Hear Direct from a Financing Source: Where the Money is today for your Business

Karen Rands’ Compassionate Capitalism radio show for entrepreneurs and investors returns to interview a special guest: Tony Erwin of Skyrocket Financial. Tony is an active member of the angel investor community in Atlanta having found fortune from his role in technology IPO and garnered success from sophisticated stock market investments. Now he helps growing companies with additional sources of alternative finance to fuel their growth with debt against assets to augment their efforts in raising business capital. Tune in to learn more about where to find business capital and investor money for your early stage business. www.skyrocketfinancial.com and www.launchfn.com Formerly SPEC Talk Radio.

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Hear Direct from a Financing Source: Where the Money is Today for your Business

Check out these investment websites: www.kugarandholdings.com, www.launchfn.com, www.nbai.net, www.kyrmedia.com, www.myvirtualangelworld.com, www.entrepreneurblogspace.com and www.dothedeal.org

NEW for 2014:  http://NationalNetworkofAngelInvestors.com and http://AngelInvesting101.com

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CrowdFinance – the brave new frontier for alternative investment products

Heard the words – crowd finance , crowd funded?  It is truly a new frontier, fraught with risks and uncertain rewards.   The good news is that investors have a great opportunity to make a direct impact on bringing innovation to the market and creating jobs —while creating great returns on their investment.  That is the plan, the hope.  With great freedom to invest directly into these early stage exciting companies, comes great responsibility.

We are in a unique place in American history. For the first time, investors and entrepreneurs are experiencing “Disintermediation”the attempt to do away with the intermediary entities between two primary market forces to eliminate the middle man.

The Compassionate Capitalist Radio show provides topics relevant to entrepreneurs and investors seeking to create generational wealth through the successful growth of innovative companies. Listen to this segment to learn about the unique opportunities and risks available to investors to gain access to this dynamic asset class – private equity and to entrepreneurs to raise capital directly from qualified investors in the public marketplace through Reg D 506c and Reg A+. We are at the forefront of what many call the effective dismantling of financial apartheid in America. Listen so you can learn how to catch this wave of opportunity.

LISTEN: Blog Talk Radio.com With Karen Rands Compassionate Capitalist showed aired: 2015/09/01 Topic Crowd Finance–the Catalyst for Economic Democracy

By understanding how the new crowd based finance options fit into a capitalization strategy, an investor can better understand the risk vs reward, startup vs expansion, and the potential impact on share value.   Further, an entrepreneur can better understand the role each of these new pathways to potential capital play when creating the strategy for an efficient go to market and lean operation for growth and expansion and maximizing share holder value.

Also available are the videos from the FinFair 2015 conference:  https://www.youtube.com/user/daraalbrightevents/videos

Also available is webinar on mitigating fraud in Crowd Funding and other webinars:  https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/9407/167837

Special Guest:

Dara Albright is an industry leader and expert in crowd finance movement.  She has spearheaded initiatives to educate, inform, and create a community of collaborators with her renowned conferences and webinars.  Dara is admired and respected by the some of the most prominent figures in the financial industry and legislature as she provides fertile environments for them to come together to understand the unique challenges and tangible concerns of the prime stake holders within this new financial landscape- the investors and the entrepreneurs.
She joins Karen Rands’ Compassionate Capital radio show to share insights into the current state of the crowd finance industry and the terrific opportunity that the new regulations provide for investors and entrepreneurs alike for Economic Democracy. Dara’s FinFair & LendIt conferences are the ‘must attend’ events for industry insiders.

To learn more about Dara Albright and research this topic further, please visit http://daraalbright.com.
Investors seeking more knowledge about how to invest in early stage companies, please visit Karen Rands’ website, KugarandHoldings.com

Lean Start Up Methodology – the new litmus for investment capital

For the experienced angel investors who have cut their teeth on risky investment in ideas and visions, the popularity of the “Lean Start Up Methodology” as a way to start and grow a company may seem revolutionary and the latest craze.  For those business savvy men and women who believe in validating a product and market opportunity before spending R&D money or investing in capital infrastructure, the premise behind the “Lean Start UP Methodology is actually quite logical and practical.

For all those investors who ever thought angel investors were crazy for investing in companies whose only measure of success was how many clicks, or likes, or free users they could attract, there is a saner way to gain the benefits of investing in companies before they go public.  Early stage investors that hale from corporate America and understand the value of strategic planning now can venture into the world of early stage companies who still have relatively low valuations, but mitigate that risk because the company actually knows there is a market for their product and a demand for their product before they ever go to market.   Emerging Growth companies that have grown organically inherently utilize the market validation process of the Lean Start Up Methodology because revenues have been their source of growth capital.

In the Podcast “Business Strategies for Success – Attracting Capital & Customers” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/karen-rands/2014/09/23/business-strategies-for-success–attracting-capital-and-customers

Paul Hoyt and Karen Rands explore the importance and differences between a Business Plan and a Business Strategic Plan.   A business plan is more like a brochure to describe the business, where the strategic plan is a blueprint to be a road map for how the company will succeed in the marketplace.   When looking at a company to consider for investment, the executive summary introduces you to the opportunity at a high level, the business plan provides more detail about the direction and potential, but the strategic plan will show how they plan to actually get that point of success.   Often times the strategic plan is saved until due diligence starts.

Companies at different stages may have varying levels of completeness of a strategic plan.  Start ups simply don’t know enough information to have a great detail in their strategic plan whereas emerging growth companies with a history of performance leads to shifts or pivots in their strategy on how they need to adjust the plan to achieve the results they want and best utilize the capital they are raising.   Regardless of the stage, the company should have some form of a strategic plan that shows how they will use the funds to ramp up staff, implement marketing plans, enhance operations, and increase sales.

The Lean Start up Methodology in effect creates a corporate environment that is living the market responsive strategic plan.  Fundamentally it is an approach that embraces improvising, adapting and implementing – measure and repeat.

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For more information about Paul Hoyt and his Beyond Business Services visit http://paulhoyt.com
For more information about Kugarand Capital Holdings and the educational programs for investors and the due diligence portal for emerging growth companies, visit http://kugarand.com

8 ways to Mitigate Risk as an Angel Investor

Research done 6 years ago determined there were 7 key ways an angel investor could mitigate risk when making a private equity investment in an early stage company.

See the original article: http://myvirtualangelworld.com/2008/08/05/mitigating-risk-for-private-investors/

Additional experience in working with investors since then that have made multiple investments, yet not lost their investment, reveals one more way to reduce the risk in these young private companies. Number 8 method is to ensure the company has a clear strategy for generating revenue sufficient to sustain growth and profitability.. Market Validation, #7, is key because you know at least some customers want to buy the product or service, but only actually becoming profitable can lead to the kind of company that will produce a liquidity event that will provide a return on the investment. The company must understand how the will get their first customers, then expand their sales force or sales strategy to grow their pipeline, while also anticipating what they will need within their operations to support that sales growth.

Listen to the original podcast that has multiple guests explain each area that an investor can mitigate risk:
On ITunes (episode 153) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/karen-rands-compassionate/id302182696?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Or download BeyondPod for Android or IPhone and subscribe to the Compassionate Capitalist show and listen to this episode and any others.

This particular show is longer than the others because of the rich content. The first 7 ways for mitigating risk are:
1.Intellectual Property Protection – patents, copyrights, trademark, trade secrets
2.Management Team/Advisers – experienced management from within or recruited from outside
3.Insurance – key man insurance, errors & omissions, other corporate insurance
4.Strategic Planning – what will they exactly do once they have their funds
5.Sales Validation – do they have the sales team/strategy that can achieve the expected results
6.Terms of Investment – small terms may have big impact on the angel investor down the road
7.Market Validation / Competition – having sold something or having market validation in a pipeline, joint venture, or in improving on the competition go a long way to validating the opportunity

This information is offered as part of an ongoing effort to educate High Net Worth men and women with a desire to become angel investors and are new to angel investing on how to diversify their portfolio to include private equity investments and increase their odds to produce a return on investment.   This is being delivered through the National Network of Angel Investors.   This particular topic will be a new chapter in the soon to be released revised edition of “Inside Secrets to Angel Investing”.   Visit the NNOAI website or the AngelInvesting101.com site to sign up for free excerpts from the Inside Secrets to Angel Investing.

And follow us on Twitter:   http://twitter.com/NNOAI

And on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/thenationalangelinvestornetwork

What Motivates an Angel Investor to Join an Investment Group?

Compassionate Capitalist Talk Radio: Each angel investor group offers different benefits to high networth individuals that understand the benefit of investing in early stage companies. Understanding their motivation helps entrepreneurs decide which groups to pursue as help those building angel groups understand how to attract members.

Investors will join a group for the community and social aspect as much as the business purposes.   For business purposes it is to see better deal flow, share the burden of due diligence, and have greater leverage in negotiating the terms on the deal.   Investors need to understand the structure of a group they are joining.  In some groups they all make individual decisions and others they make group decisions.   In some groups they pool their funds and have capital calls, and so the investor is very passive in the decision process but can add on their funds.   Investors wanting to join a group should understand these aspects of a group and any entrepreneur preparing to present to a group should find out what their decision process is all about.  

This radio show, podcast, explores the different types of groups and the motivations for angels that join those groups, and also what entrepreneurs should expect when pitching or meeting with those groups.

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Check out these investment websites: www.kugarandholdings.com, www.angelinvesting101.com, www.NationalNetorkofAngelInvestors.com

Career Transitions: Interview Thomas Ellsworth, author of The Rat, the Race & the Cage & MORE!

Karen Rands, the Compassionate Capitalist will interview two leading experts in the field of helping successful people make career transitions that move them into fields and roles they can love. Whether you or someone you know has had to make a career change out of desire for something different or were forced to make a change as a result of a right-sizing or closing of a company, you will benefit from listening to the insights offered from these two expert guests.

A core topic we will cover is when does it make sense to stop being an employee and to start being a boss. First up will be Thomas Ellsworth, author of The Rat, The Race, and The Cage www.ratracecage.com. Tom will share his insights into how high achievers can make career transitions to get to a place that they LOVE what they do, whether that is to a new job or to become an entrepreneur.

Also, joining us will be Jim Duepree of DBM (Drake, Beam & Morin www.dbm.com). Jim will share the insights gained from working directly with executives in transition as his firm helps them determine whether to pursue a similar career in their chosen field or find fulfillment from starting or acquiring a business. With unemployment at its recent highest levels this is a timely topic and listeners will gain insights about the following: -Cities where jobs are hot now and the best fields to be in -How to identify your workplace personality and build a Personal Career Compass -How to transfer your existing professional skills to a new industry -How to build a career “back-up plan” -How to determine if you should start a business or acquire a company -How to bring passion back to what you do Join us and tell others to turn in for this show.

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Replays and more indepth written information will be posted on Karen Rands blog: http://EntrepreneurBlogSpace.com

Check out these investment websites: Karen’s twitter page: @Karen_Rands, www.kugarandholdings.com, www.launchfn.com, www.nbai.net, www.kyrmedia.com, www.myvirtualangelworld.com, www.entrepreneurblogspace.com and www.dothedeal.org

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Innovative Entrepreneurs Prepare to Pitch at Investor Forum May 18, 2010

Karen Rands, on the Compassionate Capitalist Radio Hour will interview companies scheduled to pitch the investors at the upcoming Angel Investor Forum in Atlanta on May 18th. Investors are encouraged to attend: http://launchfn.com/id150.html Entrepreneur companies represent industries: High Tech Computer, Software as a Service, Online Gaming (hot Facebook App), Health Care Management Technology– so Tune In to hear these exciting start up and early stage entrepreneur stories

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Check out these investment websites: Karen’s twitter page: @Karen_Rands, www.kugarandholdings.com, www.launchfn.com, www.nbai.net, www.kyrmedia.com, www.myvirtualangelworld.com, www.entrepreneurblogspace.com and www.dothedeal.org

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Karen Rands on Seed Stage Venture Capital from Angel Investors

Karen Rands on this Compassionate Capitalist Radio Show will feature the companies that will be participating in the Start-up Round-Up event in Atlanta sponsored by LAUNCHfn, NBAI, and iStanta, a seed stage capital fund. As a special guest, we will feature Matt Oguz of the iStanta Fund to talk about having a VC mentality in the SE Angel Investor Market. We will also hear from a few of the companies that will be showcased at the NBAI Angel Investor Member event the following evening. We’ll explore the difference between investment decisions at the start up and the emerging growth stages.

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Check out these investment websites: Karen’s twitter page: @Karen_Rands, www.kugarandholdings.com, www.launchfn.com, www.nbai.net, www.kyrmedia.com, www.myvirtualangelworld.com, www.entrepreneurblogspace.com and www.dothedeal.org

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Karen Rands 2010 Kickoff of the Compassionate Capitalist Radio Show!

Karen Rands kicked off the first Compassionate Capitalist Radio Show for 2010 with an overview of industry predictions regarding sourcing of early stage business capital for innovative start up companies and emerging growth companies. This is the dawn of a new decade and there seems to be a lot of optimism regarding the rebounding of investment markets. This segment will cover the availability of seed capital, angel capital, venture capital and alternative finance based on Ms. Rands’ economist background, market research and practical experience in working with entrepreneurs and early stage capital investors on a daily basis.

The University of New Hampshire reports in their Venture Capital Research Report that angel investment is down significantly year to year, more companies are looking for money, less are getting capital and of those that get capital, they are getting fewer dollars.   However, the National Association of Venture Capitalists started the year with optimistic reports on investing and likelihood of investing.   Venture Capital firms saw an uptick in investment as 2009 drew to a close setting the stage to bring forth the capital in 2010 that not only helps companies survive and thrive, but also brings comfort to those angel investors that hesitate to invest due to worry that the next round of finance may not be there to help the company they invest in survive and thrive.

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Check out these investment websites: Karen’s twitter page: @Karen_Rands, www.kugarandholdings.com, www.launchfn.com, www.nbai.net, www.kyrmedia.com, www.entrepreneurblogspace.com and www.dothedeal.org Listen, Learn, Enjoy and Share with a Business Associate!

Selecting The Right Employees and Building Strategic Partnerships Wisely

Karen Rands, during her Compassionate Capitalism show will engage her featured guests on a topic important to all start up and growing companies. When a start-up founder realizes he or her needs to build a team, bring on expertise to compliment their own skills how can they identify those people, confirm they will enhance their business and at the same time, protect the business they founded. They need to know what skills are needed on his/her team, identify the right resource, then negotiate for that person to join the company and protecting the company long term.

This is important for investors considering an investment in a private company.   When a company first starts out, they have limited resources and limited management structure, but as the organization grows, they add people, skills, resources.   Building effective teams and the leadership of those running the company is critical to the company’s success.   In the case of a key person coming on board, either as an active investor — an “Exec with a Check”, or when a key resource is brought in that may share in the equity as part of their compensation, it becomes all that more critical to make sure that there is a good mix for the personalities and to protect the company legally in the event it doesn’t work out as planned.

Guests are Kenneth Darryl Brown of E3C (www.BetterSalesandProfitsNow.com) and Hugh Massie, CEO of DNA Behavior (www.BusinessDNAResources.com) to discuss how a CEO can learn about their leadership and communication strengths and understand what to look for in potential team members. Bob Van Rossum, President of MarketPro, (www.marketproinc.com) the nation’s leading executive search and contract staffing agency specifically focused on marketing, interactive, creative and advertising talent will discuss identifying and qualifying a potential candidate for the management team. Glenn Garnes, Relationship Marketing Center, will discuss protecting your interests when bringing on partners…the subject of his new book:”Let’s Not Be Partners, Things you Must Do Before You Tie the Knot (“not”). Sure to be a dynamic show for all aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Check out these investment websites: Karen’s twitter page: @Karen_Rands, www.kugarandholdings.com, www.launchfn.com, www.nbai.net, www.kyrmedia.com,  www.entrepreneurblogspace.com and www.dothedeal.org

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