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Startup Revenue Milestones

K9 Ventures

In my discussions with K9 portfolio founders about scaling revenue, I very often end up drawing the same picture: $0/month. Was price an issue?

Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later

Feld Thoughts

If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now. The tone of the advice is fine, but it creates a total mess if you follow it without pondering the implications as you actually start to scale up revenue and expenses. This is not a CFO.

We Will Never Need Another Financing

Feld Thoughts

“We will never need another financing.” ” “This financing will get us to cash flow breakeven.” ” “This is our last financing before we become profitable.” “This is the last financing we’ll ever need” is the lead in statement. Well – almost no money.

What Seed Financing Is For

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Marc Andreessen posted a tweetstorm last week and he talked about how to think about seed financings and how they lead into Series A and Series B rounds. think that’s what seed financing should be used for. The third step you need to climb is to scale that team and ramp revenues and take the market. Both work. It is risky.

Non Recurring Revenue Businesses

Rob Go

I’ve been thinking a little about non-recurring revenue businesses. Non-recurring revenue businesses might consume less cash to grow.

Should Entrepreneurs Grow Revenue Or User Count?

Startup Professionals Musings

Some analysts argue that revenue drives growth, while others say user growth drives revenue. entrepreneur revenue startup user count

Mentors, Revenue Based Financing, and Misperceptions About Venture Capital

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) has his normal MBA Mondays series with a guest post from Andy Sack titled Revenue Based Financing.  It’s an advertorial for Andy’s firm Lighter Capital  but is a really good explanation of how revenue based financing works. Today, we have three great ones.

SayAhh’s Revenue Projections

Feld Thoughts

The co-founders decided to divide-and-conquer, with Dick tackling expense projections and Jane tackling revenue projections. Jane asked Josh, who provided SayAhh with solid advice on setting up their accounting systems , for help in creating the revenue side of their financial forecast. That’s what you should be doing.

From Zero To $1 Million In Revenue: 16 Startup Lessons We Learned

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at key lessons we learned growing from zero to $1 million in revenue. Launch Finance money starting a business startup lessons

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.

AppDirect Is Hiring After Closing a $50 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

Many of our portfolio companies are those types of cloud services and the ecosystems that AppDirect powers can help them get to market faster, reach more users, and drive more revenue. The post AppDirect Is Hiring After Closing a $50 Million Financing appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Investments appdirect Jobs standing cloud

5 tips to getting small business financing

Up and Running

It’s no secret that small businesses can have a hard time getting financing. If possible, have a business plan that you can show financers.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Seed-stage means promising companies that don’t yet have a revenue stream, and may not yet have a proof of concept. Super Angels. Lean startup.

Sizing Option Pools In Connection With Financings

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

What I like to do, as I mentioned in the post I linked to, is agree with the entrepreneur that the option pool will have enough unissued options to fund all the hiring and retention grants that need to happen between the current financing and the next one. Then we'll do the same thing at the time of the next financing.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs


Seed-stage means promising companies that don’t yet have a revenue stream, and may not yet have a proof of concept. Super Angels. Lean startup.

Revenue exceptionalism vs margin exceptionalism

Chris Dixon

Three years ago, Fred Wilson wrote a great blog post called  When Talking About Business Models, Remember that Profits Equal Revenues Minus Costs. Most recent successful tech companies seem to have chosen the former: growing revenues at the expense of margins. Fast revenue growth seems to be the best way to justify your valuation.

Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

billion to work across 738 financing deals with U.S. entrepreneurs startups revenue stream venture capital businessstartups.

Investors shouldn’t finance races to the bottom

The Equity Kicker

We have become very efficient at creating super fast growth companies with low or non-existent potential profitability from their existing revenue models. As Bill Gurley wrote recently : it is materially easier to take a company to substantial revenue if you generously relax the constraint of profitability. Venture Capital

SayAhh’s Revenue Projections

Feld Thoughts

While Jane was building SayAhh’s revenue projections , Dick focused his attention on building the expense side of the projections. It is simple in that it forecasts how much cash will be coming in the door (revenues + equity financing + debt financing) and then subtracts from that amount how much cash is expected to be going out the door.

Little Data – Insurance, finance and digital footprints

Start Up Blog

This means that in a data driven economy, areas that previously did not affect insurance and finance industries are starting to.

What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now

Version One Ventures

Any entrepreneur trying to navigate the financing landscape should be aware of the over-abundance of angel money compared with subsequent rounds. If not, revenue from your customers will be your best source of financing. The ability to raise money no longer determines one’s fate. But this boom landscape might change soon.

Convertible Debt: Worst Form Of Seed Financing — Except For All The Others


How to finance a new seed-stage startup? Equity? Convertible debt? Convertible equity? How can this possibly make sense?

Your Blog as a Startup: Tips to Manage Your Finances and Make Money Blogging

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Just as important, they need to manage their finances in order to thrive in the long term. Tips to Help Bloggers Manage Their Finances.

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5 Critical Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know about Managing Their Company's Finances.

Small Business Force

Follow the "gospel of cash flow" and it starts with revenue generation. This is more than just revenue or expense. What are yours? 4.

10 More Creative Ways to Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus “creative” really means maximizing non-bank financing. Here are ten top sources from Karlene, and my own experience: Personal financing.

How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

Up and Running

Two, revenue. If a small business generally runs their business off invoices perhaps they want to look into invoice financing. John K.

Revenue Compression

Start Up Blog

When chasing new business in startup land or any business for that matter, the time to revenue is more important than the amount or revenue. But before I choose, the questions I usually ask myself include: How long will it take to get the revenue? And the reason that they are better is that the revenue is compressed.

$1 Billion in Revenue, 10,000 Clients and 1 Attribute The Drove It All

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Matt Manero, CEO of Commercial Fleet Financing, shares the one attribute that has consistently driven his past 22 years of growth and success

What is the Appropriate Time Horizon of a Financial Model for VC’s

Ask The VC

Early and pre-revenue:  Investors are going to be most interested in your near term burn rate and how long their money is going to last. Recognize that your revenue is totally speculative so the “base case” is going to be zero revenue. Fundraising burn rate gross margin plan projections revenue vc

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Non-dilutive Financing Through Revenue Sharing


For a more elaborate explanation of the deal, please read my blog post 1M/1M: Alternative Financing For Startups Using A Sales Channel Partner.

Your Startup's Revenue Projections Are Wrong

VC Whisperer

People often ask me:"Paul, what should our revenue projections look like to attract venture capital?"I entrepreneur startup money finance VC venture capital revenuebelieve there is no good answer to that question. There’s no “right” projected number that makes us all want to throw money at a startup.

Fundraising 2016 – Control Your Destiny

Feld Thoughts

We’ve already heard lots of predictions about the late stage financing market, tech IPOs, and what is going to happen to unicorns this year. Here’s an example from an email exchange I had this morning with the CEO of an early stage company that has growing revenue and a small team. Entrepreneurship Financing” .

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Some thoughts on when to raise money, and the current financing environment

Chris Dixon

Here are some thoughts on this question generally along with some thoughts on today’s venture financing market. - In the private markets, macro tends to dominate micro. In finance speak, venture tends to be high beta, moving as a multiple of the public markets, which themselves tend to move more dramatically than economic fundamentals.

What Didn’t Happen

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

VC & Technology Politics hacking finance entrepreneurship hacking healthcare health care stocks enterprise economicsThat did not happen.

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Fun Fact of The Week: Path to Revenues

Redeye VC

Last week I posted some data from our portfolio about the pace of seed-stage financings.   And it sure looked like things are speeding up.

Money Doesn’t Talk. Why Most Startups Aren’t Announcing Their Seed Financings

Hunter Walker

Not because they’re all operating in stealth or pre-product – in fact some already are earning $1m+ in revenue per annum.  They Most of the startups we’ve backed at Homebrew don’t rush to announce their funding. They just don’t feel the need to draw attention to themselves or alert possible competitors.

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17 People Making Way More Money After Leaving Finance for Start-Ups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Sailthru''s revenue grew 270% last year and it has raised nearly $30 million to date. It isn''t a career path that works out for everyone.

Overlooked Financing Option for Your Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

No, says Lighter Capital , a Seattle-based company that offers a unique financing option to entrepreneurs: revenue-based financing.

5 Reasons You Need Finance Talent on Your Team

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But to bring the product to market that engineer needs financing, and that’s a whole other challenge. Here's why. Consider: 1. ” 2.

Three Things That Matter When Seeking Finance For Internationalization


Below are the three things that typically make or break a financing deal. Set the terms of your financing round. Photo: Shutterstock.