Dileep Rao, PhD, has been a financier for 23 years and has financed hundreds of businesses and real estate projects. In that time he has also founded four ventures and managed five turnarounds. He has consulted on new business development with Fortune 1000 corporations, including Medtronic and General Mills. An award-winning Professor of Entrepreneurship at Florida International University has also taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, INCAE (Costa Rica), and the University of Minnesota. Rao is the author of nationally acclaimed books that include: Business Financing: 25 Keys to Raising Money (NY Times Pocket MBA Series), Finance Any Business Intelligently, Handbook of Business Finance & Capital Sources (Co-Publisher: American Management Assn, NY), Bootstrap to Billions, Nothing Ventured, Everything Gained: How Entrepreneurs Create, Control & Retain Wealth Without Venture Capital. He is entrepreneurial Finance Columnist for Forbes.com and has two engineering degrees and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Minnesota.