How to Raise Capital for your Start Up

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 -- How to Raise Capital for your Start Up. Are you a Founder or Entrepreneur looking to raise money for your startup? This will be an opportunity to learn about the fundraising process from our expert panel and to learn about their real life experiences starting and funding their companies. You will also get Legal information on how to go about structuring your company to secure investor capital.

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Imagine you pour 5 years of your life into your next gig and it starts to become successful. Many times the answer is ‘no.&# The problem is that you’re opening yourself up to a claim by one of these people that you somehow stole their ideas. Starting with 25% is even harder.

Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 -- Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition. Startup World Cup is a global series of startup pitch competitions that is powered by Fenox Venture Capital and held in 40+ regions from around the world, where the top startup from each country comes to Silicon Valley and compete for a $1,000,000 USD investment prize!

Project cash flow – not just profit – during start-up.

Berkonomics

There is no longer a guarantee that VCs and later stage investors will be waiting at the run-out point of the angel money to pick up and grow the company. Cash is everything to a new business. How many times do we have to say this?

Financing a Start-Up

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Virgina Lorimor There are several options for financing a start-up business that tend to follow a natural course in a business’ development: Personal Investment. This is where all entrepreneurs have to start. 7A: The 7A program is a variable rate loan program also serviced by local banks and guaranteed at 90% by the federal government to finance inventory, refinance debt and for other working capital needs. Angel Investors & Venture Capital.

Risk, insanity, and the 50% startup rule

Berkonomics

How to define “success” for a startup? Vision, risk and capital, oh my! Everyone has a vision when starting a business. And few think of the risks that increase over time as initial capital is expended. Starting up

Oh, go ahead and ask for a five-million-dollar investment in your startup.

Berkonomics

First, few startups can use that much money today with all the virtual services available and increasingly inexpensive methods of development, prototyping and marketing. A much more rational approach to starting up. Starting up Raising money

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

Berkonomics

There is a universal truth: fewer than one in a thousand start-ups meet or exceed their projected revenues in the periods planned. I should have done more about this subtle interpretation when first seeing this, and will attempt to make up for that now. Well, it had to happen.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

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We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about. Are the write ups worth doing or not?

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field against products from other companies that already have revenues flowing. Starting up Positioning

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

Berkonomics

Too many startup businesses, especially in the technology world, are built upon brand new concepts that have not yet been proven in the field against products from other companies that already have revenues flowing. Starting up Positioning

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. Like Chris Dixon I grew up programing.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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After a decade on the job I’ve started to speak more openly when newer industry colleagues now ask me what I’ve learned. We then help surround founders with other talent who want to join important causes but don’t have the startup idea themselves. Venture Capital is a people business.

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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Often when startups who have raised venture capital need another round of financing they will turn to their existing investors to give them money before raising from outsiders. It starts as a debt instrument (e.g. And it adds up.

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many startup companies hire advisory boards. If you plan to set one up – no problem. come out of the gate strong and never let up) then you might get some attention. So you set up advisory meetings.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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Clean up your own shite. If you want to raise venture capital more easily the advice could be quite practical and counter-intuitive. Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008.

Should Your Startup Give Performance-Based Warrants?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Startup Advice. As startup entrepreneurs we all want to work with them because having their name as reference clients makes it so much easier for marketing, PR, selling to other customers, fund raising and even recruiting.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital. When you’re an early-stage startup that hasn’t raised any institutional money you end up doing almost every job function of the company yourself.

The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware

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This is part of my ongoing series on startup advice but also filed under my sales & marketing posts. No advice I give will ever apply to 100% of companies, 100% of startups or even 100% of tech startups. The sales market is as pure capitalism as it gets.

How to Improve Hiring at Startups

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This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. BEFORE YOU START. Example: Work Experience can be broken down into: has managed a team, has led direct sales efforts, has worked for a startup before, etc. I usually say right before I start interviewing (e.g.

What is the Right Amount of Money to Raise at a Startup?

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This is part of my ongoing series on Raising Venture Capital. Recently I’ve been debating with a number of young startup companies that are raising money in the next few months, “what is the right about of capital to raise at a startup?&#.

Include your labor value in your plan.

Berkonomics

Investors love it when entrepreneurs draw little or no money from their startups. You could start by charging more for your executive salary, then paying out less in cash, accruing the rest into a payable amount due to the entrepreneur. Starting up

Going long on LA, India, AI and tech infrastructure March Capital raises $300 million

TechCrunch LA

March Capital Partners , the Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has raised $300 million for its latest fund. Those two San Francisco-based operations have been a pipeline for interesting startups that have become March portfolio companies.

Don’t get hung up on valuation.

Berkonomics

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked away from deals where the entrepreneur insists on a start-up premoney valuation that is so high, no angel could expect to make a return upon the investment, even with a reasonable sales price for the company down the road.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. Many entrepreneurs who start technology companies are product people, technologists or savvy business people who worked previously for a larger company. Most start-up entrepreneurs have little or no sales experience.

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2010 VC Funding Outlook for Startups – Prepare for Winter (Part 3/3)

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It is also a result of pent-up demand. So we loaded up on flat screen TVs, multiple generations of iPods and trips to Hawaii. When the market run started in March people were relieved that “the world wasn’t ending” so they started spending again.

The Fifty Percent Startup Rule

Berkonomics

Everyone has a vision when starting a business. And few think of the risks that increase over time as initial capital is expended. If not, there are alternatives, such as raising initial capital from friends and family, before leaving the life boat of a present job. . Then again, with the fifty percent rule, aren’t all entrepreneurs a bit insane to start? Starting up Fifty percent of all businesses formed fail within the first two years. .

Calacanis Starts Up New Venture Fund

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Not only is he running his own technology conference, Launch, he''s also making angel investments, and opening up his own coworking space , he''s also created a new venture capital fund, the Launch Fund. conference launch investment jason capital venture calacanis

Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 -- Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources. Today, start-ups have more choices for accessing business resources and seed funding than ever. This is especially true for first-time and early-stage entrepreneurs not yet ready to pursue venture capital or who lack certain critical capabilities. The next Mobile LAVA will present some of these different equity partners available to start-ups in today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape.

Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 -- Alternative Accelerators and Start-Up Resources. Today, start-ups have more choices for accessing business resources and seed funding than ever. This is especially true for first-time and early-stage entrepreneurs not yet ready to pursue venture capital or who lack certain critical capabilities. The next Mobile LAVA will present some of these different equity partners available to start-ups in today’s rapidly evolving tech landscape.

3L Capital Raises $217M For New Investments

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Los Angeles- and New York-based 3L Capital , a new venture capital investment fund co-founded by former Demand Media CEO Shawn Colo, has raised $217M in a new investment round, the firm said today. The startup investor has already been busy making investments in Los Angeles area startups, and already has investments ChowNow , TYT , SnackNation , along with TheRealReal, 101 Commerce, Wheels, and others.

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73.6% of all Statistics are Made Up

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of all statistics are made up. Here’s how I learned my lesson: I started my life as a consultant. I had to read each report, synthesis it and then come up with our best estimate of the markets going forward. How to Interpret Analyst Reports.

Good Judgment Comes with Experience, But Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

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This is part of my Startup Advice series of posts. I heard Bruce Dunlevie of Benchmark Capital say these words at a conference in London nearly 10 years ago. I’m fond of saying that I F’d up everything as a first time entrepreneur.

3L Capital Raises $217 Million Fund to Invest in Local Startups

L.A. Business Journal

Westwood-based growth equity investment firm 3L Capital announced July 8 it raised a $217 million equity fund to continue investing in local companies

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Moonshots Capital Leads Investment In Backtracks

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Moonshots Capital is the lead investor in a new startup, Backtracks , a developer of podcast analytics software. in a seed funding round, which was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Capital Factory, Sputnik ATX, Next Coast Ventures, Bull Creek Capital, and BNSG Capital. As a part of the funding round, Kelly Perdew, Managing General Partner of Moonshots Capital, will join the board at Backtracks.

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