The Weekly Dose of Knowledge Articles for Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-05-24

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network.

This week's top articles include an Investor Minute with Bloomberg Beta partner James Cham; an investor manifesto for Europe; two resources for crowdfunders; and more.

Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of May 18th.

Does Startup Speed Kill or Build?

There is no "one right way" to build a company. The Startup Lean presents two differing viewpoints on key entrepreneurial topics for you to decide which way you lean. This week, we ask the question: Which is the more effective growth strategy: Fast or Slow?

Stop Pitching Investors As If They’re All The Same

In this special Investor-edition of the Minute, James Cham, Partner at Bloomberg Beta and Founder Showcase panelist, explains how not all investors are created the same and why entrepreneurs need to take note of that.

Behold the European ‘Startup Investors Manifesto’

Over on, early-stage investors from the European Union collaborated on a ‘Startup Investors Manifesto’ to help boost investment and job creation. Here’s the low-down on what they came up with.

The Economics of a Kickstarter Project (or How Much I Didn't Make)

Blogging on Medium, Cameron Moll breaks down the numbers of his recent Kickstarter crowdfunding project. In his helpful and detailed recap, Cameron shows how much he raised and spent, finally asking, "Where'd it all go?"

How to Handle a Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

Every entrepreneur knows that crowdfunding can be an effective financing campaign for a startup company. However, many crowdfunding campaigns are not lucrative, and many entrepreneurs don't know what to do when a crowdfunding campaign falls short of funding goals. As Rob Wu states, "It’s a tough pill to swallow when you’ve put yourself out there and things just don’t work out as you intend it to."

The most important question in a startup: Am I being proactive?

Writing on his eponymous blog, Peter Nixey, former CEO of Clickpass and a Y Combinator alumni, asks what he considers the most important question for anyone working on a startup. As he says, "We do not fail in unsuccessful attempts to take new ground, we fail in not making those attempts in the first place."

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