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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.

Value Inflection Points for Seed-Stage Startups

View from Seed

Often, when I speak to very early-stage founders, the conversation around value focuses on achievements. Get three paying customers.

Introducing the New-Look NextView + Seed-Stage Startup Platform

View from Seed

We asked ourselves, “How do we offer something that founders want, and in fact, something that we’d want ourselves if we were raising our first round of seed funding?” We believed that our investment strategy, decision-making, internal practices, LPs, and other details flowed out of that first question. – We are seed investors.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

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

Startup PR: A Journalist’s Advice for Seed-Stage Companies Seeking Press Coverage

View from Seed

That said, coverage is important, and early-stage companies would be wise to work with local press in addition to national. Below,

Should Seed-Stage VCs Pay Up for Great Teams or Great Traction?

View from Seed

“As a seed-stage investor, should you pay up for team or traction?” I appeared first on The View From Seed

Accidental VC: How Much Does Design Matter for Seed-Stage Startups?

View from Seed

” So it’s no wonder that one aspect of an early-stage startup’s existence can be perpetually up for debate: their graphic design.

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.

Unusual Rounds of Early-Stage Funding & What to Know

Genuine VC

This is an excerpt from the original post, found on NextView’s blog,  The View From Seed , launched this week. Find As the VC seed market has institutionalized, especially over the past five years, there has emerged a  prototypical seed round  profile: $1M-$1.5M Find the original post  here.

Competition and Leadership in Seed Stage Investing

Rob Go

Seed stage investing has developed significantly over the past 7 years that I’ve been in VC. It’d pretty standard for entrepreneurs to contemplate raising an “institutional seed round” prior to approaching VC’s for series A rounds. Many have said that the institutional seed is the new series A.

Early Stage Marketplace Investing

Dshen

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.

Answers to 10 Critical Questions for Seed-Stage Startups [SlideShare]

View from Seed

In the last six months, we’ve been asked and answered several key questions about seed-stage startups and raising seed capital.

Why Reporters Ignore Your Seed-Stage Startup Pitches, And How to Fix That

View from Seed

Even if you’re in the pre-revenue, pre-seed or seed stage, there are still ways to get on a reporter’s radar. The irony hurts.

How valuations are really determined at the seed stage?

Hippoland

Valuation is a nebulous topic amongst early stage startups, so I thought I’d really spell it out in detail.   In short: Valuations for seed stage companies are fairly arbitrary and driven solely by supply and demand. Supply - amount of your round and Demand - investor demand. 2008-2009 was a terrible time to raise money.

Seed Stage VCs Compete With One Another But Not How You Imagine

Hunter Walker

Folks who aren’t in the trenches of early stage investing often assume that this sheer volume makes “competition” my #1 worry. In my worldview there are ~10 seed funds that focus exclusively on this stage of company, in areas we’re interested in and also credibly seek to lead rounds. Why? 1.

How long will the “seed stage bubble” last?

andrewchen.co

How long will the “seed stage bubble” last? @andrewchen. Read what Im reading · Featured essays. Thanks, and enjoy!

The Changing Attitude Towards Boards at Seed Stage Startups

Hunter Walker

I was excited to recently see YC President Sam Altman evangelize for adding an investor or outside Director to a seed stage startup. At Homebrew we agree 100% , even in the face of some investors and founders being suspicious of board involvement early in a company’s existence.

Goodbye Party Round, Hello Piggy Round: Should Seed Stage Founders Raise From Just a Single Investor?

Hunter Walker

It was easier to just discuss privately with other investors, but Jason Calacanis tweeted this morning about VCs trying to take entire seed rounds , and so, here it goes. In order to go after them, they need to head earlier into seed. You weren’t supposed to be reading this blog post. No one tweeted about it.

US, European and Asian entrepreneurs: SparkLabs launched a $30m seed-stage fund just for you

The Next Web

There aren’t a tonne of funds focused on seed-stage funding worldwide, but we can add a new one to the list today. 

The Changing Exit Environment for Early Stage Companies

Angel Investing News

In the “good old days,” angels invested in seed-stage startups and teed up promising companies for subsequent venture capital financing.  If the company was successful, this quickly led to an IPO – a very happy ending for the entrepreneur, the angels and the venture capitalists.  My, my…how the world has changed.

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.

Seed-Stage Startups: Beware the “Stickiness Squeeze”

View from Seed

Paying current rates is a lot easier to do on a $3 million seed round. It’s very different with a $1 million seed round. Believe me, I raised that $1 million seed round in 2009 and we never would have made it at these prices. These two costs suck up a lot of the money in an early stage company. Finally! Oy vey.

Seed stage investment bubble?

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Is there a bubble in seed stage investing? Eye popping headlines, but the reality of seed stage investing is very different. Twitter, Facebook, and Groupon are not seed stage investments. Seed stage investing is down from previous years. How are seed stage vauations determined?

What Are Pre-Seed Rounds and Why Do They Exist?

View from Seed

This is the first of several blog posts discussing pre-seed rounds. What Caused the Rise in Pre-Seed Rounds? Tweet this.).

The Importance of Revenue is Back - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

Back in 2009, shortly after the 2008 crash, I wrote The Importance of Revenue at Early Stage, Now More Than Ever. 2.Valuations for startups still hang around $6-10M cap or pre-money at early stage for the hotter deals, sometimes even higher. The Web and the World of Business. Archives. Other Blogs. Search. This is smart.

What Early-Stage Investors Hate The Most

Mark Birch

Coupled with an founder not doing research on the focus of the investor’s investments are the thing(s) that early-stage investors hate the most.

Are True Early Stage Investors an Endangered Species?

VC Deal Lawyer

I think we can all agree that early stage investing has changed significantly over the past 10 years and I don’t see it reversing any time soon.  This gap straddles two stages of financing - seed stage and early stage.  This early stage gap is a problem that desperately needs a solution. 

Apparently, Early Stage Investors Aren’t Endangered – Quite The Contrary!

VC Deal Lawyer

You may recall my earlier post from a few weeks ago entitled “ Are True Early Stage Investors An Endangered Species? The Buzz on Angel and Seed Investing Continues  (Brad Feld). Thoughts on the Seed Fund Phenomenon (Fred Wilson). The Rush to Early Stage Seed. super-angel fund. John Boyd).

The State of Early Stage in March 2014

Dshen

They wanted me to talk to them about the state of startup investing, and I chose to present on the state of early stage investing, the area where I do most of my work. The going rate for seed stage startups is generally $5-6M cap on a note, or pre-money, with jumps up to $8-12M. Each day, more and more investors emerge.

Say Hello to the New Way of Raising Money

UC Berkeley

by Morten Lund, repeat entrepreneur based in Denmark, the chairman of LundXO and Tradeshift, and a prolific seed-stage investor. Whenever I talk with entrepreneurs in the U.S., I hear about one of the exciting new ways of raising early stage investment dollars: Kickstarter, AngelList, Y-Combinator, and the list goes on.

Flowchart: How a Seed VC Makes Investment Decisions

View from Seed

Does the capability of the founding team map well to what’s needed to succeed in the early stages of the business?

First Half of 2011 Showed Boost in Later Stage VC Deals in Israel

VC Cafe

Seed stage investments are down almost by half, accounting for 3% of investments in the first half of 2011, compared to 5% last year.

Some Thoughts On Seed Investing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have made six investments in it so far and five of them are seed investments. But it is a bit of a return to form for USV as half of the initial investments in our first fund (USV 2004) were made at the seed stage. When the later stage rounds are too expensive on a risk/reward basis, we tend to move earlier.

How Can This Be A Billion Dollar Company?

Feld Thoughts

wish he had called it “This Unicorn Thing Is B t For Early Stage Investing” but I think he’s a little more restrained than I am.

Early stage technology investing - analysis

VentureWoods

Interesting discussion here on issues around early stage technology investing in India. That data led us to believe that the case for stage diversification is far stronger than sector diversification. The success rate on pre-revenue early stage investments (call them seed) seems very low, in the 15-25% zone.

CMO CTO COO Equity and Compensation

SoCal CTO

I was just asked about a particular startup situation (seed stage, CMO hire, non-founder) and particularly what compensation and equity is appropriate.

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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

Probably the most price-sensitive seed investors I know are sophisticated individual angel investors. appeared first on The View From Seed

Introducing Traction, the NextView Podcast: Creative Ways Startups Find Results Against the Odds

View from Seed

On the show, we’ll explore and share the stories of all the creative, unusual, and clever ways that entrepreneurs find early results.

Fearless (Baseless) Predictions for 2014

Mucker Lab

Huge funding gap appears for seed stage companies as seed stage VC firms look for series A traction and accelerators look for seed stage traction.

How To Match Your Startup Stage To Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

The key is understanding how potential investors see you, and especially how they view the maturity stage of your startup. Congratulations!