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New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup. Super Angels. Series-seed round.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs


The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup. Super Angels. Series-seed round.

An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth


As you build product early on, how do you determine if you’re on the right track or heading towards a dead end? How active are your customers?’.

10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

Both Sides of the Table

The following are some lessons I learned about early-stage startup marketing. I know because I did this in early 2000. Go slowly.

Do My Early Stage Investors Own Too Much Of The Company?

Ask The VC

More Context: I recently joined a very early stage company as their CEO. The company has ~1000 paying customers and in 3 years has earned ~$160k. Most VCs in India say we are too early stage for them and we have just started looking at angel investment as an option. Equity angel ceo early stage equity ownership

Early Stage Marketplace Investing


One of our Launch Capital staff, Ed Coady, pinged me the other day regarding marketplaces and asked me how does one find the next big marketplace startup at the seed stage. In stark contrast, there are practically no posts written on how to evaluate and pick the next big marketplace at early stage when there is no traction.

Great Early Stage Startup Behaviors Limit Scaling

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors often say that successfully navigating the early stages of a startup requires lots of street smarts, guts, and luck.

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? I sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

How to do (and what to expect from) early stage customer development & sales

The Startup Toolkit

Everything I know from 4 years of intensive customer development & sales, boiled down into an 18 minutes talk I gave at HackFwd in Berlin.

3 Emails Every Early-Stage SaaS Should Be Sending Right Now

Software By Rob

The emails I’m highlighting here are easy to set up and pack a punch – ideal for early-stage products. The best part? Me neither.

Web Summit – Top 50 Hottest Early Stage Startups In The World

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

250 startup companies set up base in the conference halls, eager to share information, seek investors, and attract potential customers. Zoobe.

The evolution of early stage investing in the UK

The Equity Kicker

I wrote the post below for Crowdcube , one of the UK’s leading equity crowdfuding sites. It went up on their blog yesterday. _.

5 Early-Stage Investments You Need to Make

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Few business owners would frisk every customer walking in the front door. He later told me had over 100,000 good customers. Hire help.

Early Stage Entrepreneurs Don't Need a Business Plan, They Need a Battle Plan!

Small Business Force

But there is no chance to raise capital without both proof of concept and customers, for sure. But why do entrepreneurs do it? He's been there.

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between "seed-stage" and "early-stage" financing.

3 useful tips to help your early stage startup acquire paying enterprise customers

The Next Web

At Scripted , we’ve been able to acquire almost 1,000 paying business customers without hiring a single outside sales representative.

8 Ways To Get Off The Ground With Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Angels are most interested to help you scale the business, once you have real customer traction and ready to break out. alone.

Considerations for Early Stage Startup Opportunities in SaaS and Cloud Computing

UC Berkeley

by Evangelos Simoudis, Ph.D. Senior Managing Director at Trident Capital. The New Generation of SaaS Applications. Considerations for Startups.

Connecting The Dots: Mergers Of Early-Stage Startups


The following is a guest post by Ken Smith. You can find him on LinkedIn at [link] or follow him on twitter: @CareerEntrepnr.

Raising Money Using Customer Development

Steve Blank

Unfortunately in early stage startups the drive for financing hijacks the corporate DNA and becomes the raison d’etre of the company.

Business Development for Early Stage Startups

This is going to be BIG.

It’s the kind of thing you can repeat in an elevator, simple to understand , universally applicable , and, most importantly, doesn’t burden your tech team with a lot of custom development. If you’re a non-technical founder, while your team is building and refining your product, you’ve got to figure out what to do with your time.

CEOs Who Are Pleasers Should Spend More Time With Customers

Feld Thoughts

As I was rolling this around in my early morning brain, the thought occurred to me that if you are a CEO and a people pleaser, you should spend more time with your customers. There are a plenty of CEOs who spend a lot of time with customers, but I’ve never met a CEO who spent too much time with her customers.

Connecting With Customers


“ The idea that a business needs to treat its customers well and understand their tastes and habits is so obvious it seems hardly worth stating.

Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship


Most business schools don't have much insight into what goes on in the pre-validation and validation stages of the business and fail to underscore a simple fact: you do not get financing unless you validate your business first. In addition, I had the feeling that the product is being scoped out without input from a critical mass of customers.

The Truth About Early Stage Pre-Money Valuations

Ask the Angels

I think there are three fundamental truths regarding the valuation of early stage businesses by potential investors: The first is that a pre-money valuation is ultimately an outcome of negotiation , rather than a mathematical calculation of discounted cash flow or any other metric of potential company performance. By Al Schneider.

Welcome To The Year Of The Customer


What are the latest trends that businesses need to take note of in the coming year to engage with their customers? billion to 8.6

Lessons Learned: Don't launch

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, March 13, 2009 Dont launch Heres a common question I get from startups, especially in the early stages: when should we launch? Marketing launch) Make a new product available to customers in the general public. Do your customers really read TechCrunch? Customers are there to focus you.

How to Use Google and Facebook for Customer Segmentation

Up and Running

What is customer segmentation? It is a grouping together of your customers based on demographics, behavior, and so on. to dc.js. Groups.

Being Responsive is Critical for Successful Customer Development

Instigator Blog

Most customers tolerate bugs. Most customers tolerate products with missing features that they need (or think they need!) Most customers tolerate the quirks and hiccups that come with new technology and software. This is true of early adopters, but it’s even true to some degree, of late adopters.

Loving your customers – celebrity style

Start Up Blog

At Tomcar we seriously love our customers. entrepreneurship auto industry Branding Customers scale startups tomcar

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi


She is a go to person for me when I have questions around technology or early stage marketing and branding. Maybe ten years. Absolutely.

10 Ideas for Winning Back Unhappy Customers

Up and Running

What do you do when a customer threatens to leave your product or service? Create a Written Response Plan. Honestly Admit Mistakes.

Guest Post: Preparing Customer Discovery Interviews

Grasshopper Herder

An entrepreneur at heart, his favorite thing to do is work with early stage startups. If he’s not in his office in San Francisco, you can probably find him on a long […] The post Guest Post: Preparing Customer Discovery Interviews appeared first on Lean Startup

A Day in the Life of Your Customer

Instigator Blog

To sell something effectively you really need to understand your customer. How and when your product will be used by your customers is critical.

If you have customers, you need customer success!

Lightspeed Venture Partners

At Lightspeed, we believe such a confluence of macro factors is coming together to create the next big software category: Customer Success Management.

When do I *stop* doing customer interviews and start writing code?

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Here are the details of both of those customer development experiences. Way #2: Get ten paying customers. How many should I talk to?

Starting Up: Tips And Tricks to Getting Set Up The Right Way

Early Growth Financial Services

And when it comes down to it, founders should focus their greatest energy on product development and customer acquisition efforts — not on compliance and administrative tasks. Instead, he advises outsourcing non-core functions early. With time being a resource … Continue reading → Early Stages

Fundraising? Be a Buyer, not a Seller


Most founders raise (or try to) far too early. At the late stage ($10M+ revenue) the reverse is true. So, what’s the solution?

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Video of My Internet Week Session on Early Stage Entrepreneurship

Vinicius Vacanti

Home About Contact Me How To Make It as a First-Time Entrepreneur Vinicius Vacanti Video of My Internet Week Session on Early Stage Entrepreneurship June 14, 2010 | View Comments On Thursday, Owen Davis of SeedStart invited Amol Sarva , from Peek , and me to answer some questions on early stage entrepreneurship.

Five Tips For Startups To Reduce Customer Churn


Finding new customers costs time and money. Here are five ways to reduce customer turnover: 1. Do customers find it easy to learn?