VC Seed Funding Example: Trada

Feld Thoughts

My partner Seth Levine has a detailed post up today titled Trada – from the beginning that describes the creation and financing of Trada. Instead we quickly put our heads together about a financing (we like to say it was over beers, but the truth is more mundane – we hammered out the details in a 10 minute conversation in the conference room of the Foundry office). A few strategic angels were added to this round.

An economics lesson for growing companies


Venture or angel-financed companies with plenty of working capital sometimes are immune to this working capital need for some time into their growth, but at some point, it will become clear that the cheapest form of finance is not equity in a growing enterprise.

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The Microsoft Accelerator, round 2!

David Cohen

Most of those companies from the Kinect program are doing great, and many have gone on to raise venture capital or angel financing since the program ended. The Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect concluded earlier this year.

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TabbedOut Adds $3.7M

Austin Startup

While we have not seen the SEC filing, or an official statement from TabbedOut, TechCrunch is reporting today that TabbedOut has raised an additional $3.7M, perhaps as an extension of their Series A financing. Back in October we wrote about their $2M Series A, which added to their angel financing of $750K brought their total funding to $2.8M. Now with this additional $3.7M, their total financing is up to $6.5M.

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[U.S.] Small Businesses Look To Hire In The Next Six Months: Pepperdine


When it comes to seeking financing, small businesses say they are most willing to use bank loans as a financing option (70.7%), followed by angel financing (35.7%), private equity (28.1%) and venture capital (27.2%).

Should Investors in the Same Round of Financing Ever Get Different Prices?

Both Sides of the Table

But Paul Graham really did have a point in his “ high resolution fundraising ” post – that there is a problem – particularly in angel financing – with herding cats. Since 2009 I have been counseling people to offer discounts to the first angel investors.

Honest Tea TeaEO Seth Goldman: Dos and Don’ts of Raising Money From Angels

Campus Entrepreneurship

The piece offers his thoughts on Angel investing and how Honest Tea approached it. From the Inc piece, The Dos and Dont’s of Raising Money From Angels. First round of angel financing ($500,000). Second round of Angel financing ($1.2 Goldman explains the costs and benefits of Angel investors based on his experience and by doing so adds more life to the business plan. (I

The Importance of Robust Angel Ecosystems

VC Adventure

Earlier this week I gave the keynote address at the Colorado Angel Capital Summit. While the audience was Colorado focused, the overall message I delivered about the angel ecosystem is very relevant to all entrepreneurial communities.

Answers to the 5 Most Common Angel Investor Questions

Growthink Blog

On Wikipedia, I found the word "angel" defined as "a supernatural being or spirit, often depicted in humanoid form with feathered wings on their backs and halos around their heads." While this might depict an "angel," it certainly is a far cry from the definition of an "angel investor."

Startup Strategy Roundtable: Top 10 Tech Trends To Watch


The company is profitable and has so far raised only $400,000 in friends and family and angel financing. At this point, he can grow organically and leverage channel partners and other creative modes of non-equity financing and preserve equity as much as possible.

The most important person on the startup team


500 CEO, serial entrepreneur and the founder of New York Angels. founder and CEO of Gust, the angel financing platform used by over 50,000. accredited investors in 1,000 angel groups and venture capital funds to. By David S.

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What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

Both Sides of the Table

It’s nearly impossible to get a services company financed by VCs. They have created two internal technology “products&# and wanted to figure out how they could turn their services business into a product business that could be financed.

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Crowdfunding Sites Offer 5 Hidden Benefits

Growthink Blog

To start, Crowdfunding is the process of getting a group of regular individuals (versus banks, venture capitalists or angel investors) to collectively fund your venture.

The 5 Key Stages of Equity Funding

Growthink Blog

Mezzanine Financing Most companies that raise equity capital and are eventually acquired or go public receive multiple rounds of financing first. Put everything else on your "wish list" to buy with revenues from sales or additional financing.

How to Find the Perfect Startup Job: Part I "Start with 'When'"

Genuine VC

Much of the VC blogosphere commentary about startups covers venture and angel financing with advice focused on company founders. The primary dimension on which startups differ is stage: two guys in a garage is definitely a startup, so is a thirty person company growing with a second round of financing, and so is a 250 person company preparing for an IPO.

Growth requires a different kind of capital.


Venture or angel-financed companies with plenty of working capital sometimes are immune to this need for some time into their growth, but at some point it will become clear that the cheapest form of finance is not equity in a growing enterprise.

Families Help Nurture Vanderbilt Entrepreneurs

Campus Entrepreneurship

Mitra points out that the free rent may have been worth up to $20,000 in angel financing? Great piece from Sramana Mitra highlighting two entrepreneurs that launched an educational software firm, Archipelago Learning, out of Vanderbilt. Mitra highlights the importance of supportive friends and families as founders, especially young ones, begin the process of building a sustainable business.

Why Capital Factory?

Austin Startup

Today the company has successfully raised angel financing, and they are investing in faster growth and adoption of their family gaming platform. The application deadline for Austin-based Capital Factory ’s 2011 program is Sunday , and momentum for tech startups and entrepreneurship in general are riding high as the SXSW Interactive festival wraps up.

Startup Capital: Feast or Famine?


Sources of Capital for Startup Entrepreneurs – The primary sources of cash for new companies are (1) self (the entrepreneurs’ resources), (2) government grants, (3) friends and family, (4) angel investors and Super Angels , (5) venture capitalists and (6) strategic investors. Let’s take a closer look at trends in government grants, angel investment and venture capital financings. It appears to me that there are about 100 Super Angels in the US.

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Angel Funding Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Last night I attended a DealMaker Media (whom I love because they always host such great discussions) panel on raising angel money moderated by Dan Gould and with panelists Rob Hayes (First Round Capital, more seed or A round than angel), Scot Sangster (with OrganicStartup and the best spokesperson for Tech Coast Angels that I have met to date), Tom McInerney (TGM) and Jarl Mohn (who invests on his own “account&# and whose track record is truly humbling).

Who, When, and How Much? A Quick Introduction to Startup Financing


For a first time entrepreneur trying to figure out the arcane world of startup financing, it can be very confusing to understand the roles that different types of investors play in funding promising companies, as well as the point in a company’s life at which they enter the stage. It is not unusual to hear people refer to “angels-and-vcs” in a single breath, even though those are two very distinct groups with different attributes.

Convertible Equity, A Better Alternative To Convertible Debt?

There has been no shortage of controversy and criticism around the convertible note, a popular investing vehicle that’s used by seed stage and angel investors. Ressi estimates that the debt note now accounts for over 50% of all angel and early stage deals. Startups. Mobile.

A "Rich-vs.-King" Approach to Term Sheet Negotiations


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Bras Meet Software at Babson

Campus Entrepreneurship

The company is about to close a $500,000 – $700,000 round of angel financing. via Where Bras Meet Software: Zyrra Raises Money From Jess McLear, Jean Hammond, & Local Angels For Its Bra Industry “Revolution” | Xconomy. Tags: American Exceptionalism Business Plans & Competitions Campus Eco-System Entrepreneur Profiles angel investing Babson MBA Christi Andersen custom bras Golden Seeds layered financing MassChallenge Zyrra

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Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part V


As we conclude our convertible note financing series, there are assorted terms commonly seen in term sheets and deal documents that are worth touching on briefly. This is the norm for West Coast deals, but it’s often the case in dealing with East Coast investors (more commonly for VC financing rounds rather than angel seed rounds) that the lead investor wants its lawyers to draft the documents.

How do the sample Series Seed financing documents differ from typical Series A financing documents?

Startup Company Lawyer

After the recent announcement of the Series Seed Financing documents by Marc Andreesen, Brad Feld points out that there are now four sets of “open source&# equity seed financing documents: TechStars Model Seed Funding Documents (by Cooley). Y Combinator Series AA Equity Financing Documents (by WSGR). Series Seed Financing Documents (by Fenwick & West). This post assumes that you have a basic understanding of Series A financing terms.

Interview with Sramana Mitra on 1M/1M Program

Rajesh Setty

Through this journey, we have raised the visibility of fundamental issues like the causes of exorbitantly high infant entrepreneur mortality, and alerted the entrepreneur community with a simple observation: Entrepreneurship = (Customer + Revenue + Profits); Financing is Optional. This, of course, doesn’t mean that we discourage entrepreneurs to seek financing. 1M/1M Program has a bold mission.

ProfessorVC: How much is enough?

Professor VC

Financing, that is.I One truth of start-up financing is that it generally takes twice as long and twice as much money to accomplish your milestones. Most companies dont come close to their rose colored financial models prepared when going out for Series A financing. ProfessorVC.

Why Co-Founders Are a Startup's Biggest Liability | The Startup Lawyer

About the Author Ryan Roberts is a startup lawyer and represents technology companies through all phases of the startup process, including incorporation, seed & venture financings, and exit transactions. Contact The Startup Lawyer: Home Page About Contact FAQs Glossary Ryan Roberts Law: Home Page Social Networks: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Flickr Delicious Digg Last.FM

ProfessorVC: Baby's All Grown Up

Professor VC

Not to worry, I was busy working on closing the Series B financing for iControl Networks. I started working with the founders of iControl at the concept stage, prior to the first $100K of angel financing. The CEO and I ended up funding the company ourselves until we were able to scrape together a larger angel round. Labels: CFO , home security , M and A , venture capital , venture financing. Negotiating an Angel Deal in your PJ's. Touched by an Angel.