Does Crowdfunding Work for Early Stage Growth Companies?

VC Deal Lawyer

Here’s a list of some of the current sites in this space: 33 Needs – geared towards social ventures. Beyond the friends and family round, I am not sure that the current crowdfunding models could support the significant dollars that an emerging growth stage company might need.

3 Ways in Which Social Media Has Impacted Company Communications


The scenario has changed drastically within a few years as the far reaching potential of social sites is being experienced and explored. Some departments and functions within organizations have had a complete social makeover. Social Media Impact on Internal communications.

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Early stage startups don’t need a perfect idea, they need a great thesis

The Equity Kicker

Investors are frequently asked what they look for in a good startup and most good ones answer “Great team, great product and great market” With early stage companies team is paramount because that’s just about all there is in the company. Later stage companies have the reverse situation. Josh Miller, co-founder of Branch has a good post up on Medium today which examines what we should look for in early stage companies in a bit more detail.

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? This is the usual reason given for a marketing launch, but for most early stage startups, its a failure. If you dont know who the partners are, what they pay attention to, or what kind of message they are open to receiving - its too early to launch.

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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. I hadn't talked to her in a while and then because of a presentation I did around Social Media for Service Professionals she and I reconnected.

Thoughts on quant approaches to early stage investing

The Equity Kicker

2006-2008 was a mini-bubble period where gen 1 social networks Bebo, Myspace and Facebook were the big story and investor interest in business models was at an all time low. ‘Quant VC’ is a hot topic at the moment.

The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

It also has the “smart money&# investing early and taking profits before the crash.). Today, the signs of the new bubble are the Linked-In initial public offering (IPO), Facebook’s stratospheric valuation and the rapid rise of early-stage startup valuation.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months


To raise capital as a very early-stage business, you have to convince investors that your current size isn’t indicative of where you will be in the future. He has founded 7 startups to date, including sixdegrees, the first social network, and he advises many others.

5 Things To Look For In An Angel Investor


Early stage investing experience. Look for investors who have either been entrepreneurs themselves or have invested in early stage companies that have gone on to be successful. The size of their networks. by Tom Britton, co-founder & CTO at

10 Keys To Evolution From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise.

The Care and Feeding of Startup Advisory Boards

Seed Stage Capital

This is an often-overlooked, under-utilized, or completely neglected strategy for early stage companies. Ideally, they tap their network and provide leads for funding sources, early customers or partners, and key hires.

10 Steps To Scaling Your Startup Toward A Fortune 500

Startup Professionals Musings

Early-stage entrepreneurs rightly keep their focus on creating an innovative product or service. After celebrating success at that level, they often find themselves ill-prepared to move to the next stage, for scaling their business into a high-performing enterprise.

Great investing comes down to betting on new markets

The Equity Kicker

Similarly with Google and another search engine, or Facebook and another social network, and so on. That’s why we choose to play at these very early stages.

5 of the most famous (and effective) growth hacks of all time

The Next Web

Back when Facebook was still just for schools, some schools already had their own social networks. Instead of trying to market directly to students at those schools (“but we already have a social network!”) Jon Yongfook is a serial entrepreneur based in Asia.

How Twitter and Facebook create social ads

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The real social multiplier comes when users ReTweet these ads to their followers. Then is switches from a social targeted ad to a word of mouth social ad from your friends. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter enable taking "word of mouth" to a whole new level.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

Both Sides of the Table

The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. We’re all socially connected (so great businesses spread faster). Public-company tech investors creates competition in late-stage financings and these investors can afford to be less price sensitive if they choose.

Balaji Srinivasan

Marc Andreessen

He also runs the Stanford Bitcoin Group and advises a number of early stage companies. He recently penned an editorial piece titled Software is Reorganizing the World that discusses how social network relationships formed in the cloud are beginning to catalyze physical migrations and gatherings of increasing scale , thereby reorganizing the world. I’m very excited to announce that Balaji S. Srinivasan is joining Andreessen Horowitz as our newest General Partner.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Social Integration/Viral Outreach - are you integrating in some way with social networks?

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

Enter social media and its importance as a traffic source. Most large companies (tech or otherwise) have two functions that make it hard to drive the most successful early-stage innovation.

Venture Outlook 2016

Both Sides of the Table

On the one hand innovation is clearly at an all time high unleashed by smart phones, fast telecom networks, social networks that spread commerce and the fact that we are all one click away from buying things on Amazon, Apple, Google or PayPal.

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10 Entrepreneur Milestones That Make Funding Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Funding for pre-revenue startups used to be the domain of angel investors, but they have moved up-stage. Intellectual property is a large element of most early-stage company valuations, and this value determines what percent of the company an investor will expect to get for his money.

The Brutally Honest Guide to Naming Circles in Google Plus

Duct Tape Marketing

The Brutally Honest Guide to Naming Circles in Google Plus This content from: Duct Tape Marketing Users of Google+ are quickly coming to the conclusion that one of the game changing features offered up by this new social network is the following and sharing filter called Circles.

“We’re Passing But Please Stay In Touch” -> Building a Relationship with a VC Even if They Don’t Invest in You

Hunter Walker

It sucks to hear “no” and as an early stage investor , the law of numbers means I have to say it regularly. Connect With Me on LinkedIn or Your Social Network of Choice. Sometimes I deliver it quickly, sometimes it’s after deliberation. But I try to always do it honestly with feedback because we can also be on the receiving end of a “no” and want the same courtesy.

Why Launching a Startup Is More Expensive Than You Think

No doubt early-stage companies can be started on a shoestring by low-paid entrepreneurs, but when financing a scalable, sustainable product, a free application server won’t make much of a difference. That’s why i haven chosen to start working in Network marketing and MLM.

A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1

Steve Blank

I enjoyed hearing the religious zeal of some of these early pitches. JointBuy allows buyers to start a new deal on any available product and share the idea with others through existing social networking sites. Would we signs of success early?

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How To Launch Your Startup As A Student In 7 Steps


population use social media. It’s best to use different forms of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to promote your startup. When you market your brand using social media, backlinks will lead prospective customers to your website.

Getting Started with a Two-Sided Market Business


When I talk to the founders of one of these “eHarmony of” companies, one of the hardest problems is how to predict and test the concept in the early days – before you have scale. In a Network Effect Startup, you need to drive growth to some degree in order to be able to even begin to test it.

How to create a sustainable social media strategy for your startup

The Next Web

Along with building a product and a company, you need to build social momentum and buzz. Here are five essential, efficient ways to eliminate guesswork and make your startup a success on social media. Strategy Adopted: Leveraging Social Media Analytics.

13 tech trends to adopt before the year’s end

The Next Web

Though it’s incredibly valuable to be an early adopter of 2012′s tech trends, it won’t hurt your company to be right on time with everyone else who is just discovering them now. Social Influence. Niche-Based Social Networks.

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Is there age bias in VC investing?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

I recently waked into a pitch meeting for a social networking related business and was surprised by what I saw. In front of me were three guys in suits, each in their late 40′s or early 50′s, with an older Dell laptop and a paper print-out of some product ideas. Early stage tech is considered somewhat of a young person’s game.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder


Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. Social Integration/Viral Outreach - are you integrating in some way with social networks?

7 Ways To Future Proof Your Brand In 2016 And Beyond (And A Bonus)


What can you do so that you’re not remembered as a social network called MySpace or Google’s Orkut? While it was a joke, but Trevor Noah gets him to move from writing letters, to phones to eventually asking people to share thoughts on social media using a hashtag.

Businesses Must Manage the Twitter Conversation

Both Sides of the Table

On Facebook (and nearly all social networks that preceded it) the relationship was always reciprocal – if I accept your invitation to follow me then I have to follow you. Apple must be overwhelmed by people who hate the iPhone service because the AT&T Network is so bad.

Don’t Try to “Pull an Instagram.” Here’s Why …

Both Sides of the Table

…” I’ll write soon on my views of why I believe Instagram took off as a social network and what I think comes next. Instagram happens to be one of the few social networks I regularly use along with Twitter. Instagram.

McClure Finds Innovative Start-ups Outside the U.S.

Inc Startups

The Silicon Valley incubator 500 Startups opens its arms to 33 new early-stage Internet companies, more than half from outside the U.S. Listed in the incubator's Wednesday blog post , more than half of the 33 early-stage companies are based outside of the U.S.

4 Considerations for Expanding Your Startup to International Markets

Now more than ever, social media channels are increasingly the norm, so further investing in community activities like meet-ups and workshops can add a face-to-face element — one that is extremely valuable.

The only 2 ways to build a $100 million business

Version One Ventures

So most early-stage VCs have started to evaluate investment opportunities with an imaginary benchmark in mind: can this company become a $100 million opportunity? Your business has a high viral co-efficient (or perhaps even a network effect) that lets you amass users cheaply without worrying too much about the monetization per user or spending money on paid acquisition. Even more interesting are businesses that create network effects like marketplaces or social networks.

4 Founders & Harvard MBAs on Finding Startup Traction & MBAs-as-Entrepreneurs

View from Seed

On the heels of our research on HBS entrepreneurs , NextView’s Dimitri Dadiomov (HBS ’15) interviewed several top founders on the early stages of their companies. On Launching and Finding Early Traction. Clark: Competing through Social Networks.

5 Things That Catch New Entrepreneurs By Surprise


The good news is that there are also a ton of online resources that can help you get started and (hopefully) steer clear of common early-stage missteps. By Pamela Webber, Chief Marketing Officer at 99designs.

How to Find Startup Co-Founders Online and in the Real World

VC Cafe

So how do you go about finding co-founders and early members of your startup? Angellist Talent - Whether you are browsing for startups or talent, with 23,971 startups, AngelList is one of the most active communities for early stage founders.