To raise or not to raise, that is the question. The following is a real (but anonymized) email to us at NextView where a founder debates the timing of his seed raise:
Nearly all of the guidance for meetings with VCs is centered on the very first meeting: how to get it, how to prepare a pitch deck, how to run the meeting, etc. But then the tactical advice stops. What about the rest of the VC fundraising process? How should an entrepreneur approach the full set of meetings […]
Ask any VC what they look for in an investment opportunity, and they’ll tell you that the people are at the top of their list.
Over the past few years, I have been involved with and close to a number of both successful and unsuccessful startups. To me, the most exciting (and most perilous) times in a company’s lifecycle are the early first stages when it is just getting off the ground. At the seed stage, the founder’s or co-founders’ role in […]
For entrepreneurs setting out to raise a round of VC financing, with some diligent research, it’s reasonably straightforward to put together a list of target firms to pitch. Start with the firms of whatever city you’re in that have a history of investing in the stage and sector of your startup, then augment with additional […]
In the last year or so, the debate over the definitions of seed versus pre-seed capital (sometimes called genesis rounds) has exploded.
Today, NextView Ventures is excited to release a pillar project in our Growth Guides series: pitch deck templates for raising seed capital.
Raising venture capital at any stage of company growth requires tremendous effort from entrepreneurs. Admittedly, our industry tends to celebrate these financings a bit too much — it’s gasoline for the car and not the destination, after all — but it’s still a difficult, sometimes lengthy process for which founders deserve some recognition.
Once a startup has raised seed capital, plenty of theories and advice exist on how to successfully raise a Series A. Recently, we looked at our own portfolio at NextView Ventures to dig a little deeper on how startups actually raise that next round of financing.
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.