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How To Raise Seed Money Right (And Wrong)


I need to admit to a personal bias right up front: I am not the biggest fan of borrowing seed money. DO Raise Seed Money Through Sales.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

Startup Professionals Musings

In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. Professional help costs money.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money


In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. If you meet all the requirements, complete all the paperwork, and submit your grant application today, it will likely be six to nine months before you see any money. Professional help costs money.

A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

To become a member, each accelerator must meet the following strict criteria: Operate a 3-6 month long program. Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders. Becoming a member in the GAN is not easy, but neither is operating a quality accelerator program. Since then, accelerators have appeared all over the world.

6 Tips for Coming Up With Your Million-Dollar Business Idea

Up and Running

David sold his recording equipment for $50,000 and they borrowed the rest of their seed money from a bank. My Story. David’s advice.

Busted or Confirmed? 3 Common Myths About Starting A Business

crowdSPRING Blog

Fortunately, many startup myths revolve around three common topics (business plans, money, and unnatural hustle). So are the ants.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

Being profitable allows you degrees of freedom you don’t have when you rely upon other people’s money. Operating Costs.

Startup Business Investments Around The World


You have a startup when your company is in its first stage of operations. by Rocky Chan, business consultant for and Gust.

Guaana And Prototron Team Up To Link Ideas And Scientists


Prototron is the first fund in Europe granting pre-seed money to startups so they could build their first working prototype to test on customers.

How H&R Block Turned a $5,000 Loan Into a 24 Million-Customer Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Henry Bloch built his company from a two-man operation into the largest tax preparation company in the world, with 24 million customers a year.

3 Reasons to Look to the Angels for Start-up Funding

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But at the initial seed financing stage of your start-up, VCs are not always the better option In fact, angel investors often have more to offer.

Top Startup Advisor Paul Graham Just Warned Against Taking Google's Money

JOB OF THE WEEK: Operations Manager. Microsofts New Enterprise Operating System Is Going To Be A Big Hit. Your Money. Your Money.

Figuring Out FourSquare

Seeing Both Sides

million in its series A financing and kept the burn rate at less than $100k per month to make he money last. Raising money, scaling the team.

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Can This Start-up Shake up the Art World?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And second, many sharing services operate on the theory that people would rather not pay for assets when they're not using them.

Entrepreneurs that Got Filthy Rich in 2011

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Eric Lefkofsky provided $1 million in seed money to Andrew Mason to develop the idea for the coupon buying site. billion in 2004.

5 Reasons to Avoid Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Too much seed money. You must be scratching your head now and asking yourself: How can too much money be bad? Waltham, Mass.-based

Lyft CEO: 'Think of Every Dollar as the Last You'll Ever Get'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It’s a strategic mindset that seems antithetical to the way that most companies operate. ” Green said. ”

Where to Get Feedback on Your Business Pitch

Up and Running

They ended up with a nice pitch, and approximately $300K in seed money.”. Operated by the U.S. No, really. Check out #9. Now what?

Interview with Shaul Weisband, Co-Founder of the Gifting App, Jifiti

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

You now have raised money, partnered up with some heavy hitters, and had your app debut in some of the most walked through malls in America.

Want $50k in Seed Funding? Apply now.


A new program that began earlier this year is looking for five IT-centric entrepreneurs to receive seed funds along with a series of services.

How to Start a Startup

You need three things to create a successful startup: to start withgood people, to make something customers actually want, and to spendas little money as possible. The way a startup makes money is to offer people bettertechnology than they have now. Andyet theres a lot of money at stake. This money isnt revenue. Well, no.

SkySQL Raises €3 Million Series A Round


SkySQL serves customers such as ATOS Worldline, Canal+, Deutsche Telekom, ClubMed,, La Poste, Constant Contact and Virgin Mobile, and has operations in Asia, Europe, and North America. The company was founded October 2010 and has been funded to date with seed money from OnCorps, as well as Open Ocean Capital. ”We

Copenhagen's Opbeat Raises €1.75 Million From Balderton & Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify Co-founders


To help carry some of that burden, they''re announcing a new startup, Opbeat and a lot of money and smart people behind it.

How to Fund a Startup

A typical startup goes throughseveral rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take justenough money to reach the speed where you can shift into the nextgear. At Viaweb we got our first $10,000 ofseed money from our friend Julian, but he was sufficiently richthat its hard to say whether he should be classified as a friendor angel.

The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship


Startups need to understand how to manage the seed money they receive from investors and VCs. Financing. ” The Cost of Financing.

No Capital? No Problem. What You Get For Free Is Priceless


Using only your own money means you can grow at your own pace as your business has the resources to handle it. No Capital? No Problem.

Mentors-Plus-Capital Programs – Intense Incubation

Startup Professionals Musings

There is a growing fellowship of special-case start-up programs operated by closely-knit, permanent groups of angel-mentors.

Financing risk

Chris Dixon

Startups that raise seed funding face the risk of not being able to raise additional money. If you are a company that just raising seed funding, financing risk should be top of mind. Basically you want to take the main risks that exist at the seed stage and eliminate as many as you can. Raise enough seed money.

Venture Seed vs Angel Seed

Immersive Web

Among the many great discussions, the most critical one in my mind centered on the impact that the source of money can have on an early, seed startup. The discussion covered two main sources of seed funding: Vc and true angel. Isn’t seed money just seed money? Look for seed money from angels.

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Funding, dealflow and startup traction from Latvia: October


Prize money & Awards. In addition to the status, BuyerDeck also received £25,000 prize money. The startup received €2,000 prize money.

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Venture Seed vs Angel Seed « Immersive Web

Immersive Web

Immersive Web Home About Venture Seed vs Angel Seed I really enjoyed the Boston Angel Boot Camp on June 1. Among the many great discussions, the most critical one in my mind centered on the impact that the source of money can have on an early, seed startup. Isn’t seed money just seed money?

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Dynamic strategy and the end of competitive advantage. Rita McGrath, Business of Software 2014

Business of Software Blog

billion dollars in interchange fees and that’s a lot of money! Is sustainable competitive advantage dead? If so, who killed it? Yeah, okay.

VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!

Both Sides of the Table

A few years ago it became fashionable for large VC’s to do seed funding. I think they definitely qualify as a VC and not a seed fund.

This Week in VC with @VCMike Hirshland of Polaris Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most difficult things to do as a first time entrepreneur is to get to know the investors you might be working with if you accept money.

From Nothing To Something. How To Get There.

This is the first post in what’s going to be a series of blogs on how to go from nothing – no connections, no team, no money and no knowledge of how the startup industry really works – to operating a growing business. If you want to waste nine months trying to raise VC money for that idea, great. I need money for the servers.

If I Only Had A Million Dollars…

Mark Birch

He said he would love to get started…if only he had the money. Money is not the starter. startups entrepreneur Funding money

Q&A: How To Deal With The Trough of Sorrow? And tips for bootstrapping companies

Rob Go

Even Mailbox (which just got acquired by DropBox for likely a big number) I’m sure faced a trough of sorry when they shifted resources away from their original product (behind which their raised their seed round) and pursued what could have been yet another email client. So I was excited to partner with the good folks at

Figuring Out foursquare

Launching Tech Ventures

million in its series A financing and kept the burn rate at less than $100k per month to make he money last. Dennis wrote a great post at the time of the financing that showed just how product obsessed he was, even after taking the seed money. Raising money, scaling the team. Modest burn : the company only raised $1.35


The Great Abdication: Consumer Internet, Venture Capital, and Angels

Burnham's Beat

The reason is simple: the more funds under management, the more fees, the more “risk free” money for partners to split up. An added bonus of refocusing on expansion or late stage deals is that these investment rounds tend to be a lot larger which means more money can be put to work. Operating Systems. Operations Management.

Burnham's Beat: Edgeio and the ?Write Once, Publish Everywhere.

Burnham's Beat

I am not sure when they are officially launching but they have raised seed money from a bunch of top tier angels and from my tour of their new site, they appear to be well on their way to having the first vertical search engine that explicitly targets personal listings embedded inside individual web sites and blogs. Operating Systems.