Raising Capital: When You Don't Have a Silicon Valley Address

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Innovations Publishing, 2007 - Business & Economics - 133 pages
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The process of raising capital can be daunting for even the most seasoned entrepreneurs. Raising Capital: When You Don't Have a Silicon Valley Address is a compilation of a dozen interviews with experts in the business of raising capital. The book is intended to provide entrepreneurs – especially those outside of the Silicon Valley – with insight and advice about the process of raising capital. The capital markets for entrepreneurs are the strongest they have been since the Internet bubble burst more than five years ago. Nevertheless, the competition for funding remains intense. Darrell Glasco, Venture Capital Relationship Manager in the Southeast for SVB Silicon Valley Bank, makes it clear in his interview that raising capital means proving your business is worthy: “The issue isn't finding capital; it's finding a good company to put the capital in,” he said. And serial entrepreneur Jim Stratigos, currently CEO of Jacket Micro Devices, tells entrepreneurs that they must demonstrate commitment: “. . . you have to ask yourself if you are ready to be an entrepreneur. Are you ready to devote the time it's going to take to do it? This means making your company the center point of your life for several years.” Entrepreneurs reading the advice contained in this compilation of interviews will understand how funding professionals think and can use that insight to better position their businesses to attract capital investment.

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About the author (2007)

Keith Herndon has extensive experience in the media and technology industries with credentials in strategic planning, corporate investing and technology management. Before starting Atlanta-based Internet Decisions, LLC, he held several executive posts including Vice President of Planning and Product Development at Cox Interactive Media. In that role, Herndon managed the business development department and the technology and operations teams. His efforts were instrumental in completing several strategic partnerships with companies such as Yahoo and MP3.com. He led technical due diligence efforts on many Cox investments in new media companies and served on the board of directors of Enkia Corp., a Cox investment recipient. Herndon also was President of a business incubator, Vice President and General Manager of One Source Pro and Director of Operations at Cox Radio Interactive. In his early career, Herndon was a business reporter and editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, establishing his skills as an interviewer and writer. Herndon holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma. He also completed a Davenport Fellowship at the University of Missouri.

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