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September 1, 2023

Wellist Founder Ashley Reid On The Importance Of Perspective

By Adam Burroughs

Wellist Founder and CEO Ashley Reid discusses growing into the company's national presence, what outside board seats have taught her about running her own business and the evolution of the company's fundraising.

June 29, 2023

Funding To Cross The Valley of Death

In 1985, Sanjiv Singh worked on the first autonomous ground vehicles to operate outdoors. By 2010, he led a team that demonstrated the first autonomous full-scale helicopter flight. Now he's with Near

February 10, 2023

Avoid Just-In-Time Raises By Planning Ahead

IRA record keeping and technology solutions provider IRALOGIX has raised an $11 million expansion of its Series B in 2021 and $22 million Series C in 2022. Founding Partner Joe Hipsky spoke on the Smart Business Dealmakers Podcast about those raises and some things, looking back, he might do differently.

November 4, 2022

Pitch perfect: The need for newbie entrepreneurs to improve their talk track

Project Olympus' Kit Needham on the areas where fist-time entrepreneurs stumble when seeking their earliest funding rounds.

May 19, 2022

When to incorporate investor feedback and when to ignore it

Co-Pilot Co-founder and CEO Matt Spettel on launching the company, what he learned through fundraising, and what it's like going through a rebrand when investors are involved.

August 28, 2019

How Krystal Biotech went from founding to IPO in 18 months

CEO Krish Krishnan is an experienced biotech executive. But even he didn’t expect to go from self-funding Krystal Biotech to IPO in 18 months.

May 28, 2019

How to set up the right capital structure for each acquisition

Andrew Wiechkoske has never had the unfortunate experience of having a deal fall apart at or near the finish line, even though he’s worked at PNC since 2008 and completed more than $1 billion

October 25, 2018

A look into the wild world of raising capital

Three dealmakers with different experiences raising capital came together in a panel discussion at ASPIRE 2018 to discuss the ins and outs of funding.

June 25, 2018

A look at the Pittsburgh environment for raising capital

Four of Pittsburgh’s prominent business leaders share their experiences on the front lines of M&A in an environment of rising valuations. The higher prices are being driven in part by private equity-backed portfolio companies that buy strategically and do add-ons to other deals, as well as family offices with money to spend and a will to do direct acquisitions.