The Funding Coach at Four Colors of Money
By Don Gooding
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I interview Real Businesses with Real Funding Challenges to help entrepreneurs find their best next funding option. We discuss all four colors of money - bootstrapping, grants, debt and equity. And then I help them, on and off the show, to find the right funding source. I've been a venture capitalist (Accel Partners), angel investor, serial entrepreneur, emcee and television host for pitch competitions. And I'm a serial entrepreneur, best known for the real world "pitch perfect" a cappella competition. The podcasts, blog and video can be found at http://fourcolorsofmoney.com
||CleanS01 EP13 Season One Wrap Up: Six Follow Up Interviews||In this episode I've got a series of short interviews with all six of the entrepreneurs that I interviewed during the course of Season One. The idea here is to give you an update on how they're doing with their own funding challenges.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 12 Balancing The Dream Vs. Funding Strings||In this episode I talk about how sometimes there’s a conflict between fulfilling your entrepreneurial dream, and the strings attached to funding. First I talk about the different components of the dream, which vary from founder to founder: impact goal||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 11 Funding Pivot To Be Not So Small: Joe Walsh, Green Clean Maine||I interview Joe Walsh, founder and CEO of Green Clean Maine which provides environmentally friendly home cleaning services. After a decade with just a small grant in startup funding and lots of bootstrapping along the way,||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 10 Balancing Profit And Impact||Following on to the interview of Margo Walsh, MaineWorks founder, I talk about Imposter Syndrome for entrepreneurs, and the balance of profit and impact both for founders and for investors. First, I observe that many entrepreneurs feel some version of .||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 EP 09 Funding Pivot For A B Corporation: Margo Walsh, MaineWorks||In this episode I interview Margo Walsh, founder and CEO of MaineWorks – a company that has combined the pursuit of revenue with the pursuit of making the world a better place. They’ve been around for a while,||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 08 Crossing The Funding Chasm||In this follow-on to the interview with Chuck Donnelly of Rockstep Solutions, I talk about the funding chasm between Seed and Series A funding. But first, I dive a bit deeper into some of the issues surrounding grant funding,||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 07 How To Fund Growth After Federal Grants: Chuck Donnelly, Rockstep Solutions||I interview Chuck Donnelly, founder and CEO of Rockstep Solutions. Rockstep is a great example of a disruptive startup that landed technology development grants very early on from both federal and state sources.||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 06 How To Spend Your Summer Vacation Funding Customer Discovery||I follow up the interview with Ben Nussbaum of Floor with a fuller discussion of business plan competitions and customer discovery. Ben won the Bates College Bobcat Ventures competition. I talk about the eight different types of business pitch and plan.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 05 He Won A College Competition Prize, Now What? Ben Nussbaum, Floor||I interview Ben Nussbaum, who recently won his college pitch competition – Bobcat Ventures at Bates College – for his second startup idea, a new physical retail concept for online brands called Floor. You may have seen pictures of pitch competition||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 04 Rhubarb Wine, Cash Flow Forecasts and CDFIs||This episode follows on the interview with Eighteen Twenty. I talk extensively about the need for cash flow forecasts, and how you can make one easily with free help! I also talk about my wine crowdfunding research in some detail,||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 03 How To Fund Season Two of Rhubarb Wine: Amanda O’Brien, Eighteen Twenty||Amanda O'Brien co-founded rhubarb wine innovator Eighteen Twenty with a mix of savings, personal debt and friends and family debt. They quickly sold out of their first season’s production. Now, they need to fund a much bigger season two production whi||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP 02 Bootstrapping Tips, Convertible Notes, Legal Connectors for A Growing Drone Startup||Following up on the previous interview with Max Tubman of drone startup BFD Systems, I expand on observations and recommendations. The company used four classic bootstrapping techniques to launch. But it's quickly at the equity "fork in the road.||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 EP01 How To Fund A Growing Drone Startup: Max Tubman, BFD Systems||Max Tubman is co-founder of BFD Systems, an industrial drone company in Philadelphia. The company bootstrapped a very successful, profitable first year. Now he needs to figure out how to fund improvements in manufacturing and marketing which he estimat.||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Don does a great job offering solid financial advice for entrepreneurs. He explains the advantages and disadvantages of the financial tools. Plus he offers his perspective on them to help you avoid any surprises. Don has a vast pool of resources and offers to connect entrepreneurs with people who can help them with issues they are dealing with.
Real world advice on Funding Your Biz
Don's lessons offer solid perspective on how to find funding, and what type of funding is right for your business. Thoughtful observations and fetailed analysis are a plus!
Don is a friend and mentor to so many entrepreneurs in Maine and across the country. This podcast is essential listening to take on every entrepreneur's most critical pain point, raising money. How to do it and how to do it well. Highly recommended.
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