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Surprising Insights From HubSpot's $35M Mezzanine Round


HubSpot just closed its mezzanine round, so I thought I’d share some surprising things I learned during the process. That’s my sense of things based on insights from HubSpot’s mezzanine round of funding. The Surprising Importance of Your Series A Terms on Your Mezzanine Round. Big Check Late Stage Funds – GA, TCV, NEA, etc.

Getting Your Demos Right

Feld Thoughts

The demo is iconic and amazing, but it takes too long and is too abstract for their corporate customers buying Oblong’s Mezzanine product.

Mercy Hospital Virtual Care Center Supported By Oblong

Feld Thoughts

My friends at Oblong have been involved in some very cool new installations of their Mezzanine product in different vertical markets.

Why You Should Care About Mezzanine Financing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Mezzanine financing is one of them. But another potential source of financing could be mezzanine financing.

Price of Admission Is An Amazing Product

Feld Thoughts

Accenture just launched their Connected Analytics Experience’s immersive environment which is enabled by Mezzanine. As a daily user of Mezzanine, it actually makes video conference and collaboration tolerable. Technology 3dr bb8 glowforge mezzanine oblong product sphero teslaRock Band 4 comes out next week. Enough said.

What’s Old Is New Again

Feld Thoughts

A year ago the present caught up with the future and their first product, Mezzanine , came to life. My Investments future mezzanine oblong pixels user interfaceOver the weekend, Kwin Kramer, the CEO of Oblong , wrote a great essay on TechCrunch titled Hey Kids, Get Off My Lawn: The Once And Future Visual Programming Environment.

Through the Looking Glass

Feld Thoughts

He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought — So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. One, two!

Today’s Fun – Gnip, Twitter, Uncommon Stock, and Pre-Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

Series C/D is the new Mezzanine. FSA (Feld Service Announcement) – my version of a “public service announcement”: Moz is on the hunt for a VP of UX and Design. This role is one of our most crucial hires this year. Yeah, it’s been kind of busy the last week. Series A is the new Series B. (~6M-$15M

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Getting a New Receptionist with TextUs.Biz

Feld Thoughts

As a result, we redesigned the entrance to our office with “Receptionist” front and center, a new lobby, and a Mezzanine room. While I have nothing against receptionists, I’ve always felt like it was a thankless job that should be able to easily be replaced by the machines. The team at TextUs.Biz hasn’t slowed down.

My Plan to Master Video Conferencing

Feld Thoughts

At the high end, we use Oblong’s Mezzanine. It integrates directly with a Cisco system so you get the Mezzanine experience virtualizing the Cisco high end video conferencing. I’ve decided not to travel for the rest of 2013. There are lots of different cases to consider. Eye contact matters. There might be a presentation.

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10 Keys To Evolution From A Startup To An Enterprise

Startup Professionals Musings

They need a large infusion from venture capitalists, private equity, bank loans, or mezzanine financing. There is no free lunch. Marty Zwilling.

This Is The Droid You Are Looking For

Feld Thoughts

One of the most enjoyable things I get to do in my job is to be involved in creating amazingly fun products. Last year, Orbotix did an unusual thing.

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.

Early Seed Financing Terms Endure… Whether We Like It or Not

Genuine VC

Dharmesh Shah had a great post up last week about the lessons learned from raising a mezzanine round of financing. It’s really interesting, but perhaps only applicable to a more limited set of entrepreneurs. When you compromise on terms in the early stages, you will have to pay the price in the later stages. Yes, early terms endure.

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

Steve Blank

Late stage large regionally based funds that invest in late stage or mezzanine deals. I visited Bend last year and caught up with his progress.

Welcome to SBA Ventures LLC.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Small Business Administration is getting into the start-up business, helping fund high-growth companies through licensed investment companies.

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Scaling the Chasm

Seeing Both Sides

Financing: Do we have the metrics to support a growth or mezzanine round? It is a classic. 2015 may be the year of the Scale Up. 1-10 million.

The $1 Million Elevator Ride

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The elevator stopped at the mezzanine, and a group of conference attendees forced us to the back of the car. Here's the story. blah, blah, blah."

The Simple Change That's Completely Transformed How I Get Things Done

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The best part about it? No app, checklist, or special process was required. Completely. If you read my last Inc. So I stopped. The result?

The Next Business Stage Requires Aggressive Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

They need a large infusion from venture capitalists, private equity, bank loans, or mezzanine financing. There is no free lunch. Marty Zwilling.

5 Key Numbers A Buyout Firm Uses to Value Your Company

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Calculating future growth is just as important as looking at your current cash flow. million over the next five years. Right now, it is 10 percent.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

Founded in 1970, NAIC firms invest in venture (early stage/later stage) and private equity (growth/buyout/mezzanine/distressed/secondary funds).

The Valuation Trap

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson warns that when a tech startup is valued in the billions, it has few options except to go public or land a deep-pocketed buyer. There is a long article on Square and Box in TechCrunch this weekend. I am not sold on the arguments the author makes about the commodity nature of both products. Epilogue: I am a VC.

5 Alternatives to Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Entrepreneurs at growing companies often rush to raise venture funding. But they probably can find better sources of funding right under their noses.

16 Cool Coworking Spaces

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The space features a wrap-around mezzanine with permanent desks that look over the main area, and more flexible, open space. Hes got that right.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Open cloud led by Amazon with their AWS services drove total operating costs down by 90%. This led to an explosion in startups. Funny, that. Enter VC.

IVC - Summary of Israeli Private Equity Deals - Q1 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

FIMI had the third largest deal - a $36 million mezzanine financing of Alon Brands. Summary of Israeli Private Equity Deals - Q1 2011. billion.

Why Profitable, Growing Companies Can't Get Financing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Why Debt Won''t Work, Either So they go to a mezzanine/subordinated debt firm. Here''s why. It''s worth understanding why this happens. million.

Twitter Link Roundup #153 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Surprising Insights From HubSpot’s $35M Mezzanine Round | ON Startups – [link]. A Startup Founder’s Priorities – [link].

Show Me the Money: What are my Financing Options for my Business?

Up and Running

Image via Wikipedia. Equipment breaks down, you outgrow your space, or maybe you want to invest in infrastructure. Borrowed funds. Gifted Funds.

Startup Sauna Spring '14 Demo Day: 17 New Alumni Announced after Tips from Supercell's Paananen


All eyes we’re fixed on the stage. FiBAN founder Riku Asikainen will take her place as the new head coach for the batch to come. Dream big. Focus.

Finalist Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Named in VCAP Program

David Teten

Founded in 1970, NAIC firms deposit in try (early stage/later stage) and private equity (growth/buyout/mezzanine/ distressed/secondary funds). HBS Angels of NY and the NAIC have named the finalist women and minority entrepreneurs of the Venture Capital Access Program; check out the press release below. Take the Interview ( www. Torsh, Inc.’s

Hybrid instruments in startup financing – a Finnish legal point of view


Editor''s note: This is a guest post by Jaakko Lindgren and Laura Pirhonen, Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd.

Defining Intercreditor and Subordination Terms in Deal Negotiations

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In contrast to traditional mezzanine indebtedness, second lien debt was less expensive and did not dilute the sponsor's equity ownership. The overheated debt markets from 2003 to 2007 resulted in a record volume of buyout transactions by financial sponsors. Sound off on this buzz in the Comments Section

This Friday at NYU-Annual Stern Private Equity Conference

David Teten

The Stern Private Equity Club will host its 8 th Annual Stern Private Equity Conference on Friday, March 1 st , 2013.

On Bubbles … And Why We’ll Be Just Fine

Both Sides of the Table

And this is happening in mezzanine (pre-IPO) deals as well. This post originally ran on TechCrunch. If you are interested the Vimeo is here.

Summary of Israeli Private Equity Deals - Q2 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Marianna Shapira, Research Manager, IVC and Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. ???? Tel Aviv, Israel, July 26, 2011. Figure 1).

Sources of Capital - Private Equity

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This category of firms is a superset that includes venture capital, buyout-also called leveraged buyout (LBO)-mezzanine, and growth equity or expansion funds. PRIVATE EQUITY. Private equity is a term used to broadly group funds and investment companies that provide capital on a negotiated basis generally to private businesses.

Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own.

500 Hats

Or better at bridge/mezzanine?) Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. The Internet Revolution, Act III. er, Underdogs) Facebook Big Pimpin: Using Social Networks & Platforms to Drive Distribution Startup Metrics for Pirates: AARRR! The 4 Things You Really Need. Part II! Love it.

Growth & Arrogance vs. The Power of a Customer Centric Culture | Art Papas, Bullhorn | BoS USA 2015

Business of Software Blog

And GE’s response was look, we usually do mezzanine stage funding, later stage companies, but we got to get into the internet game and you guys seem like great guys. From growth arrogance to customer-centric culture Art Papas, CEO, Bullhorn. Every fast-growing organization experiences growing pains. Slides, Video & Transcript below.