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Can You Sell 'Vapor' in Today's Investor Market?

How easy is it to raise money for your start-up or emerging business today? Whether you’re in the early start-up stages, looking for seed money, or in the growth stages, waiting to close Series A from a VC, your business needs a viable product and a proven track record to bring in the cash.

The difference in the money available through venture capitalists today versus what was available in the year 2000 is significant. According VentureSource, via the Wall Street Journal article, “The New Rules of Raising Cash,” VC funds pumped more than $94 billion into U.S. companies in the year 2000. Last year (2010), venture capitalists put just over $26 billion into start-ups.

Are you planning to get your piece of the $26 billion pie this year? If so, now is the time to take your new product or idea to the next level. Develop a working product, find traction in the marketplace, create a sustainable business and the investors will come running.

 

Where is the Funding Coming From?

New ideas, new start-ups and new angel funds are making their way to market faster than ever. Here at IG Strategy, we’re seeing entrepreneurs come off the sidelines at a blistering pace, many with marvelously innovative ideas. But where is the funding coming from? Hmm….

Check out this interview with market and investor guru Alan Patricof for some insight: http://finance.yahoo.com/video/cnbc-22844419/the-next-tech-revolution-25497441

Some key highlights from Mr. Patricof…

1. Silicon Valley used to be it. Not anymore. Now there are incubators everywhere with New York City leading the way…

2. E-Commerce is the big play right now… companies must be able to monetize their products online…

3. Companies are trending away from going public… the market dynamics are changing. Companies need $250-$300 Million in market cap and $50 million in a public offering raise to make going public work… there just isn’t more than 10 or 15 companies out there right now that can make it work….

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