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The pros and cons of Strategic Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Should you raise money from strategics instead of VCs

Why You Should Look for Strategic Investors in Unlikely Places

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Two companies that have turned to unexpected strategic investment partners to accelerate to their goals faster

Should you Take Money from a Strategic Investor?

VC Deal Lawyer

This issue is not limited to strategics – there are good and bad angels, good and bad VCs, good and bad private equity players, and the list goes on. So never dismiss money just because it comes from a strategic. When it comes to most strategic investors, the reasons for investment go beyond just earning a return.

Announcing a new strategic investor and partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

This is going to be BIG.

That''s when Marc offered to be the sole investor in the fund--putting up the whole $15 million. That''s when I got an offer I couldn''t refuse.

Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

View from Seed

In recent years we’ve seen more and more corporations become more active or establish strategic VC arms. 2) Is now the right time for us?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Investment From a Strategic Entity?

Ask The VC

What Are the Pros and Cons of Investment From a Strategic Entity.

Ask The VC

On Corporate VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There are two kinds of corporate investments in startups; passive corporate VC arms and active strategic investments. The corporate strategic investor's objectives are generally at odds with the objectives of the entrepreneur, the company, and the financial investors. I am not a fan of it. I'm sorry about that.

You Are What You Eat (or Where You Get Your Funding)

UC Berkeley

Some people may feel that finding investment financing is difficult enough, let alone finding the perfect investor. Counter-intuitively, I believe your best opportunity for finding financing is to find the investors who are best for you. Strategic investors and buyers want to change your company to fit into theirs.

The Problem with Collecting Logos at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I call this collecting logos because it seems that having fancy brands to brag about trumps the logic of maximizing the value of your investor.

Startups Must Embrace Coopetition For Rapid Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

A strategic partnership, negotiated with a win-win attitude, can accomplish growth faster and cheaper than either could do alone.

How to Stay in Control of Your Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

Make sure you ask if there are any strategic concerns or topics they want to discuss at the board meeting. Meetings. This is a total waste.

San Diego Startups — E-Band

Market by Numbers

E-band was founded by Sam Smookler and Saul Umbrasas and has received financing from both strategic investors and VCs, including San Diego based Avalon Ventures and Express Ventures. (38th in a series introducing San Diego high tech Startups.). E-Band Communications. CrunchBase Entry. Founder of a San Diego-based Startup?

Siklu Raises $19 Million for Cheaper Wireless Bandwidth

VC Cafe

Israeli startup Siklu Wireless Communications has raised a series B round of $19 million led by new investors Amiti Ventures , Qualcomm Ventures and joined by all existing investors: DFJ- Tamir Fishman Ventures , Evergreen Venture Partners and Argonaut Private Equity. We’re looking forward to working with Siklu.”.

Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Over the past month, I’ve spent a lot of time in NYC, Toronto, and Ottawa for board meetings, conferences, meetings with our founders, re-connecting with co-investors, and meeting new entrepreneurs. The Bay Area is home to smart and strategic investors that contribute far more than just dollars. Great senior talent. Great exits.


I can''t remember if this was the first or second financing, 2007 or 2008, but we''d been out talking to various financial and strategic investors for a few months explaining the story and model. This investor was indeed receptive, but was taking a while getting convinced that our model made sense for them. Ego matters.

Quick Thoughts on Term Sheets and LOIs

Rob Go

Usually, the buyer seems very excited to get a deal done and shows a ton of conviction, just like the VC investor. How do you address this?

4 Smarter Ways to Work Your Connections

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Getting a personal introduction to a strategic investor or business partner means everything to an entrepreneur. Treat it that way.

Never Been Easier to Become a VC. Never Been Harder to Stay One.

Hunter Walker

As we approach Homebrew’s one year anniversary we’ll do a smaller scale meeting with our investors in San Francisco. strategic investors (including corporates). traditional institutional LPs such as fund of funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds ( our investors ). high net worth individuals.

The Glorious Post Seed Startup Financing Chaos

Fred Destin

We have Angellist and it’s hyper transparency engine for seed investing and the "Great Unshackling of the Angel Investor". right ?). Lean is In.

Rethinking Board Observers – The Role of the “Silent Observer”

Both Sides of the Table

Some “strategic investors” have rules that they can’t sit on board seats. The Case for a Silent Observer.

VCs Bet on Mobile App Development

Business Plan Blog

Given the popularity of mobile devices and the apps that make them great, venture capital investors are chomping at the bit to get a piece of the pie.

3 Reasons to Take an Investment Banker's Call

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Would you prefer to work with a financial or strategic investor? What does it take to prepare to sell or find an investor?

Raise money on good news


Or when something happens that makes an investor think this company is about to break out. Or when a major customer signs a significant deal.

Meet the bold 20-year-old behind Spanish Firefox OS smartphone maker Geeksphone [Video]

The Next Web

The company is currently raising funding from a number of strategic investors and is looking to secure 1 million euros or more to accelerate growth.

Can Alliance's new early-stage fund get Norway on track?


These executives will form what they''re calling the Executive Investor Network that will work actively with the fund.

CrowdCurity Raises $1 Million to Crowdsource Security for Bitcoin Startups


For many hacked-together startups, security is an afterthought. Leading the round was Tim Draper and Kima Ventures.

Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

Both Sides of the Table

The first scenario is where an investor puts in money but not enough for them to justify taking a board seat. But they can be a problem.

The Clean Energy Challenge Adds $100,000 Grand Prize for Student Business Concepts

EIN News

Industry-leading venture capitalists and strategic investors will select the most made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Incorporating the Student Challenge. with the support of experienced mentors.

Why You Need a Reverse Roadmap

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It’s about setting reasonable metrics for success and aligning, to the greatest extent possible, your interests with those of your investors.

7 Floors to Millions of Dollars

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You've got a seven-floor elevator ride to sell your business idea to an investor. Can you do it? Probably not. You better be able to.

Estonian AdCash raises €20 million as their first investment


As one of the investors told Padovani, there is such as thing as a startup "that everybody wants, but nobody will buy.". Repeat. Raising cash.

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

No one said building a company was easy. But it''s time to be honest about how brutal it really is--and the price so many founders secretly pay.


Information Arbitrage

This is particularly relevant for entrepreneurs and investors, between which exists a delicate symbiosis that teeters between cooperation and competition. This is further complicated by the fact that investors often work together, yet have the dueling agendas of doing right by their portfolio companies as well as their limited partners.

How to deal with the Series A crunch

Version One Ventures

Not having a lead investor in your seed round can make it tougher to pull together a bridge round or follow-on financing down the road, since no single investor feels in charge or vested in your success. Do your homework on potential investors. For example, look for strategic investors or another angel round.

One Kings Lane CEO: We're on the Same Trajectory as Amazon and Zappos

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You probably saw that Scripps Networks was a strategic investor in the company. How do you plan to use it? Why is that happening?

Flash 13

Fifth Annual Clean Energy Venture Summit 2011

EIN News

a venue for presenting their innovations to venture capitalists, , and strategic investors that currently invest. competition and educational conference in the Southern United States. The Summit provides clean technology companies and. the perspective of a diverse set of venture capital firms, said Jeff Otto, Director of Sales

5 ways to advance your term sheet: AKA “How to think like an investor”

The Next Web

My daily work consists of connecting innovative A round startups with potential investors or strategic partners. Go For The Money NOW.

Spanning Cloud Apps Raises $6 Million


The company reported that an undisclosed strategic investor led the round and Foundry Group of Boulder, Colo. Spanning Cloud Apps has closed on $6 million in Series B funding. The Austin-based company makes backup software for Google Apps. also participated. Since its founding in 2010, Spanning Cloud Apps has raised $9 million.

Is Strategic Money an Oxymoron?

Both Sides of the Table

The topic of &# strategic&# investors came up. And I had 2 “strategic&# investors in my first company.