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Deciphering Term Sheets - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Deciphering a Term Sheet

A term sheet is the document that lays out the terms of an investment and the collateral, be it a patent, licensing deal, a company, or a single product or service. It details what you are giving, and what you are getting in return from the investor. Then it lays ...
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Practice Those Pitch Decks Please - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Practice Those Pitch Decks, Please!

Business plans don’t always require you to go outside and pitch for money, but having a solid business plan makes the pitching process easier. What you’ll need to do is create a simple, easy to follow twenty minute presentation based on your plan and how much money it will take ...
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Expanding Your Market Opportunities - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Expanding Your Market Opportunities

When determining your financing and Go-to-Market (GTM) strategy, understanding what the opportunities in your market are will impact them in a significant way. Investors want a big piece of the pie. If your market is defined as the entire US consumer market, that’s a big market. If you state you ...
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Bootstrapping Your Business - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Bootstrapping Your Business

Financing your business idea can come from many options depending on the amount you need to start, from microfinance, bank loans, seed or angel investors, private equity or your personal savings. Bootstrapping is typically using your own savings and perhaps borrowing money from friends and family to start up your ...
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Automating Your Marketing Processes for Free - ibuildcompanies.com by Jeanne Heydecker

Automating Your Marketing Processes for Free

Set Up Your Web Site The first thing most startups do after branding is build a brochure web site, then move either towards building a sales funnel through landing pages or they build out an e-commerce site. There is a cost for your domain name registration and web hosting. I ...
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Women in the Workforce- ibuildcompanies by Jeanne Heydecker

Women in the Workplace

I have found in my experience that it is far easier as a woman to bootstrap a company than pitch for funding because so few investors put money into women-led companies. You are also seeing very few women working in the VC sector, citing toxic working environments, essentially being a ...
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