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Dealing with an Offer

Sometimes, convincing a prospect to buy your product isn’t the hard part – structuring the deal is. Take Jim, a software developer who wrote a small program that he was selling for a modest fee via his website and through direct sales. A company contacted him after using his application to find out if they […]

Upsell Your Investors

When Anna Kats came on the Den looking for an investment in her snack business, she already knew what kind of deal she wanted. There was one particular Dragon she had her eye on, and what the terms of that deal would have to include. Tasty Cheese manufactures healthy snacks from cottage cheese and chocolate, […]

Think About Boxes from Inside the Box

It’s a rare occurance on Dragons’ Den when an entrepreneur arrives with a valuation that is reasonable and a business worth investing in. This week, that happened, and perhaps there’s a reason why these entrepreneurs succeeded where many others have failed. Bryan McCrea, Channing McCorriston and Evan Willoughby came pitching their business, 3twenty Solutions, which […]

Asking for a Deal

I’ve been working in software development for a few years, building anything from custom scripting to full-blown enterprise level applications. Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of people, and have managed to identify what I, at least, would consider my ideal client. The work I do is not always […]

Negotiating a Raise

Many employees, having put in their time working at a perceived discount rate, begin to mull the possibility of getting a raise. The thought process involved often involves self-justification in terms of what they deserve or are entitled to. The walk to the decision-maker and subsequent bursting of the balloon leaves them upset, perhaps to […]

Get Some Skin in the Game

There’s a fairly well known rule in propositioning to potential investors – make sure you have some personal investment in the business or you risk losing all interest up front. The reason for this is fairly simple – the investor wants to see that you believe in the idea enough to take some risk before […]