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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?

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.

The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups

View from Seed

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.

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

View from Seed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Austin-based Renovate Simply Lands Seed Stage Funding

SiliconHills

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.

YouEarnedIt Gets $1.5 Million in Seed Stage Funding

SiliconHills

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

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

View from Seed

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?

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.

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

SiliconHills

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.

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

SiliconHills

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.

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.

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

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.

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

SiliconHills

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

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.

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.

Information Arbitrage - Quantitative methods and seed stage investing

Information Arbitrage

TheWaveVR Lands $2.5 Million in Seed Stage Funding

SiliconHills

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

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.

Bitfusion Lands $1.45 Million in Seed Stage Capital

SiliconHills

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.

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).

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?

andrewchen.co

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.

Information Arbitrage - Cutting a fair deal with seed stage investors

Information Arbitrage

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

Gust

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.

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.

Raising a Seed Round in Canada

StartupCFO

I stopped by Notman House yesterday to visit the current Founderfuel cohort and share some thoughts on how to raise their seed rounds. I thought I’d share some of the insights from yesterday for those of you thinking of raising your own seed round. CB Insights recently looked at 1,027 companies that raised seed funding and tracked them to death/ exit. 40% of companies that raise a seed round go on to raise a series A. Getting seed Funded in Canada.

Seed Is The New A – #PreMoney 2015 Talk

K9 Ventures

Seed Is The New A: What The Seed-Stage Explosion Means For Founders, GPs & LPs. The post Seed Is The New A – #PreMoney 2015 Talk appeared first on K9 Ventures. Founders Fundraising Opinion Venture Capital GP LP seed stage Series A Venture

How much should a start-up CEO make?

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Keep in mind that I’m talking about Seed and Series A stage businesses. - At the seed stage the modest amount of money you have raised is best spent on product and attracting initial customers than it is on paying yourself. It’s also true that generally founders and early employees own a large portion of the business at this stage and as a result, business progress at this stage disproportionately benefits founders.

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

ithacaVC

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.