New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup.

Put A Coin In It! Invest In Early Stage Startups To See Maximum ROI

YoungUpstarts

Investing has always (and will always) come with a long laundry list of liabilities that can deter even the most experienced investors from making a generous contribution to a startup or early-stage company they believe in. by Emmanuel de Watteville, co-founder of Blue Ocean Ventures.

Great Early Stage Startup Behaviors Limit Scaling

Startup Professionals Musings

Once you are able to achieve some real “traction” with your business (paying customers, revenue stream), it may seem the time to relax a bit, but in fact this is the point where many founders start to flounder. Trusting your gut at this stage isn’t good enough.

Primer On Funding Trends for Early-Stage Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. Seed-stage means promising companies that don’t yet have a revenue stream, and may not yet have a proof of concept.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Gust

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup.

Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups

SoCal CTO

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."

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. Regions are missing early-stage capital.

Are balance sheets or profit and loss statements necessary to produce for early stage startups with no revenue?

Gust

Invested Interests balance sheets entrepreneur funding investors loss statements profit statements revenue startup Investors absolutely need to know the specific financial status of a company before they invest, because they are going to be part owners of the business. How much would you be willing pay someone to take over their bank account if you had no idea how much was in it?

What early stage fundraising in 2018 looks like?

Hippoland

I thought it might be useful to do a high level overview of what fundraising in 2018 looks like at the pre-seed / seed stage. This means that traction bar has gone up for both pre-seed and seed stage companies.

What early stage fundraising in 2018 looks like?

Hippoland

I thought it might be useful to do a high level overview of what fundraising in 2018 looks like at the pre-seed / seed stage. This means that traction bar has gone up for both pre-seed and seed stage companies.

Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Capital?

Austin Startup

It follows up on my posts discussing why early stage startups should — or should not — move to Silicon Valley. Should Early Stage Startups Move to Austin because of Capital? Let’s have a look at what early stage founders can expect in terms of oxygen.

The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.

Berkonomics

For those of us who’ve invested in early stage companies, especially technology startups, we have confronted a universal problem. There are many ways to project the value of a company for purposes of pricing an investment, but all rely upon the revenue and profit projections of the entrepreneur as a starting point.

Business Development for Early Stage Startups

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struck in the early days where newspapers would put a little “Tag this article” widget at the end of every story, and in return, they’d get a feed of the keywords used to take the articles, which helped them on search and ad targeting. 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. I find that first time CEOs often find themselves doing two things, neither of which is productive.

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. Asking for early-stage money before you have customers and revenue will likely kill your credibility with real investors.

How often do investors take a meeting with companies that they have rejected when the company was in its early stages?

Gust

A significant change in stage, if that was one of the stated reasons for passing (such as “we only invest in post-revenue companies”).

Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship

ReadWriteStart

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. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond.

Estimating the market and opportunity size is critical at the early stages of a company

The Equity Kicker

if a large round is raised and expenses are ramped the chances of going bust increase significantly as revenues fall short of budget. Yesterday I spent an enjoyable mentoring startups at Springboard , the London chapter of the Techstars accelerator programme. Reflecting on the day I was struck by two things. Firstly the quality of the companies is improving.

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

techcrunch.com

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups. Founders Den co-founder and angel investor Zachary Bogue has joined forces with seasoned big data VC Matt Ocko , Metamarkets founder Michael Driscoll and Prismatic CEO Bradford Cross to launch Data Collective , the world’s first Big Data-only early stage investment fund. Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture. Social. GreenTech. Gaming. Opinion.

Fast Growing Startups Focus on Customers

The Startup Magazine

At this stage of a company, all employees of the company need to proactively focus on customers and their receptivity to the offering. The Founding stage. This stage of a startup does not particularly focus on customer support. Early stage.

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

Small Business Force

It never ceases to amaze me, the amount of time early stage entrepreneurs spend creating a business plan that's, often, a combination graduate thesis, Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, with graphics that would dazzle the folks at Pixar.

Big Revenues vs. little revenues

Scalable Startup

Big Revenues vs. little revenues – a strategy question that startups often struggle with. Almost every company with long term success has used this dual revenue plan, throughout history. little revenues. Many easy-to-set-up payment systems and business models on the Internet have recently popularized little revenues – micro-payments, price per transaction, low cost, SaaS, freemium, monthly payments. Big Revenues. Back to early stage startups.

It's Lonely at the Top? Guidance for the Early Stage CEO

Small Business Force

You have some actual customers, driving real revenue and maybe even have an employee or two. Many entrepreneurs believe that raising capital is the key to early business success. So you proved your concept.

A Savvy Startup Always Builds a Great Loan Pitch

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs are convinced that banks are not worth the effort for startups, especially early-stage ones that still don’t have a revenue stream, or collateral to back up their financing needs. Tags: early-stage startup entrepreneur bank loan business

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. The goal of their startup in this stage becomes “getting funded.” What are Early Stage VC’s Really Asking?

Digital Revenue Expert – Vince Thompson

SoCal CTO

I started out as screenwriter, went into local television, ran ad sales in the west for AOL and joined Facebook in the companies very early days. Today I lead a small consultancy that helps advertising supported develop and scale the revenue producing sides of their businesses. I usually.just focus on revenue. More Visible Networking? this time with Vince Thompson. You’ve got a REALLY diverse background. What’s the short version?

It’s all about Revenue – Continuously Scaling Revenue

Scalable Startup

This is an obvious one, but a point too many startups forget or ignore in early stages. The purpose of a for profit business is to generate revenue, period. Avoiding this fact and/or not planning on it, focusing on it In most cases, the goal is to increase revenues continuously over time, i.e. scalability. It’s even more desirable to never have a dip in revenues, but this rarely happens. Most of all, Revenue has to be nurtured and protected priority #1.

It's Lonely at the Top. Guidance for the Early Stage CEO

Small Business Force

You have some actual customers, driving real revenue and maybe even have an employee or two. Many entrepreneurs believe that raising capital is the key to early business success. So you proved your concept.

How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups

SoCal CTO

A lot of my time is spent helping early-stage companies get to proof points so that they can raise capital. They might have some seed money and are thinking or raising a Series A based on success of an early release (MVP). Because of this, I've always tried to stay up-to-speed on how early-stage investors look at valuation of companies. Bill Payne is an expert on how early-stage investors should look at valuation.

FIRST REVENUES – THAT CRITICAL STEP

Scalable Startup

First revenue are a major validation milestone for a startup after much sweat and tears. But it’s still quite a nice feeling to see revenues coming into your enterprise, and makes you want to figure out how to build upon it. Revenue can change many things for you and your company – valuation, respect, confidence, negotiating position, attraction of other revenue and cash, retention of your equity, and the ability to attract key people and partners.

Revenue benchmark for Series A – $1m run-rate and 20% MoM growth

The Equity Kicker

the ecommerce companies or software companies that we invest in) and you have a $1m revenue run rate and 20%+ month-on month growth you will generally be in good shape. Companies with greater revenues and stronger growth are able to raise bigger rounds at higher valuations. Companies with higher quality revenues (quality encompasses predictability and margin) will get away with a little less, or will get a higher value Series As when they hit this milestone.

How to Use Growth Hacking to Increase Revenue 20x in Just 12 Months

Up and Running

Between January 2015 and January 2016, we grew our platform Slidebean from $1K to $20K in monthly recurring revenue. Getting the first tracks of revenue is one of the toughest processes of building a startup.

Timing: When to raise seed funding.

Scalable Startup

They come in lots of different flavors and stages of fundability. If you’ve already soft launched, have a product available, are telling the world about your awesome company but don’t have revenue/user growth, you’re probably in the red zone. Raising seed capital is a tricky business.

Grow or Die – - Revenue growth must be the core strategy and drive all other strategies.

Scalable Startup

And by growth I mean revenue growth. Flat to negative revenue growth is a real red flag, especially for early stage companies. Many early stage founders aren’t sure how to handle this requirement for success. Those are all nice and should be designed impact revenues, but usually aren’t a real measurement (unless you’re Twitter). Revenue growth must be the core strategy and drive all other strategies.

Silicon Valley Bank HALO report – Angel Investing(Infographic)

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder instagram Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora Some interesting trends here - Mobile is up, The West outside California is up, average valuation is unchanged. link].

Private Startup Stock Trading

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor early stage Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO ventureSoftware is ahead of Social Media – a sign of things to come. link].

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“Recommendation Swapping” on Linkedin

Scalable Startup

Details of the Recommendation: “During the early and critical stages of the conception and start up of One Fulfilling Life, Tom provided us with thoughtful, wise and nurturing insight and guidance.

Facebook shares upon IPO March 2012

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder Revenue Growth Scalability startup CEO Tom Nora ventureHere’s the stock ownership of principals at Facebook at IPO time earlier this year, interesting to see Mark Zukerberg’s amount vs. others.

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The Greenshoe = how to repay all those that helped along the way.

Scalable Startup

startup venture Scalability early stage startup CEO Revenue Growth founder Angel Investor Tom Nora Hawaii CEO CEOing first revenue venture capital angel investor tom nora CoFounder The Next Level Cash Flow Silicon Valley Entrepreneur How is it that so many people associated with startups reap the financial benefits, yet others just as close get no financial upside This is a source of frustration among many people in the startup sphere.

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Lessons Learned: The four kinds of work, and how to get them done.

Startup Lessons Learned

Another advantage of the early stages is that most dont have to juggle too many competing priorities. Four kinds of work Innovation / R&D - this is what all startups do in their earliest stages.

Validating Business Ideas Before Finding Technical Cofounders – Forbes

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture advertising angel investor CEOing CoFounder early stage google iOS tom nora venture capitalValidating Business Ideas Before Finding Technical Cofounders – Forbes.

Shout Out to Seth Levine, or the In-N-Out burger startup

Scalable Startup

One VC recently told me that his investors don’t care if he does no due diligence, as long as he “brings them another Facebook” Real startup successes are measured by growth, revenue, shareholder value, making something from nothing, ROI, longevity.

What negotiation tactics does Dave Mcclure use? #500strong

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor CEO Succession early stage founder Hawaii Launch Revenue Growth startup CEO Tom Nora angel investor CEOing CoFounder first revenue google scalability Silicon Valley startups tom nora My Answer to Quora Qeustion: I’ve advised several founders from 500 su and they’ve all said Dave is fair, honest, easy going, and lets you know when you’re cheating yourself.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself (If You’re Trying to Convince The World That You Have a Hot Startup)

Scalable Startup

How and when does this make revenue and profits? Angel Investor CEO Succession early stage founder Hawaii Launch Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora Uncategorized angel investor Cash Flow CEO blog CoFounder first revenue leadership revenue growth scalability software startups The Next Level tom nora vc venture capitalWhat are people doing now because your product doesn’t exist, what is the pain you will solve?