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Where Does VC Money Actually Come From? [Flowchart]

This post was originally published on the personal blog of NextView founding partner Lee Hower. Lee’s posts also appear regularly on View From Seed. Subscribe here for more.

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Most attention goes to tech companies ranging from Google to Genentech, but some non-tech companies like FedEx and Starbucks also raised VC early in their lives. (more…)

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  October 29th, 2014
  

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.  (more…)

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  October 21st, 2014
  

An Alternative to Board Decks Some Seed VCs Actually Prefer

Over the summer, based on feedback from our portfolio and the broader startup community, NextView created pre-formatted board deck templates for seed-stage startups — part of our Growth Guides series. Included in that deck was something that caught some folks by surprise. (more…)

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  October 15th, 2014
  

7 Common Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in VC Pitches & How to Fix Them

With plenty of resources available for entrepreneurs about how to craft an effective pitch deck for raising seed-stage capital from VCs, often what’s left out are some of the tactical components of an initial meeting. The following is a list of mistakes that, despite seeming obvious or perhaps mundane, are still frequently committed by founders and CEOs. The good news? They’re easy to fix. (more…)

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  September 30th, 2014
  

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

This is a guest post from Stephano Kim, former co-founder of Web 1.0 success story Blackboard and veteran entrepreneur who’s held several COO and president roles at various startups.

Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title. But what do COOs actually do for startups? When should founders hire one? Based on what criteria? In this post, Stephano explores this critical but often misunderstood executive role.
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  September 9th, 2014
  

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