My potential investor wants a 90% stake in my start-up

4:48PM | Thursday, 12 April 2012 |  Your current potential investor is clearly either trying to take advantage of your requirements for capital or has little idea about the issues surrounding founder motivation.

Do investors keep an eye on ideas they’ve rejected?

3:27PM | Thursday, 1 March 2012 |  The crucial detail is whether they say “no”, “yes”, or “come back in a while” when you first pitch your idea.

How hands-off is a “hands-off” investor?

2:43AM | Friday, 24 February 2012 |  Before you sign anything, make sure your investor explains what they mean by “hands-off” in writing.

Do Australian investors keep a close eye on start-ups?

11:59PM | Wednesday, 30 November 2011 |  Australian investors do keep a close eye on starts-ups, just like American investors do. The question is: are you doing enough to impress them?

Incubate or incubust

11:53PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  Are mentor-driven incubators just a flash in the pan for both entrepreneurs and investors?

How would you rank the importance of what an investor looks for?

11:58PM | Monday, 21 November 2011 |  This question belies a common myth: that all investors are somehow identical, and want the same things, in the same order. This is just not true.

1300 Record dials up $1.5 million in funding

11:02PM | Thursday, 17 November 2011 |  Cloud-based start-up 1300 Record has scooped $1.5 million in funding, with the money set to be used to fuel the growth of the business into Asian markets.

10 buzz phrases your start-up should never use

11:54PM | Thursday, 17 November 2011 |  Start-ups from all industries should be reminded of the need to keep language clear and simple, to avoid alienating investors and customers. With this in mind, here are the 10 phrases you should think very carefully about before uttering.

Web start-up The Loop snares $2 million investment ahead of UK expansion

11:29PM | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 |  Sydney-based web start-up The Loop has secured $2 million investment ahead of an ambitious global expansion plan that will kick off with a roll out in the UK.

I'm struggling to get money from the bank or an investor. Now what?

11:44PM | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 |  Unfortunately, the finance market is very tight. As one business banker recently told me, it is like they have turned the tap off.