[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.

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?

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. What’s the difference between a healthy pre-seed raise and a small seed? appeared first on The View From Seed

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. Startups are hard. The post How Much Seed Capital Should You Actually Raise?

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.

The former investment manager of SEED Capital proceeds to Templafy


Jakob Ekkelund has extensive experience in startups. 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.

Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

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Lean Startup is about experimentation and learning. Over the last few years as Lean Startup has grown in popularity, many startups went to raise money with the mantra, “We’re lean!” ” Throw in a pivot or two and boom, you were raising seed capital. Lean was (and is) a breath of fresh air for startups and investors, shining light on the harsh realities of building companies. Lean Startup got watered down and pivot got bastardized.

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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.

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.

Building a High-Tech Startup Team

Business Plan Blog

Aligning the Startup Team Strategy with the Capitalization Strategy. The single most important factor to raising capital for any tech startup is the management team. This is true for early stage funding as well as venture capital funding. Seed to Series A.

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.

Raising Startup Capital Through Convertible Debt Financing

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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. Individual investors who provide financial funding to startups are called ‘Angel Investors.’

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

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Editor’s note: At a recent team meeting at NextView, we looked at the high number of startups we invested in which were pre-product at the time. The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product?

Telstra Sets Up Startup Accelerator muru-D In Singapore


Singapore’s startup scene looks set to become even more vibrant with the entrance of Sydney-based startup accelerator muru-D. The first nine Australian-based startups under its wing have already attracted more than S$3.15

The Care And Feeding Of A Startup


The coolest thing you can say to anyone todat seem to be when you announce that you’re launching a startup. Definition of A Startup. He also said, “A company ceases being a startup when it “starts to be reactive rather than proactive—play more defense than offense.

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. Recently, we looked at our own portfolio at NextView Ventures to dig a little deeper on how startups actually raise that next round of financing.

Separated at Birth: Techstars and Startup Weekend

David Cohen

Today we announced that Techstars has acquired UP Global, which includes Startup Weekend and many other fantastic events and programs. Startup Weekend is my absolute favorite global event for entrepreneurship. Startup Weekend was quite literally born in my office at Techstars in 2007.

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. Startups are “quitting” when the first year doesn’t go as planned. 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. Startups are hard. Blog Startups Venture Capital

4 Ways to Align Startup Founder and Investor Interests

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Are investors and startup founders on the same side of the table, or the opposite side? This is the reality of the startup-investor relationship. Here are four suggestions for keeping startup founders and investors sitting closer to one another: Communicate!

The Three Stages of a Startup


Back when I was a seed VC I was fond of telling folks that they didn’t have a company yet. Seed rounds are small and runway is measured in iteration cycles. In my books there are three stages to building a startup. Around this time, you probably raise your seed round.

Why Your Startup Hasn’t Gotten Funded


Startup funding is largely driven by The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules. Let’s face it, the rules for getting a startup funded at the seed stage aren’t very clear. TVR: The traditional way of raising seed funding.

Why Startups Die

The Next Web

Andrew is the co-founder and CTO of Parse.ly , a technology startup that provides big data insights to the web’s best publishers. Startups die due to a variety of causes. In 2007, Paul Graham gave a variety of causes for startup death in How Not To Die.

Seed Capital Offerings

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.".

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. No advice I give will ever apply to 100% of companies, 100% of startups or even 100% of tech startups. The sales market is as pure capitalism as it gets.

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:

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

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If startups should do things that “don’t scale,” then this podcast asks a simple question: What ARE those things? In our latest episode, Ben Einstein , Founder/Partner of BOLT , an early-stage VC investing in hardware startups, shares the stories of several connected devices and hardware companies and their tricks and challenges. Acquiring initial customers (including one “magic” number Ben proposes for a hardware startup to reach). Raising seed capital. (In

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

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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.

Size Matters in Seed Investments

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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.

How To Bootstrap your Startup with Your Paycheck

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Paycheck Financing: A Great Way To Bootstrap Your Startup by Sramana Mitra. Entrepreneurs looking to launch their startups are often faced with myriad difficult decisions, chief among them being the question of seed financing. Most of them lack capital.

What matters more?

Start Up Blog

Being involved in the startup scene, or any business environment, there is a constant pull between the forces of production. 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.

Are You Waiting For Capital To Launch Your Startup?


Most businesses – online or offline, need seed capital to get established and without access to these funds, launching a business can seem like an improbable dream. Unless your business idea is to launch an oil rig, you do not need huge capital investments.

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. The portfolio includes startups like of Vivino , Reapplix , Trustpilot and, the latest addition, Mofibo.

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

———– One of my ex students came out to the ranch to give me an update on his startup. It all starts with understanding what a startup is. What’s a Startup? First, decide what type of startup you are. No startup ever spends less then it raises.

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A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

Some are major contributors to their startup communities. As with everything new that grows quickly, it’s a chaotic system with lots of innovation, creative destruction, and rapid change and learning that – if done well – is a great example of the power of the Lean Startup approach to entrepreneurship. Provide some sort of seed capital to their founders.

We Need More Entrepreneurs In Congress

Feld Thoughts

He helped launch six seed capital funds, three college accelerator programs, the StartFast Venture Accelerator. He engaged deeply in his startup community and was one of the leaders. His goal was to shift the discussion and resources towards fostering an environment that supports local innovative companies and a thriving startup community over attracting businesses to the region.

Startup School


I've come across some really great stuff, which I'd like to share with anyone in the formation or seed capital stage. Sometimes formation and capitalization happens at about the same time. link] Marc Suster ranted today at Techcrunch about convertible notes vs straight equity in the seed round. Scott Maxwell of OpenView Partners in Boston has blogged for a long time about growing startups, and has a lot of great insights around growth management.

Second and Third Tier Markets And Beyond

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I am in Nashville for a couple days with The Gotham Gal who is giving a keynote at a startup conference today. The way I think about the startup sector in the US is that the first tier is Silicon Valley. More than half of all startup activity and startup funding activity happens in the Bay Area which now includes SF and the east bay. Between these three cities, another third of startups and investment capital reside. And harder to raise capital.

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors


For the first-time entrepreneur or founder looking for seed stage funding, this circle can be especially difficult to penetrate. Mashable Mashable reached out to angels, seed stage investors and VC firm partners and asked them to share their wisdom with the rest of us.

Startups getting caught in No Man’s Land


Increasingly I am seeing many startups who were ably seed funded get caught in "No Man's Land" between the seed round and a true Series A round led by a venture capitalist. This is happening because there are way too many companies raising seed capital but not enough executing their way to a Series A. This can happen for many reasons including not raising enough capital in the seed round to begin with and of course not getting your product out the door.