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Chewy has rapidly grown from a startup to a multi-billion commerce company, establishing itself as the leader in pet e-commerce. Chewy sells tens of thousands of products from many 3rd party brands, as well as its own private label brands […]

Lee Hower
June 13, 2019 · 7  min.

As I like to say, fundraising tends to move slow until it moves fast. It feels like a bit of a grind in the early and mid stages of a process, but in a successful fundraise, things tend to heat […]

Rob Go
June 11, 2019 · 5  min.

As the seed stage that atomized and series A rounds have become larger and more traction based, the paths to series A have changed. The baseline path to series A has tends to look something like this: Raise $0 — $500K in […]

Rob Go
June 6, 2019 · 5  min.

Many of us in the seed stage ecosystem have noticed a shift in the way seed rounds are coming together. Historically, seed rounds were syndicated among several different firms. Early seed funds and super-angels typically wrote $250-$500K checks, and rounds […]

Rob Go
May 29, 2019 · 6  min.

Slack dropped their S-1 a couple weeks ago. Even before that, we all knew that it was among the most rapidly growing SaaS companies in recent years and a product used (and loved) by millions of people. But now we […]

Lee Hower
May 16, 2019 · 6  min.

2019 is off to an exciting start for IPOs of VC-backed startups. In just the last month or so we’ve seen Lyft go public (my analysis of the company’s S-1 here) and more recently, Zoom and Pinterest. Zoom is a […]

Lee Hower
April 30, 2019 · 3  min.

One area that seed investors can be really helpful to founders is around setting milestones to optimize for future funding rounds. Assuming that you are building a business that will require more capital, using your limited resources against the highest […]

Rob Go
April 18, 2019 · 4  min.

At the earliest stages, a startup Founder/CEO is typically the star of the show. She or he is often the one who brings the early team together. Even with a full founding team plus early integral employees, the responsibility of […]

David Beisel
March 21, 2019 · 3  min.

Almost seven years ago, I wrote a post about the difference between a “no” answer and a “no yet” when pitching early-stage VCs. This was back in January 2012, a simpler time… when there was only one kind of seed round, when […]

Lee Hower
December 6, 2018 · 3  min.

Five years ago, as the mania around seed fundings was accelerating, Founders were very eager to announce their seed round to the world. It marks the beginning of the journey with hard work & the real business success to be […]

David Beisel
December 6, 2018 · 4  min.