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How To Raise Seed Money Right (And Wrong)

YoungUpstarts

need to admit to a personal bias right up front: I am not the biggest fan of borrowing seed money. DO Raise Seed Money Through Sales.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

Startup Professionals Musings

In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. Professional help costs money.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

Gust

In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. But before you conclude that your funding problems are solved with grants, you should consider the direct and indirect costs of grant funding: Grant applications are bureaucratic. Professional help costs money.

What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now

Version One Ventures

The ability to raise money no longer determines one’s fate. With lowered costs to build and run websites, acquire and retain users, virtually anybody can pick up coding and start a tech company. More money is flowing in from a new crop of angels, newly wealthy from a number of tech IPOs. Is your opportunity at least $100M?

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

Lately I’ve been having to say things I thought I’d never have to remind people, like, “getting to positive gross margin in several territories is a very low bar to claim success” or “profitable excluding marketing costs” is not actually a real thing. ” when often that’s a stupid comment. Think.

Mile-High disruption: Why Denver should be on your tech radar next year

The Next Web

Stuart Wall, CEO of Signpost , a local advertising platform funded by Spark Capital and Google Ventures. quality of life that beats Silicon Valley’s.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

Being profitable allows you degrees of freedom you don’t have when you rely upon other people’s money. Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) =.

2009 VC Fundraising Strategy

Startup Economy

Tags: Investment Seed money business model venture capital early stage

Seed and Later Investments for Startups are Booming

Startup Professionals Musings

Seed investments” are early stage financings (typically less than $1.5 Seeded companies will take longer to raise a next round.

No Plan Survives First Contact With Customers – Business Plans versus Business Models

Steve Blank

We thought we’d take our plan and go raise seed money. We can’t raise money knowing our plan is wrong.”. Now he had my attention.

7 Things You Should Know About Angel Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You have more opportunities than ever before to raise seed financing. Here''s what you need to understand first. ventures in 2011.

Warby Parker of Shoes? Meet Beckett Simonon

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Using just $2,000 in seed money generated from Hasso, the company produced its first batch of inventory--1,000 pairs of shoes.

How To Get Started in Affiliate Marketing With No Money

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

A number of months ago, a reader requested that I write a post on how people can get started in affiliate marketing with little to no money, including not having a credit card. I put it on my list of blog topics to write about and now finally have time to address it. The bigger ticket items such as tracking software will be one-time costs.

3 Reasons Not to Crowdfund

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It’s better to ask the hard questions before you’ve burned through a year of your life and $100k of other people’s money. 2.

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10 Reasons Why Capital Shouldn't Make Or Break Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Having no money can help you plan. Being polite and doing diligent work costs you nothing. You get to call the shots. Or not.

Why the Series A Crunch Might Be a Good Thing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In 2012, Rust and co-founder Garrett Johnson raised $2 million in seed funding in two weeks. million in seed funding in 2011 and 2012.

The best advice startups will never follow

Berkonomics

Let me tell you a few short hair-raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later.  Starting up Raising money

5 Reasons To Use Your Personal Credit Card For Business Expenses

YoungUpstarts

This could come in very handy when you need seed money or need to make several large purchases at once. Better Interest Rates.

Why LA Is the New, Hot Place to Launch

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

“There are capital efficiencies in the market that have brought down the cost of creating a start-up,” he says. link].

Where to Get Feedback on Your Business Pitch

Up and Running

They ended up with a nice pitch, and approximately $300K in seed money.”. No, really. Check out #9. You’ve prepared a great pitch.

Life As A Startup Consultant

Seed Stage Capital

If you want to optimize your life for money, you should pursue a path in traditional consulting (BCG, McKinsey) or in investment banking.

Getting a Micro Loan Just Got Easier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The bill would create jobs, Maloney said, by using federal grants to help private investors loan money to entrepreneurs. Watch a video here.)

Let’s Tax the Boy Scouts

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

One must have at least seed money, or more, to get a start-up going. Credit Unions are more like James Stewart than Henry Potter.

Can This Start-up Shake up the Art World?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The company rents great art to customers, with an ever updated selection of new works—at a fraction of the cost to purchase. Artify.it

Why It's Critical to Think Big

Growthink Blog

You don't need a million dollar advertising budget, but you should have some seed money to get your business and its marketing campaign off the ground.

D-Wave's Dream Machine

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Farris had thrown Rose a few thousand dollars in seed money, and they raised half a million (Canadian) from local angels. DFJ led a $7.1

The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

YoungUpstarts

Startups need to understand how to manage the seed money they receive from investors and VCs. ” The Cost of Financing.

Disruption Comes (Finally!) to Commercial Real Estate

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What Freedman does not want to get out of these meetings is the one thing most people seem to think he wants: money. Freedman winced. Bingo.

The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?

pandodaily.com

We know this: As many as a thousand companies who’ve received seed rounds won’t be around in a year — maybe six months. Video.

No Capital? No Problem. What You Get For Free Is Priceless

OnStartups

Using only your own money means you can grow at your own pace as your business has the resources to handle it. No Capital? No Problem.

VCs in seed clothing: Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, and Naval Ravikant interviewed

Venture Hacks

The topic was VC signaling in seed rounds — and how these signals help or hurt your ability to raise money in the next round. Outline.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

If a company has reached a level of success, has been around for a few years and you believe the company has potential to break out into a much bigger company then you should let the founders take money off of the table.  It’s that simple. Not FU money, but “feed the family&# money. Only then are you truly aligned.

The Future of Web Startups

www.paulgraham.com

Plus in a startup you could make much more money. This is a problem for founders, because it makes raising money take longer and cost more in legal fees. Back when it cost a lot to start a startup, you had to convince investors to let you do it. Seed funding isnt regional, just as big research universities arent.

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Funding, dealflow and startup traction from Latvia: October

ArcticStartup

Prize money & Awards. In addition to the status, BuyerDeck also received £25,000 prize money. The startup received €2,000 prize money.

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How to Fund a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

typical startup goes throughseveral rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take justenough money to reach the speed where you can shift into the nextgear. At Viaweb we got our first $10,000 ofseed money from our friend Julian, but he was sufficiently richthat its hard to say whether he should be classified as a friendor angel.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

Both Sides of the Table

Too much money flowed into VC in the past 10 years and it brought in too many people who became VCs for the wrong reason. Gus has been amazing.

How to find funding for your hardware startup while we’re waiting for the hardware revolution

Version One Ventures

Hardware requires time, money, and inventory. hardware (Photo credit: alorenzi). De-risk your startup as much as possible. Related articles.

Understanding a VC’s Seed Funding Policy is Critical

Both Sides of the Table

There has been much discussion about VCs doing seed funding in the past year.  I’ve written about it myself (Is VC Seed Funding Dead?)

A Compilation of the Web's Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

Platforms and Networks

skip to main | skip to sidebar Platforms and Networks Thoughts about platforms, network effects and entrepreneurship Wednesday, November 25, 2009 A Compilation of the Webs Best Advice for Entrepreneurs Below, I link to blog posts and other online resources that offer advice for entrepreneurs. Great list. Tom, well done - solid list. Nice list.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

Both Sides of the Table

He wanted to raise angel money. You need the whole package. Few people have it. Appetite for risk. Entrepreneurs are inherently risk takers.