Category: Funding & Finances (Page 1 of 14)

How to Close VCs? Importance of Investor Updates.

Most investors don’t close right away. In fact, it typically takes 4 updates before an investor commits. Many startups simply fail to send updates and therefore don’t close deals.

For all the investors in your pipeline, be sure to follow up every 3 to 4 weeks with the following progress report:

SALES – What sales have you closed in the past month? What’s in the pipeline for next month?

Riding a Wave of Hype: Blockchain, AI, VR & More

My friends at Angel Camp visited us today, and we discussed how to invest in startups. One of the best questions was how do you know if a tend is worth investing in or overhyped?

MY ANSWER: Don’t bet on the trend alone. You need to look deeper. You need to analyze what value the startup is creating for their customers. It’s not enough to be using a new technology like AI or blockchain.

Should You Raise Venture Capital for your Startup?

Before forgoing venture capital, I want you to honestly ask yourself these questions:

• Do you like the idea of living off of rice and beans for years?

• Do you mind slaving shoulder-to-shoulder with underpaid, sweaty teammates in a space far too small?

• Can you handle the endless nagging of concerned friends and relatives?

• Are you skilled at begging?

• How about convincing your team to stick with it and not to get real jobs?

Cap Tables Made Easy as Pie

You’ll like this new cap table tool…

https://captable.io

Build and share your cap table, conveniently and securely in the cloud. Create and issue stock classes and convertible instruments.

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Convertible Notes: How They Work & What You Need to Know

I tried to put all the basic resources in one place…

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings
http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/07/convertible-note-seed-financings/

How Convertible Debt Works
http://www.feld.com/wp/archives/2011/10/how-convertible-debt-works.html

Orrick Convertible Note Term Sheet Creator
https://tsc.orrick.com/

Convertible Note Template
http://www.docracy.com/2740/convertible-note-term-sheet-template

Why Convertible Notes Are Sometimes Terrible For Startups
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/05/why-convertible-notes-are-sometimes-terrible-for-startups/

Revisiting Paul Graham’s “High Resolution” Financing
http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2010/09/25/revisiting-paul-grahams-high-resolution-financing/

Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?
http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2010/08/30/is-convertible-debt-preferable-to-equity/

Series Seed is a Viable Option
http://www.seriesseed.com/

I Put $100k into My Startup and Now I Want to Raise Capital from VCs — Should I Treat this $100k as a Loan? What’s Fair?

If your startup is really hot, investors probably won’t object to having your $100k treated as a loan. However, most investors don’t like the idea of their capital going to payback founder loans. After all, they are investing in the company and want 100% of their capital to be put into growing the business.

With this in mind, it may be in your best interest to consider your investment as a non-reimbursable expense. That’s what investors would prefer.

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