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Predicting the Success of a Startup


How do you predict the success of a new company? One approach is to look at the amount of money its founders have raised from venture capitalists and other equity investors. To get a sense of what the VC community thinks is promising right now, you can check out our slide show profiling a selection of seed and early-stage companies that received the most investment over the past four quarters.

Of course, the ability to land funding is just one indicator a startup’s potential for success. And these days, it’s obviously hard to raise money in either equity or debt form, with little expectation things will get better any time soon. So I’d like to hear about the other factors you use to weigh whether or not a new venture will make it. Let me know in the comments section below.


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