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What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now

Version One Ventures

The ability to raise money no longer determines one’s fate. More money is flowing in from a new crop of angels, newly wealthy from a number of tech IPOs. And, we should expect angel activity to drop as new angels discover that returns from their seed investments aren’t so easy to come by. Is your opportunity at least $100M?

How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups


They might have some seed money and are thinking or raising a Series A based on success of an early release (MVP). He just post: Establishing the Pre-money Valuation of Pre-revenue Startups. A lot of my time is spent helping early-stage companies get to proof points so that they can raise capital. is a requirement.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

Both Sides of the Table

It turns out that to build a successful company you ultimately need this strange thing called “revenue” that people don’t just hand you: You need to earn it. And there’s this other thing called “gross margin,” which shows the quality of your revenue. How much ad revenue does TripAdvisor make?

Traction vs. Product

Rob Go

I’ve had a couple conversations with other investors recently around what a seed stage company needs to achieve to raise a series A.

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. Simplifying: Revenue -.

A Year in Review: 2016

Version One Ventures

forward revenue in February 2016 (the low), they appreciated by 6% each month for the following six months. At the same time, seed money is still abundant due to the proliferation of micro VC over the past few years. This has been an important year for us as a firm, as well as the market in general. for the last two years.

2009 VC Fundraising Strategy

Startup Economy

In a down economy, investors are more receptive to revenue generation than a grandiose vision Hit every milestone. In a down economy, investors are more receptive to revenue generation than a grandiose visionHit every milestone. Tags: Investment Seed money business model venture capital early stage The real caveat.

Booming Companies That Should Inspire Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Uber Uber started out as a small San Francisco business that managed to generate $200,000 in seed money in 2009. Business

7 Things You Should Know About Angel Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You have more opportunities than ever before to raise seed financing. Here''s what you need to understand first. ventures in 2011.

Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money

Share on: Let's All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can't Raise Any More Money. Sections. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud.

Making Sense of Seed Investment Data

Rob Go

In particular, a number of people commented on what looks like a dramatic rise and fall in seed deal volume over the past four years coupled with an increase in seed investment dollars. As a team, we’ve been thinking about what has been going on in the seed market in recent years. The parameters of seed rounds have broadened.

Mile-High disruption: Why Denver should be on your tech radar next year

The Next Web

Stuart Wall, CEO of Signpost , a local advertising platform funded by Spark Capital and Google Ventures. A quality of life that beats Silicon Valley’s.

Startup Business Investments Around The World


They aim to help small businesses take off the ground, and at the same time, make money from loan profits. Rationale for Startup Investments.

3 Reasons Not to Crowdfund

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It’s better to ask the hard questions before you’ve burned through a year of your life and $100k of other people’s money.

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Why the New Seed Might Be a Bad Seed

This is going to be BIG.

About a year ago, I started hearing about the existence of a "pre-seed" round. The term "seed" implies the very beginning to me.

No Plan Survives First Contact With Customers – Business Plans versus Business Models

Steve Blank

We thought we’d take our plan and go raise seed money. We can’t raise money knowing our plan is wrong.”. Now he had my attention.

Why the Series A Crunch Might Be a Good Thing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In 2012, Rust and co-founder Garrett Johnson raised $2 million in seed funding in two weeks. million in seed funding in 2011 and 2012.

Warby Parker of Shoes? Meet Beckett Simonon

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Using just $2,000 in seed money generated from Hasso, the company produced its first batch of inventory--1,000 pairs of shoes.

Instead of sticking a fork in the venture market, realize. there is no fork

This is going to be BIG.

venture capitalists are now asking tougher questions about start-ups' revenue and profits.". Perhaps I need to rethink that. And fewer bets?

Getting a Micro Loan Just Got Easier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The bill would create jobs, Maloney said, by using federal grants to help private investors loan money to entrepreneurs. Watch a video here.)

The beginner’s guide to valuing and selling your app

The Next Web

If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering selling your app to someone else, hopefully for large sums of money. Money. Why sell.

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.

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

The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?

We know this: As many as a thousand companies who’ve received seed rounds won’t be around in a year — maybe six months. Video.

Life As A Startup Consultant

Seed Stage Capital

If you want to optimize your life for money, you should pursue a path in traditional consulting (BCG, McKinsey) or in investment banking. A lot.

Disruption Comes (Finally!) to Commercial Real Estate

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What Freedman does not want to get out of these meetings is the one thing most people seem to think he wants: money. Freedman winced. Bingo.

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. A rich companyis one with large revenues.

Why You're Not Getting the Most Out of Your Board

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Should we charge SaaS revenue, ad revenue or volumetric billing revenue? Both of the functions are a waste of time.

Let’s Tax the Boy Scouts

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

One must have at least seed money, or more, to get a start-up going. Credit Unions are more like James Stewart than Henry Potter.

Forget Angels, Try Your Parents or Piggy Bank – The Accelerators – WSJ

Campus Entrepreneurship

My team at Duke University worked with Raj Aggarwal of University of Akron and Krisztina Holly at the University of Southern California to research the backgrounds of 549 entrepreneurs whose companies had made it past the begging-for-seed-money stage and were generating real revenue. Funding Research

SkySQL Raises €3 Million Series A Round


The company was founded October 2010 and has been funded to date with seed money from OnCorps, as well as Open Ocean Capital. ”We SkySQL is already delivering solutions to a number of top companies and increasing their revenues significantly. The funding round was led by Finnish Industry Investments Ltd. (a based OnCorps.

It Doesn’t Matter How Much Money You’re Raising, It’s Still Hard

Instigator Blog

More and more companies are raising money , and valuations seem to be skyrocketing. And in many cases the amount of money you’re looking to raise isn’t particularly relevant. When VCs are ready to get a new fund off the ground they have to jump to our side of the table and raise the money. Big money.

6 Ways To Make Your Startup More Attractive To Investors — Even With A Criminal History


But he chose to move forward with a positive attitude, raise seed money for his company, and network his way to a profitable future.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

If a company has reached a level of success, has been around for a few years and you believe the company has potential to break out into a much bigger company then you should let the founders take money off of the table. Not FU money, but “feed the family&# money. >50% of our revenue in now viral. I had a 2.5

VCs in seed clothing: Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, and Naval Ravikant interviewed

Venture Hacks

The topic was VC signaling in seed rounds — and how these signals help or hurt your ability to raise money in the next round. Outline.

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.

To Follow On or Not to Follow On

This is going to be BIG.

In the late 90's, it wasn't surprising that companies with no revenue that were funded at 100 million dollar valuations didn't survive. That's why I constantly remind companies that when you do an outsized financing price or size-wise, you expose yourself to getting hit bad in a downtown unless you're conservative about how you use the money.

Startup/MicroISV Digest for 2/14/2011

47 Hats

IRS taxes with 0 revenue in first year. The CatBoard - for Real cat lovers! From the Actually Getting Work Done Dept.: Startup discounts.

Why Andreessen Horowitz Just Raised $650,000,000

Ben's Blog

It’s young money m*#$%@*&^%$r. We want to be in business with the best entrepreneurs going after the biggest markets and we do not care whether they need seed money, venture money or growth money. While $650M would be a large venture fund, it is a moderately sized seed, venture, and growth fund.

How You May be Signaling Price without Knowing It

Both Sides of the Table

He’s struggling to raise money. His company had raised seed money already. They have some revenue but not much.