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Jerry W. Thomas, President & CEO, Decision Analyst

It’s surely un-American to question the huge flows of investment money flooding into technology firms and high-tech startups. After all, it seems like all of these high-tech investments would stimulate a high rate of economic growth in the U.S.

True, some of these investments have created spectacular companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook), and some of these investments have earned fortunes for their masters and their investors.

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Gary Carmell, President, CWS Capital Partners

Kierkegaard said that “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.” My book, The Philosophical Investor - Transforming Wisdom into Wealth chronicles the lessons learned in a nearly 30 year journey in the world of investing and in life.  Learning from others and ourselves is at the heart of being a Philosophical Investor so that we can avoid catastrophic failures and take advantage of life-changing opportunities. Here are the key themes.

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Ariel Hyatt, founder, Cyber PR

Crowdfunding has now solidly hit the mainstream. There are now over 500 crowdfunding platforms to choose from and according to an article in entrepreneur.com it helped add $65 billion to the global economy in 2014.

My own crowdfunding campaign made such an impact on my business that I added crowdfunding coaching to the suite of services my agency offers. I have since coached dozens of clients over the finish line. Here are my top 5 tips for those who are looking into crowdfunding for their business.

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MJ Gottlieb, Author, How to Ruin a Business Without Really Trying

Most start-ups need to secure a small initial investment (seed capital) in order to have the resources in place to get their companies off the ground. Many get their seed capital in the form of ‘friends and family money’ which I think is always a very good idea for a few reasons. One, because seed money is normally too small to entice a more sophisticated investor to get involved, and secondly, you have a much better chance of securing an investment from people who are already routing for your success.

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Fiona Brophy, Partner, Perkins Coie

There was much fanfare around the passing of the JOBS Act, especially around the relaxation of the securities laws with respect to the use of “general solicitations.”  Notwithstanding the excitement in the blogosphere, the revised rules also come with some hidden costs that CEOs should be aware of and that make using a “general solicitation” in fundraising less attractive.

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