While the pitch deck is ultimately less important than vision and product, it exists to convey both elements and get investors hungry for more.
We were fortunate enough to have 19 awesome investors and advisors who shared this vision with us and came on board. Instead of the usual funding announcement, I wanted to to give you a complete insight into the experience with each investor.
The #1 rule of choosing investors for your startup: Only work with investors you’d grab a beer with. Some people call this the “don’t work with assholes” rule, but I prefer to call it the Beer Rule.
With the rise of numerous accelerator programs in Europe one cannot help but wonder whether jumping through the application process hoops, sweating through ...
Raising money is hard. And when you're relatively new to the process it's easy to be confused by the process. There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. Of course much of it is conflicting.
When people ask me, "how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?", I usually tell them to look for the companies and services that are mocked and misunderstood.
The venture capital industry is going through a ton of disruptions lately. One of the better explanations I've heard recently of what is going on comes from Duncan Davidson, a managing partner at Bullpen Capital.
What if you are the underdog? What if you do not have yet achieved great momentum but still want to try to raise external funding? What if you are in the UK and not the SF Bay Area?
One of the most frequently asked questions at any startup event or investor panel, is “how do investors value a startup?”. The unfortunate answer to the question is: it depends.
In the past few decades he has invested in and helped build some 80 Israeli start-ups - ranging from software firms to mobile phone and clean technology companies to name a few. Many of them he sold to international tech giants.
Like many investors, we often get asked "what we look for" when evaluating startups. In a nutshell, we look for “founder/market fit”, which is an obvious play on Marc Andreessen’s concept of “product/market fit.”
[Here's a look at how startups backed by Y Combinator or TechStars compare in terms of funding, based on the data available in CrunchBase. It's written by Edmar Ferreira, a data scientist and founder of a data analysis startup called EverWrite.
We are in the golden age of seed financing. Venture capital funds, seed funds, super angels, angel groups, incubators, and “friends and family” are all playing the seed financing game and investing early in startups in an attempt to land the next Fa
I have had a lot of entrepreneurs ask me for introductions to various investors. This post is focused on the small tactics that go a long way upon receiving an introduction.
UK tech investors that avoid the seed stage are going to be losing out on the most exciting investment opportunities after Facebook goes public. A $100bn IPO will create an incredible pool of seed money that will be showered onto willing entrepreneur
I recently spoke with Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder AngelList and Co-Maintainer Venture Hacks regarding the manner in which AngelList is changing the startup funding landscape.
Back in late 2011 a startup I know well was starting to raise a seed round. They were asking investors for between $500K and $1M.
2011 was an amazing year for startup financing.While traditional sources of investment declined, such as venture capital and angel groups, tens of billions more capital was still invested in private companies through a variety of new sources.
The state of Washington is using $5 million in federal money to help a venture fund organized to invest in early-stage technology, life science and IT companies.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is moving forward with launching a $1 billion Early Stage Innovation Fund, originally announced as part of Startup America, which will provide matching capital to Small Business Investment Companies.