All posts tagged: Fundraising

Taking the Pulse of the Seed Stage Market

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Venture funding into startups dipped significantly in the first quarter of 2016…yet venture funds themselves raised more money than they have in a decade. So where does that leave us today, specifically as it relates to the seed stage market? We looked at four factors — current seed stage availability, follow-on capital availability, the M&A market, and the historical economics of seed investing — to gauge where things stand today and help investors build a strategy for the current […]

Why the Real Growth Comes Early

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As yields in other asset classes have stagnated over the last few years, non-traditional venture investors have poured capital into late stage private companies — the so-called “Unicorns” — at an unprecedented pace. With what seemed like up and to the right growth and public declarations of profitability (or at least a reasonable line of sight to sustainability), these companies (and their investors) could do no wrong. In recent periods, many companies in the billion dollar valuation club have […]

What Makes for a Successful Seed Round?

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This was initially published on the Seedchange Institute. This week, news leaked that the widely discussed (and mocked) San Francisco startup Clinkle was on the verge of shutting down, as key employees began heading to the door and the company still had little to no product traction despite the massive $25 million seed round it raised in 2013. When Charlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures asked Twitter to name the largest seed round that actually […]