11/28/2011

While you might worry that potential investors will steal your business plan, the truth is most are content to provide financing and let you do the work, Susan Schreter writes. To help protect your ideas, start by sending an executive summary instead of sensitive documents when looking for investors, and research the companies a venture capital fund is involved with. "Do any of these companies have similar technology or market goals as you? Be wary if they do," she writes.

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