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What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now

Version One Ventures

The ability to raise money no longer determines one’s fate. More money is flowing in from a new crop of angels, newly wealthy from a number of tech IPOs. And, we should expect angel activity to drop as new angels discover that returns from their seed investments aren’t so easy to come by. Is your opportunity at least $100M?

How to deal with the Series A crunch

Version One Ventures

With headlines declaring that more than 1,000 seeded startups will soon be orphaned, it’s only natural that startups are concerned about the future funding landscape. Seed financing grew from 89 fundings in Q1 2009 to more than 500 in Q3 2012. Startups should now be looking for seed funding to last them 24-36 months.

The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

company raises $1m of seed money from angels in a convertible note with a $6m cap. Assuming equity is raised at or above that cap, the total dilution, before the new money, is 16.6% (equivalent to an equity financing of $1m at a $6m post money valuation. ” They are running out of money.

Doing The Right Thing In A Recap

Feld Thoughts

Six weeks ago I wrote a post titled  The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds.  I described a situation that occurred in one of our FG Angels investments that I thought was short sighted on the part of the VC involved and the CEO of the company. When asked what the range I would give to the seed investors post financing, I said 10% – 15%.

6 Ways To Make Your Startup More Attractive To Investors — Even With A Criminal History

YoungUpstarts

But he chose to move forward with a positive attitude, raise seed money for his company, and network his way to a profitable future.

Booming Companies That Should Inspire Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Uber Uber started out as a small San Francisco business that managed to generate $200,000 in seed money in 2009. Business

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.

Making Sense of Seed Investment Data

Rob Go

There were a number of interesting articles published over the last week in response to Mattermark and CB Insight’s data around early stage financing activity. As a team, we’ve been thinking about what has been going on in the seed market in recent years. Third: The definition and dynamics of seed rounds have changed.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Startup Professionals Musings

More important are standard business, finance, and economics courses. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Just do it.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Gust

More important are standard business, finance, and economics courses. Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard via ShinyShiny.tv. Pick an idea, any idea.

The Seed Signaling Problem That’s NOT Being Talked About

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

There’s been plenty of chatter over the past few years about the potential pitfalls for entrepreneurs taking seed money from VCs. You could call this the VC seed signaling problem. A VC throws some money around into a bunch of different seed rounds assuming they’re buying optionality for their Series A.

Most Great Entrepreneurs Don’t Drop Out of Harvard

Startup Professionals Musings

More important are standard business, finance, and economics courses. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Just do it.

Startups getting caught in No Man’s Land

BeyondVC

Increasingly I am seeing many startups who were ably seed funded get caught in "No Man's Land" between the seed round and a true Series A round led by a venture capitalist. This is happening because there are way too many companies raising seed capital but not enough executing their way to a Series A.

Startups getting caught in No Man’s Land

BeyondVC

Increasingly I am seeing many startups who were ably seed funded get caught in "No Man's Land" between the seed round and a true Series A round led by a venture capitalist. This is happening because there are way too many companies raising seed capital but not enough executing their way to a Series A.

Norwegian Government launch two new Seed Funds

ArcticStartup

It has been hard to find investors, tough for entrepreneurs to raise seed money in Oslo before.

Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Google's Money

www.businessinsider.com

Finance. Your Money. Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Googles Money. Money Game Select. Login.

3 Reasons to Look to the Angels for Start-up Funding

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But at the initial seed financing stage of your start-up, VCs are not always the better option In fact, angel investors often have more to offer.

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

Startup Professionals Musings

For most of us, though, the idea of investors or even securing financing may as well go the way of the corporate ladder. Or not. Take advantage.

Figuring Out FourSquare

Seeing Both Sides

million in its series A financing and kept the burn rate at less than $100k per month to make he money last. Monetization.

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Ungerminated: Trouble with Seeds

Passionate Intensity

Money is available, some will say, easy to get. There’s nothing wrong with seed funding. Tweet. Early signs of trouble. Startup V

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

Instead of sticking a fork in the venture market, realize. there is no fork

This is going to be BIG.

David's firm most recently participated in the $77 million second round financing of SoFi, a one year old startup focusing on student loans.

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.

5 Reasons to Avoid Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Too much seed money. You must be scratching your head now and asking yourself: How can too much money be bad? Waltham, Mass.-based

The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

YoungUpstarts

Financing. Startups need to understand how to manage the seed money they receive from investors and VCs. Convertible Securities.

Why you shouldn’t keep your startup idea secret

cdixon.org

Another benefit of talking freely, is that you may also find potential partners or future employees–other key components beyond investment money. link] Finance Geek » Mistakes that startups make. [.] link] What’s the right amount of seed money to raise? link] Finance Geek » How To Develop New Startup Ideas. [.]

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.

Don’t get hung up on the valuation of your startup

VC Ready Blog

In this way both the company and the seed-stage investors can piggy-back off the valuation analysis conducted by an institutional investor at a later date. (We’ll write more about convertible debt financings in a future post). Tags: Financing investors Startup Valuation VC

Don’t get hung up on the valuation of your startup

VC Ready Blog

In this way both the company and the seed-stage investors can piggy-back off the valuation analysis conducted by an institutional investor at a later date. (We’ll write more about convertible debt financings in a future post). Tags: Financing investors Startup Valuation VC

It Doesn’t Matter How Much Money You’re Raising, It’s Still Hard

Instigator Blog

More and more companies are raising money , and valuations seem to be skyrocketing. and bubblier eagerness to put venture and angel capital to work it’s still extremely hard to raise financing. And in many cases the amount of money you’re looking to raise isn’t particularly relevant. Big money.

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

Version One Ventures

Hardware requires time, money, and inventory. Here’s the advice I give these teams who are navigating the tough world of hardware financing. 1.

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.

To Follow On or Not to Follow On

This is going to be BIG.

That wasn't a bubble bursting issue--that was a poor financing strategy issue of people getting caught with their pants down, hands in the cookie jar, and all the metaphors you can think of at once. If you're doing seed deals, how often does a down round in a seed deal even happen? Some VCs just toss in seeds as options.

Get a Technical Degree But Entrepreneurial Spirit

Startup Professionals Musings

More important are standard business, finance, and economics courses. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Just do it.

TradeShift Looking To Further Digitalize Payments

ArcticStartup

At the moment, according to TechCrunch , the company is self sufficient financially being nodded forward with a little seed money from investors. TechCrunch believes TradeShift is financing itself with deals it has signed already in Northern Europe and an unnamed city in Brazil. Related Posts.

Why Everyone Should Get Funded (Once)

Brad Hargreaves

Brad Hargreaves | startup adventures in nyc a blog by Brad Hargreaves HOME Me Press HOME Uncategorized Why Everyone Should Get Funded (Once) Why Everyone Should Get Funded (Once) The smart money says there’s plenty of capital out there. Taking money increases the volume of things going on and pushes your company to the next level.

Entrepreneurs: The Funding Landscape Has Changed.

Berkonomics

Sara focuses upon another side of small business financing not typically considered in the angel and venture world, financing from sources for companies that will probably never be attractive to those niches. . Raising moneyGuest post by Sara Mackey. So, you’ve been thinking about starting your own firm for the past ten years.