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[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.

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.

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. Do you have the experience, reputation, and network that make it relatively easy to raise 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.

How Much Seed Capital Should You Actually Raise?

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Also, it will take at least three months to raise the next round of financing, whatever it is (Series A, seed extension, etc.). Build momentum.

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. Nielsen.

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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

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In short, more and more entrepreneurs are signaling their price expectations earlier in their seed fundraise process. Lower-Than-Market Value.

The former investment manager of SEED Capital proceeds to Templafy

ArcticStartup

Jakob Ekkelund has extensive experience in startups. In 2014, Templafy received investments from both SEED Capital and Sunstone Capital.

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.

Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

Instigator Blog

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. That’s where Lean comes in.

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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.

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. They are: 1.

Building a High-Tech Startup Team

Business Plan Blog

Aligning the Startup Team Strategy with the Capitalization Strategy. Furthermore, a startup works differently than a large corporation.

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.

Telstra Sets Up Startup Accelerator muru-D In Singapore

YoungUpstarts

Singapore’s startup scene looks set to become even more vibrant with the entrance of Sydney-based startup accelerator muru-D.

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.

The Care And Feeding Of A Startup

YoungUpstarts

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.

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.

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. Startups are hard.

Why Your Startup Hasn’t Gotten Funded

YoungUpstarts

Startup funding is largely driven by The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules. TVR: The traditional way of raising seed funding.

The Three Stages of a Startup

StartupCFO

Back when I was a seed VC I was fond of telling folks that they didn’t have a company yet. Around this time, you probably raise your seed round.

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

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In sharing them, I hope you can create a deck that’s better informed, more compelling, and more effective at raising capital for your venture.

4 Ways to Align Startup Founder and Investor Interests

Instigator Blog

Are investors and startup founders on the same side of the table, or the opposite side? Talk about startups in general. A: Depends.

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.

Seed Capital Offerings

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Most emerging businesses, particularly in the technology sector, require a substantial amount of capital to fund basic development work on a proposed product. The capital that is used for these purposes is typically referred to as "seed capital.". Sources of Seed Capital. By Michael J. Drooff, Esq. Drooff.

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.

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.

How To Bootstrap your Startup with Your Paycheck

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Paycheck Financing: A Great Way To Bootstrap Your Startup by Sramana Mitra. Most of them lack capital. What makes Washington, D.C.-based

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. Period. Full Stop for you Brits.)

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. Startups

Are You Waiting For Capital To Launch Your Startup?

YoungUpstarts

Unless your business idea is to launch an oil rig, you do not need huge capital investments. That seems like a lot of capital.

Denmark's SEED Capital boasts record breaking profit

ArcticStartup

The venture industry has been through some trials and tribulations, and the development of SEED Capital’s funds are not to be underappreciated.

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. I recently got a call from a long time friend, Martin Babinec. Martin is running for Congress in Upstate New York (District 22) as an Independent.

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.

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. Others are not.

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. But whatever the reason to avoid it, there are much better reasons to pursue holding board meetings early in the life of a startup. How to Approach Your First Board Meeting After Raising Seed 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. 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

Startup School

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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.

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors

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For the first-time entrepreneur or founder looking for seed stage funding, this circle can be especially difficult to penetrate. magic. 4 iOS 4.2

Startups getting caught in No Man’s Land

BeyondVC

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.