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Say No to Giving Your Tax Dollars to VC's and Angels

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-21

Tags: Venture Business Early Stage Economy Government

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Early Stage Investments All but a Myth ?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-26

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A Primer for Early Stage Fundraising

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Posted by J on 2008-09-14

Tags: Preparation Strategy Early Stage

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Raising money for early stage companies has become more challenging. Traditional angels are more organized and difficult to reach. Most early stage venture funds have exited the field, and the remaining funds are (1) overwhelmed, (2) extremely focused, (3) incompetent, or (4) incubators.

Within this challenging environment, it is still possible to succeed if you know the "new" rules of the game. Here are some tips to consider with your early stage fundraising.

Structure: Almost all professional North American investments are made into Delaware C corporations. Lawyers greedily sell LLCs to charge you for conversion. If needed at inception of your fundraising, convert to a Delaware C corp structure with 2 to 5 million authorized shares to avoid closing friction.

Geography: Most angel and early stage investors focus on a strict investment region so that they can spend time with portfolio companies. Unless you are SERIOUSLY planning to move, don't bother to pitch a firm more than 100 miles away in the early stage. It's literally a waste of your time and theirs.

Traction: Every early stage investor will want to see traction before they invest, whether that is a prototype, a patent, or a committed team of experts. Gone are the days of funding a dream and a PowerPoint pitch. You alone are going to need to make the initial investment in your idea, committing both time and money to get your idea off the ground.

Relationship: Having a standing relationship with your early stage investors makes a big difference, so start attending regional entrepreneur networking events as soon as you have an idea. Don't wait until your idea is ready for prime time, as this is already too late.

Format: Avoid embarrassment by knowing about round types and raise amounts. A friends and family round is usually a purchase of common to get the company off of the ground, but can also be part of the angel round. Angel investors tend to participate in convertible debt or equity rounds that raise between $100K and $1.5 MM. Venture capitalists lead Series A rounds for $750K to $5 MM in preferred equity, sometimes more. The average Series A round varies widely by sector and geography.

Focus: More and more early stage investors are focusing, and they will rarely invest in competing businesses. This means that you should do your homework before pitching a fund. Just check their portfolio page to get a sense of what they are doing.

Pitfalls: Be very weary of convertible debt from venture funds, since, if that fund does not invest in future rounds, you will be completely unable to raise further capital. Avoid corporate venture firms, as these investors scare off other professional investors, since everyone will ask why the big parent corporation just doesn't buy you.

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Outcomes of Early Stage Funding Meeting

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-05

Tags: Early Stage

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Most folks look at the funding meeting as having a “yes/no” outcome. It is much more realistic to recognize that there are many outcomes:

Funder Doesn’t Get It/ Like It:
1) Don’t get it - go away
2) Don't get it - but I'll learn more

Funder Gets It:
1) Get It, but not are my area of investment – will contact Mr./Mrs. XYZ on your behalf and suggest that they meet with you
2) Get It – I’ll give you some $$ - and I’ll let you run the company until you screw up
3) Get It – I’ll give you some $$ - and I’ll let you run the company until Point XYZ – at which time we’ll bring in a new CEO
4) Get It – I’ll give you some $$ - but I want my EIR to run it from Day One
5) Get It – I won’t give you $$ - but I like what you are doing so much I’ll
a. Tell one of my portfolio companies to do what you are doing
b. I’ll build it myself

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Determining Valuatation for First Round

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-29

Tags: Negotiation Valuation Early Stage

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Could "Crowdfunding" Replace Early Stage VC Money?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-20

Tags: Funding Sources Early Stage Crowdfunding

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What is an Early Stage Investment in 2009?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-27

Tags: Preparation Early Stage

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How Much to Give Investor for Initial Funding

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-21

Tags: Negotiation Early Stage

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Any Recommendations for Small Early Stage Investors for Clean Tech?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-09

Tags: Funding Sources Early Stage CleanTech

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Good Venture, Bad Connections

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-07

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Health Insurance for Entrepreneurs?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-23

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Compensation for Early Stage Med Device or Biotech Company

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28

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Early Stage Investors

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-19

Tags: Funding Sources Early Stage

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Advice for Early Phase Fund Raising

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-23

Tags: Early Stage Advice

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Expanding the Early Stage Marketplace – Angellist ?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-09

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Is Norwest Making Early Stage Investments (Really?) Today? April 2011

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-03

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15 Years, 5 Patents, Early Technology Licensing vs. Startup?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-15

Tags: Early Stage Patents Licensing

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Seeking Advice: Equity for Early Employees

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10

Tags: Operations Early Stage Equity

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Is It a Good Idea to Involve a Sales Person at a Very Early Stage of Startup?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07

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Comparing Seed Funding Options for Our Early Stage Venture

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-29

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Recommend Early Stage Investors in NYC

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-29

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Pre Revenue / Early Stage / Seed VC's

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-11

Tags: Funding Sources Early Stage VC

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Recommendations on Australian VC Outfits for Early Stage Internet Sector?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-10

Tags: Funding Sources Early Stage Australia

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Alternatives to Dried Up VC/Angel Funding Sources

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-14

Tags: Venture Business Funding Early Stage Angels

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When is It the Right Time for a Round?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-07

Tags: Preparation Early Stage