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Recent trends, advice, and resources for business plans and early stage business development.

5 min read

Jobs-To-Be-Done Will Make You Rethink Competitive Advantage

Writing or updating a business plan for an existing business can be rewarding and eye-opening, but you might consider taking a different approach than you did when you were in the startup or early stages.

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Art of the Pitch: The Marketplace Slide

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5 Ways To Demonstrate Market Potential in Your Pitch Deck

Anyone who has been on an online date (the latest data says one in every five of you have!) is familiar with the concept of the modern coffee date:...

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5 Topics Your Investor Materials (& Business Plan) MUST address

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What Do Investors Look for in a Business Plan?

This is the first in a series of posts that will elaborate on the specific answer to the question: What do investors look for in a business plan?

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The Four Types of Business Plans

7 min read

What Is A Business Plan (& Do I Really Need One?)

You’ve been thinking about this for a decade. You are going to open the perfect coffee shop.

You've worked at three different cafés in the last nine...

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The Masterplans Guide to Creating the Best Damn Pitch Deck Ever

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A Guide To Creating the Perfect Pitch Deck

Masterplans has created thousands of pitch decks to help our clients obtain equity investors. Learn our secrets to the best pitch deck ever.

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How to build a funnel to raise investment capital with Foundersuite

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How To Build An Investor Funnel For Your Startup

By partnering with Foundersuite, Masterplans clients get their pitch materials in front of potential investors

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8 ways to launch a startup & how to use them

3 min read

Top 8 Ways to Fund a Startup

You have a lot of different options for capital, including bootstrapping, credit cards, business loans, friends & family, crowdfunding, angel...

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How to Show At-Risk Investment in Your Immigration Visa Business Plan

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How to Demonstrate At-Risk Investment in Your Business Plan

What is “at-risk investment”? If you said, “It’s money I’m at risk of spending on fun things like a new Tesla,” well, keep reading (because that...

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How to to understand a business plan's cash flow statement

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What is the cash flow statement (and why it matters)

If your home-grown business plan financial model is super tripped out with tons of drivers and interlocking financial statements, you can pat...

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What is Mezzanine Funding & Startups Use It

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What is Mezzanine Financing (And Is It Right for Your Business?)

Most entrepreneurs know about the traditional types of funding: debt or equity. But did you know there’s something that combines the two? It’s...

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