How Much Seed Capital Should You Actually Raise?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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.

How to Approach Your First Board Meeting After Raising Seed Capital

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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?

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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

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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.

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

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

Kicking off NextView’s Startup “Fundraising Month”

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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.

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.

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. .

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.

Public Service Announcement – Great Post by Chris Dixon

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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

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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Why Startups Face Increasing Competition In Raising Series As And Bs

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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.

Seed Stage Startups Are Now Graded on a Curve

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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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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?

Gust

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.

Rolling Closes Versus Synchronous Closes

Haystack

I have participated in many different types of seed rounds, but based on my experience of participating in over 100 seeds over the last 5+ years, I’d say the majority of those seed rounds (including around YC) were orchestrated by the founder to close on a specific date. For any investor raising their own funds, you may have to chase down capital calls for each investment. ” Career Culture Technology Venture Capital

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

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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]

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

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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.

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.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

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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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Good News! Angels Are Getting More Optimistic

ReadWriteStart

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.

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.

The Future of Health: How We Think About Investing in Healthier Living for Everyday People

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We don’t seed companies that are developing drugs or medical devices that will require FDA approval. It’s a world that doesn’t fit our seed-focused model and fund strategy. Outside of life-sciences, we’ve noticed something interesting emerging: There is a huge dearth of seed capital for health care services and software-driven health-tech companies. The seed ecosystem for health companies is much less robust than in traditional software.

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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Free Templates for Great Startup Pitch Decks, Direct from VCs

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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.

I Stared at Startup Pitch Decks for 3 Straight Weeks – Here’s What I Learned

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A few weeks ago, we launched two startup pitch deck templates for raising seed capital — part of NextView’s platform of exclusive startup resources. 5 Surprising Mistakes Found in Seed-Stage Startup Pitch Decks. #1:

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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

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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.

Exploring the NextView Platform? Start Here

View from Seed

Instead, if you’re a seed-stage startup taking that first step in anything (and at the seed stage, you’re going from zero to one in everything), it’d be great to have a place to go for support, inspiration, and practical resources to make the process easier and clearer. – Flowchart: Seed VC Decision Tree (how one seed investor gets to yes or no). – Checklist: Critical to-do’s immediately after raising seed capital.

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.

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.

Singapore’s ClearBridge BioMedics Raises $9 Million Series B

YoungUpstarts

Other investors in this financing round include SPRING Seeds Capital , Clearbridge BSA and Lu Yoh Chie of Biosensors International , and existing shareholder BioVeda.