Venture Capital and Angel Investors

Ask a VC

I’ve just added AskTheVC to my blogroll. It’s full of thoughtful answers to serious questions asked by entrepreneurs about details related to getting financed by a venture capitalist. If you are one of the Ready to Fly startups looking at VC deals, it’s a great resource. Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have real VC experience...

By Tim Berry |

140,000 Angel Investors

Angel investment is down slightly, according to a new study. I’ve always had trouble describing angel investors because they seem so hard to define. Somewhere between the high-end friends and family investment and the low-end venture capital you have the angel investors. They’re mostly individuals, but they frequently group into venture groups. Back in the...

By Tim Berry |

Investor Reviews at TheFunded

I just finished the previous post on venture financing and it occurs to me that people working on potentially high-growth startups should be aware of www.thefunded.com. Membership is free. Join and you can search on venture capital firms by geographic area or funding level or keywords, get composite ratings on their dealings with other entrepreneurs, and...

By Tim Berry |

Is There a Catch 22 of VC Funding?

According to Mike Glanz, of www.hireahelper.com, there’s a Catch 22 of venture capital financing: you can’t get venture capital (VC) money without a track record, but you can’t get a track record without getting VC money first. I don’t agree with his underlying point, but I like the way he puts it: I’m stuck. Not...

By Tim Berry |

Wooing Angel Investors: Do’s and Don’ts

Simona Covel interviewed angel investor Knox Massey in today’s StartupJournal | Venture Capital column and produces a good practical list of what to do and what not to do when seeking angel investors. Research the investors Don’t expect to get funding right away Network Treat your initial interactions as the first step in a long-term...

By Tim Berry |

VC’s Suggested Business Plan Coverage

What does Sequoia Capital want in a business plan? I’m quoting exactly from a post: Laurel Papworth – Sequoia’s ToDo list for entrepreneurs: Take a look at this business plan outline: Company Purpose Define the company/business in a single declarative sentence. Problem Describe the pain of the customer (or the customer’s customer). Outline how the...

By Tim Berry |

Stirring VC Assumptions

Are the high-end venture capital firms changing the game for the elite start-ups they fund? Specifically, are they looking at much smaller investments? Last week I attended the Web 2.0 Expo session on venture capital that included David Hornik, who wrote afterwards: “I took part in a panel today called ‘Venture Capital 2.0: Bright Future...

By Tim Berry |

Approach and negotiation are key to raising capital – 2005-04-18

Excellent article over at BizJournals.com about raising capital from VCs. Link: Approach and negotiation are key to raising capital. A note that I would like to add is that business plan competitions can be an excellent venue to get in front of VCs, or at least people who probably have connections to VCs. A competition...

By Noah Parsons |

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