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The Shift from FOMO to FOLD in Early Stage Investing

View from Seed

For the last several years, the early stage investing market was driven largely by the F ear O f M issing O ut, AKA FOMO. My prediction is that FOLD will permeate through the early stage investing landscape and have some pretty broad effects. Conveniently, this forms a handy acronym as well – FOLD.

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Early Stage Advisor Equity Grants

Eric Friedman

I have been thinking about early stage equity and advisor grants for some time, including a post in 2016 , that I rely on and wanted to revisit. If you are looking for a primer or how much early stage equity to grant to advisors, this is it. What is an early stage advisor? Types of Early Stage Advisors.


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Building A Sales Development Function for Early Stage Startups with Sally Duby

Mucker Lab

However, for early-stage startups with limited resources, a fractional CRO (Chief Revenue Officer) can be a cost-effective option. SDR Hiring Checklist When establishing a sales development team in the early stages, a meticulous hiring process is paramount.

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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. Founders vs. Early Employees To help with this discussion, let me start with a definition of "early employee." I'll get to service providers in a later post.

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Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. as a distribution channel have vastly reduced the amount of capital a startup needs at the early stage when the risk is greatest. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital. Late stage large regionally based funds that invest in late stage or mezzanine deals.

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Grant Applications Often Provide Early-Stage Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

A critical stage for most first-time entrepreneurs is getting their idea developed into at least a prototype to validate their technology. This process costs money, which professional investors are not willing to contribute, since their interest is in scaling a proven product and business model into a growth business.

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

Both Sides of the Table

There is one source I never liked and no early-stage VC should – investment bankers. But as a source of deal flow it is last on my list and both entrepreneurs and VCs should be careful about working with bankers on an early-stage (seed, a-round) deal. [no, They are venture bankers not investment bankers.