Living Entrepreneurship Blog / Tag: Investing

Antonette Ho

What Are Investors Looking For?

As fundraising is an area that entrepreneurs often have questions about, the Summer Venture Program invited three investors to share their side of the story. We were privileged to have Natalie Bartlett of General Catalyst/Rough Draft Ventures; Ziad Moukheiber, CEO of Boston Harbor Angels; and Jason Frishman, Founder of NetCapital provide their insights. The three…

Antonette Ho

How to Raise a Seed Round

Being an entrepreneur and angel investor himself, Summer Venture Program director David Chang has seen both sides of the fundraising process. As part of “fundraising week” at SVP, David hosted a session for participants covering the basics of fundraising and tactics. David started the session by sharing the different sources of capital. The ones we…

Antonette Ho

Raising Money

The Summer Venture Program (SVP) was fortunate to have Les Charm, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneur, visit Workbar Boston mid-July. A beloved faculty member, Les has taught graduate students and executives from all over the world. Aside from teaching, Les has had years of experience being on boards of companies. Through his own experiences, Les has…

Antonette Ho

Blank in Boston: Fundraising for First Time Entrepreneurs

The following post is from Ali Pincus Jacobs, a Blank Center team member. Early stage VC firms appear to be popping up faster than tech startups here in Boston, however, it’s still very difficult to raise capital as a first time entrepreneur. First time entrepreneurs have everything going against them – small network, no track record,…

Antonette Ho

How 2 Understand Fund Economics

The following post is from Yushan Lou ’18, a Butler Venture Accelerator team member. Earlier this spring, the Blank Center was lucky to have Amy Choi’07, MS’07, Brendan Quinn M’12 and Derek Scalf from Silicon Valley Bank host a #How2Tuesday. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation…

Antonette Ho

Secrets to the Venture Capital Industry

Venture capital. The industry can seem like a mystery. For individuals wanted to become VCs, they don’t know how to get their foot into the door. For entrepreneurs, they don’t know how to get funding for this source of capital. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and in partnership with the Venture Capital Private Equity…

KP Rhee

Who Needs Investors? Advice from John Mullins

Entrepreneurs with great ideas often struggle in the beginning with financial difficulty. In order to solve the problem, they seek angel investors, investors, and venture capitalists to fund their business. Not only is raising money hard, it also brings substantial drawbacks to businesses. Regardless of the benefit of getting funding, venture capitalist involvement may not…

Antonette Ho

The Investor Pitch

Although it is winter in New England, here at the Blank Center we are gearing up for the summer. We’ve locked down our dates for this year’s Summer Venture Program (SVP), a 10-week program that supports the most promising MBA and undergraduate entrepreneurs from Babson, Olin Engineering and Wellesley Colleges. Demo Day is the culmination…

Fan Bi

Getting Connected to Investors

A little advice on getting connected to investors, with Frank Lo, founder of Mountain Vertical. Several years ago, I founded my first startup, a retail company that I had ambitions of turning into a viable regional chain with potentially dozens of stores across the northeastern US. We raised capital and were firing on all cylinders…