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. An advanced search tool is provided to search for a grant by eligibility, by issuing agency, or category. Professional help costs money.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

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In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. An advanced search tool is provided to search for a grant by eligibility, by issuing agency, or category. 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.

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Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

Thus began our search for a program that would properly balance the focus on the present with the need to increase our options for the future. In 2006 we searched outside of Qualcomm for other similar entrepreneurship programs where participants also had to balance other obligations.

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

Thus began our search for a program that would properly balance the focus on the present with the need to increase our options for the future. In 2006 we searched outside of Qualcomm for other similar entrepreneurship programs where participants also had to balance other obligations.

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. You are searching for stuff that is repeatable and scaleable.

How To Get Started in Affiliate Marketing With No Money

TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey

A number of months ago, a reader requested that I write a post on how people can get started in affiliate marketing with little to no money, including not having a credit card. While some people may say that you can technically start without any money such as relying on search engines, using free traffic methods such as Craigslist and forum signatures, etc., Don’t put money on your credit card if you can’t pay it off immediately.

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

Steve Blank

He and his co-founder were both PhD’s in applied math who believe they can make some serious inroads on next generation search. We thought we’d take our plan and go raise seed money. We can’t raise money knowing our plan is wrong.”.

7 Things You Should Know About Angel Investors

Inc Startups

You have more opportunities than ever before to raise seed financing. In fact, they''re shifting the financing landscape-- making it harder for a seed-funded firm to raise a Series A round of VC money. Here''s what you need to understand first.

Startup Business Investments Around The World

YoungUpstarts

You can search for angel networks by area and platform type. They are investors who provide you with all the resources you need, including seed money, physical space for your startup, advice, and connection with other investors in their network.

[Event] Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 To Hit Record 123 Countries

YoungUpstarts

A list of activities can be found on the interactive activities calendar at www.gewusa.org/event-central , where visitors can search by keyword or location.

Why the Series A Crunch Might Be a Good Thing

Inc Startups

In 2012, Rust and co-founder Garrett Johnson raised $2 million in seed funding in two weeks. Share of seed-funded companies that won''t be able to get follow-on funding: 61%Source: CB Insights That''s the story, anyway, and it has the start-up community vibrating with angst and debate.

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

pandodaily.com

Search. We know this: As many as a thousand companies who’ve received seed rounds won’t be around in a year — maybe six months. The number of seed and angel investors has exploded in recent years, buoyed up by a number of factors. Pando Daily. PandoMonthly.

How to Start a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

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. Googles plan, for example, was simply to create a search site thatdidnt suck. They had three new ideas: index more of the Web, uselinks to rank search results, and have clean, simple web pages withunintrusive keyword-based ads.

Where to Get Feedback on Your Business Pitch

Up and Running

They ended up with a nice pitch, and approximately $300K in seed money.”. He warns that although quality and prize money vary from competition to competition, they can be a great way to practice pitching in a setting designed for getting feedback.

Jyri Engeström Launches Ditto (Formerly Known As Pingpin)

ArcticStartup

Back in September we wrote about Jyri Engeström and his team closing $775 000 in seed money for his new startup. Discovery is going social, social is going mobile, and nailing it is a huge, Google-sized opportunity that could replace traditional search on the phone. Today, we're able to share with you that they're now launching Ditto - a new way to discover places, movies and other activities as well as share what you're planning to do or currently doing.

Why you shouldn’t keep your startup idea secret

cdixon.org

Another benefit of talking freely, is that you may also find potential partners or future employees–other key components beyond investment money. I would think you would want to at least be cautious in discussing your virtualization idea with someone at VMware, your search idea with Google, etc. But it’s ultimately users who will determine if the market is ready for social media driven two way search and advertising. cdixon.org - chris dixons blog. Follow @cdixon.

Why The Value Of The Fund-Raising Process Is Not Just The Funds

OnStartups

Raising Money Isn't About Raising Money. Our company has raised more than $600k in seed money over the summer. We had stumbled upon a potential solution to a big problem the local search industry had been battling with for years.

Disruption Comes (Finally!) to Commercial Real Estate

Inc Startups

Freedman and Woodworth are several months into the creation of 42Floors, which aims to make finding office space as easy as searching for plane tickets. What Freedman does not want to get out of these meetings is the one thing most people seem to think he wants: money.

The Future of Web Startups

www.paulgraham.com

Plus in a startup you could make much more money. This is a problem for founders, because it makes raising money take longer and cost more in legal fees. Larry and Sergey only started Google after making the rounds of the search engines trying to sell their idea and finding no takers. The way to get really big returns is to do things that seem crazy, like starting a new search engine in 1998, or turning down a billion dollar acquisition offer.

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How to Fund a Startup

www.paulgraham.com

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 advantage of raising money from friends and family is thattheyre easy to find. But as well as money, theres power.

A Compilation of the Web's Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

Platforms and Networks

Rose is CEO of AngelSoft, a platform that provides web-based planning tools for angel investors and entrepreneurs (NEW 11/29) Marc Andreessen on how much money to raise -- and how much is too much (NEW 11/29) Atlas VC Fred Destin on what not to disclose to a VC when raising money (NEW 11/30) Equity simulator from OwnYourVenture that calculates impact on % ownership by round of $ raised, size of option pool, etc.

MicroFinance And The New Small Business Owner

START-UP BUSINESS TALK

Do a google search for Economic Community Development Institutions. These institutions, most funded by the SBA and community outreach, are given money so that they could provide you with small seed money and education for your new business. You may have this business start-up idea. Perhaps you only need a few thousand dollars to start and get the equipment that you need. However, you're jobless or living from paycheck to paycheck.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

Both Sides of the Table

So we as VCs search for entrepreneurs/founders who have the whole package or as much of it as possible. He wanted to raise angel money. VCs don’t have the same net worth litmus test and great entrepreneurs have a ton of sources for seed money to get financed very early.

Should you raise on convertible notes or do an equity round?

Hippoland

A reader named Turner Dean recently asked me whether it’s better to raise seed money on convertible notes or straight-up equity. Just do a Google search. In general, I’m a big fan of convertible notes or convertible securities for seed stage founders.

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. So how is Mike able to do this at a time where others have warned against taking seed money from VC funds?

From Nothing To Something. How To Get There.

techcrunch.com

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. No raising money. thanks to advice like yours, people like me spent that time developing rather than begging for money.

Why Invest in oneforty and the Real-Time Web?

Seeing Both Sides

Interestingly, the reason there is a debate is that the real-time Web, and Twitter activity in particular, is by and large invisible to the standard Web methods of traffic monitoring, information search and discovery. Google and Bing are scrambling to catch up and paying Twitter good money to access the data stream (which, Spencer Ante of BusinessWeek reports, enabled Twitter to become profitable in 2009 ).

Entrepreneurs: The Funding Landscape Has Changed.

Berkonomics

There is still abundant money available for early stage investment, but many of the rules have changed, as well as the processes for accessing these resources. Many of those investors, individual and institutional, are still licking those wounds; and as a result, investors today want to see a working business model, and customers that are willing to spend good money for your specific solution. Raising moneyGuest post by Sara Mackey.

Too Fit to Pivot? The Dangers of Optimistically Pivoting after Scaling

Launching Tech Ventures

The impact of a founder with unbridled optimism can be painful for a lean start-up: if the founder continues to believe in the product even after the core hypothesis around product/market fit has been proven wrong, then considerable angel and VC money can be wasted chasing an opportunity that doesn’t exist. by Serge Vartanov In 2009, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that optimists live longer and happier lives than those who are skeptical or cynical.

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

Burnham's Beat

Search This Blog. 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. That database can be searched at Edgeio.com but is also available to other websites, presumably via some kind of RSS meta-feeds.

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Workstreamer Launches Public Beta

Austin Startup

Everyone is so focused on search that they’re going to miss the bigger opportunity, which I think is making meaning out of the massive amount of information on the internet, not just searching it. The company was founded with seed capital from Austin Ventures.

5 Learnings from the Shutdown of Hangout Industries

Immersive Web

And we could prototype the experience very quickly, which only got our investors even more excited (see below raising too much money too quickly).Little Maybe the differentiation is on technology or maybe on function, but rarely both at the same time.For Google, it was better search than Lycos or Yahoo – the base function was the same — searching the internet — it was the technology that was different.

5 Learnings from the Shutdown of Hangout Industries

Immersive Web

And we could prototype the experience very quickly, which only got our investors even more excited (see below raising too much money too quickly).Little Maybe the differentiation is on technology or maybe on function, but rarely both at the same time.For Google, it was better search than Lycos or Yahoo – the base function was the same — searching the internet — it was the technology that was different.

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

Burnham's Beat

Search This Blog. Too Many Deals Needing Too Little Money To be sure, there is plenty of investment capital available for Consumer Internet companies that have demonstrated significant market traction in terms of traffic or revenues, but there’s almost none available for what, up until recently, would be considered the sweet spot of true VCs: Seed or Series A startups. The Great Reflation: How Investors Can Profit From the New World of Money. ">. Enhanced Search.

Here I Go Again. Why My Second Startup is Different. | Nick Halstead, Cognitive Logic | BoS Europe 2016

Business of Software Blog

Nick discusses some of the things that he has learned at DataSift he is applying to his new startup, from deciding when to take money, the good and bad of relying on large partners, dealing with organisational change in a high growth business and coping with the everyday stresses and strains of running a business in hyper-growth mode as a first time founder with a young family. it’s important for everything: selling well, raising money, hiring good employees.

Why Everyone Should Get Funded (Once)

Brad Hargreaves

Brad Hargreaves | startup adventures in nyc a blog by Brad Hargreaves HOME Me Press HOME Uncategorized Why Everyone Should Get Funded (Once) Why Everyone Should Get Funded (Once) The smart money says there’s plenty of capital out there. If you were to seed fund the “marginal 10%&# of companies — the companies that barely miss the current threshold for funding, if such an objective measure were to exist — the financial returns would surely be dismal.

Which language should my startup use?

www.reincubate.com

These are usually insignificant amounts once a business is proven but can seriously eat into seed or first round capital. Seed money gets invested on something that shouldn’t be in use, rather than something provided by an off-the-shelf framework which won’t tie the business to a particular agency. You can find this out (crudely) from job sites (search on Developer Java, for example).

Am I a Founder? The Adventure of a Lifetime. « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

However, you will be dealing with almost daily change, (new customer feedback/insights from a Customer Development process and technical roadblocks ,) as the company searches for a repeatable and scalable business model. Will there be a lecture on getting seed money in a post crisis world? The money will usually follow.