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Angel Investors, Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship – Venture Giant

Zip Holidays has now partnered exclusively with VentureGiant.com to assist it in locating its funding requirements. Company CEO of Zip Holidays has stated that the company required funding and after much research chose Venture Giant because it is positioned to assist in helping Zip Holidays locate a suitable angel investor in the travel industry.Venture Giant a premier UK business angel investment network and small to mid sized business networking portal that matches active business angel investors with entrepreneurs’ seeking investment angel capital and business funding.

Angel Investors and entrepreneurship in UK

The total pool of Angel Investor capital available at Venture Giant is over Ј180 million at time of writing and is growing every day.

We have all watched the hugely successful BBC television show The Dragons’ Den and many of us either feel the pain of how difficult it is for these innovative entrepreneurs to get the hard to find angel capital for their business ideas or, aspire to be like the successful dragons on the show and want to be able to access these exciting start-up companies.

Venture Giant was created to bridge this gap, make the deal flow sourcing process much easier and accessible and simply make it a win/win for all parties involved.

Business Angel Investors

Many people with a little extra cash are turning to seed and early-stage type of investments as a result of all the press around huge buy-outs and pay days for early investors in many start-ups’. None perhaps better known than Google which saw one angel investor make over $1 billion (Ј500 million) from an initial investment of just $100,000 (Ј50,000)!

The list continues with such success stories as YouTube, Yahoo, eBay and many believe the next major buy-out to be Facebook who sold a 1.6% Equity stake for a staggering US $240m valuing the social networking giant at US $15 billion. Chances are this company was launched like many of the others with a handful of early-stage investors with a reasonable amount of money to get started.

If you are an Entrepreneur looking for angel funding or angel investment by angel investors for your start-up or established business then Venture Giant is possibly the only resource you will need during your search for early-stage, seed investment capital or business financing to kick-start your new business or expand your existing business.

Are you an Angel Investor?

If you are an Angel Investor actively seeking to invest your money in more rewarding and profitable ways, then Venture Giant has the most extensive collection of start-up proposals for Angel Investors, geared towards seed or early-stage investment, all rounds of funding, expansion/growth capital, and research & development (R&D) funding.

Venture Giant also offers Angel Investors a free filtered deal-flow daily or monthly email from some of the UK’s most talented entrepreneurs’.

For more information, visit http://www.VentureGiant.com ‘Making Entrepreneurs & Investors, rich’ or http://www.zipholidays.co.uk

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VentureGiant.com’s Rishi Anand and Tim Lancaster made my day!

This is a little true incident that made my day and possibly, will help my business in a big way, going forward.

I have been planning to set up my own online business and have been inundated with ideas over a long time. Nothing seemed to strike the right balance until I decided to go full throttle with this idea I call Z.  Times are bad, and because of recession (especially in the UK), I have been struggling to find work for my company. I thought this was the best time to actually give my business idea Z a good shot.

One fine day, I decided to look for some help for my idea online so went on and Googled for “Entrepreneur support in London”. VentureGiant.com came up. I found a brilliant web site focused on finding investors for entrepreneurs – a unique platform where investors and entrepreneurs meet, entrepreneurs pitch with details of their business or business idea, investment required, return and other details like time required to break even, projections, industry etc and the facility to upload a video explaining the idea.

I immediately signed up and uploaded details of Z – my business idea that I knew will do amazingly well. I uploaded cash projections, investment required and other details that I thought were important to attract angel investors.

A couple of days later, I got my first enquiry from an Investor. But this was where I was stuck. VentureGiant.com demanded I pay 100GBP to view investor details and to be able to contact the investor. At this stage I wrote an email to VentureGiant.com explaining my cash situation. With hardly any money in the account, it was impossible to shell out that 100 quid for a “possible” enquiry.

Mr Tim Lancaster, Business Development Manager from VentureGiant.com replied back with a supportive email. I explained the scenario and proposed to pay if I find a suitable investor. The call to action was forwarded by Tim to Managing Director Mr Rishi Anand. Tim emailed me back saying “Mr Rishi Anand” will pay for you. “Wow! ” I thought, these guys are serious about finding me an investor.

I was quite surprised to be honest. Most of the other websites are hardly useful, and are aimed at making money, but VentureGiant.com is one site that actually believes in and tries hard to connect Entrepreneurs and Investors.

Although that particular enquiry didn’t convert into an investor, there was incredible knowledge gained.

I am very impressed with the team at VentureGiant.com – Mr Rishi Anand, Mr Tim Lancaster and others who are working to make the two ends meet. I wish them good luck with their venture. Thanks again guys, if you ever come to read this..

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VentureGiant.com – People like Rishi Anand (MD) and Tim Lancaster (Business Development Manager) at Venture Giant are working hard to help investors meet entrepreneurs

Have a business idea that you think Rocks?
Is the only thing holding you back money or investment?
Are you willing to share a pie of your business in return for cash to start or run your business?

All Yes’ ?
Go to VentureGiant.com from UK/US or VentureGiant.co.in from India.All the best!

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Barack Obama 30 minute TV ad worth $2 million. A Winner!

3 networks air Obama’s 30 minute commercial simultaneously before World Series baseball.

Barack Obama presidential election campaign short of 2 million dollars.

$2,000,000 well spent? You decide!

Barack Obama 30 minute advertisement
Barack Obama 30 minute advertisement

The infomercial started with soft music, pictures of farms, people waving the US flag and Barack Obama’s voice in the background talking about tough times the US economy has faced in recent times. “Despite the crisis, I still see optimism in American people”: Obama. Seemed like beginning of a classic patriotic movie.

We’ve seen over the last 8 years how decisions by an American president can have a profound effect on history and on American lives. I’ve traveled lengths of this country over the last 20 months. Michelle and I have met so many Americans who are looking for real and lasting change. These are American stories.. I’d like to introduce some of these people tonight.

This followed a case study on Rebecca Johnston – A woman dedicated to her family, with 4 children and a husband who couldn’t afford an operation, only to give their kids better education and cope with rising costs. How they manage within the limited resource, how they try to make ends meet, pay bills.. All this wasn’t a problem at one time, Rebecca Johnston recalls.. when mortgage rates were lower and perhaps also inflation. 

We measure the strength of our economy, not by the number of billionaires we have, or the profits of the fortune 500. Whether someone with a good idea can start a new business.. whether a waitress who sustains a living on tips can take a day off without the risk of losing her job. An economy the honours the dignity of work. 8 years of failed policy resulted in the worst state of ecomony since the great depression.

 Here’s what I’ll do as president (Part 1 – Economy plan):

  • Cut taxes for every family making less than $200,000.
  • Give businesses tax credit for every new employee they hire in the US over the next 2 years.
  • Eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. (Major impact on outsourcing)
  • Help home owners to pay their mortgages by freezing foreclosures for 90 days.
  • Provide low-cost loans to small businesses to hire more workers and keep their doors open.

Case Study 2: This again follows a clip where a gentleman who should’ve received 1500 dollars, ended up being paid just $379 per month when the company closed down. “Americans who are willing to work should be able to find a job that pays them enough to make a living, and retire respectfully with a decent pension” Barack Obama said.

Ohio governor Red Strickland, Kathleen Sebelius (Kansas governor), Deval Patrick (Massachussets governor) supported Barack’s tax cut, anti outsourcing policies.

Case Study 3: Larry Store and his wife Onida from Sardinia, Ohio, a couple with 6 children who owned their own house, looked forward to retirement, but Onida’s growing medical costs forced them to get a loan against their house. Larry, 72, despite retirement, had to start working again.

Here’s what I’ll do as president (part 2 – Energy Plan):

  • Invest 15 Billion dollars a year on energy efficiency, renewable sources of energy.
  • Create 5 million clean energy jobs in the next decade.
  • Create fuel efficient cars in America.
  • Give tax credit to buy fuel efficient cars.
  • Expand production of gas, coal and oil in the US to reduce dependence on Middle East.

Eric Schmidt (CEO – Google), Tim Kaine (Governor of Virginia) started off by endorsing Obama’s ideas as teh best for America.

Case Study 4: Juliana Sanchez is a widow with 2 children and a mortgage who has dedicated her life to giving good education to her children. With a day that starts very early, Juliana works 2 jobs and undergoes teacher training. All, just to provide good education to her 2 kids.

Every parent in America wants the same thing – Good education for their child. Responsibility for our children’s success doesn’t start in Washington, it starts in our homes. No education policy can replace a parent who’s involved in his child’s education from day 1, who makes sure children reach on time, helps with the child’s homework and attends the parent-teacher conferences. No government program can turn off the TV set, put away the video games or read to your children.

To show he personally understood and has faced similar hardships, there was a clip where Barack Obama said “I had met my father only once when I was 10. My mother used work fulltime, she used to wake me up 4:30am and we used to go through my lessons”. 

Here’s what I’ll do as president (part 3 – Education & Healthcare):

  • Tax credit to cover tuition at public colleges and universities in exchange for serving their community or country.
  • Improve Information technology for use in healthcare.
  • Provide coverage for preventive care and pre-existing conditions.
  • Lower healthcare costs for families at just $2500 a year.

Talking of healthcare, he talked about how his mother died of cancer so suddenly and how big a shock that was. Add to that video clips showed Obama with his two daughters and how he read all Harry Potters with them.

Dick Burbin (Senator Illinois), Claire McCaskill (senator Missouri), Joe Biden (senator Delaware) talked about Obama’s leadership skills.

Barack Obama then moved on to talking about Joe Biden. He has the best foreign policy experience, father lost his job, we share the sense of where the country needs to go. (Things we’ve heard before.)

Case Study 5: Mark and Melinda, who were both sacked from their jobs due to the economic crisis are struggling to make ends meet..

“I learnt from a very early age from my grand parents how important it is to defend liberty. ” Obama

Here’s what I’ll do as president (part 4 – Military and Defence):

  • Rebuild military to meet 21st century challenges.
  • Implement tough direct diplomacy to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, curb Russian aggression.
  • Focus on finishing the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afganistan.

John Adams, retired Brig. Gen. US Army supported Barack Obama’s presidency saying he has the capability to be tough and sensitive to the constitution and people at the same time.

Watch the entire 30 minutes of infomercial here :

(Cannot download on this site online. This can be downloaded only using Realplayer and going to Youtube at youtube.com)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
 

 Overall

In the 30 minute informercial, almost all case studies revolved around education, mortgages, retirement pension, and the war. As much as I liked and enjoyed those 30 minutes, I’ll have to say that the commercial could have covered much more. Rather than tax rebates to people for cars, small businesses, recruitment in the US, clean energy, I think what we need is tax free “private” education, which is expensive and the root cause of every modern middle class person’s financial struggle.

Overall, a very well planned and executed 30 minute infomercial that will have a big impact on his campiagn. Without naming Mccain, Palin or any opposition (to the contrary, there was a statement where Obama was quoted saying “We’re not republicans or democrats, we’re Americans”), Barack Obama has thrown a winner just days before the D day!

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Icesave is saved: British investors getting money back! I’m saved!

I heard on the grapevine that an ex-senior employee of the FSAcommented at a gathering last week that investors with money in Icesave would not be seeing their cash until February. I, having moved all my ISAs (i.e. my life savings) to the fab guaranteed interest rate ISAs offered by Icesave, in the last week of May 2008 was not impressed. What luck! Moneysavingexpert.com’s Martin had been singing the praises of Icesave and telling “moneysavers” (as he calls the readers) what the (low) risks were for months. I had done his money makeover: got the Halifax 0% interest credit card for a year, fixed my electricity rate, lowered my phone bill, switched my current account to Alliance & Leicester (now owned by Santander, one of the biggest banks in the world as they keep telling us in bold red writing for the last week – do they think that means anything after the carnage we’ve seen in the last month?… in fact doesn’t that just make them seem riskier?!) and. Where was I? Oh yes, I had moved three years worth of ISAs to Icesave. Only the sheer convenience of having my regular savings at hand in a Plussaver account attached to my Premier Direct Alliance and Leicester current account had stopped me from handing my life’s sweat and blood over to Icesave. Who’d have thought that the economy of Icelandic bank Icesave, infact Iceland as a whole, was not as solid as ice?

Thankfully I was in the U.S watching the Dow Jones nose dive when the collapse of Icesave was announced. And, having had enough of hearing about the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, I tuned out of the news for a few days on my return. So I didn’t find out about what had happened to Icesave until the British Government announced that it would be backing all British savers’ investments in the collapsed Icelandic bank and moving things forward to retrieve the funds as soon as possible. Of course, no doubt, this was helped heavily by the fact that a number of local councils had their cash stashed with Icesave, as did many charities. Which reminds me, can anyone tell me why a cat charity should have £50 million in savings? How many old cat loving spinsters did they have to knock off to build that stash?!

Anyway, harmony has been restored to my world (or savings at least) by the announcement on Friday 24th October that Icesave, the Icelandic Government (of bankrupt Iceland, which has been lent $2.5 billion by the IMF) and the British Government had reached agreement on the return of our dosh, and had promised to guarantee return upto £50,000. By 3 November investors will be hearing from the FSA (Financial Services Authority) or was it the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) regarding return of retail depositors money. Hopefully it’ll be a quick process involving online application for the return of your savings. For those of you who are thinking “what happens if one doesn’t have internet access?”, well (1) you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t and as you are, really, stop worrying about everyone else and (2) Icesave was mainly dealing with internet applications from retail savers so everyone affectedprobably has access. Speedy payout is promised, but what that means is your guess as much as mine. Hopefully with the FSA and FSCS involved it means payout before February, but that rumour I heard is still bothering me. I’m losing tax free interest on my savings as you read this! Good news is that (somehow) it will be ensured that the ISA status of ISAs with Icesave is retained. Sounds like an administrative nightmare to me.

Totally unfair on me and many other ex-Iceland fans that ING purchased Landesbanki and no one wanted Icesave. That’s the last time I’ll be putting my money in a country that melts away at the sign of financial trouble, let alone global warming! I mean, imagine, we could have woken up one day to news that Iceland had melted. What was I thinking back in May 2008, whistling away in the financial bubble?!

For further information go to: icesave.co.uk and http://www.fscs.org.uk/

<special thanks to guest writer CityWannabe on CafeArjun.com>