• HIPPOLAND  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016
    [Seed Money] Why I cringe when you say you’re raising a $1.5m seed round.
    They raised a small seed round – perhaps to get them to some initial milestones, flesh out the idea, get some initial customers. “We’re raising $1.5m.” ” I cringe. There’s nothing inherently wrong with raising $1.5m…UNLESS But, most people only think about this in the context of storytelling.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016
    [Seed Money] Booming Companies That Should Inspire Entrepreneurs
    Uber Uber started out as a small San Francisco business that managed to generate $200,000 in seed money in 2009. Every huge company started out as an entrepreneur with an idea and the willingness to work hard to reach his or her dream. Each of them managed to turn rather simple ideas into multi-million dollar businesses. Business
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016
    [Seed Money] How To Raise Seed Money Right (And Wrong)
    need to admit to a personal bias right up front: I am not the biggest fan of borrowing seed money. In fact, when I founded Fit Body Boot Camp , I never took a single of cent of seed money, mainly because I wanted to maintain total control of my vision. DO Raise Seed Money Through Sales.
  • HIPPOLAND  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
    [Seed Money] Fundraising pitches are not actually pitches.
    Although you do not need a deck to raise seed money, this is why I like to use a deck in my conversations with seed investors.  It is a lot easier for me to remember all the points that I want to cover in a story that makes sense. An investor meeting is much more akin to a power struggle. Make sure you are driving this car
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016
    [Seed Money] How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails
    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.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
    [Seed Money] Next From Boomlagoon: Real-Time Multiplayer Battle Game
    Jari Ovaskainen, the first investor in Supercell, and London Venture Partners saw the early potential in the team, and put in the first seed money in November 2012. In the game two players battle each other using a team of three soldiers. The success depends on the team formation, weapon and building tactics and strategy.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
    [Seed Money] Guaana And Prototron Team Up To Link Ideas And Scientists
    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. Guaana's platform is a place where scientists, pioneers, visionaries and change-makers can build open communities around their research and vision. Or give input to other people ideas
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016
    [Seed Money] Busted or Confirmed? 3 Common Myths About Starting A Business
    Fortunately, many startup myths revolve around three common topics (business plans, money, and unnatural hustle). Myth #2: You need a lot of money to start. Businesses do require some capital, but this doesn’t mean that every startup has to raise millions of dollars in seed money. Successful entrepreneurs move quickly.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016
    [Seed Money] Estonian FinTech Firm TransferFast Raises Further Investment
    TransferFast , which offers instant money transfers between different banks, has raised further 150,000 euros in pre-seed investment. Their offer to consumers is simple – today it takes many hours or even days to transfer money from an account in one bank to another bank, TransferFast promises to do it minutes.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016
    [Seed Money] Crowdfunding for the Market, Not the Money
    TransferFast , which offers instant money transfers between different banks, has raised further 150,000 euros in pre-seed investment. Their offer to consumers is simple – today it takes many hours or even days to transfer money from an account in one bank to another bank, TransferFast promises to do it minutes.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015
    [Seed Money] Funding, dealflow and startup traction from Latvia: October
    Prize money & Awards. In addition to the status, BuyerDeck also received £25,000 prize money. The startup received €2,000 prize money. Dealflow from Latvia for Q3: 18 startups raising over €5 millionseed money 18 Latvian startups looking for over €5 million seed money. Funding rounds. Find out more here.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015
    [Seed Money] The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship
    Startups need to understand how to manage the seed money they receive from investors and VCs. Startups bear the costs of their financing, from the first seed investment to the sale of Series A stock. Lawyers should use standard forms, and investors should cap their lawyer fees at $7,500-10,000 for a seed round of this size.
  • BERKONOMICS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015
    [Seed Money] The best advice startups will never follow
    Let me tell you a few short hair-raising stories of entrepreneurs who have raised money and regretted it later.  There’s a common expectation among entrepreneurs that seed money from family is great – letting close relatives in at the ground floor.  Starting up Raising moneyIgnition!
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
    [Seed Money] 5 Reasons To Use Your Personal Credit Card For Business Expenses
    Unless you have a healthy bank account or investors to fall back on you’re likely going to use your personal money to finance portions of your business expenses at some point. If you qualify for a low-interest personal credit card you will save money in the long run, especially if you pay the balance in full each and every month.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015
    [Seed Money] Doing The Right Thing In A Recap
    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%.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015
    [Seed Money] The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds
    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.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015
    [Seed Money] Where to Get Feedback on Your Business Pitch
    They ended up with a nice pitch, and approximately $300K in seed money.”. He warns that although quality and prize money vary from competition to competition, they can be a great way to practice pitching in a setting designed for getting feedback. Have you considered asking a child what they think of your business pitch?
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015
    [Seed Money] Why the New Seed Might Be a Bad Seed
    About a year ago, I started hearing about the existence of a "pre-seed" round. The term "seed" implies the very beginning to me. If you can''t go to "seed" investors for your very first investment because you''re too early, that just seems weird to me. You should target 18 to 24 months of runway post Series Seed."
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015
    [Seed Money] Raising Seed Money Is Easy. That's What Makes Everything Else So Hard
    First Round Partner Josh Kopelman explains why startups often go from a seed round to Series A far too quickly
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015
    [Seed Money] How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More
    *. If you are a 20-something tech entrepreneur you could be forgiven for thinking that seed-stage investors, Angellist Syndicates and widely available angel money always existed. Some quick highlights include: The Role of a Seed Stage VC. Each VC raises money – say $90 million. But not many others. Startup Lessons
  • ROB GO  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [Seed Money] Making Sense of Seed Investment Data
    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. The parameters of seed rounds have broadened.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015
    [Seed Money] Interview with Olivia Fabian, Founder of OFabz Swimwear
    After winning the competition (and the seed money), my love for fashion and my excitement for business came together in a great and fun way. Australia, and Western Europe. This company, formed in 2010, is committed to its “made in the USA” label and designs and manufactures its swimwear lines from its Fort Wayne headquarters.
  • SCOTT EDWARD WALKER  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
    [Seed Money] Fundraising: Words of Wisdom from Ron Conway and Marc Andreessen
    The way I always think about running a startup is also the way I think about raising money, which is: it’s a process of peeling away layers of risk as you go.  So you raise seed money to peel away the first two or three risks.” To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  link].
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014
    [Seed Money] 6 Ways To Make Your Startup More Attractive To Investors — Even With A Criminal History
    But he chose to move forward with a positive attitude, raise seed money for his company, and network his way to a profitable future. by Catherine Hoke, founder and CEO of  Defy Ventures. If you knew entrepreneur Marquis Hayes 10 years ago, you would barely recognize him today. But that’s the transformative power of opportunity.
  • GUST  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014
    [Seed Money] Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.
    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. Raise money. Need money. More money. Yes, please give me money. It’s 4.50am. cities.
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
    [Seed Money] What’s the problem with too much funding?
    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?
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
    [Seed Money] What’s the problem with too much funding?
    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?
  • THE EQUITY KICKER  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014
    [Seed Money] Snaptrip case study – Solo founder hypothesis in action
    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. Most of our early seed companies have used the Concierge MVP to accelerate insight which have led to better business and product decisions. Are you a solo founder with an idea? MATT FOX.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014
    [Seed Money] 3 Reasons To Seek Only What You Need During The Funding Process
    The startup scene is not short on fun ideas like Yo, but without the ability to justify the amount of money you are seeking and how it will be used to grow your company most investors are going to decline to open their wallets. 2. Looking back to its origins you find it began with just $20,000 in seed money. billion.
  • BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014
    [Seed Money] Dynamic strategy and the end of competitive advantage. Rita McGrath, Business of Software 2014
    And some break parts come along as guess what in the future no more double A batteries, no more worrying gizmos, no it’s all solid state in fact no more albums, it’s gonna be songs and they go through the air and I want you take money out of your marketing budget and your capital budget, and your development budget, and put it into this new stuff.
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014
    [Seed Money] What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now
    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?
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014
    [Seed Money] Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money
    In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. If you meet all the requirements, complete all the paperwork, and submit your grant application today, it will likely be six to nine months before you see any money. Professional help costs money. Marty Zwilling.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014
    [Seed Money] How H&R Block Turned a $5,000 Loan Into a 24 Million-Customer Business
    Having little seed money can be an advantage. Once they found their niche in filing taxes for mom-and-pop shops for $5, they stuck to it and for 15 years never raised their prices. "We weren''t trying to make the most amount of money. Be inspired. What he said was true and really affected me." It would''ve been a disaster."
  • GUST  |  SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014
    [Seed Money] Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money
    In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. If you meet all the requirements, complete all the paperwork, and submit your grant application today, it will likely be six to nine months before you see any money. Professional help costs money.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014
    [Seed Money] Alexis Ohanian's Low-Tech Idea for Thwarting the FCC's Anti-Net Neutrality Plans
    Because of its openness, the Internet has allowed entrepreneurs--with just a small amount of seed money or a modest grant--to take their innovative ideas from the garage or the dorm room to every corner of the Earth, building companies, creating jobs, improving vital services, and fostering even more innovation along the way.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014
    [Seed Money] 8 Guidelines For Friends And Family Startup Funding
    Since they don’t know you (yet), their first integrity check on you as a person is whether your friends and family believe in you strongly enough to give you seed money for your new idea. If you set around quietly waiting for someone you know to offer you money to fund a startup, you will probably have a long wait. Don’t be one.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014
    [Seed Money] 6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea
    David sold his recording equipment for $50,000 and they borrowed the rest of their seed money from a bank. Beth developed her own intensive curriculum and, with the help of seed money from a student, founded YogaFit® in 1994 to fill the niche. And that choice became a different kind of fantasy entirely. My Story.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
    [Seed Money] Uber Cofounder Garrett Camp Raises $50 Million From Dream Team of Investors
    Expa Capital--what the $50 million was raised for--is Expa''s investment arm, which will initially invest between $500,000 and $1 million in seed capital in each company, focusing on mobile applications, platforms, and marketplaces. Talk about an all-star team. In a short phone interview with Inc., You''ll put a lot of care into it.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
    [Seed Money] 5 Ways Small Businesses Can Win Large Customers
    When my business partner Ed Moed and I opened our shop from his squalid, one-bedroom apartment in 1995, we had a measly $12,500 in seed money and my Rolodex of leads. When you''re just starting out, you need to project an air of sophistication and establish that you have indispensable skills and knowledge. But Akvinta was different.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014
    [Seed Money] Net Neutrality Supporters, Obama's on Your Side
    The White House says it doesn''t want to see some sites choked by fees from Internet service providers. What would Frank Underwood do? Whether you''re a House of Cards fan peeved at the slow-streaming on Netflix or an entrepreneur concerned about getting squeezed out by Internet providers, take heart: You''ve got some backing on this one. F.C.C.
  • THE NEXT WEB  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
    [Seed Money] The beginner’s guide to valuing and selling your app
    If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering selling your app to someone else, hopefully for large sums of money. Money. You can then use the $1,200 as seed money to work on a new idea. If you’re going to let money be your primary reason for selling you need to be emotionally detached from the app. Why sell.
  • POSSIBLE INSIGHT  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2014
    [Seed Money] Seed Bubble Watch 1st Half 2013
    Well, it’s been almost three years since I started watching for quantitative evidence of a “bubble” in seed-stage technology funding. Seed stage valuations have been flat since 2011. To review the history of my seed bubble watch, see here , here , here ,  here , and here. 
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014
    [Seed Money] D-Wave's Dream Machine
    Farris had thrown Rose a few thousand dollars in seed money, and they raised half a million (Canadian) from local angels. Over the next few years, they pulled in another $4 million from Vancouver-based startup funds and the Business Development Bank of Canada--money they used to lock up as much intellectual property as they could.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014
    [Seed Money] Life As A Startup Consultant
    Startups either a) have no money to pay you with, or b) have been trained to think that they should always be helped for free (a practice probably fostered by large law firms that defer fees for some period of time). If you want to work with startups, the money has to be secondary. Subscribe to Seed Stage Capital. Here goes.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014
    [Seed Money] Get Off My Lawn! Crazy Kids and Their Sex, Drugs and Startup Advice!
    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. What happened?
  • THE NEXT WEB  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013
    [Seed Money] Mile-High disruption: Why Denver should be on your tech radar next year
    Stuart Wall, CEO of Signpost , a local advertising platform funded by Spark Capital and Google Ventures. In January, Denver will become one of the few American cities that allows its residents to purchase and recreationally consume marijuana, a move that is expected to create jobs and generate tax revenue. percent). city), restaurants and nightlife.
  • GUST  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013
    [Seed Money] Series Seed or Convertible Note? Which one is more founder friendly? Which one do investors prefer?
    Assuming the company is able to make effective use of the seed money to greatly increase the value of the enterprise, all of that value therefore accrues to the founder, rather than the investor. Invested Interests convertible note entrepreneur investors series seed million valuation provided by the 20% discount of the note.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013
    [Seed Money] 7 Things You Should Know About Angel Investors
    You have more opportunities than ever before to raise seed financing. In fact, they''re shifting the financing landscape-- making it harder for a seed-funded firm to raise a Series A round of VC money. Traditional venture capital firms invested slightly more total money, about $28.4 ventures in 2011. Look close to home.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013
    [Seed Money] Why You're Not Getting the Most Out of Your Board
    Should we hire the head of a business unit who has turned out to be a bad seed? Here are some simple changes you can use to make board meetings more efficient. Most board meetings are "update meetings" where management downloads its status to a group of investors. Both of the functions are a waste of time. Provide information (40-50%) 2.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013
    [Seed Money] Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board
    should we hire the head of a business unit who has turned out to be a bad seed? Most board meetings are “update meetings” where management downloads its status to a group of investors. These outside board members spend most of the board meeting trying to reacquaint themselves with the company’s business and critical issues.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013
    [Seed Money] Norwegian Government launch two new Seed Funds
    Last week came the announcement that Innovation Norway had appointed Alliance Venture Spring in Oslo and ProVenture Management in Trondheim to manage two new national seed funds. It has been hard to find investors, tough for entrepreneurs to raise seed money in Oslo before.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
    [Seed Money] Lyft CEO: 'Think of Every Dollar as the Last You'll Ever Get'
    i.e. companies make goals based on the assumption more money will always be coming. The duo got $30,000 in seed money from an angel investor. Along the way, Green said he had to resist taking higher amounts of investment money from VCs that wanted him to change the business'' strategy -- to grow bigger, faster. ”
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013
    [Seed Money] A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network
    Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders. Accelerators business david cohen entrepreneur global accelerator network Seed money TechStars United States Venture Capital We labeled Techstars a “mentor driven accelerator” and reached out to others who were using the same approach to create what became GAN.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
    [Seed Money] Why the Series A Crunch Might Be a Good Thing
    In 2012, Rust and co-founder Garrett Johnson raised $2 million in seed funding in two weeks. Share of seed-funded companies that won''t be able to get follow-on funding: 61%Source: CB Insights That''s the story, anyway, and it has the start-up community vibrating with angst and debate. million in seed funding in 2011 and 2012.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
    [Seed Money] From “Good Idea” to Funded Tech Startup: Building Hallspot
    He is also the founder of Hallspot , a new social networking site exclusively for college students that has raised hundreds of thousands in seed money and will launch on September 27 at Thorne’s alma mater, where more than 6,000 students have pre-registered for the service. recently interviewed Sean to ask him exactly that.
  • GREGG FRALEY, AUTHOR OF JACK'S NOTEBOOK  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
    [Seed Money] Let’s Tax the Boy Scouts
    One must have at least seed money, or more, to get a start-up going. They are typically working people doing their best to save a bit of money, put together a stake, or  buy the things they need and want. Banks have advantages that Credit Unions don’t — like raising money by selling shares for instance.
  • THE NEXT WEB  |  SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013
    [Seed Money] Why Kickstarter and crowdfunding can’t replace traditional investors
    He quit his job to fulfill his orders and imagined starting a great new business from the seed money. Sure you can raise your seed money on Kickstarter or another crowdfunding platform… then what? Editor’s note:   This is a guest post by  Aaron Pitman , an angel investor and founder and partner of  RA Domain Capital.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013
    [Seed Money] Copenhagen's Opbeat Raises €1.75 Million From Balderton & Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify Co-founders
    To help carry some of that burden, they''re announcing a new startup, Opbeat and a lot of money and smart people behind it. The company just raised an impressive amount of money form some impressive people. Luckily I pay someone to carry most of that stress, but at first it looked like an ugly bug. Yesterday they announced a $2.7
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
    [Seed Money] Case Study: From Farmers' Market to Whole Foods
    With just $25,000 in seed money raised from family members, Gold planned to build a strong local following for his company, Justin''s, and expand slowly. The founder of Justin''s explains how his company shook up the nut butter category. In 2004, he persuaded a local Whole Foods to stock his product. 594 on the 2012 Inc.
  • TYLERCRUZ.COM: AN INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
    [Seed Money] How To Get Started in Affiliate Marketing With No Money
    A number of months ago, a reader requested that I write a post on how people can get started in affiliate marketing with little to no money, including not having a credit card. I put it on my list of blog topics to write about and now finally have time to address it. You need some initial seed money in order to buy traffic.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013
    [Seed Money] Land of the Freaked-Out
    Investors put less money into new ventures. What turns them on is opportunity--to be independent, to make money, to change the world, to create something new and exciting, to fulfill a dream, whatever. A Wall Street Journal article traces America''s economic woes to a sudden loss of entrepreneurial nerve. Great thesis. No evidence.
  • TYLERCRUZ.COM: AN INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013
    [Seed Money] New Monthly Net Income Record: $40,198.38
    While my corporation is making nice money at the moment, I actually only pay myself a small salary in comparison, as I’m not the type of person to blow everything on expensive cars and bling, only to have my campaigns die and then have no seed money to get things back running again. Expenses: $64,402.12. Gross. Expense.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
    [Seed Money] The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires
    Let''s assume $2 million in seed money. If the money comes from professional investors it usually has a "liquidation preference" meaning that their money comes out before the founders or common stock. (If you don''t know venture economics-- there is an overview here.) It says if you want to make "real" money -- quit.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
    [Seed Money] 3 Reasons Not to Crowdfund
    It is either a) the best thing to happen to start-ups since Red Bull; or b) while sometimes useful, it’s no serious substitute for other sources of money, including family & friends. It’s better to ask the hard questions before you’ve burned through a year of your life and $100k of other people’s money. 2.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013
    [Seed Money] The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires
    Let’s assume $2 million in seed money. If the money comes from professional investors it usually has a “liquidation preference” meaning that their money comes out before the founders or common stock. (If you don’t know venture economics – there is an overview here.). And who cares, right?
  • WIRED WIRED WEST  |  MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013
    [Seed Money] Startup Seeks Angel: How to Meet Your Match
    But you don’t have extra money to fund it. How Angel investor Business Funding General Assembly Investment Investor Los Angeles Marcus Filipovich Pasadena Angel pitch deck pitch investor Seed Funding Seed money Series A round Silicon Beach Startup company Tech Startups Venture capital You want to know how to pitch [.].
  • TYLERCRUZ.COM: AN INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
    [Seed Money] Affiliate Marketing Income Report: April 2013
    You can’t really compare this money to the money you make at your 9-5 "real" job, because you can always depend on receiving a pay cheque every 2 weeks with your normal job. If I can make a lot of money with affiliate marketing now, then I’ll have good seed money to invest and live off of.
  • POSSIBLE INSIGHT  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
    [Seed Money] Full Year 2012 “Seed Bubble” Update
    As regular readers know, I’ve been on the lookout for a bubble in seed stage investing.  To review the history of my seed bubble watch, see here , here , here , and here. Recall that my methodology is not designed to produce the most accurate estimate of the true number of seed-stage dollars. Initially, I was troubled.
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
    [Seed Money] How to find funding for your hardware startup while we’re waiting for the hardware revolution
    Hardware requires time, money, and inventory. In addition to gathering seed money, hardware startups are also finding success in raising working capital to buy parts via online fundraisers on Tindie (another portfolio company). hardware (Photo credit: alorenzi). De-risk your startup as much as possible. Patents versus traction.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
    [Seed Money] Startup Accelerator The Brandery Opens Applications For 2013
    The Brandery provides each company with $20,000 in seed money, training sessions with other entrepreneurs and industry experts, and networking with more than 60 mentors who work with startups to provide insights and help grow each idea into an investable, scalable product. The 2013 class of 10 companies will be announced on June 1.
  • MIKE MICHALOWICZ  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013
    [Seed Money] The 37 Greatest Business Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs
    Young people with a creative streak and an eye for pretty little things can earn extra money making homemade gifts. Handmade gifts are a great way to earn money during the holidays. Real estate in particular is one area wherein many parents have already invested their own money and time. A kid can run a business. No excuses.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013
    [Seed Money] 3 Unconventional Crowdfunding Niches
    Academics post their proposed research with a budget goal, and ask the public to fund projects that most appeal to them, side stepping the often lengthy process of applying for grant money through academic channels. Charity Want to raise money for a cause, not a company? That's the idea behind platforms like ioby and Cause to Fund.
  • ROB GO  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013
    [Seed Money] Q&A: How To Deal With The Trough of Sorrow? And tips for bootstrapping companies
    Even Mailbox (which just got acquired by DropBox for likely a big number) I’m sure faced a trough of sorry when they shifted resources away from their original product (behind which their raised their seed round) and pursued what could have been yet another email client. Rob Go] This is a great question! Know that the trough is coming.
  • LAUNCHING TECH VENTURES  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2013
    [Seed Money] Angels or Devils?
    By Neda Navab At lunch this month, Ray Rothrock of Venrock threw out some crazy statistics: in 2012, 30,000 ideas received money from angel investors, while only 1,500 received Series A funding. That is, 5% of seed-financed companies were able to secure Series A! They could also take seed money from VCs.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
    [Seed Money] 5 Reasons to Avoid Silicon Valley
    Too much seed money. You must be scratching your head now and asking yourself: How can too much money be bad? That sounds great but it also means that those “lucky” seed money recipients will be on their own from the moment they cash the check. Sure, it seems like a great idea to start up in the Valley.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013
    [Seed Money] 8 Key Actions for Entrepreneurs Needing Early Money
    Since they don’t know you (yet), their first integrity check on you as a person is whether your friends and family believe in you strongly enough to give you seed money for your new idea. If you set around quietly waiting for someone you know to offer you money to fund a startup, you will probably have a long wait. Don’t be one.
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
    [Seed Money] How to deal with the Series A crunch
    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. Traditionally, I’ve advised startups to raise enough money to sustain them for 18 months.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
    [Seed Money] Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)
    Our employees faced the typical impediments to corporate entrepreneurship – lack of employee time, skills, connections, pre-seed money, and official sources to discuss and manage the risk/rewards tradeoffs of sticking your neck-out. This is Ricardo’s “post mortem” account of the life and death of a corporate entrepreneurship program. 
  • STEVE BLANK  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
    [Seed Money] Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)
    Our employees faced the typical impediments to corporate entrepreneurship – lack of employee time, skills, connections, pre-seed money, and official sources to discuss and manage the risk/rewards tradeoffs of sticking your neck-out. This is Ricardo’s “post mortem” account of the life and death of a corporate entrepreneurship program. 
  • CAMPUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
    [Seed Money] Forget Angels, Try Your Parents or Piggy Bank – The Accelerators – WSJ
    My team at Duke University worked with Raj Aggarwal of University of Akron and Krisztina Holly at the University of Southern California to research the backgrounds of 549 entrepreneurs whose companies had made it past the begging-for-seed-money stage and were generating real revenue. There was some overlap between these two groups.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
    [Seed Money] Warby Parker of Shoes? Meet Beckett Simonon
    Using just $2,000 in seed money generated from Hasso, the company produced its first batch of inventory--1,000 pairs of shoes. Two guys from Colombia are hacking the traditional retail supply chain and selling fashionable shoes--straight from the factory--for $79. Will it work? Hurtado, a designer by trade, designed the styles himself.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
    [Seed Money] Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely
    Too many startups fail simply by missing the practical elements of money management, time management, and setting priorities. Most schools have business plan competitions, and even give out seed money to winners. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Why not try to follow in his footsteps? Pick an idea, any idea.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013
    [Seed Money] Seed and Later Investments for Startups are Booming
    The number of startups getting seed funding in 2012 jumped by 65% over the previous year to a total of 1749, according to a recent report by CB Insights. Seed investments” are early stage financings (typically less than $1.5 Seeded companies will take longer to raise a next round. The Internet sector is tops for seed deals.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013
    [Seed Money] Friend Purchasing Is Here: NetOutlet Launches E-Commerce With A Twist
    So whether you’re going to a concert, a sports event or on holiday with your friends, NetOutlet is the place where you can buy with your friends and save money for everyone. The company was founded in 2012, raised their first seed money in 2012 and now have a total of 4 people working (+ a dog called Lord Nelson).
  • GUST  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013
    [Seed Money] Build Entrepreneur Credentials Early and Wisely
    Too many startups fail simply by missing the practical elements of money management, time management, and setting priorities. Most schools have business plan competitions, and even give out seed money to winners. Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard via ShinyShiny.tv. Many believe that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Just do it.
  • VERSION ONE VENTURES  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013
    [Seed Money] How much capital should you raise?
    Many new founders think that because they’ve secured their seed round, it will be easy to find investors for the next round, and the next… However, a startup needs to demonstrate significant progress between funding rounds. However, keep in mind that the majority of failed startups end up closing their doors because they run out of money.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012
    [Seed Money] Why It's Critical to Think Big
    You don't need a million dollar advertising budget, but you should have some seed money to get your business and its marketing campaign off the ground. In fact, when planning a project or borrowing money, come up with a figure of how much you'll need and then double it! Too Small of a Niche Is your niche too small? read more.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012
    [Seed Money] Interview with Shaul Weisband, Co-Founder of the Gifting App, Jifiti
    Whether it’s a jacket we just tried on at the Gap or a new game at GameStop––someone at home is not going to be happy that we spent our money on something new. You now have raised money, partnered up with some heavy hitters, and had your app  debut in some of the most walked through malls in America. What is Jifiti? Exhilarating.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2012
    [Seed Money] Ex-Rovio Team Gets Funding To Create A Game That "Will Live On For Decades"
    To find out more, we got into an interview with the CEO, Antti Stén: AS: So, what's the money for? Stén: The seed money is what is needed to get our game launched and pay for all the energy drinks Tuomas keeps inhaling during the hours at the office. Notably, they both invested in Supercell as well. AS: Ha!
  • READWRITE.COM  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012
    [Seed Money] Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money
    Share on: Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money. Lets All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Cant Raise Any More Money. Well, nobody wants to give those dopes any more money. And the dopey angel investors who wrote the checks for those startups are going to lose their money.
  • ORRICK TOTAL ACCESS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012
    [Seed Money] Why Networking Matters – How I Got Into 500 Startups (and Lessons Learned)
    We had just launched (500 looks for companies with traction), had a great full-time team, and were looking for some seed money. By: Sean Wycliffe (Co-Founder and CEO of Dealflicks). People frequently ask me how Dealflicks got into 500 Startups, so I figured I’d share our story. He was super helpful and friendly, and we exchanged info.
  • PANDODAILY.COM  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
    [Seed Money] The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?
    We know this: As many as a thousand companies who’ve received seed rounds won’t be around in a year — maybe six months. The number of seed and angel investors has exploded in recent years, buoyed up by a number of factors. “That’s independent of how much money VCs have or how many companies funded.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012
    [Seed Money] Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.
    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. Raise money. Need money. More money. Yes, please give me money. Sunday morning.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012
    [Seed Money] Inside Geoloqi's Unusual (& Fascinating) Acquisition
    There's nothing typical about founder Amber Case. And this isn't your typical M&A deal. Here's how it happened. Amber Case, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed "cyborg anthropologist," is hardly one to follow a well-tread path. While other young tech entrepreneurs flocked to Silicon Valley, she steadfastly remained in Portland.
  • GREGG FRALEY, AUTHOR OF JACK'S NOTEBOOK  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012
    [Seed Money] Birthing the Start Up Baby
    Money is a big topic and I’ll be doing more on it in the next couple chapters, but suffice to say, you need seed money to crank things up. If you are hand-to-mouth, find a way to fund your business by selling something you have, getting a second job, or using your retirmement money. Hollywood Innovator, Lucille Ball.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
    [Seed Money] Instead of sticking a fork in the venture market, realize. there is no fork
    It's been said that long term returns are bad, but yet, where else are these institutions going to put the money to get growthy returns? They're also falling over themselves to put tons of money into the really big funds with long track records of success. Perhaps I need to rethink that. Did I mention it only took the founder a month?
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
    [Seed Money] To Follow On or Not to Follow On
    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.
  • GUST  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
    [Seed Money] How does Convertible Debt work?
    Debt is a fancy word for a “loan” That is, I lend you money, and you agree to pay back the money that I loaned you at some known point in the future, along with a specific additional amount of money (called “interest”) which is your payment to me for having been willing to loan you money in the first place.
  • WWW.BUSINESSINSIDER.COM  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
    [Seed Money] Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Google's Money
    Your Money. Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Googles Money. Grahams startups go through a months-long process of coaching to help them build products and raise money. The pattern is: youve already raised some money at a cap of $x. Money Game Select. Your Money Select. Your Money.
  • ANDREWCHEN.CO  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [Seed Money] How long will the “seed stage bubble” last?
    How long will the “seed stage bubble” last? It’s never been easier to raise seed funding, and there’s warnings that we’re in the midst of a “seed stage bubble.” My reasoning looks something like this: Right now, startups with strong teams can easily raise seed funding ($200-$1.5M or so).
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