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Running a startup: things I’ve learned so far

This week marks two years since I dissolved my successful band management company to focus full-time on my startup. I'd just completed my first large fundraising round where 21 individuals had written me personal cheques to invest in the business. These angel investors came from a variety of backgrounds. I found them through speaking at pitch events and by presenting my PowerPoint deck an estimated 700 times over the previous year. Raising the first round of capital was the hardest thing I'd ever done. It required a huge amount of personal energy and growth, and at the end I had a massive sense of achievement from pulling it all together. Now, I thought, the fun could begin!

Ben Hall, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Up-and-Comer

As a 25-year-old lawyer, Ben Hall knows it takes a few tonnes of determination to introduce new ideas to a profession set in its ways. Hall is up to the challenge. As the managing director of Love Law, a site that provides interactive consultations about family law, Hall is giving people a hand during what can be a time of paralyzing stress.

How to help your clients raise capital

Learn how you can add capital raising to your portfolio of services. This event is only for people who would like to learn how to: Raise capital for clients, earning a retainer plus a success fee of funds raised; Facilitate a client's exit, earning a retainer plus a success fee of the exit price; Help clients de-risk their business and become investor ready; Facilitate a merger or acquisition on behalf of clients.

‘Throwing the book’ at the legal profession (Part 1)

Why is it that some of our society’s brightest minds have no idea how to translate their “no holds barred” skills from the court room to the public domain of marketing communication in a battle to win more clients? Maybe they just don’t need the extra business, maybe they don’t know how, or maybe the truth is a combination of arrogance and ignorance steeped in tradition.
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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...