Getting venture capital funding to launch your business is incredibly difficult. In fact, fewer than 1 percent of businesses that start every year get venture funding.
So, if you’re seeking venture capital funding, you’re going to want to know as much as possible about the industry and about what VC firms look for.
To help, we’ve gathered together some of our best articles on venture capital funding, including advice on what to read, who to follow, where to get started, and how the venture capital industry is doing.
If you have any questions, be sure to let us know on Twitter @Bplans.
Is venture capital right for you?
If you’re unsure whether VC funding is right for you, take some time to read through this article and assess the different types of funding available. You might find you’d rather take investments from angels, or that you’d prefer to run a lifestyle business instead.
If you’re seeking funding, you may be wondering exactly where to find investors. You could do a Google search for firms, but you could also list your business on sites like Gust and AngelList and wait for them to find you.
This article will point you in the right direction if that’s an approach you’re interested in, and it also lists a number of other funding options you might not have considered.
Many entrepreneurs feel they need VC funding in order to get started. However, the truth is, most of the biggest tech companies you know today—Apple, Facebook, Microsoft—got started without investments. Yes, they did raise money later—but that didn’t stop them from starting. Here are some reasons you should skip the VC money and start building your business yourself.
The low down on VC funding
If you’re looking for something as big and serious as VC funding, you don’t want just “anyone” to invest in your business. You want the best investors—the ones who will offer you sound advice and help you grow a successful business.
Whether your goal is to exit, be acquired, or simply get enough cash in order to launch, make sure to seek out the best companies.
What does the venture capital industry look like today? How many startups do they fund? Is venture funding on the rise? This infographic will answer all these questions and more, to give you a good overview of venture capital financing.
Raising money for a startup is a challenging endeavor. Fortunately, there are a number of venture capitalists who run blogs and offer great advice to both big and small startups.
In this article, you’ll find a list of our favorite VC blogs. If you want to get to know the industry (and the players), start here.
According to Boris Wertz, founding partner of Version One Ventures, there’s a certain something you need if you want to appeal to investors at firms like his.
“Founder fit” is a big part of that—the idea that you should personally fit the product or service you are pitching. If you’re interested in this notion, you can read our full interview with Boris here.
With the help of serial entrepreneur David S. Rose, we’ve compiled a list of books suited to anyone planning to start a build a scalable, high-growth business. Alongside each description, you’ll also find a little snippet detailing why David Rose thinks this is a great read.
Advice from the trenches
Want a little advice from people who’ve successfully raised venture capital? BloomNation is one such company.
Founded by David Daneshgar, Farbod Shoraka, and Gregg Weisstein, this “community marketplace” gives florists a platform to sell their works of art, and consumers a place to purchase beautiful floral arrangements. You can read the full interview here.
Start here if you’re looking for a primer on the difference between venture capital and angel funding, as well as 10 tips on how to go about finding venture funding from someone who has been-there-done-that!
Are you looking for a particular resource on VC funding? Let us know and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.