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.

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between "seed-stage" and "early-stage" financing. Asking for early-stage money before you have customers and revenue will likely kill your credibility with real investors. A seed-stage “super angel.”

Value Inflection Points for Seed-Stage Startups

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An easy way to think about it is that value over time doesn’t go up and to the right in a straight line like this: Instead, it’s more of a stair step like this: So, what are the value inflection points that create the stair steps, and how does one think about it at the earliest stages?

7 Founding Sins Seed-Stage Startups Should Avoid

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To me, the most exciting (and most perilous) times in a company’s lifecycle are the early first stages when it is just getting off the ground. At the seed stage, the founder’s or co-founders’ role in the company is essential and therefore carries a great deal of risk for missteps.

The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups

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The post The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups appeared first on The View From Seed I once showed a company to another VC for an investment we were syndicating. This investor loved the team and thought the solution they were building was compelling.

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.

Introducing the New-Look NextView + Seed-Stage Startup Platform

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We asked ourselves, “How do we offer something that founders want, and in fact, something that we’d want ourselves if we were raising our first round of seed funding?” We are quite simply high conviction, hands-on seed investors. Every company matters deeply to us – it’s not “just a seed.”. We take board seats and want to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with founders at the seed stage to try to make the biggest possible impact. – We are seed investors.

Accidental VC: How Much Does Design Matter for Seed-Stage Startups?

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” So it’s no wonder that one aspect of an early-stage startup’s existence can be perpetually up for debate: their graphic design. To focus on hiring briefly: Seed-stage startups lack early traction but make up for it with tons of promise.

Should Seed-Stage VCs Pay Up for Great Teams or Great Traction?

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“As a seed-stage investor, should you pay up for team or traction?” When you are thinking about joining an early stage company, how should you be evaluating the risk of the overall company? So, if you are going to pay up as a seed-stage investor, pay up for team.

Make a Living, Not a Life: Inside WeWork’s Seed Stage with Jesse Middleton [Traction #23]

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Listen in these places or wherever you get your podcasts: The post Make a Living, Not a Life: Inside WeWork’s Seed Stage with Jesse Middleton [Traction #23] appeared first on NextView Ventures.

Trends in Seed Stage Funding for Entrepreneurs

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I’ve recently taken a look at seed stage funding by venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors over the past five years. For VCs, I chose to look at all seed stage VC deals (from MoneyTree©) as well as those in five of the most active regions in the country. Here are the trends in venture capital financings from 2006 through 2010 – the number of seed stage deals funded and total investment by region in millions of dollars. . All Seed-VC.

Seed-Stage Startups: Beware the “Stickiness Squeeze”

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Paying current rates is a lot easier to do on a $3 million seed round. It’s very different with a $1 million seed round. Believe me, I raised that $1 million seed round in 2009 and we never would have made it at these prices. These two costs suck up a lot of the money in an early stage company. The post Seed-Stage Startups: Beware the “Stickiness Squeeze” appeared first on NextView Ventures.

Accidental VC: When, Exactly, Should Seed-Stage Startups Look for Office Space?

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So, when should a seed-stage founder — who, let’s face it, isn’t launching a business because they’re pumped to find corporate real estate — actually start looking for a legitimate office? The post Accidental VC: When, Exactly, Should Seed-Stage Startups Look for Office Space?

Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

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In case you’ve been adrift at sea for the past 9 months and have no idea what I’m talking about, AngelList is a hugely-successful online service that matches early stage companies with angel investors.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Recent Seed-Stage VC Investments

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And since we will continue to look proactively at new seed-stage tech startups over the next few years, the question becomes: What, then, will these companies look like? As we look to continue to build out portfolio, we encourage you to subscribe to The View From Seed to keep in touch.

Why Reporters Ignore Your Seed-Stage Startup Pitches, And How to Fix That

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This is for the early-stage companies — the entrepreneurs with great ideas and tireless work ethics who feel like they’ve emailed half of the country’s news outlets with nothing but the rare “thanks, but not interested” reply to show for it. This one is tricker in the pre-revenue stage.

How a Seed-Stage Startup Should Think About Brand: A Conversation With Jesse Derris

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Jesse recently sat down with NextView (I assume he was sitting anyway — we spoke on the phone) to talk seed-stage company branding, building a startup identity, and some of the most common mistakes founders make when establishing a name for their companies.

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

Both Sides of the Table

*. If you are a 20-something tech entrepreneur you could be forgiven for thinking that seed-stage investors, Angellist Syndicates and widely available angel money always existed. I was out to raise my first seed money in my second startup of $500,000.

Introducing Growth Guides – Practical Help for the Seed Stage

Agile VC

Well our focus here at NextView is helping exceptional seed stage companies get things off to the best possible start. Simply put these Growth Guides are a step-by-step playbook which cover a specific need that seed stage companies may face in their first 12-24 months. This growth guide draws upon not only our collective experience but also what we’ve learned from running workshops and talking with a range of startups across stage and industry.

Valuing Seed Stage Startups

Possible Insight

One of the questions I most frequently answer about RSCM is how we value seed stage startups. The first part of our modest insight was to face the fact that, at the seed stage, most of the value is option value not enterprise value. We looked at a bunch of then current seed-stage equity deals where we knew people on the founder or investor side, or the valuation was otherwise available.

The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups

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The post The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups appeared first on NextView Ventures. I once showed a company to another VC for an investment we were syndicating. This investor loved the team and thought the solution they were building was compelling. Ultimately, this firm passed because they couldn’t get comfortable with the “market size” given that they were a big fund and only targeted $1B+ opportunities.

Seed stage investment bubble?

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Is there a bubble in seed stage investing? Eye popping headlines, but the reality of seed stage investing is very different. Twitter, Facebook, and Groupon are not seed stage investments. Seed stage investing is down from previous years. Back in 2006 and 2007 Angel investments in early stage startups was around $26 Billion per year. Seed stage investment valuations have remained pretty stable for the past 10 years.

The role of a Seed Stage VC

StartupCFO

Seed stage VCs come in all shapes and sizes. Knowing this, the best seed VCs will specialize in a few areas in order to stand out. But I believe all seed stage VCs serve one common purpose. That purpose is to get their seed stage companies Series A funded. Yes, smaller seed funds have more flexibility. The best seed VCs realize this and focus their efforts on getting portfolio companies Series A ready. Seed rounds are small.

The One Page Seed Stage Dashboard

StartupCFO

As a seed investor when we make an investment we do so with the following goals in mind: - Build an initial user base. I recently prepared this template for one of our portfolio companies and thought I’d share it.

Trends in Seed Stage Funding for Entrepreneurs

Angel Investing News

I’ve recently taken a look at seed stage funding by venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors over the past five years. For VCs, I chose to look at all seed stage VC deals (from MoneyTree©) as well as those in five of the most active regions in the country. Here are the trends in venture capital financings from 2006 through 2010 – the number of seed stage deals funded and total investment by region in millions of dollars. . All Seed-VC.

YouEarnedIt Gets $1.5 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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million in seed stage funding, according to the Wall Street Journal. Million in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Capital Factory seed stage funding venture capital Wall Street Journal Youearnedit Youearnedit.com YouEarnedIt, a startup focused on helping companies reward employees, has received $1.5

Video Friday: The Seed Stage

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This week, Tyler Jensen will break down the “seed stage” of business planning. Enjoy! If the link isn’t working, check out the video at: [link]. View our archived videos on our YouTube channel at [link]. Comments comments Powered by Facebook Comments.

How valuations are really determined at the seed stage?

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Valuation is a nebulous topic amongst early stage startups, so I thought I’d really spell it out in detail. In short: Valuations for seed stage companies are fairly arbitrary and driven solely by supply and demand. I know an investor who got into Instagram’s early seed round at this time at $2m valuation, and this was considered to be a high valuation for that time period.

Wellnicity Lands $3.6 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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million in seed-stage funding. Million in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Wellnicity, which makes home health test kits and supplements, announced it has received $3.6 Austin-based Capstar Partners led the investment into the company. Wellnicity plans to use the funds to further develop its software platform, sales and marketing and to invest in packaging and fulfillment functions. “We chose to invest in […]. The post Wellnicity Lands $3.6

A Bubble for Seed Stage Valuation

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If investors fund the company at a later stage, after the company has met important milestones, the investors’ $0.5 Here are some important points for entrepreneurs to remember when raising seed/startup capital: Raise money far in advance of need. Valuation are we now in another bubble Mark Suster pre-money valuation seed stage valuation valuation

Newchip Raises $2 Million in Seed Stage Funding and Launches a $1 Million Crowdfunding Campaign

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Newchip, the online platform that aggregates crowdfunding deals, announced recently that it has closed on $2 million in seed funding. The post Newchip Raises $2 Million in Seed Stage Funding and Launches a $1 Million Crowdfunding Campaign appeared first on SiliconHills.

The Changing Attitude Towards Boards at Seed Stage Startups

Hunter Walker

I was excited to recently see YC President Sam Altman evangelize for adding an investor or outside Director to a seed stage startup. That’s fine – it’s a reason why we make only 8-10 meaningful investments a year instead of many smaller ones (and plan to step off boards by B Round at the latest so as to maintain a focus on the early stages of a company).

Grant Applications Often Provide Early-Stage Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

A critical stage for most first-time entrepreneurs is getting their idea developed into at least a prototype to validate their technology. Acquiring seed-stage funding is admittedly tough, but a source that I find often overlooked is government grant funding, accessible in the U.S.

Competition and Leadership in Seed Stage Investing

Rob Go

Seed stage investing has developed significantly over the past 7 years that I’ve been in VC. It’d pretty standard for entrepreneurs to contemplate raising an “institutional seed round” prior to approaching VC’s for series A rounds. Many have said that the institutional seed is the new series A. This is rational because seed investing makes sense for companies that can have capital efficient beginnings.

Geekdom Fund Raises $20 Million for Seed Stage Tech Investments

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Previously, the Geekdom Fund raised nearly $3 million to invest in early stage tech startups. based startup creating robots for commercial […] The post Geekdom Fund Raises $20 Million for Seed Stage Tech Investments appeared first on SiliconHills. The Geekdom Fund, based in San Antonio, announced this week it has closed on a $20 million fund, its largest fund to date. Since then, the fund has invested in Chowbotics, a Redwood City, Calif.-based

Austin-based Comfy Lands $600K in Seed Stage Funding

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Comfy, a startup that helps students find housing, received $600,000 in seed stage funding last week. Comfy has developed a mobile and online platform that uses […] The post Austin-based Comfy Lands $600K in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. The Austin-based company received the money from a group of investors led by Mike Lee, partner at Dominion Ventures. The round also included prominent angel investors and Austin Ventures.

Seed Stage Compensation

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

Today the subject is seed stage compensation. Before going there it is helpful to summarize later stage startup compensation. So we have been talking a little bit about startup compensation across the nation and in Atlanta. In particular for those companies that have raised a typical angel round, say $500k. Abby and I had a brief text exchange this week to help her with some work at one of her startups. This is what I wrote: Here is a general way to think about it.

Preschool2me Lands Seed Stage Funding to Expand its Preschool Communications Platform

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The post Preschool2me Lands Seed Stage Funding to Expand its Preschool Communications Platform appeared first on SiliconHills. In 2012, Kapil Rjurkar founded Preschool2me in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company started out as a side project, Rjurkar said.

Seed Stage VCs Compete With One Another But Not How You Imagine

Hunter Walker

Folks who aren’t in the trenches of early stage investing often assume that this sheer volume makes “competition” my #1 worry. In my worldview there are ~10 seed funds that focus exclusively on this stage of company, in areas we’re interested in and also credibly seek to lead rounds. Many seed deals have two leads, which means we are collaborating with them as often as we’re competing. Seed stage is cordial and relationship driven.

Geekdom Launches Seed Stage Fund for Startups

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The collaborative coworking site today launched the Geekdom Fund, (the site should be live shortly) seed stage capital for technology startups in San Antonio. Geekdom is taking a gamble on new technology startups. The fund will provide startup teams with $25,000 grants and free office space at the Weston Centre downtown where the Geekdom is [.]. Austin Technology San Antonio Technology

Seed Stage Firms are Dead, Long Live Micro VCs

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It’s clear that despite the varied terminology (Super Angel, Micro VC, Seed Stage VC, Seed Firms, etc.), The traditional VCs which have recognized the demand-side issue have launched numerous (sometimes high-profile) separate special programs and initiatives to play at the seed stage, to varying degrees of success. Yes, “seed-stage venture firms” have always been around. Seed VC firms are dead… long live Micro VCs.

Hurt+Harbach a Seed-stage VC Firm Launches in Austin

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Brett Hurt and Jeff Harbach have joined forces to found Hurt+Harbach, a seed-stage venture capital firm in Austin. Helping […] The post Hurt+Harbach a Seed-stage VC Firm Launches in Austin appeared first on SiliconHills.

Wisdom from Marc Andreessen | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage.

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skip to main | skip to sidebar 06 July 2009 Wisdom from Marc Andreessen Marc Andreessen is an amazing guy. He co-founded Napster, Ning, and LoudCloud (later changed to OpsWare). Hes made investments in Twitter and Digg. He sits on the boards of Facebook and eBay.