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Early-Stage Startup Fundamentals

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This is a post about Startup Fundamentals. Quite often we see Startups running way too fast and falling hard. We began to think really hard as to why this keeps happening, and how we can help Startups to start flying instead. One of the things that we have developed includes what we call Startup Fundamentals. Startup Fundamentals include a few …

Startup Competitor Raised Huge Funding from Investors

Startups: Competitor Raised Huge Funding from Investors

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Imagine a competitor to your Startup (which you’ve never heard of before) suddenly raised a huge amount of money after bootstrapping for quite awhile. You have been out-funded and your war chest is tiny in comparison. Most founders would panic and start looking for funds. I know of few who would keep calm and would not do much about it. …

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How to Kill A Startup: We Burned 1M USD in 1 Year

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How a Startup Blew 1M USD in 1 year How to kill a Startup, and what we learned from it. Being in this industry for a number of years now, we get to hear all kinds of Startup stories. I will not reveal the founding team behind this to protect their identity, and also to respect their privacy. They have …

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When is The Best Time to Raise Funds for your Startup?

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When is the best time to raise funds? Let me begin by saying that it is never easy to raise funds. The answer is the same for anything else in financing history – raise your Startup Funding when; You are highly confident that you are able to get much higher growth It is the sweet spot for trade-off in equity …

Are you raising the right startup funding amount

Is Your Startup Raising the Right Amount of Money?

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Most early-stage startups in Malaysia not aware of funding amount needed Around 90% of early-stage(!) startups I meet request more startup funding than they need. Sometimes, founders are looking to raise a multiple of what the startup requires at that point. This can lead to entrepreneurs giving away more equity than they would have to, or entrepreneurs having difficulties raising …

Malaysia Startup Fund Guide

Startup Funds in Malaysia – Guide & Complete List

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Types of Startup Funds in Malaysia For Startups (high growth businesses), there are a few types of Startup funds in Malaysia that we can consider. These are funds that are taking a high risk to fund Startups that can give high returns to investors. Generally, the higher the amount of funding, the less support you need from Investors. Typically, these …

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How to be an Angel Investor

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There is so much to know on how to be an angel investor! Knowing so, it is also about who you know – because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. We gather as an angel investment group here in South East Asia because there are so many of us that can contribute to startups in many different ways. …

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Startup Investment Strategies for Angel Investors

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Startup Angel Investor Investment Strategies Here I will highlight the many real reasons angel investors join us, as well as explain startup investment strategies that are broken into 2 categories – risk management and value creation. Before we get into angel investor investment strategies, let’s look at why we got into startup angel investment. Why Startup Angel Investment There are …

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List of Venture Capital (VC) in Malaysia 2017

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I have often needed a list of Venture Capital (VCs) that invest in Malaysia for work. However, I find most lists extremely lengthy and confusing. So, here is a simple list of venture capital in Malaysia, updated for 2017. These lists include Venture Capitals that are not based in Malaysia but do invest in Malaysian companies. Inactive VCs are not …

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Equity CrowdFunding (ECF) in Malaysia – Alternative Investment

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What Is Equity Crowdfunding (ECF)? Equity Crowdfunding is a method for Startups and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or Businesses to raise funds via the general public, a.k.a. Retail Investors. Retail Investors look for deals on ECF platforms to Invest in businesses in exchange for Equity. These businesses are generally a high risk, high return investment alternative to other Investment …