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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup. Super Angels. Series-seed round.

An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth


William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot , the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Without growth you’re dead in the water.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs


The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup. Super Angels. Series-seed round.

The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? Should I trust my instincts for founders and products or should I be more focused on the market size or business plan?

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital. Regions are missing early-stage capital.

Early Stage Marketplace Investing


One of our Launch Capital staff, Ed Coady, pinged me the other day regarding marketplaces and asked me how does one find the next big marketplace startup at the seed stage. In stark contrast, there are practically no posts written on how to evaluate and pick the next big marketplace at early stage when there is no traction.

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

Early Growth Financial Services

Equally important, is an area many startup founders don’t always prioritize: choosing the right service providers and understanding the value they can bring, especially to an early-stage startup. Here are three of the most common: When … read more > Early Stages Startup Business

Primer On Funding Trends for Early-Stage Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups, the hard part for entrepreneurs is figuring out what it takes to play.

The two reasons early stage investors should be active investors

The Equity Kicker

Forgive me for that, but I do think we are in the vanguard of a trend towards ever more active investing. Uncategorized Venture Capital

Great Early Stage Startup Behaviors Limit Scaling

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors often say that successfully navigating the early stages of a startup requires lots of street smarts, guts, and luck.

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using. Although these startups are very diverse businesses themselves, they face similar requirements (especially in that they’re currently all in the seed to Series B range of company stage).

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? Should I trust my instincts for founders and products or should I be more focused on the market size or business plan?

The State Of The Early Stage Financing Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But I did read an interesting post by Semil Shah where he outlines what he thinks is going on in the early stage financing markets right now. He starts with this observation: Young founders are incredibly influenced by the online brands of certain investors. He deserves it and I don't.

The evolution of early stage investing in the UK

The Equity Kicker

could give lots of examples but perhaps the best is the way we work with solo-founders. It went up on their blog yesterday. _.

The 7 (mostly free) tools Product Hunt used to build its early-stage community

The Next Web

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7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between "seed-stage" and "early-stage" financing.

The Top 10 Sources of Early-Stage Money

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These investors are the most active financiers of early-stage startups. Well, there’s friends and family. million. Only 2.7

Does Crowdfunding Work for Early Stage Growth Companies?

VC Deal Lawyer

Here’s a message board response by one of the founders of Profounder in which they lay out the legal basis for what they are doing. 

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups. Data Collective has already made 46 investments from its first fund, which it calls “comparable with other seed and early stage funds” (Ocko and Bogue wouldn’t reveal fund size.). Startups. Mobile. Gadgets.

5 Secrets to Staffing an Early Stage Start-Up

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

To survive the "make it or break it" stage of launching a start-up, find someone who will work through the tough times. Hire a forecaster.

The Marketing Section For Early-Stage Investments

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

The marketing section is the most troublesome for many founders to write convincingly and should, in view of the significance venture investors pay to the issue, be the most carefully drafted. It is relatively easy to obtain industry statistics and divide by some number. For example

Connecting The Dots: Mergers Of Early-Stage Startups


Often times when I see two teams going after a very similar market opportunity I look at the founders and can easily envision a great combined team.

Early stage startups don’t need a perfect idea, they need a great thesis

The Equity Kicker

Investors are frequently asked what they look for in a good startup and most good ones answer “Great team, great product and great market” With early stage companies team is paramount because that’s just about all there is in the company. Later stage companies have the reverse situation.

Business Development for Early Stage Startups

This is going to be BIG.

If you’re a non-technical founder, while your team is building and refining your product, you’ve got to figure out what to do with your time. find that first time CEOs often find themselves doing two things, neither of which is productive. If you’re going to do product, do product. An example of a standard deal is the one that

Paying Yourself is Not a Reason to Raise Early Stage Funding

Instigator Blog

Paying yourself isn’t a good enough reason to justify raising early stage funding. Here’s a fairly common scenario for startup founders: Two or three people decide to start a company. Founders at an early stage have to pay themselves below market value. They quit their day jobs. Move faster.

The Truth About Early Stage Pre-Money Valuations

Ask the Angels

think there are three fundamental truths regarding the valuation of early stage businesses by potential investors: The first is that a pre-money valuation is ultimately an outcome of negotiation , rather than a mathematical calculation of discounted cash flow or any other metric of potential company performance. By Al Schneider.

Should founders get Stock Options?


Founders often ask me whether they should be asking for stock options in their own company. The Early Days. Early vs. Growth Stage Comp.

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Founders furiously work their networks, post open positions on every reasonable-looking job board, and hope to quickly start hiring.

International Early-Stage Startup Program In Spain


Eligible start-ups should be at an early stage and focusing on the Internet. Then Spanish Village is a program for you.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

After angels, larger venture firms are probably next in terms of how variable they are when reacting to seed pricing asks by founders. ”).

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Now comes the reality check.

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AngelList Syndicates: Why Pooling Resources Is Good for Early Stage Investing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It’s an innovative, new method for early investing that affects the way companies can get funded. for syndicates.

What Is a SAFE? A Closer Look at The Simple Agreement for Future Equity

Early Growth Financial Services

SAFEs usually appear around the seed stage of funding, as it gives founders the chance to raise funding without having to begin the process of setting a valuation or issuing convertible notes. Convertible debt is a staple in startup funding. But sometimes the complexity and costs outweigh the benefits.

When Founders Leave


They say that the co-founder relationship is like a marriage. The Founder Pre-Nup. Founders are initially resistant to this.

How to design a Board of Directors

Scalable Startup

There was an article recently in VentureBeat about how much control the startup CEO founder has over his/her board of directors. Unfortunately, this actually isn’t true in most cases, especially for first time founders, for many reasons. Founder/CEO. 2. at least one Co-Founder. 3. How to design a board of directors.

Vision versus Hallucination – Founders and Pivots

Steve Blank

A founder’s skill is knowing how to recognize new patterns and to pivot on a dime. Pivot a Week. ” Pivot as an excuse. Lessons Learned.

What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking

Steve Blank

To most founders a  startup is not a job, but a calling. What does this mean for startup founders? Here’s the thing most founders miss.

What happens when a company is acquired for less money than it raised in funding?


In many, if not most, seed and early stage funding scenarios, the investments are structured in LIFO order: Last In, First Out.

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# So embedded is this conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley that it feels like heresy to even question it. It’s Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. Hire your co-founder. Truly treat them like a co-founder.