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

View from Seed

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?

Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

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.

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.

Startup PR: A Journalist’s Advice for Seed-Stage Companies Seeking Press Coverage

View from Seed

Editor’s note: Unlike the Ubers and Airbnbs of the tech startup world, seed-stage companies don’t typically have the valuations, awareness, or traction typically associated with press coverage.

A Bubble for Seed Stage Valuation

Angel Investing News

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

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

View from Seed

“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.

The One Page Seed Stage Dashboard


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.

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

View from Seed

” 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.

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.

7 Founding Sins Seed-Stage Startups Should Avoid

View from Seed

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.

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


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.

YouEarnedIt Gets $1.5 Million in Seed Stage Funding


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

Austin-based Favor Lands $2 Million in Seed Stage Funding


The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Favor, a food delivery service for central Austin, has received $2 million in seed funding. Zac Maurais and Ben Doherty, graduates from California Polytechnic State University or Cal Poly, founded the […] The post Austin-based Favor Lands $2 Million in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills.

Austin-based Renovate Simply Lands Seed Stage Funding


Renovate Simply, based in Austin, announced it has received seed stage funding from the Digitech Venture Capital Fund, Central Texas Angel Network and a number of angel investors. The amount of the seed stage funding was not disclosed. […] The post Austin-based Renovate Simply Lands Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills.

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.

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

View from Seed

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.

The Top 13 Seed Stage Investors in Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

Raising seed funding for startups is hard. Who are some of the top investors to meet when raising your first round of capital

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

View from Seed

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.

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.

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.

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?

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).

Fertility Startup Conceivable Launches with $800,000 in Seed Stage Funding


Austin-based Conceivable announced it has raised $800,000 in seed stage funding to launch its fertility program. Conceivable has created an app, available from the Apple App Store, that can track a woman’s menstrual […] The post Fertility Startup Conceivable Launches with $800,000 in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills.

The role of a Seed Stage VC


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.

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

View from Seed

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.

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

View from Seed

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.

Wellnicity Lands $3.6 Million in Seed Stage Funding


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

Information Arbitrage - Quantitative methods and seed stage investing

Information Arbitrage

The 4 Stages From A Startup To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus, in my view, entrepreneurship is an evolution of an idea through a series of developmental stages, culminating in a self-sustaining business. Here is a summary of the key stages along the way: Idea and seed stage. Startup and development stage.

How long will the “seed stage bubble” last?


How long will the “seed stage bubble” last? It’s never been easier to raise seed funding, and there’s warnings that we’re in the midst of a “seed stage bubble.” @andrewchen. Read what Im reading · Featured essays.

Recycling: The challenge and the opportunity for a Seed stage VC

Information Arbitrage

This sounds pretty easy, but in practice is quite hard, especially for Seed stage venture funds. By definition, Seed stage funds invest very early in a company’s life, meaning that time to exit can be 7-10 years, or more. Further, as a seed fund with higher cash-on-cash return expectations than later stage funds, IA Ventures doesn’t have much time for a company to exit before its other successful investments become too high-priced to warrant later stage capital.

Bitfusion Lands $1.45 Million in Seed Stage Capital


million in seed stage funding. Million in Seed Stage Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Bitfusion, an Austin-based startup, closed on $1.45 The company also announced it has been selected as a finalist in TechCrunch Disrupt’s 2015 Startup Battlefield.

Are Board Meetings and Board Decks a Waste of Time At The Seed Stage?

Rob Go

When we make our seed investments, we have a strong preference for preferred equity rounds and forming a board of directors that meets regularly. But we think they are important even at the seed stage of a business. We tend to suggest that seed stage companies convene with their board ever 6-8 weeks. One founder I currently work with in the pre-PMF stage meets with me every 2-3 weeks to review these sorts of iterations.

TheWaveVR Lands $2.5 Million in Seed Stage Funding


million in seed round funding. Million in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. A virtual reality music platform, TheWaveVR, announced Friday that it has closed on $2.5 The company, which is based in Austin and Los Angeles, is building a social virtual reality music platform which it plans to launch later this year. The platform will change “the way people experience and immerse […] The post TheWaveVR Lands $2.5

Goodbye Party Round, Hello Piggy Round: Should Seed Stage Founders Raise From Just a Single Investor?

Hunter Walker

It was easier to just discuss privately with other investors, but Jason Calacanis tweeted this morning about VCs trying to take entire seed rounds , and so, here it goes. Anecdotally, over the last 3-6 months we’re definitely seeing more examples of larger early stage or multistage funds offer to do 80-100% of a company’s seed round. In order to go after them, they need to head earlier into seed. You weren’t supposed to be reading this blog post.

How many start-ups in the US get seed/VC funding per year?


Industry Experts Invested Interests angel investors Angels seed funding seed stage startups VCsIn very general terms, roughly 1,500 startups get funded by venture capitalists in the US, and 50,000 by angel investors. VCs look at around 400 companies for every one in which they invest; angels look at 40.

Information Arbitrage - Cutting a fair deal with seed stage investors

Information Arbitrage

When Does a Seed Stage Company Need a Board with More Than Just the Founder?


I recently engaged in a conversation (over a few days) about the need for a seed stage company to have a board member other than the founder. And there are some angel investors that know that even with “light” preferred stock terms (sometimes called Series Seed), there is enough control built into the terms of the preferred stock that the company is still mostly restricted when it comes to making key decisions.