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).

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.

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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.".

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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. 

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.

Denmark's SEED Capital boasts record breaking profit


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?

A look at Denmark's SEED Capital


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.

Danish Templafy Receives $2.5 Million from Sunstone and SEED Capital


million investment led by SEED Capital and Sunstone. Big news from Templafy : the template management startup from Denmark is leaping up the early stage business stairs with a recent $2.5

The former investment manager of SEED Capital proceeds to Templafy


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.

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


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


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

Bownty Receives €0.5 M From SEED Capital


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.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Grow by Onboarding the Unbanked

Inc Startups

million in seed capital to grow its AI project. Startup Dbrain has raised $2.5 Technology

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.

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

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5 Races You Need to Watch In the 2018 Midterm Elections

Inc Startups

A number of business issues are at stake this election cycle, including consumer privacy, taxes and the availability of seed capital. Politics

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.

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

My experience of raising an Angel fund.


seed capital (anything between Rs 20 lakhs to Rs 2 crores), 2. how much is Seed ? : annuity or capital Exit ? : But with seed capital in hand, I know I can not wait out on a venture to make big forever. But I guess, seed stage investing is a lot less to do with what is there and a lot more to do with it ‘what can we do and how can we help with building it’ I wonder if most entrepreneurs are open to working together ?

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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]

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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. .

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.

How do serial entrepreneurs such as Kevin Systrom and Jack Dorsey sustain themselves while working on a project that doesn’t yet generate cash-flow?


Once the startup has some traction, if both the idea and the entrepreneur are really good there is the possibility of raising seed capital from friends, family, fools or angels, in order to fund the company until it either gets to break-even (Square has $100m in revenue!), Unfortunately there is no magic involved here. In the two specific cases you mentioned, one had made money from his previous startups, and the other had paying jobs at Google and Nextstop.

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.

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.

Why Startups Face Increasing Competition In Raising Series As And Bs


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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

Instigator Blog

” Throw in a pivot or two and boom, you were raising seed capital. Startups popped up over a couple days with no vision whatsoever; but pounding the Lean drum, they went out to raise capital anyway. That’s the key to blending storytelling and Lean, and in turn using Lean as an effective means of raising capital. Lean Startup fundraising Lean analytics lean startup raising capital venture capital

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