Six Reasons We Love Investing in Founders in Small Cities


Here’s the thing, though: We know that an uneven amount of dollars go to founders in major tech hubs—the Londons and San Franciscos of the world. And, three years into running our fund at GAN Ventures, with over 25 investments (almost exclusively in founders operating in cities like the ones I just mentioned), we’ve seen investment markups on a full third of our portfolio. Most founders in smaller cities are already leaders in their communities. (It’s

How International Founders Can Raise US Financing

Startup Grind

When I was a Y Combinator partner, I noticed that more and more of the batches were companies started by international founders. International founders typically have some combination of these three reasons: a) Access to capital The number one answer is access to capital.

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Open Finance First, Open Data Second

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

My partner Nick put together a deck outlining USV’s approach to crypto investing earlier this year and we have been using it with founders and investors since then. We expect we will see continued innovation in the open finance (finance 2.0)

Our Customer Experience Promise to Founders

Founders Coop

But one thing that really jumped out at us was how bad a job we’ve done at telling founders exactly what they can expect from us. Ideas that start out bad often get better over time as founders learn and adapt. Weak teams can get stronger as co-founders come and go.

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital


Whether you’re an entrepreneur raising funds or an investor looking to take your venture finance skills to the next level, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have the answers for you. How do venture deals really work?

United Nations Development Program and 500 Startups Join Forces to Bridge the World of Impact Financing and Tech Startups


Startup founders often have ambitions not just to make money, but to change the world. So, how do we help these founders accomplish these goals? ImpactAIM Indonesia’s goal is to bridge the world of impact financing with the world of tech startups in Indonesia.

New Study by MPOWER Financing Shows the Value of Investing in Immigrants

Dream It

The report, “Empowering Global Citizens to Create Global Change,” focuses on the impact of MPOWER Financing’s core product, the world’s only fixed-rate, no-cosigner education loan for international and DACA students at top U.S.

NeuroFlow Closes $7.5M Series A Financing to Advance Behavioral Health Integration and Engagement

Dream It

million Series A financing round led by San Francisco-based Builders VC. Chris Molaro, Founder of NeuroFlow.

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We’re Entering the Stay-Home Economy. Here are 10 Industries That Will Be Winners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

He is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners , an affiliation marketing company. BUSINESS GROWTH FINANCES INNOVATION PR/MARKETING acceleration partners remote work robert glazer stay-at-home economy stay-home economy

Stepping Up in Crisis: EO Members Respond to COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Evan Nierman is the founder and CEO of Red Banyan , an international crisis public relations firm. In times of crisis, entrepreneurs step up to take the lead on creating groundbreaking pathways toward renewal.

Founders. Run. Amok. It Starts With a Term Sheet.

This is going to be BIG.

It was a company whose product I believed in and whose founder I liked, but a firm lobbed in a term sheet at a price 33% higher than what I had offered using a very light agreement meant for a much earlier stage company. Then, I read about the idiotic comments made by a co-founder of Rap Genius. Founders. Founders. They got that way due in large part to a very public founder friendly stance. I treat all my founders equally.

Accelerating Working Capital

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As Sandy Kemper, founder and CEO of our portfolio company C2FO puts it in this blog post : The greatest financial relief we can give small and mid-sized businesses in this economic crisis is faster payment of their outstanding invoices — liquidity. hacking financeAs policy makers around the world seek to mitigate the economic shock from this pandemic, one less obvious but powerful place to look are working capital flows.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. And that’s what differentiates founders and early employees.

Founders from MIT With a Plan to Change How We Grow and Eat Food

Both Sides of the Table

We are big believers in their long-term vision and potential, have led their first 2 rounds of financings and are excited to have investment partners such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Related Companies, and Tim Ferriss on the journey with us.

Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control

David Teten - VC

Does the traditional VC financing model make sense for all companies? 2018 also had the fewest number of angel-led financing rounds since before 2010. John Borchers, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Decathlon Capital, claims to be the largest revenue-based financing investor in the US. Factoring, MCAs and receivables financing are all short-term oriented with pay-back periods measured in weeks, months or quarters, while RBI is generally measured in years.

First Round Funding Terms and Founder Vesting

Both Sides of the Table

The meme was kicked off by Chris Dixon with this post saying that term sheets need to be simplified and align investor / founder interests. I had multiple term sheets to do my Series A financing. Without proper vesting you also place a risk on all other co-founders.

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront

we immediately thought of Wealthfront , the automated investment service started by Benchmark founder Andy Rachleff. Finance government stimulus Internet Payment Regulation Uncategorized Venture Capital Disruption payments wealthfront

Revisiting Paul Graham’s “High Resolution” Financing

Both Sides of the Table

When I first read Paul Graham’s blog post on “High Resolution&# Financing I read it as a treatise arguing that convertible notes are better than equity.

How to Build Authentic Customer Relationships That Spark Innovation

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Jason McCann , a lifelong entrepreneur and experienced founder. As founder and CEO of VARIDESK , Jason’s mission is to help companies reimagine the workspace. Business/Finance Tips general Startup

Why are Revenue-Based VCs investing in so many women & underrepresented founders?

David Teten - VC

Many are reporting that they’re seeing a more diverse pool of applicants than traditional equity VCs… even though virtually none have a particular focus on women or underrepresented founders. Revenue-Based Investing (“RBI”) is a new form of VC financing, distinct from the preferred equity structure most VCs use. For more background, see Revenue-Based Investing: A new option for founders who care about control.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs


For a startup founder, this stage is when the “big idea” has become a passion for him, but he hasn’t written anything down yet. Despite these pundits, I sense a fundamental change in the early-stage financing eco-system.

Should founders join incubators?

Tomasz Tunguz

Startup-in-a-box - TechStars offers legal help to incorporate a company, PR and marketing support for launch, banking partners, business development contacts, developer tools discounts all with the goal of eliminating as much friction as possible and helping founders focus on product/market fit discovery and execution. Fund raising assistance (aka Demo Day) - These events are designed to build auction pressure in financings by generating simultaneous investor interest.

Food To Eat Founder, Deepti Sharma, Presents at Smart Hustle Growth Conference

Smart Hustle Magazine

She'll also lend her insights on how female founders can succeed in business. Listen to their journey (challenges and success) in hiring, marketing and financing their growth.

Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups


We’ve spoken of financing a young company through friends and family, known as “inside angels.” If you are starting a virtual company with your employees working from home locations, as many startups do, it should be the location of the founder.

Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

Both Sides of the Table

I recently read Brad Feld’s thought provoking piece encouraging founders to sit on the board of another startup company. I found it thought provoking because I’ve always believed startup founders need extreme focus on only their company to succeed.

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Startup School Week 9 Recap – Carolynn Levy on Modern Startup Financing and Jared Friedman’s Advice for Hard-tech and Biotech Founders

Y Combinator

Her lecture covers modern startup financing. His lecture focuses on advice for hard-tech and biotech founders. 00:33 – Carolynn Levy – Modern Startup Financing. 5:10 – What hasn’t changed: preferred stock financing, valuation and dilution, communication. 6:42 – Old way of raising early money: Series A preferred stock financing. 9:33 – The transition: bridge loan financings.

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Can you finance your company with grants?


The company grows in value to its customers and to prospective buyers of the business, but without any dilution of control or ownership for the founders. First, here’s a link to my recent TEDx talk, “Smiling at success; laughing at failure.” ” .

Revolution co-founder talks Living Social, ZipCar, Steve Case & GroupOn Super Bowl Ads

Both Sides of the Table

Revolution is a “stage agnostic&# fund (means they invest early or late) funded entirely by Steve Case , the founder of AOL and co-founded by two other individuals, Tige Savage (yes, pronounced like the golfer, minus the “r&# ) and Donn Davis.

Should You Fear Outsourcing Your Software Development?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Mike Scott, co-founder and CEO of NONA , a software development studio based in South Africa. Software development is still a ‘dark art’ for many founders, executives and business decision-makers, and yet it can be absolutely critical to the success of your business.

If I join a company as a co-founder, should I ask for a board seat?


If you are going to be a true co-founder (and 20% equity sounds like it), sharing over-all decision making about company direction, strategy, financing, staffing, etc. with one or more co-founders, and you see that role continuing in the future, as the company’s President or Chief Operating Officer, then being on the board might make sense. Over time, founders typically *leave* the board as they are replaced by an increasing number of investors/independents.

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Worried About Regulation? How to Prep Your Business Early for Lifelong Compliance

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Jim Moran, founder and managing partner of ValueStreet Equity Partners. Jim Moran is the founder and managing partner of ValueStreet Equity Partners , a San Diego-based firm investing exclusively in small businesses. Best Practices Business/Finance Tips Management

Alibaba Upgrades It's Offerings. Improved Cash Flow and More.

Smart Hustle Magazine

One solution is trade financing , which will powerful help smaller companies with cash flow as they seek to build their inventory prior to selling it to customers. “We eCommerce Beauty business finance

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Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part I


It should therefore come as no surprise that an asymmetry of information exists, mostly gleaned from experience, between founders and investors in a venture financing deal. For a traditional VC financing round structured as a sale of preferred stock, the best resources I can recommend are the Term Sheet Series by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson and Startup Company Lawyer by Yokum Taku.

Are You A CEO or Entrepreneur? The Difference Could Save Your Business.

Smart Hustle Magazine

One of the many breakout sessions I attended was focused on finances and led by Octavia Conner , virtual CFO and founder of Say Yes To Profits and she challenged us with the question, "Are you a CEO or are you an entrepreneur?". Money finance mike michalowicz octavia cfo profit first

[OurCrowd in Global Banking and Finance Review] 20,000 to register for OurCrowd Global Investor Summit in Jerusalem


OurCrowd Founder & CEO Jon Medved said, The OurCrowd Global Investor Summit is the premier showcase of Israeli technology, and a golden opportunity for the entire ecosystem to meet and get business done.

Convertible Debt: Worst Form Of Seed Financing — Except For All The Others


How to finance a new seed-stage startup? ” Ressi in particular seems to be passionate about removing the “debt” component from convertible debt seed financing transactions. A convertible note financing is not a loan in the conventional sense.