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February 2017 Archives

Pointers to help entrepreneurs raise venture capital

In order to become successful, small business owners in Colorado and across the country need capital, but securing it may be difficult. There is some advice available for entrepreneurs who are just starting out and need venture capital to help them reach their business goals.

Using competitive insights to succeed in business

Colorado entrepreneurs in Colorado may be able to learn a lot by watching the activities of other businesses. For example, the new 'basic economy" class that United Airlines has announced may be interesting to analyze. Whether the new budget option helps United Airlines to grow or cannibalizes the airline's higher-priced options is yet to be seen. Whatever happens, it's clear that United Airlines is taking a cue from competitors that have already started to sell cheap, no-frills tickets.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board clarifies family of marks

Some Colorado businesses want to trademark a family of marks that they have been using in their advertising. In order to better understand what is required to do so, business owners might want to be aware of a case involving Little Caesar's.

Crowdfunding could be a valuable tool for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in Colorado have traditionally found it difficult to compete for venture capital funding with nascent companies located in major business centers like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, but the growing popularity of crowdfunding could be helping to level the playing field for them, according to a study. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University looked at business startup projects listed on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, and they discovered that these offerings were often of great interest to venture capital firms.

Startup businesses choosing mergers over IPOs

Investors in Colorado and elsewhere in the country are getting fewer chances to put their money into innovative startup businesses as more and more of them are eschewing initial public offerings and instead choosing to be acquired by larger companies. Fewer IPOs were available to investors on American exchanges in 2016 than during any year since the financial crisis, but the number of mergers soared to levels not witnessed in almost a decade.