Startups

Assessing Startup Risk

Category: 

In their excitement to launch their new ventures, many entrepreneurs tend to minimize the level of risk involved with their startup. But for funders and investors, new-venture risk assessment is a critical part of the evaluation and decision-making processes. In my work with entrepreneurs seeking funding for their startups or early-stage ventures, I generally find that most have not adequately factored risk into their plans. However, from both a funding and an operational perspective, it is important to not just identify the risks, but to consider how they will be overcome or minimized.

 

Assessing and planning for the various risks a new venture might face increases the likelihood that these challenges can be overcome with little or no impact on the...

read more..

Latest Posts in Startups

From Wyoming: Country Burgers!

Traveling two hours south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the speed limit is 80 and it doesn’t feel right unless you’re cruising at 90 mph. Occasionally, traffic slows to let a herd of antelope safely cross the road. Going South on US 191 through rural Wyoming, a makeshift road sign Café gets attention because there isn’t anything else out here. The Café billboard points the way to a long white trailer-style building named Country Burgers.


Step-It-Up Camp | The Language of Sewing

Following an international career in Persia and Vienna, Austria, Monir Zandghoreishi  (pronounced Mo-Neer  Zang-or-eh-shee) moved to Seattle in 1987. As a highly respected and talented couture designer, she specialized in creating gowns for women for their weddings gala events. Later, she became Dean of Fashion for for the International Academy of Design and Technology (Academy - Seattle), which was later renamed Sanford- Brown College. Monir Zandghoreishi’s innate flair for fashion, coupled with bold pragmatism, has always driven her to conquer new frontiers.  As of late, she has undertaken a new after- school program with Step-It-Up Camp designed to teach young people to sew.


What are the key ambitions that drive entrepreneurs?

 

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people take the plunge and become entrepreneurs. There are countless reasons people decide to start their own businesses, but whatever they are, they all have one thing in common—ambition. The word ambition refers to a strong desire to do or to achieve something that generally requires hard work, determination, or a combination of both.

Starting a business and going on off on your...


Wendy Gutterson supports life supporters

From Boston:  Helping Those Who Help

Wendy Gutterson supports life supporters

Wendy Gutterson has worked in the health care industry for over 20 years. Armed with a graduate degree in health care administration from Simmons College and a burning desire to support those who save lives and serve their communities every day, Gutterson worked for such major New England medical...


Riding the SURF

 

The word surf has an etymology that connotes many meanings. Both a noun and a verb, surf is the wave that breaks upon the shore as much as it describes an action: the dude who surfs—on the crest of a wave, or by searching for information on the internet and by cruising TV networks. For Seaton Gras, the founder of the SURF Incubator in Seattle, the word Surf expands...