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Prepare To Invest Personally


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Sohrab Voussoughi, founder of Ziba Design, started his company with $400, a wife who agreed they could cut their personal expenses and a good idea where he would get his first job.

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Put Your Own Skin in the Game

3:37   Play Now Each of these business put their own money on the line!  We begin with Joe Fergus (COMTek) who used his personal savings to launch his business and nearly ran out of cash before he made his first sale. We also hear from Mark Gross (Oak Grove Technologies) and Jodi Johnson (Oberon)

Invest Sweat and All Your Cash

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Put All Of Your Skin In The Game

1:31  Play Now We mean put all of your money and all of your heart into your idea because you set the tone for future investors. No one will invest in your idea if you have not already done so. Next you have to use the cash to provide the tools needed to achieve perfection.

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Andy Murstein of Medallion Financial had a great story and results that convinced Wall Street to invest and reinvest in his business.