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

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.

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.

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

How Artificial Intelligence Can Grow by Onboarding the Unbanked

Inc Startups

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

The former investment manager of SEED Capital proceeds to Templafy

ArcticStartup

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.

Danish Templafy Receives $2.5 Million from Sunstone and SEED Capital

ArcticStartup

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

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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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. 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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TechWildcatters Launches Dallas Microseed Fund

The Startup Lawyer

TechWildcatters is a mentorship-driven microseed fund and startup accelerator that just launched in Dallas, Texas. TechWildcatters is now accepting applications for their first 12-week accelerator “bootcamp” and 20 startup teams will have the opportunity to pitch on March 11, 2010.

Mentorship over Money (and Office Space)

The Startup Lawyer

But this morning I read a Dallas Business Journal article that I found amusing: A new accelerator is planning to invest $200,000 and provide up to 45,000 square feet of office space to about 10 mobile app startups in exchange for 15-20% equity in each startup. (a) a) That’s $20,000 per startup for a 15%-20% equity stake. Pretty expensive seed capital. How much office space does a 2-3 person mobile app startup really need?

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.

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My experience of raising an Angel fund.

VentureWoods

In the past 3+ years of interacting with hundreds of startups in India, I found that the three biggest gaps in the ecosystem are - 1. seed capital (anything between Rs 20 lakhs to Rs 2 crores), 2. Pitching to corporates to work out processes to collaborate with startups. But everyone (except 1) we have met up want to be ‘active’, perhaps not as investment managers but active in the process of building startups. This must be good for startups ?

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

View from Seed

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

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

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

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

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

View from Seed

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?

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.

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.

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.

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. He also said, “A company ceases being a startup when it “starts to be reactive rather than proactive—play more defense than offense.

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.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet

SoCal CTO

I recently got together with Aaron Shechet and an early stage startup to discuss the direction the company might want to take. We have a number of startups (or pre-startups) that we are helping get launched. Any thoughts on my recent post Startup Metrics ?

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. 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.

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

View from Seed

He is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School and will be focused on supporting the early-stage startup community in Boston and its schools. This is his first post to The View From Seed.

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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? 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!

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. 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.

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

View from Seed

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:

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. 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.

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

Are You Waiting For Capital To Launch Your Startup?

YoungUpstarts

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.

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.

Public Service Announcement – Great Post by Chris Dixon

ithacaVC

Just read a great post by Chris Dixon called “So you want to raise seed capital… ” . Dealing with VCs Public Service Announcements Startup LifeHere it is. Enjoy.

Surviving 2016 as a seed stage startup: Don’t batten down the hatches but take an umbrella.

Hippoland

From my purview at 500 Startups in talking with many seed investors – both angels and VCs – this is what I predict will happen in 2016. Note: these are my opinions and not my employer’s): 1) Raising seed capital from VCs who invest in all stages will become challenging.

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.

Immigrants and the Startup Visa

thebarefootvc

Of particular importance to the startup world is the StartUp Visa act: Earlier this year, Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar introduced legislation to create a new visa for those who intend to form U.S.-based At the end of that period, if the business has generated at least five full-time jobs, attracted $1 million in additional capital, or hit $1 million in revenue, the founder would be granted a green card.