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.”

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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*. 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Introducing Growth Guides – Practical Help for the Seed Stage

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Austin-based Renovate Simply Lands Seed Stage Funding

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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.

Grant Applications Often Provide Early-Stage Funding

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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.

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

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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.

CURB Lands $1.25 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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million in seed stage funding form angel groups, strategic partners and Capital Factory. Million in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. CURB, an Austin-based energy startup, announced Tuesday that it has closed on $1.25 The three year old company recently completed an Indiegogo campaign in which it raised nearly $118,000, more than 400 percent of its sales goal and sold hundreds of units […] The post CURB Lands $1.25

Written Raises $1 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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Written.com receives $1 million in seed stage funding from LiveOak Venture Partners, Floodgate and several angel investors. Written.com plans to use the funding to expand its business development efforts and its blogger network.

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.

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

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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.

TheWaveVR Lands $2.5 Million in Seed Stage Funding

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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

Taskbox Raises $600,000 in Seed Stage Funding

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The Austin-based startup Taskbox, which makes a popular iPhone app to manage an email inbox, announced it has raised $600,000 in seed stage funding from angel investors with the Central Texas Angel Network. The post Taskbox Raises $600,000 in Seed Stage Funding appeared first on SiliconHills. Right before South by Southwest kicks off, Taskbox is making a lot of news.

Bitfusion Lands $1.45 Million in Seed Stage Capital

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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.

US, European and Asian entrepreneurs: SparkLabs launched a $30m seed-stage fund just for you

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There aren’t a tonne of funds focused on seed-stage funding worldwide, but we can add a new one to the list today. SparkLabs , the company behind the accelerator program in Korea , is expanding its scope with its first seed-stage fund that will “help great startups go global.”.

Moving your company from the pre-seed to seed stage

Hippoland

I previously alluded to some of my goals for 2017 with an overarching goal of focusing time on pre-seed companies. 500 invests in all areas of the “seed spectrum” but with a big focus on post-seed) I’ll talk more later about why I’m spending more time at pre-seed, but for the time being, I wanted to start sharing some more details of some of these activities that I have planned.

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.

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

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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 state of Q2 2018 pre-seed/seed-stage fundraising: Part 1 - crypto version

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The fundraising landscape in 2018 for pre-seed and seed-stage companies has changed a lot even in just the first few months of this year. Part 2 will be for pre-seed/seed companies raising traditional equity / debt / convertible security rounds. A series C marketplace that has millions of users is a lot more derisked than an idea-stage marketplace. This has become a common way for pre-seed blockchain companies to raise money.