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Traction vs. Product

Rob Go

I’ve had a couple conversations with other investors recently around what a seed stage company needs to achieve to raise a series A.

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.

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

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The Aqui-hire Business. Let’s assume $2 million in seed money. It says if you want to make “real” money  - quit.

Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

Both Sides of the Table

should we ramp up sales hires now or wait for more traction? should we hire the head of a business unit who has turned out to be a bad seed?

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

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Of course, in other cases, the initial seed money might be all a startup needs to go from idea to the marketplace.

Mile-High disruption: Why Denver should be on your tech radar next year

The Next Web

The result is a rapidly-growing local tech economy: tech hiring is among the highest in the nation at 1.7 percent). Denver Mayor Michael B.

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Win Large Customers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The trade journal hired an illustrator to draw cartoons to accompany my text and depict exactly how people described AT&T, GE, or GM.

Snaptrip case study – Solo founder hypothesis in action

The Equity Kicker

With no team and no technical expertise Matt was planning to find a team and build out some product before starting to raise some seed money.

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.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

So your Q1 results will be $180,000 less profitable than if you hadn’t hired them. Hiring more people isn’t always the right answer.

Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely

Gust

Too many startups fail simply by missing the practical elements of money management, time management, and setting priorities. Just do it.

Most Great Entrepreneurs Don’t Drop Out of Harvard

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many startups fail simply by missing the practical elements of money management, time management, and setting priorities. Just do it.

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

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The reason I didn''t give up was because I didn''t think anyone would hire me," he said half-jokingly. "I figured I''d just keep at it."

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. If you do take on too much money early on, congratulations on the success- but be aware of the potential consequences and manage them proactively. What’s the issue with too much funding?

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. If you do take on too much money early on, congratulations on the success- but be aware of the potential consequences and manage them proactively. What’s the issue with too much funding?

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.

From “Good Idea” to Funded Tech Startup: Building Hallspot

Up and Running

Did you make any mistakes in the hiring process? Sean Thorne is a college senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in economics.

Get Off My Lawn! Crazy Kids and Their Sex, Drugs and Startup Advice!

This is going to be BIG.

founder will raise one party round worth of seed money and they''ll go teach a class on how to raise venture capital. A BD person at an aqui-hire will write a book on the art of the deal. There is nothing I''ve ever written that makes me feel older than this post. Get off my lawn!". Growth hacking? Don''t get me started.

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Why the Series A Crunch Might Be a Good Thing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In 2012, Rust and co-founder Garrett Johnson raised $2 million in seed funding in two weeks. million in seed funding in 2011 and 2012.

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.

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

A Love Story: Start-ups & Ultimate Frisbee

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Later, Jurvetson signed the papers to invest nearly $900,000 in seed money for the start-up. happily agreed. Score was not kept.

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.

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

How to Start a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start withgood people, to make something customers actually want, and to spendas little money as possible. The way a startup makes money is to offer people bettertechnology than they have now. Andyet theres a lot of money at stake. This money isnt revenue. Well, no.

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.

Life As A Startup Consultant

Seed Stage Capital

If you want to optimize your life for money, you should pursue a path in traditional consulting (BCG, McKinsey) or in investment banking.

D-Wave's Dream Machine

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Farris had thrown Rose a few thousand dollars in seed money, and they raised half a million (Canadian) from local angels. DFJ led a $7.1

Why You're Not Getting the Most Out of Your Board

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Should we ramp up sales hires now or wait for more traction? Should we hire the head of a business unit who has turned out to be a bad seed?

SkySQL Raises €3 Million Series A Round

ArcticStartup

SkySQL will use the funding for hiring and new project development. SkySQL a Finnish provider of affordable MySQL & MariaDB database solutions, has announced that it has raised $4 million (€3 million) in Series A investments. based OnCorps.

Land of the Freaked-Out

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Investors put less money into new ventures. Or government policies that discourage hiring through higher taxation or increased regulation?

How to Fund a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

typical startup goes throughseveral rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take justenough money to reach the speed where you can shift into the nextgear. At Viaweb we got our first $10,000 ofseed money from our friend Julian, but he was sufficiently richthat its hard to say whether he should be classified as a friendor angel.

Understanding the Risks of VC Signaling

Both Sides of the Table

recently wrote a blog post on understanding how the size and age of a venture capital fund might affect you when you’re raising money.

The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

YoungUpstarts

Startups need to understand how to manage the seed money they receive from investors and VCs. Financing. ” The Cost of Financing.

VCs in seed clothing: Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, and Naval Ravikant interviewed

Venture Hacks

The topic was VC signaling in seed rounds — and how these signals help or hurt your ability to raise money in the next round. Outline.

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.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

Both Sides of the Table

Too much money flowed into VC in the past 10 years and it brought in too many people who became VCs for the wrong reason. Gus has been amazing.

The Future of Web Startups

www.paulgraham.com

Plus in a startup you could make much more money. We could hire employees, but we want to be forced to figure out how to scale investing. This is a problem for founders, because it makes raising money take longer and cost more in legal fees. If all you need to start a startup is rent money, you should be able to do it anywhere.

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To Follow On or Not to Follow On

This is going to be BIG.

That's why I constantly remind companies that when you do an outsized financing price or size-wise, you expose yourself to getting hit bad in a downtown unless you're conservative about how you use the money. If you're doing seed deals, how often does a down round in a seed deal even happen? Do what you're good at.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

Both Sides of the Table

He wanted to raise angel money. We weren’t ready to hire an associate yet so I offered him a summer internship. Few people have it.