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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.

I see hundreds of fundraising decks each year. I’ve been doing this for eight years now, so I’ve been able to see some longitudinal trends during that time. There are a couple trends that I have noticed emerge over the […]

Rob Go
December 6, 2018 · 3  min.

I once had a VC mentor (only) half tongue-in-cheek tell me that “all investment diligence is merely an exercise in confirming what you have already decided during the initial pitch.” Diligence validates your gut to invest or (hopefully quickly) kills […]

David Beisel
December 6, 2018 · 2  min.

The beginning of September always seems to mark the unofficial end of summer.  While the proverbial joke about venture capitalists being completely out on vacation in August is only partially true, things do really change after Labor Day.  Whereas a […]

David Beisel
September 5, 2018 · 1  min.

Despite rumors that the VC business slows down in the summer, we’ve had one or our busiest periods in quite a while.  During June, July, and August, we’ve closed 4 new investments and several follow-ons, with a number of companies […]

Rob Go
September 4, 2018 · 6  min.

A friend of mine just completed a very successful fundraise for an institutionally led seed-round of capital.  What’s interesting is that several years ago, this founder had raised $30M+ in venture capital before and knows the VC process intimately, but […]

Rob Go
September 1, 2018 · 7  min.