Philip Alexander


Is age a big issue for investors?

12:24PM | Friday, 2 December 2011 |  Use your youthful passion and drive as an advantage, and reassure potential investors with your willingness to seek counsel from good people around you.

How can I confirm a potential investor’s experience with start-ups?

2:00AM | Monday, 25 February 2013 |  As with any major recruitment decision, you must perform due diligence on your potential investor.

Are there any particular investor questions I should prepare for?

10:13PM | Monday, 24 October 2011 |  Investors’ potential questions are a good roadmap for how you should present your business opportunity.

I am starting a green tech business but have little experience in the sector. Will investors care?

9:11PM | Wednesday, 21 September 2011 |  You have identified a critical issue for investors – do they back the jockey or the horse?

How do I value my contribution in a joint venture arrangement?

8:01PM | Thursday, 25 August 2011 |  The key to any successful JV is ensuring that the partners have an aligned strategy and a clear agreement on roles and responsibilities.

Are there any areas that investors just won’t touch at the moment?

7:13PM | Tuesday, 19 July 2011 |  Investors in start-ups are wary of risk, uncertainty and slow growth. If your business plan does not answer or solve these issues, you may not attract funding.

How far advanced should my ‘end game’ be when negotiating with an investor?

6:05AM | Tuesday, 21 June 2011 |  If you are an early stage or high growth company it is very difficult to forecast how and when you will exit the business.

What skills and experience should I be looking for in an advisor?

3:47AM | Friday, 18 March 2011 |  Your advisory board member should ideally add more than assurances to potential investors. They should also bring connections, customers, industry expertise, and a path to exit.

I need capital to grow my business but my most promising investor wants a large slice of the company. What should I do?

2:12PM | Monday, 28 February 2011 |  Your investor should ideally add more than capital to your business. They should bring connections, customers, industry expertise, and a path to exit.