Crowdfunding is off to a good start but how will it end?

Peter Thiel makes a comment in his book Zero to One “If you have invented something new but you haven’t invented an effective way to sell it, you have a bad business – no matter how good the product” which got me thinking about crowdfunding. I was chatting with someone over the weekend who had sent me another invitation to a crowdfunding web portal that connects  businesses with venture capital. As we got talking about it I found myself thinking back to Peter’s comment and realizing that crowdfunding might be working but has the market really bought it? Is it a niche opportunity that will always fill a void because the greater market isn’t sold on it? Do crowdfunding platforms have their work cut out for them before they become a mainstream competitor for capital? Continue reading “Crowdfunding is off to a good start but how will it end?”

When is the right time to raise capital?

I have a friend who is pursuing a new direction with his business and was looking for some advice.  His existing business has been operating for many years and he has been boot-strapping his new venture.  It looks like he was able to get validation for the idea and even has a few paying customers.  He has used the cash from his operating business to bootstrap this new venture and it looks like he really has a shot at bringing a very innovative (and disruptive) solution to market.  His challenge is to figure out when he should seek financing to support the opportunity.  He could probably continue to nurture the business along and do well however to really capitalize on the opportunity he needs to pre-pay the expenses that come along with capturing a market.

It’s an interesting question/challenge he poised.  I told him to Continue reading “When is the right time to raise capital?”