Angel Investors vs. Venture Capitalists

Angel Investors vs. Venture Capitalists

According to one of my favorites, Investopedia.com, an angel investor is typically a family member or friend that invests in small startups and/or entrepreneurs. Angel investment strategies differ in one time investments and continuous, broken down investments. The catch and major difference between Angels and Venture Capitalists is that an Angel typically invests in the entrepreneur(s) rather than the viability of the business itself. 

Student Entrepreneur Series: Chester Ayos, RoVenture Consulting Group

Student Entrepreneur Series: Chester Ayos, RoVenture Consulting Group

This is the start of the Student Entrepreneur Journal Series. There are students at UNLV who are working on a start up while going to school and we want to hear about their experience and share their stories. Not only can we learn from them, they get free publicity. By: Brady Ard

Taking your business abroad

Taking your business abroad

Did you know that there are new markets just waiting for your product or service to come to them? The catch is that they might not be within the U.S. border. This semester I had the opportunity to listen to first-hand accounts of how entrepreneurs are entering new markets all around the world. Through extensive research and the creation of my own international expansion plan, I have learned that there are many factors that should be considered when expanding abroad.  By: Brian Garrido

Time Management and Startups

Time Management and Startups

Start-ups are often very limited when it comes to budgets, people and resources. As a result entrepreneurs are forced to improvise and do more with less, having to wear a number of different hats and jump between different tasks quickly and efficiently. Whether that be conference calls, product development, marketing, or attending various meetings being able to manage your time properly is an invaluable skill.  By: Connor Clark

Math: An Entrepreneur’s Best Friend

Math: An Entrepreneur’s Best Friend

In today’s market, skills in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are in high demand throughout many industries. Specializing in any one of the four areas gives you a great opportunity to stand out a bit more than the others. One branch in particular that plays an integral part in the other three branches of the STEM fields is mathematics. Math is the base that holds the other components of STEM together. By: Tomas Nava Virrey

A Guide to Hiring Criteria

A Guide to Hiring Criteria

Over the past couple of decades in business and creating startups, I have had the advantage of interviewing people for jobs across the full spectrum of departments. When I became a manager for the first time, I had the mandate to hire a team around me without the advantage of any formal training in hiring. While I initially discovered some good resources, I have since honed my hiring method over hundreds of interviews. By: Alex Hoffman

Where to invest in the coming Quantum Computing revolution

Where to invest in the coming Quantum Computing revolution

There is a new trend beginning to emerge from the computing world. I am not talking about big data, cloud computing, machine learning, or even the lesser known edge computing. These are all evolutions of classical computing, a system based upon bits (0s or 1s), and the emerging trend will be radically different. What I want to discuss today is the coming revolution of quantum computing and, more importantly, how to look for investments in this field. By: Matt Fritz

How Teenagers Are Becoming Gaming Entrepreneurs

How Teenagers Are Becoming Gaming Entrepreneurs

When we think about entrepreneurship, we often associate it with startup companies run by adults that may already have a foundational education. In reality though, many platforms have enabled people of all ages to establish successful companies with substantial revenue flows. By: Chester Ayos

Is There a Place for Real Estate in Venture Capital?

Is There a Place for Real Estate in Venture Capital?

This is a question that many new to venture capital members, including myself, ask. The short answer is YES. However there are some major caveats to this statement. To understand venture capital’s place in the real estate market, one has to understand what the goals of venture capital are and how they differ compared to the goals of traditional real estate investing. By: Logan Brown

Techstars Startup Weekend, an Unforgettable Weekend of Innovation

Techstars Startup Weekend, an Unforgettable Weekend of Innovation

Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54-hour hackathon where groups develop a business idea and pitch an MVP, minimum viable product, in front of judges and attendees. Mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors are there to assist each group prior to presentation. $100 is all it takes to be a part of this event, which includes a Startup Weekend T-shirt, a reusable water bottle, additional perks provided by sponsors, tons of food and a weekend of fun! By: Ben Brikman

Every Successful Leader Has Mentors

Every Successful Leader Has Mentors

Ever look at someone and think, wow they have a life I would love to be living! Well, you’re not alone. Although some of us may not want to admit it, at some point we have all thought this. By: Jeffrey Carroll

Good Entrepreneurs Aren’t Always Good CEO’s

Good Entrepreneurs Aren’t Always Good CEO’s

There is a difference between starting a successful company and running a successful company. Very few can accomplish one or the other, and even fewer can do both. This is why it is important to establish the difference between a CEO and an entrepreneur. Both are equally impressive, but they require very different skill sets. It is important for successful entrepreneurs to reflect on their growing businesses and ask themselves if they truly have the traits it takes to run a multi-million dollar company. by: Emma Cheskey

Security Patterns from Intelligent Data: Intro to Software Vulnerabilities for Startup Founders

Security Patterns from Intelligent Data: Intro to Software Vulnerabilities for Startup Founders

Every tech startup founder should have basic knowledge on software vulnerabilities. When creating software, particularly bootstrapped apps with the goal of just getting an MVP out there, security is an often-overlooked aspect that results in loss of revenue and time in the long run for founders, investors, and developers. The following is a primer on software vulnerabilities. by Pablo Cortez

Entrepreneurs Need to Exercise

Entrepreneurs Need to Exercise

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living and I explain what a normal day in my life looks like, their eyes widen and they ask me how I fit it all into one day. The life of an entrepreneur is not easy and requires a different type of work ethic and stamina. Most young entrepreneurs are involved in many different projects and probably have to keep a day job in order to pay their bills. This can seem impossible to manage mentally and physically. by Jordan Pilkington

Becoming an “Expert” in an Unfamiliar Field

Becoming an “Expert” in an Unfamiliar Field

Malcolm Gladwell claims that it takes a generalized total of 10,000 hours of practice in order to become an expert in any particular field of work. This equates to about 10 years of experience. By working as an associate in the Rebel Venture Fund, I have realized just how valuable time is in the angel investment world. By: Tyler Franek

Getting Ready to Pitch

Getting Ready to Pitch

In the past two years in the Rebel Venture Fund, I’ve been fortunate enough to to see a lot of great pitches. These presentations all had a few things in common. When you’re talking to investors you can make your pitch go a lot smoother by making sure you hit some of these themes in your pitch. - by: Jason LeDuc

How Much Is Too Much?

How Much Is Too Much?

Quit yapping! “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” It’s a quote popularly attributed to Albert Einstein, but good luck finding proof of it. Either way, the quotation gets the whole point of this article across pretty well. - By: Grant Anderson

I Want to Learn How to Code, Where Should I Start?

I Want to Learn How to Code, Where Should I Start?

Any contemporary startup worth its salt knows that without an app or internet-presence of some sort, the company is destined to fail. Maybe you have an idea for the next Angry Birds, or maybe you want to capitalize on an up and coming niche market through an innovative app. You may be thinking to leave the work to the professional software developers, but if you didn’t already know, they are far from cheap. For a startup, a self-made app is by far the cheapest route. For this reason, and countless others, programming is joining many people’s list of skills to learn. But how and where does one get started? by: Ryan Kole

You Have to Own It

You Have to Own It

When investors are making a decision, there are many factors which are considered. The size of the opportunity, proof of concept, their own understanding of the industry, regulatory risks, and more. The list is truly vast. What it all boils down to, however, is the faith the investor has in the Management Team itself. by: Grant Anderson

How to Survive on $5 a Day

How to Survive on $5 a Day

Naturally, when in college, most of us tend to survive on very minimal budgets for long periods of time. In the entrepreneur space, the reality is often similar. Sure, there are lots of entrepreneurs with cushy jobs, living comfortably while they try to launch or grow their own business, but this isn’t about them. by: Santiago Ricoy