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How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 7

In our previous posts, we've talked about three tectonic shifts that define our current context; two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession; the stresses in our current recession, the winning strategy; a strategic framework we •••

Raising Small Amounts of Capital

One of the most frequent questions we get at New Venture Lab is how to raise relatively small amounts of capital. The amount sought from NVL members usually ranges from $25k to $500k. Believe it or not, raising small amounts of capital is actually harder than raising large amounts of •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 6

In our previous posts, we've talked about three tectonic shifts that define our current context, two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, the stresses in our current recession, the winning strategy, •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 5

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context, in Part 2 we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, Part 3 we looked at the stresses in our current recession •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 4

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context, in Part 2, we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession, and in Part 3 we looked at the stresses in our current recession to get a •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context and in Part 2 of this series, we looked at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession. In this post, we will look at the •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three tectonic shifts that define our current context. In this post, we will look at two insights based upon rigorous analysis of what happens before, during, and after a recession.Insight #1 – According to analysis by the Boston Consulting Group, •••

How to Grow Your Business in a Downturn - Part 1

In order for us to fully understand the state of the “new normal” for business and how that impacts how we can grow our companies in a downturn I’d like to start out this blog series by looking at the current context, then we will look at some stunning insights into what happens before, •••

The Ideal Business Plan for Investors

One of the most frequent questions we get on New Venture Lab is how to raise capital for a startup in amounts that range from $5k to $1m. This stage of business development and investing is typically funded by personal savings (at the lower end of that range), friends and family (the next •••

Venture Capital Returns Outperform Public Equities

Venture Capital as an asset class has outperformed the public stock market average return by 3.1x over a 20-year time horizon according to the National Venture Capital Association and analysis by the Cambridge Associates based upon data from 1,327 U.S. venture capital funds and their pooled •••

More Feedback from the Entrepreneur's Conference at Raleigh Durham

From my inbox:"Christ was clearly evident at this conference. The speakers were transparent about their struggles, successes, and their efforts to apply their faith to their business. I found it encouraging to here from entrepreneurs who have sought to incorporate a witness for Christ into •••

Feedback from the Entrepreneur's Conference at Raleigh Durham

From my inbox:"I wanted to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and insights during yesterday's Entrepreneur's Conference. I especiallyappreciate your use of case studies as learning opportunities. You gave me valuable take aways; some of which I have already been •••

A New Version of the Startup Financial Model is Now Available

We are pleased to announce a new easier-to-use and more powerful Startup Financial ModelThe new enhancements in the model include the following:All assumptions and model inputs are now on one Assumptions worksheet with a simple step-by-step process that walks you through how to input your •••

I'm Not Convinced That Crowd Funding Works for Startups

The concept of crowd funding and Christian crowd funding in particular seems to be a hot topic right now as several NVL members have asked me about it recently. So here goes…I think crowd funding like Kickstarter works well for small projects where the “investors” get a CD, MP3, •••

Entrepreneurship 101 with Julia and Maria

An opportunity arose several years ago to teach a very young Julia and Maria (my two oldest daughters) when my in-laws announced a large garage sale at their nearby upscale home. My creative wife kicked into high gear with a project to teach our daughters an entrepreneurial lesson by selling •••

Christian-Led Companies Outperform Secular Companies

A study comparing the C12 Group member companies performance against 350 secular U.S. companies from research sponsored by The Business Roundtable revealed a significant performance advantage for the average C12 company versus their non-C12 peers over a ten-year period (as seen in our •••

Customers Prefer to Buy from Companies with Christian Values

Amid the brouhaha about whether this leader or that company is against gay marriage, it's rather about whether or not leaders will embrace God's truth. There is becoming a clear line in the sand. And there is good news: there is a significant market preference for •••

Adam Learns to Sell

Last fall my son Adam, a then ten year-old Cub Scout, was handed a form to sell popcorn to raise money for his Cub Scout pack. The incentive was a modest commission and an Apple iTouch for the boy who sold the most in the pack of 35-odd boys. The leader announced that the goal for each boy •••

Institutional Equity Financing

Equity Financing is usually invested based upon the future prospects of a company and the anticipation of a future exit event that will provide acceptable returns to the investment fund. At the Growth Stage, Equity Financing is typically in the form of growth-stage Venture Capital invested by •••

Stages of Growth and Capitalization

One of the most pressing concerns for entrepreneurs of early-stage and middle market companies is the question of the capital formation process and how to adequately finance their companies to support their growth plans. The types of financing available to entrepreneurs vary widely and are •••

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