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Tips

How to Get Funding: 3 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Close Deals Faster

When looking for investors, entrepreneurs used to have a tendency to sign with the first VC who came through the door with money. Today, that’s seldom the case. Instead, startups and entrepreneurs weigh a number of options when choosing an investor, namely operational expertise, the extent of their network, access to customers, financial partners and industry expertise. Consequently, private equity…

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Tips

The Most Essential Attribute You Should Look For in a Capital Provider

In evaluating prospective capital providers, savvy entrepreneurs have come to understand that while capital is their number one priority, there are other attributes they need to evaluate before they say “yes” to an investor. I understand why entrepreneurs are increasingly interested in more than just an investor’s willingness to invest. Industry expertise, legal counseling, networking opportunities, and other resources are…

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Technology

5 Common Themes That Drive Entrepreneurial Success

This week, Deloitte announced the 2012 Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Award winners were selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2007 to 2011. We’re thrilled that one of Safeguard’s partner companies, Spongecell, ranked #28 in North America, and #2 in the…

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Corporate

Putting Growth Capital to Work in Philadelphia

On average, Safeguard Scientifics evaluates more than a thousand business plans each year—that’s 20 business plans per week. Last year, we chose to partner with eight—DriveFactor, Hoopla Software, Lumesis, NovaSom, PixelOptics, Putney, Spongecell and ThingWorx. You might wonder: Why did we choose those eight over the hundreds of others we evaluated? How do we sort through all those plans? What…

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Life Sciences

How West and East Coast Dynamics Help Startups Succeed

Silicon Valley has been a hotbed for entrepreneurship and innovation for the last four decades. It’s packed with big thinkers, highly talented engineers, and VCs who swing for the fences. Combined, this Silicon Valley beehive of entrepreneurs, developers, and investors has been brilliant at identifying, funding, and starting the next big idea. While most of the headlines paint dismal pictures…

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