How Much Seed Capital Should You Actually Raise?

View from Seed

In a world of pre-seeds , seeds, seed extensions, super-seeds , and more, figuring out the right amount to raise for a startup’s seed round can seem like a moving target. But equally beneficial can be to keep other seed players warm who almost got there initially.

Magic Graph: How Much Seed Capital Should You Raise?

View from Seed

When thinking about how much seed capital to raise, we need a more sophisticated lens than just the old rule of thumb of “18 months of runway.” Let’s first consider a correlation between effort (on the x axis) resulting in more capital raised (y axis).

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

When Is the Right Time to Raise Outside Seed Capital?

View from Seed

The following is a real (but anonymized) email to us at NextView where a founder debates the timing of his seed raise: I met with someone today who said I should push to close a seed round before I launch the product. They also said it’s best to raise a seed (if you can) just before the launch so that you aren’t as dependent on the immediate results/traction and you can sell the vision a bit more. The post When Is the Right Time to Raise Outside Seed Capital?

[Checklist for Entrepreneurs] Critical Tasks to Complete After Raising Seed Capital

View from Seed

Raising venture capital at any stage of company growth requires tremendous effort from entrepreneurs. That drive to focus on helping customers and growing their companies is even more commendable than the ability to raise capital.

How to Approach Your First Board Meeting After Raising Seed Capital

View from Seed

We’ve previously shared our thoughts and sample slide templates for board meetings for seed stage startups as part of our Growth Guides series. Here are a few things to think about heading into your first board meeting post-seed fundraise: Set the Tone.

Can Pre-Seed Capital Hurt an Entrepreneur’s Chances to Raise Seed from VCs?

View from Seed

In the last year or so, the debate over the definitions of seed versus pre-seed capital (sometimes called genesis rounds) has exploded. Much digital ink has been spilled about what dollar amount constitutes a pre-seed and how that might affect a startup’s ability to go raise a “normal” seed round from institutional investors. Is there an amount you see companies having raised, before they get to you, where you think, “These folks have already raised seed”?

3 Steps To Raise Seed Capital From Investors

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow investors money raising capital raising startup capital seed fundingThese three steps will help you start fundraising and act as an initial foundation.

These 3 Strategies Helped Us Raise $500,000 In 3 Weeks

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow fundraising money raising capital raising venture capital seed capitalWhen it comes to funding, there are plenty of ways to find money, but one must always be willing to work for it.

What matters more?

Start Up Blog

The idea creator, versus the coder, versus the salesman, versus the marketer, versus the capital provider… they all have a unique and special relationship with the output that makes them rightly feel as though they are the input that really matters. We plant the seed of a lemon tree. The seed, the soil, the nutrients, the sun, the water or the attention? entrepreneurship business entrepreneurs Investing nature seed capital startups

Coder 67

Mentorship over Money (and Office Space)

The Startup Lawyer

Pretty expensive seed capital. Tags: Startup Issues dallas incubator mobile applications seed capital With the success of Y Combinator and TechStars , several incubators (sometimes referred to as “accelerators&# ) have popped up everywhere. Some have done quite well. Here in Dallas, Tech Wildcatters had a strong class and is opening up applications for the Spring 2011 class later this month.

Business Loan? Budding Entrepreneurs Raise Their Chances


Regardless of the scale or the diversity of a business — budding entrepreneurs running from pillar to post in search of seed capital or […]. Entrepreneurs Fund Small Business Startups Business Funding Capital Crowd Funding Finance

TechWildcatters Launches Dallas Microseed Fund

The Startup Lawyer

The selected startups will get up to $25,000 in seed funding, intensive top-notch mentorship, and the opportunity to pitch to angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate dev teams at their biannual “Demo Day”. Tags: Startup Lawyer dallas seed capital

Answers to 10 Critical Questions for Seed-Stage Startups [SlideShare]

View from Seed

In the last six months, we’ve been asked and answered several key questions about seed-stage startups and raising seed capital. So The View From Seed is not for broad, sweeping statements, theoretical ideas, or debating IPO-ready companies.

Why We Invested in Marlo

View from Seed

It’s no surprise to me that fast-forward a few months later, along with some seed capital from NextView and our syndicate partner Underscore to accelerate their efforts, the team has grown the service to reach dozens of companies and employees of all stripes, as featured in today’s Scott Kirsner Globe article. Meetings can suck. I know that you’ve been there. Stuck in a meeting which wasn’t productive. Not for you, and not for many (or even all) of the participants.

Trueface raises $3.7M to turn camera data into actionable insights


million in seed capital led by Lavrock Ventures with participation from Scout Ventures and Advantage Ventures. Today, we have millions of cameras deployed throughout various industries, organizations, and global borders around the world.

Kicking off NextView’s Startup “Fundraising Month”

View from Seed

Now, then, is one of the most opportune times of year to fundraise for Seed (and later) rounds of capital. Throughout the month, you’ll see blog posts that cover tips to help find the right VCs to pitch, how much capital to should raise, how to nail the pitch, as well as other directly relevant topics. First up: The Road to Raising Seed Capital: Crucial Steps to Know. The beginning of September always seems to mark the unofficial end of summer.

Giving up the ghost early

David Cohen

There is four times as much seed capital in the venture market this year as there was 1 year ago. Because of this, it’s easier to attract seed funding than it has been in the past. The founders shut the business down, and either take a job or go out and start a new company with more of that plentiful seed funding. The thing I worry about is that the Facebook movie and tons of seed funding have made it almost too attractive to get into entrepreneurship.

Pitch Deck Month: “Is It Working?” (aka the “Traction” Slide)

View from Seed

*This post is part of our “pitch deck” series where we dissect the seed stage pitch deck and discuss the ideal flow for a pitch. Seed stage VCs are realistic about how much traction a very raw company might have.

Are Individual Angel Investors Starting To Get Tapped Out?

Feld Thoughts

“I’ve had a few conversations recently about how individual seed investors are getting kind of tapped out – for a variety of reasons, but in general it’s not that easy to find people who are still actively investing. Lots of talk about Series A crunch but maybe there is a seed crunch too?” There is also a huge amount of seed capital available from seed funds. Venture Capital Angel Investing capital market seed

Public Service Announcement – Great Post by Chris Dixon


Just read a great post by Chris Dixon called “So you want to raise seed capital… ” . Here it is. Enjoy. Dealing with VCs Public Service Announcements Startup Life

How Hardware Startups Gain Initial Traction [Episode #14: Ben Einstein]

View from Seed

Raising seed capital. (In The NextView podcast Traction explores the clever, creative, and atypical things entrepreneurs do to make initial progress against the odds. If startups should do things that “don’t scale,” then this podcast asks a simple question: What ARE those things? Past episodes include stories from founders of LinkedIn , DraftKings , General Assembly , Mattermark , Duck Duck Go , InsightSquared , and more. Subscribe on iTunes , SoundCloud , or Stitcher. .

How We are Investing Through The Covid Correction

View from Seed

In all times, we are high-conviction, hands-on investors and make fewer investments on a per-partner basis than pretty much every seed fund in the country. . Our strategy is to be able to invest across the full spectrum of seed.

Nobody Announces Their Seed Round Anymore and That’s a Mistake

View from Seed

Five years ago, as the mania around seed fundings was accelerating, Founders were very eager to announce their seed round to the world. It seemed like every other TechCrunch post was announcing a startups’s new seed financing round.

Telstra Sets Up Startup Accelerator muru-D In Singapore


“With its fast-developing startup ecosystem, pro-business policies and access to local capital, Singapore offers entrepreneurs a tremendous launch pad into Southeast Asia, which has a burgeoning population of more than 600 million people and GDP in excess of S$2.4

Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

A number of blog posts recently have mentioned this, but we seem to be experiencing a rise in repeat founders starting new businesses and raising seed capital. First, even if you raised a large seed out of the gate, be super conservative with your burn until you are sure of PMF.

Harvard’s Big Moves to Improve Its Startup Spirit: An HBS Student’s Take

View from Seed

This is his first post to The View From Seed. Lee Hower, Rob Go, and David Beisel created NextView Ventures in 2010 to build a seed-stage fund that can serve as entrepreneurs’ first call specifically in the Boston ecosystem.

Boston 335

Things To Consider When Leaving School


A business plan, some seed capital and a can-do attitude could well see you running your own empire before the rest of your mates have even graduated university. School is a wonderful time and for many it is one of the most incredible periods of their lives.

Reading the Tea Leaves: Where Am I in My Seed Fundraise, Really?

View from Seed

One of the things we frequently discuss with founders is how to interpret and manage their dialogue with VCs when raising capital. We’ve written before on how to research partners , how to pitch the right investor at a given firm, and how to raise seed capital , generally speaking.

Good News! Angels Are Getting More Optimistic


If you’re looking for seed or startup capital, the time to make your move is now. Last year, 42% of angel investment was seed and startup capital, reversing a two-year decline in the percentage of angel capital going to early-stage companies.

How to Up Your Board Meeting Game as a Founder [Deck Templates 2.0]

View from Seed

Today we’re thrilled to re-launch our most popular resource ever: board deck templates for seed-stage startups. Below, I unpack what I mean, as well as challenge some conventional thinking that gets in the way of a successful board meeting and board relationship… The Real Purpose of Your Board Meeting (and How This Looks in the Seed Stage). Said another way, seed-stage companies can be led by a founder; scaling companies require a CEO.

Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad

Steve Blank

As Venture Capital emerged as an industry in the mid 1970’s, investors in venture-funded startups began to give stock options to all their employees. Startup Compensation Changes with Growth Capital – 12 Years to an IPO. It’s called Growth capital. Venture Capita

The 4 Keys to a Successful Angel Investment Strategy

VC Adventure

Your job is to put in seed capital. The company’s job is to grow the business and find new capital. With the increasing popularity of angel investment sites such as AngelList and CircleUp more and more people are making investments. I love this trend and have a longer form blog coming on the subject – which I think is massive positive force in the startup ecosystem. But this post is much shorter and to the point.

Startup Data: 4 Strategies Changing the Speed & Size of Your Series A

View from Seed

Once a startup has raised seed capital, plenty of theories and advice exist on how to successfully raise a Series A. Startups with large, lifecycle VCs included in the seed round syndicate did not reach Series A faster than those who did not.

4 Things Every Startup Needs As Soon as Possible 

The Startup Magazine

Many failed entrepreneurs believed that as long as they had a large amount of seed capital, they could begin their startup and before long make it big. When it comes to starting your own business, there are tons of strategies you can follow all over the internet.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

Capital Investment & Sweat Equity. And lastly, a chunk of our CEO Reid Hoffman’s equity was attributed to the fact that he provided the initial ~$750K in seed capital for the company.

Equity 325

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re Others believe that new business models are emerging that could replace venture capital all together.

Fundraising Debt And How To Avoid It


Of course, a certain amount of initial capital without financial performance is absolutely necessary to get a business off the ground, especially in regulated industries. Founders need seed capital to get their operations up and running, and to begin generating revenue.

Seed Stage Startups Are Now Graded on a Curve

View from Seed

Over the past five years, we’ve witnessed an Atomization of the Seed Stage. Early fundraising is no longer a one-and-done fundraise of a single round of Seed capital subsequently followed by a Series A 12–18 months later. Seed stage startups are now graded on a curve.

We Need More Entrepreneurs In Congress

Feld Thoughts

He helped launch six seed capital funds, three college accelerator programs, the StartFast Venture Accelerator. As we come to the end of a particularly noisy and contentious election cycle, a thought echoes over and over in my mind – we need more entrepreneurs in Congress. As I continue to believe that innovation and entrepreneurship are the key drivers to our economic future, it’s frustrating to hear such little cogent discussion around it.

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

If you’re a scalable startup, you want to spend small amounts of money (seed capital) as you run experiments testing your hypotheses. A seed round can come from friends, family, Kickstarter, angels – and most importantly, early customers. Filed under: Venture Capital.

IRR 304

How DogVacay Literally Saved my Thanksgiving

Both Sides of the Table

He wanted to work in venture capital and I was new to the industry and in no position to hire anybody. Their business model was to help young companies accelerate their launch by helping assemble a team, do initial marketing, provide seed capital and help them raise financing.

Raising Startup Capital Through Convertible Debt Financing

Business Plan Blog

Raising Seed Capital. Most startup founders do not have enough capital to launch their companies and need to raise money at some point. Raising Angel Capital.

Free Templates for Great Startup Pitch Decks, Direct from VCs

View from Seed

Today, NextView Ventures is excited to release a pillar project in our Growth Guides series: pitch deck templates for raising seed capital. For context, last year, based on questions from our existing portfolio, we launched two board deck templates for seed-stage startups.