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Sources of Funding For Startups

There are three basic sources of funds for a startup: retained earnings, debt capital, and equity capital. Retained earnings are money a company keeps from operations and distributes to shareholders through dividends. Debt capital is money a business borrows from a bank or equity investors who exchange ownership rights for cash. The goal of any […]

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Venture Capital

The first major fundraising round for venture capital took place in 1978, and the industry raised $750 million. At the time, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) forbid many risky investments in privately held companies, and it was a challenge to attract investors. In 1978, the US Labor Department relaxed these regulations under the […]

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Public Firm Misvaluation and Portfolio Diversification

Public Firm Misvaluation and Portfolio Diversification There is a positive correlation between firm investment and portfolio diversification, as reflected in a recent study. Financial leverage has been positively correlated with firm investment, especially in firms with high information asymmetry. Conversely, portfolio diversification negatively correlates with firm growth. While these results are contradictory, the data clearly […]

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Firm Investment and Financing

Firm Investment and Financing Firm Investment is a key element of a firm’s financing structure. Over forty percent of firms receive external financing. About 19 percent comes from commercial banks, 3 percent from development banks, and 6 percent comes from equity investments and leasing. Less than two per cent of firms receive financing from informal […]

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What is Venture Capital?

What is Venture Capital? This type of funding allows entrepreneurs to commercialize technologies developed at academic institutions or corporations. Approximately 133 billion dollars is spent annually by U.S. corporations on research and development, and most of this money goes to the top firms, while the long tail includes the funds that don’t meet the average […]

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Types of Venture Capital

Venture Capital funds startups by investing in the infrastructure and balance sheet of a company. It will help the company grow and reach a critical mass before it enters the public equity markets. The funds will typically be used to create a product or service, increase marketing, and hire key management. Some types of capital […]

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Funding & Investors

Funding & Investors In the world of venture capital, the focus of most funding is on raising funds from investors. The reason that this is so important is because it means that the rewards of the project are shared with the investors. These rewards may be immediate, but they can also be long-term. That is […]

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Funding & Investors

Funding & Investors Raising funds from investors is an important step in the startup process. While the initial idea may be interesting, it is not easy to find funding, and you must be able to present an appealing pitch to potential investors. As the name suggests, investors typically invest in high-return projects with the expectation […]