Are incubators and Angel money more harmful than beneficial to software startups?

Many people including myself agree that the cash investment from incubators, angel investors and any other type of investment have its benefits. When you join an incubator and/or get angel investors on board, you could also get great resources in the manner of experienced advice, partnerships, networking, free services, etc… maybe.

However, the fact that you do get cash is probably more harmful than not, in my own humble opinion. Yes, at some point you might need cash to grow IF you start getting successful and you need to invest in resources such as people and hardware to keep up with demand for your product or service. Advice from experienced people and potential customers is what you need when you are in the idea phase or just starting to develop your product, you don’t really need money at this point; you see, money in very early stages can make people lazy and feel as if they have accomplished something… when they haven’t, at least nothing that matters such as getting paying customers or releasing a product. Continue reading “Are incubators and Angel money more harmful than beneficial to software startups?”

Austin-based Venture Capital MicroVentures Enables P2P Early Investing

Good things come in small packages. Not a theory often applied to venture capital, or funding small business ideas.

Enter Bill Clark, a capital-and-idea matchmaker of sorts, who breaks the venture capital mold by connecting well-vetted entrepreneurial concepts online with investors looking for the next great idea. His company, Microventures, facilitates the matchmaking process online through www.MicroVentures.com, making it easier for investors to connect with entrepreneurs, and for small businesses to access critical funding.

Co-Founders Bill Clark and Scott Rhode
Quote startMicroventures.com gives individual investors early access to seed-stage opportunities and start-ups access to capital in a new and innovative way.Quote end Continue reading “Austin-based Venture Capital MicroVentures Enables P2P Early Investing”