locations where venture can be capitalized on. As an entrepreneur you must consider this and take your option to the place it will be most effective.
Look for a place where you can find the cash to promote and develop your entity — by understanding how to enhance your startup’s valuation you will begin to understand how the upward spiral works and build your entity with greater and greater success.
The specifics of a venture capitals experience will likely be in cities where their experience is most adaptive.
There has been an interest in entity identification when it comes to seeking venture capital solutions –this has to do with the type of entrepreneur you are and how that will affect any future projects you may seek backing for.
Determining your intentions as either a small-business entrepreneur or a high-impact entrepreneur let’s entity’s venture capitalists know what to expect from your dealings and can also affect the consistent growth according to projections made.
High impact entrepreneurs require a deep insight into their industry and have some approaches to business that are difficult to maintain, Small business entrepreneurs, on the other hand may also lead their operations and are assured salary security.
Learn To Bootstrap
Learning the fine art of bootstrapping will take you a long way in the entrepreneur realm. Show me what you need and I will show you how to achieve your goals without it — should be the mantra of the entrepreneur.
This will go the same for each and every realm of expertise from the technological to the humanistic side. This will equate into many late nights of budgeting and making do –but be sure you keep your expenses as low as you can if you hope to be awarded with greater amounts of cash in the future.
Understand the Ladder
After many moons of successful bootstrapping you will reach the self-funded realm. When your startup has matured sufficiently it will no longer be satisfied or fully supported on the scrimping and saving you have become used to.
Although the budgeting skills you have acquired will go a long way in this stage your income might not. This stage is characterized by sourcing funds from every available option you have and maybe even taking on a side job to make the ends meet and organize kick-starter projects.
Eventually you will need to source from public institutions such as corporate bonds and private equity –by securing a few loans and researching your job market you will find the important “rungs” that will move you along into the next stage of the game: bank loans.
The Dynamics of Bank Loans
Having secured some strong credit and solid revenue in the previous stage will be invaluable to you when you reach the stage your entity will need copious bank loans in order to advance. This might be a great way to avoid having to dish out your company’s equity to venture capitalists.
But bankers are conservative and have a serious “iron-y” deficiency –in order to get a loan you should be able to prove you don’t need one. Having outstanding lines of credit and records of consistent income will make it easier to procure a healthy bank loan.
The Importance of Term Sheets
As you build your entity from the grassroots up never neglect the importance of the term papers you employ. These non-binding contracts are detrimental to the success of your company. Never make a business deal or arrangement without some sort of verification and contractual guidelines.
Although they can seem cumbersome to maintain these documents are essential — additionally many of them can be stored and accessed in digital format to make the maintenance of these vital documents a bit easier.
Make Strategic Deals
All that glitters is not gold in the land of venture capitalism –sometimes knowing the major pitfalls commonly associated with “incredible offers” can rub some of the veneer right off the deal. Your entity will gain attention from industry professionals and steering away from certain propositions shows acumen that is highly valued by the important venture capitalists whose attention you really want.
When considering investment deals stay away from deals that feature:
- Sole Founders
- Service Businesses
- Entities that lack Traction
- Niche Markets
This YouTube video will give you additional information from a leading law firm on venture capital deals.
Creating a startup that is attractive to investment capitalists is like creating a work of art inasmuch as it takes patience and time. But it also takes enormous staying power. It is important to understand your industry as this will make you more attentive to the conditions you are surrounded by and the opportunities that present themselves.