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).

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

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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.

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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.

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?

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”?

Skills Fund Raises $11.5 Million in Seed Capital

SiliconHills

million in seed capital to issue loans to students in coding programing bootcamps. Million in Seed Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Skills Fund announced Wednesday it has raised $11.5 The Austin-based startup partners with Dev Bootcamp, Metis, Galvanize, Hackbright Academy, CodeU and Sabio. Skill Fund’s goal is to train students to fill millions of high-paying, unfilled tech jobs in the U.S. “The only […] The post Skills Fund Raises $11.5

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.

A look at Denmark's SEED Capital

ArcticStartup

Among their investors is Denmark''s SEED Capital , one of the most active investors in the region and the largest early stage venture fund in Denmark with €240 million under management. Since founding SEED capital in 2004 they count 11 exits on their portfolio page.

SEED Capital Raises Another €20 M For Denmark-Focused Investments

ArcticStartup

Here's some nice news for Danish entrepreneurs: SEED Capital has raised another €20 million for SEED Capital Denmark II , their fund focused on Danish investments. SEED Capital Denmark II was established in 2010 and has already invested in 10 companies.

SEED Capital Invests into Danish Cloud Security Startup Sepior

ArcticStartup

SEED Capital keeps pumping out investments, this time into an interesting Danish cloud security startup, Sepoir.

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The former investment manager of SEED Capital proceeds to Templafy

ArcticStartup

In recent years he has worked as Investment Manager at SEED Capital , but will now proceed to the Copenhagen-based startup Templafy according to Trendsonline. In 2014, Templafy received investments from both SEED Capital and Sunstone Capital.

Bownty Receives €0.5 M From SEED Capital

ArcticStartup

The Danish company recently announced it has received half a million euros from SEED Capital to expand its growth and its partnering program. Jakob Ekkelund, Investment Manager, SEED Capital says, "Dealsites are already one of the most dominant trends within IT right now, and we are convinced that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Seed Capital

Southeast VC

We hosted another Entrepreneurs' Series on Tuesday last week in Raleigh and we focused all of it on raising seed capital. With more new companies sprouting in the region, we are getting asked about sources of seed stage capital more frequently. 

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Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Most emerging businesses, particularly in the technology sector, require a substantial amount of capital to fund basic development work on a proposed product. Once basic development work is complete, additional capital is needed to test the product in market conditions and adapt its functionality to developing customer needs, before the emerging business can commence regular business operations. The capital that is used for these purposes is typically referred to as "seed capital.".

Changes and An Innovative Constant

The Cornice

This spring marks another anniversary of my time with First Round Capital. We’ve raised some more capital. We remain solely focused on building the world’s best seed fund and working with the greatest Founders. Filed under: internet , technology , venture capital Tagged: #frc , first round capital , kent goldman , seed capital , vc , venture capital. These milestones have always been an occasion for me to look back and reflect.

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.

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

Jobs (not Steve) and Structural Underinvestment

The Cornice

Contrary to the broader economy, in the seed capital world there were too few people chasing too many jobs. Filed under: economics , start-ups Tagged: #frc , economics , education , seed capital , start-ups. economics start-ups #frc education seed capitalIn this week’s New Yorker , James Surowicki has a new post on the state of the economy and employment levels.

Denmark's SEED Capital boasts record breaking profit

ArcticStartup

SEED Capital , the most active venture capital fund in Denmark which has over 70 startups in its portfolio, has reported record-breaking profits in the last year. So what is the secret behind SEED Capital’s seemingly consistent choice of winners?

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

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.

Second and Third Tier Markets And Beyond

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Between these three cities, another third of startups and investment capital reside. Entrepreneurs in the third tier can access the talent and capital they need to be successful in these third tier markets but it is a bit harder to do both. It has a decent amount of local seed capital. And harder to raise capital. I am in Nashville for a couple days with The Gotham Gal who is giving a keynote at a startup conference today.

A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders. Accelerators business david cohen entrepreneur global accelerator network Seed money TechStars United States Venture Capital When David Cohen and I came up with the idea for the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) in 2010, we counted roughly 100 accelerator programs around the US that were founded following the Techstars model.

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.

VC’s Talk About Better Board Meetings

Ask The VC

The first is from Robert Siegel of X/Seed Capital titled A Thought on Board Meetings. The theme of the VC post of the day today is “better board meetings.&# We noticed two VC’s blogging about this so we thought we’d highlight both of them.

Accidental VC: The Most Dangerous Question for Founders to Overlook in Pitches

View from Seed

Note that many were included in our pitch deck templates for raising seed capital. The post Accidental VC: The Most Dangerous Question for Founders to Overlook in Pitches appeared first on The View From Seed. Accidental VC is a series of short posts written by me, Jay Acunzo.

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

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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. .

More On Seed Rounds

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Seed, Later Stage, etc. I wrote a post explaining how we think about seed last June. I think that’s what seed financing should be used for. That is the kind of seeds we like to do at USV. We participated in a $600k seed round to help them do that. USV provided seed capital so they could do that. We led a seed round that allowed them to hire a bunch more engineers who essentially rebuilt the product so it could scale.

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.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.

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.

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Size Matters in Seed Investments

Instigator Blog

Tomasz Tunguz has done a great analysis of the likelihood of follow on financing based on the size of your seed round. What Tomasz has found from analyzing thousands of deals (from Crunchbase) is that there’s only a 12% chance of raising a Series A if your seed round is $300k or less.

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.

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.

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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.

What’s Happening Today That No One Sees?

Feld Thoughts

” When I go back a decade, we were just making the decision not to raise another Mobius Venture Capital fund. Venture Capital and entrepreneurship was dramatically out of favor. Early stage and seed capital was extremely difficult to find.

The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

A company raises $1m of seed money from angels in a convertible note with a $6m cap. So the new investment gets 60%, the founders get 39.9%, and the $1m of seed money gets 0.1%. As part of this, all of the seed investors get a chance to participate in the round prorata to preserve their ownership percentage. We have no interest in re-investing alongside a VC firm that doesn’t respect a $1m investment by seed / angel investors. Here’s the scenario.

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.

Why Startups Face Increasing Competition In Raising Series As And Bs

Gust

To get some sense of the patterns, I analyzed 917 companies from seed through Series B over the past 14 years, using Crunchbase data. I’ve divided the companies into cohorts by the year they raised their seed investment. The chart shows the narrow funnel seed stage companies must pass through to raise a series A. First, the number of seed investments in the Crunchbase data has increased by 4x in 4 years. By Tomasz Tunguz , Partner at Redpoint Ventures.

Telstra Sets Up Startup Accelerator muru-D In Singapore

YoungUpstarts

“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