From Daydreams to Purpose: How Environment and Resilience Drive Performance

Kevin Valley | What I Have Learned

Your environment dictates your performance. Daniel Priestly, the author of the internationally bestselling book, “Key Person of Influence”, firmly believes this declaration. Initially obsessed with the notion that success is determined by attitude, skills and personal development, his journey to understanding what makes a person successful led him to the remarkable realization, “anyone can become […]

Building an Investible Business: Tips for Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean

Building an Investible Business: Tips for Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean

As an entrepreneur, you may reach a point where you want to raise external funding to help scale your business or decide to bootstrap with your personal funds and those of close friends and family. If you’ve chosen the former, it’s crucial to make sure that your business is one that investors are willing to […]

Why Ideas Have No Value

Why Ideas Have No Value

Transforming an idea into an asset is the key to creating valuable intellectual property. Entrepreneurs dream of business ventures that would change their lives, impact lots of people, and bring in the big bucks. Finding the right venture is a combination of understanding the market’s needs, conceptualizing an innovative solution, and being able to develop that idea into a […]

Getting Your Business Ready for Sale

Getting Your Business Ready for Sale

Selling your business can be a great way to generate liquidity for yourself as a reward for your creativity, hard work, and perseverance to get your business to this point. The decision to sell should be a long-term strategic decision though, as opposed to a short-term reaction to negative developments. Thus, the process of preparing […]

How to Become Investible through Succesion Planning

How to Become Investible through Succession Planning

Can your business survive without you? This question is considered by many business owners as their business grows, transitioning from a small to medium-sized business. The owner may be itching to move on to the next new venture, or, after working non-stop for years, they are looking for an opportunity to step away, take a […]

Mistakes Companies Make When Trying to Raise Capital

Mistakes Companies Make When Raising Capital

Large and established companies typically have little issues in raising capital as they are highly sought after by conservative investors. Further, as previously discussed, raising funding for startups and smaller companies is primarily dictated by how much they can de-risk the opportunities for investors. Here, we want to focus on the intricacies of raising capital […]

How the Wrong Funding Decision Can Destroy the Value of Your Business

The wrong funding decision can destroy the value of your business

When a business’ financing requirements exceed the limits of its internal sources and cash flows from business operations are insufficient, it must then decide which type of external financing best suited to its needs. In other words, your business needs more money than you have, and it is time to find those funds to keep […]

How to De-Risk Your Startup for Investors

De-Risk Your Startup for Investors

In the last article, I detailed my first experience of being denied funding. My business partner and I tried to pitch and raise capital for our own tech startup and were unable to convince the investor to say yes, despite our research, passion, and best efforts. We failed to secure the funding because we did not sufficiently […]

Failing to Raise Money Can be the Greatest Thing That Ever Happened

Every business starts with an idea. Even the greatest idea can remain undeveloped without the money to make it happen. If you have ever taken the time to develop a business plan, perfect your pitch, and deliver it to investors, there is only one desired outcome: to win the investment. I started off my career […]