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How To Raise Seed Money Right (And Wrong)

YoungUpstarts

by Bedros Keuilian, founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp. DO Raise Seed Money Through Sales. What they want to see is value.

A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders. Accelerators business david cohen entrepreneur global accelerator network Seed money TechStars United States Venture Capital From that initial outreach, 16 high quality accelerator programs joined us to launch the network. Some accelerators are incredibly high quality.

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. AngelList makes it easier for founders to reach angels and there are hundreds of accelerators and incubators to choose from. But this boom landscape might change soon.

How much capital should you raise?

Version One Ventures

Target between 15-25% dilution per round I typically recommend that founders put more emphasis on the quality of investors (i.e.

Snaptrip case study – Solo founder hypothesis in action

The Equity Kicker

Are you a solo founder with an idea? Snaptrip started as an idea, an excel spreadsheet and a passionate founder called Matt. MATT FOX.

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. It blew my mind.

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. You work less weekends.

Revisited: big VCs investing in seed rounds

Chris Dixon

A few years ago, the trend of companies raising smaller seed rounds combined with the emergence of new seed funds caused many big VCs to create seed investment programs. The second nuance can be counterintuitive: the danger of taking seed money is positively correlated with the reputation of the firm. startups

Copenhagen's Opbeat Raises €1.75 Million From Balderton & Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify Co-founders

ArcticStartup

To help carry some of that burden, they''re announcing a new startup, Opbeat and a lot of money and smart people behind it.

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How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

Most of this advice boils down to an argument in favor of basic planning before starting a company or raising money. In many ways the fact that it has become so cheap to start a company and relatively cheap to raise angel/seed money that we as an industry have gotten lazy on basic planning. Market Size. Let me be very direct.

Uber Cofounder Garrett Camp Raises $50 Million From Dream Team of Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Expa , Camp''s latest venture, calls itself "a startup studio that works with founders to develop and launch new products."

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

Both Sides of the Table

Let’s assume $2 million in seed money. They founded their last company with no money in their pocket. And who cares, right?

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

Both Sides of the Table

Some quick highlights include: The Role of a Seed Stage VC. Each VC raises money – say $90 million. But not many others.

Busted or Confirmed? 3 Common Myths About Starting A Business

crowdSPRING Blog

Fortunately, many startup myths revolve around three common topics (business plans, money, and unnatural hustle). So are the ants.

6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

Up and Running

David sold his recording equipment for $50,000 and they borrowed the rest of their seed money from a bank. My Story. David’s advice.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Gust

You’d imagine that every founder was getting rich. Actually, positive outcomes for founders are quite rare. As a startup founder you rarely have much money in your bank accounts. Think about it – most entrepreneurs who manage to raise seed money or venture capital usually raise enough money for 12-18 months maximum.

I’m starting a Mastermind Group – who’s up for it?

47 Hats

quick google makes it clear more than a few people have tried to make money one way or another out of Mastermind Groups.  It’s dealing with the doubts, fears, objections echoing around in your own head, dragging you down. Alone. Mastermind Groups is an idea that’s been kicking around for 85+ years. Who’s in? from: 47 Hats.

Guaana And Prototron Team Up To Link Ideas And Scientists

ArcticStartup

Prototron is the first fund in Europe granting pre-seed money to startups so they could build their first working prototype to test on customers.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

You’d imagine that every founder was getting rich. Actually, positive outcomes for founders are quite rare. Raise money.

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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

Why the New Seed Might Be a Bad Seed

This is going to be BIG.

About a year ago, I started hearing about the existence of a "pre-seed" round. The term "seed" implies the very beginning to me.

Next From Boomlagoon: Real-Time Multiplayer Battle Game

ArcticStartup

In the game two players battle each other using a team of three soldiers. In May 2014, Boomlagoon raised $3.6

Should you raise on convertible notes or do an equity round?

Hippoland

A reader named Turner Dean recently asked me whether it’s better to raise seed money on convertible notes or straight-up equity.

3 Reasons To Seek Only What You Need During The Funding Process

YoungUpstarts

By Paul Jackson, founder of Worthworm. Looking back to its origins you find it began with just $20,000 in seed money. billion.

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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.

Inside Geoloqi's Unusual (& Fascinating) Acquisition

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There's nothing typical about founder Amber Case. And this isn't your typical M&A deal. Here's how it happened. She says it just felt right.

Am I a Founder? The Adventure of a Lifetime. « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Posted on June 11, 2009 by steveblank When my students ask me about whether they should be a founder or cofounder of a startup I ask them to take a walk around the block and ask themselves: Are you comfortable with: Chaos – startups are disorganized Uncertainty – startups never go per plan Are you: Resilient – at times you will fail – badly. 

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.

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

Steve Blank

He and his co-founder were both PhD’s in applied math who believe they can make some serious inroads on next generation search. Here’s why.

Making Sense of Seed Investment Data

Rob Go

In particular, a number of people commented on what looks like a dramatic rise and fall in seed deal volume over the past four years coupled with an increase in seed investment dollars. As a team, we’ve been thinking about what has been going on in the seed market in recent years. So, what does this mean for founders?

Case Study: From Farmers' Market to Whole Foods

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The founder of Justin''s explains how his company shook up the nut butter category. 594 on the 2012 Inc. Man the front lines.

Why the Series A Crunch Might Be a Good Thing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

He''s a co-founder of SendHub, a start-up that lets companies set up corporate phone systems using their employees'' smartphones. Mah raised $1.2

Why Kickstarter and crowdfunding can’t replace traditional investors

The Next Web

Editor’s note:   This is a guest post by  Aaron Pitman , an angel investor and founder and partner of  RA Domain Capital. What do you think?

How H&R Block Turned a $5,000 Loan Into a 24 Million-Customer Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Henry Bloch, the co-founder of the tax preparation giant, says going after every last dollar shouldn''t be your business''s goal. Be inspired.

What’s the problem with too much funding?

Version One Ventures

With the influx of seed money, much has been written about the fact that start-ups that are taking far more funding than they need. As Paul Graham said , “startups take off because the founders make them take off. The most successful start-ups and founders are those that limit themselves to being very good at the right things.

Ungerminated: Trouble with Seeds

Passionate Intensity

Money is available, some will say, easy to get. The founders are often smart. There’s nothing wrong with seed funding.

A Love Story: Start-ups & Ultimate Frisbee

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Founders, engineers, and designers have wrested control of Ultimate Frisbee from jocks and made it their own. I got in the game to explore.

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

Startup Professionals Musings

Having no money can help you plan. The caveat is that these young entrepreneurs have to drop out of college to do it. You get to call the shots.

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

www.businessinsider.com

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

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

This is going to be BIG.

Did I mention it only took the founder a month? Perhaps I need to rethink that. Not a bad close rate, I'd say--and a pretty great pay day.