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Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

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7 Tips For Raising Startup Capital AngelList is an amazing thing. No, let me rephrase that-- AngelList is a freakin' phenomenon. Since launching just over a year ago, 2250 investors have joined, over 400 startups have

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

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Part of my job description involves prepping startups to raise capital. One of the most common issues that concern entrepreneurs is how to address the "Valuation Question." " I understand this concern; raising money puts a very

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A Better Way To Ask For Investor Intros

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8 Tips To Optimize Your Fundraising Process. About once or twice a week I get an email that goes something like this: “We are starting to raise our seed round; who should we be talking to?”.

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

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Business development is fun. Putting together partnership deals requires a special combination of hustle, strategic thinking, technical chops, project management, and sales and negotiation skills. It's a bit like a triathlon

Your Financial Model Is A Work Of Fiction; Build It Anyway

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Startup Financials Series Startup financial models are a pain in the ass. They take a ton of time to build. They are complex and often messy. They are never truly right. And they are outdated almost the moment you finish them

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Deals Gone WIld (aka "What Drives Massive Startup Valuations?")

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A few months ago, I wrote a blog post on startup valuation that presented a table of normal or typical price ranges for startups depending on the sector and stage of development, among other things. You can view that post (and the

Raising Startup Capital Slides -- The Pitch, The Model, and Fundraising as a Process (General Assembly)

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I recently led a three-part workshop series called "Raising Startup Capital" at General Assembly's SF office. Here are the slides I used in my lectures. I've included the notes version, as I think there's a lot of useful commentary in there. Enjoy! Session One: Building a Killer Startup Pitch Deck + Pitching Hacks. Session Two: Financial Modeling for Startups. Session Three: Raising Capital as a Structures Sales Process. What do you think? Any tips, tricks, or hacks to add to the mix?

Startup Financial Models and Forecasts: Part II.

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Note: in my first segment on startup financial models, I discussed the reasons why an entrepreneur should build a startup financial model. You can read that post here. In this post, I discuss what makes a model a "good"

When Is A Startup "Venture Fundable?"

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I spend a healthy chunk of my time helping startups think through their capital raise strategies. Part of this work involves assessing whether a company is fundable given its current stage of development, traction and business plan

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In Praise of "Dumb Money"

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I am frequently contacted by startup founders seeking help raising an angel round of capital. I give an explanation of what angels are looking for, point out a few of the various formal angel groups, and describe the growing army of

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Announcing the launch of Foundersuite: Software and Templates for Entrepreneurs

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We are very excited to announce the launch of Foundersuite ( www.foundersuite.com ), which is a set of software modules and templates for startup founders. Try it out for free, and if you like it, you can use the code " SeedStageLove " for 20% off everything, forever.

Startup Acquisitions: Exit Strategy

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We recently put together our "thought piece" on the dynamic world of startup M&A. The premise is that for many startups, it is actually more profitable for founders to raise a small amount of capital and sell early to an acquirer like

What Startups Can Learn From Sailors (Pt. I)

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I'ma simple guy. I basically have just two passions in life: startups and sailing. Last fall, after nearly a decade spent working with startups, my wife and I embarked on an extended 'sailing sabbatical.' ' On a pre-dawn October morning

Setting And Shaping A Strong Startup Culture

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Of all the determinants of a startup's success, company culture reigns supreme. Over the past several years, I've had meaningful interactions-- meetings, calls, etc.-- with perhaps 700-800 early stage startups. From that broad pool

Financial Modeling for Startups-- How Much Will It Really Cost?

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I came across this blog entry from Christine Herron of First Round Capital detailing the costs of starting web wunderkind Mint.com (acquired by Intuit for a handsome $170M). Christine does a great job of breaking out Mint's costs by

Positioning for a Startup Market Turnaround | VentureArchetypes.

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It was around this time last year-- Summer of 2008 to be precise-- that a rash of VC firms and angel investors such as Ron Conway and Benchmark Capital issued highly publicized decrees to their portfolio companies to

The Care and Feeding of Startup Advisory Boards

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A recent post on Vator.TV got me thinking about startup advisory boards. This is an often-overlooked, under-utilized, or completely neglected strategy for early stage companies. But it needn't be so; setting up a startup advisory board

in search of.the ideal term sheet

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continuing with our discussion on term sheets (see "some thoughts on term sheets" and "closing term sheets quickly"), today a new "plain vanilla" term sheet was published by adeo ressi of thefunded.com.

The Business Plan is Dead; Long Live the Business Plan.

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The Business Plan is Dead; Long Live the Business Plan! Recently, there has been some heated debate in the web startup world about whether developing a business plan is really necessary. The main arguments are that: a) VCs don't read

Wisdom from Marc Andreessen | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage.

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Marc Andreessen is an amazing guy. He co-founded Napster, Ning, and LoudCloud (later changed to OpsWare). He's made investments in Twitter and Digg. He sits on the boards of Facebook and eBay. And he recently announced

The Case for Taking a VC's Money (even if you don't need it.

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In contrast to our recent posts which tout the advantages of bootstrapping, here is an interesting blog from the founder of SEOmoz and his (generally positive) reasons for taking outside capital from a venture investor

Basic (But Solid) VC Pitching Tips | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed.

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I stumbled across this blog this morning called Startable, co-written by an entrepreneur and a former VC with Atlas Ventures. They have compiled some pretty useful content and pitching tips. The tips are basic

Things A Founder Will Never Say | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed.

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As a follow-up to last week's slide show of Things A VC Will Never Say, here is the other side of the coin: Things A Founder Will Never Say The picture on the front of a very young Bill Gates and his team in some very

Things A VC Will Never Say | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage.

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Let's start off the day with a little VC humor.this slide deck, modeled off the "Successories" line of motivational posters (favored by Michael Scott in the Office), accurately sums up a few of the more common VC

apple's business plan and offering memorandum

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apple is one of the most fascinating companies, ever. as a kid i was a huge fan-- my first computer was an apple iie, and i discovered at an early age both the joys of programming (i could code a program to make a pac man open and close

vc blog lists and rankings

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about a year ago, we compiled a list of vc bloggers on the venturearchetypes website: [link] it was a fairly laborious process, involving combing numerous other lists

Key Elements for Selling Your Company | VentureArchetypes Blog.

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My friend (and former VentureArchetypes colleague) Jake Kaldenbaugh turned me on to this blog post by Matt McCall. Matt is a Chicago VC and MD at DFJ Portage VP (just to throw a few mysterious acronyms at you

some thoughts on term sheets

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i am often asked by the startup companies i work with for a "typical" term sheet they can use as a benchmark when negotiating with investors. it's a logical question, but a hard one to answer.the distribution curve, if it could be

Should Government Help Fund Startups? | VentureArchetypes Blog.

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I've been running an ongoing, informal debate about the role government should play in encouraging entrepreneurship. At the root, I believe that what a government chooses to spend its money on is a leading indicator of

the best funding strategy of them all: none

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this blog is generally about all things early stage capital related, but here is a good list of the best strategy of them all: bootstrapping.

More on M and A for Startups | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage.

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More on M and A for Startups. Continuing the thread on M and A as an exit alternative, here is a good post from the WSJ about positioning your startup to be acquired

Acquisition As An Exit Alternative | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed.

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As a follow-up to my recent blog posting about the dearth of IPOs (and the effect it's having on the early stage venture market), here is an interesting article from the WSJ about the state of health in the M and A space

closing term sheets quickly (+ avoid the co-investment term sheet)

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here's an interesting post from the guys over at venturehacks about closing term sheets quickly. link] i like the advice.one of the biggest pains is to get vcs to move on your timetable

A "4-Pillar Plan" to Fix the IPO Market | VentureArchetypes Blog.

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Dixon Doll and the National Venture Capital Association have put together a "4-Pillar Plan" to restore liquidity to the IPO market (see bottom of this post for the link). It's an interesting approach.the "4 Pillars" include both

More SBA Funding for Startups? Maybe. | VentureArchetypes Blog.

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I had coffee this morning with my father and his friend, Fritz Keefner. Fritz is an interesting cat, and led an interesting career before retiring.he was on Wall Street, then got involved in collateralized lending to

Tough Market for Entrepreneurs? VC Firms Are Having a Rough Go Of.

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Venture capital investing is supposed to be a long-term investment play.venture funds generally have 7-10 year durations, over which time they invest the money raised from limited partners (e.g., teachers' pension

Q1 VC Numbers Are In.Here's the Good, the Bad, and mostly, The.

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The Q1 VC numbers are in, and they ain't particularly pretty. Here's an excerpt (courtesy of Dow Jones VentureSource): "Venture capitalists invested just $3.90 billion in U.S. companies in the quarter, a 50% decline

Location, Location, Location

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Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally. The younger the startup business, the more that is true.

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Framework Benchmarks

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About What we do Portfolio People Blog Contact. You are viewing a single entry. Please also check out the most recent entries. March 28, 2013. Framework Benchmarks. How much does your framework choice affect performance? The answer may surprise you.

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A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We’re tired of hearing how small software companies usually fail. The data show that the two most common causes are: (1) Product isn’t useful to enough people, and (2) Problems with the team.