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The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality

The startup challenge: Raising money to make dreams become reality | e-commerce & social media | Scoop.it

Finding funding as a startup can be a scavenger hunt, with nuggets of information hidden by bureaucracy and scattered across the Internet.

You’ve got a brilliant, multimillion-dollar business idea and want to start a startup. Great! … Uh, now what?

To steal a joke from a 1998 South Park episode, the void between ideation and value creation often looks like: Phase 1 — Start company. Phase 2 — ?????. Phase 3 — Profit!

How startups develop the second, mystery phase depends on how strong their resolve to raise cash is, how developed their contact network is and how much risk they’re willing to take. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 23, 2016 7:28 AM

This article in the Montrealgazette is written for the Quebec #startup community, but it accurately describes the #funding process and a variety of options #founders have when looking for money.

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U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade

U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade | e-commerce & social media | Scoop.it

Many in Silicon Valley may be worrying more and more about how to transform their startup stakes into cold, hard cash. But that's not stopping institutionalinvestors from writing out some very big checks to venture capital firms.

Somewhat astonishingly, U.S. firms just closed on more capital commitments than they have since the second quarter of 2006, according to new data from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters. In hard numbers, 57 U.S. firms raised $12 billion in the first quarter, a 59 percent jump in dollar commitments over the first quarter of 2015.

Institutional investors aren’t necessarily spreading the wealth, with the number of funds raised down 17 percent from this time last year.

Indeed, as you can see from this downloadable fund list, roughly half the new capital commitments in the first quarter were locked up by just four firms: Founders Fund, which announced a new $1.3 billion fund; Norwest Venture Partners, which closed on $1.2 billion; Accel Partners, which raised $2 billion across two funds; and Lightspeed Venture Partners, which sealed up two funds totaling $1.2 billion.

Close behind them,...  Read more: click image or title.

 

 

Learn more about funding, find great funding sources, get a free business plan template, post your funding request for free, and more: www.Business-Funding-Insider.com

 


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 12, 2016 9:18 AM

Plenty of money is still available for #VC funding. How will it affect #startups ? Will this money go to later stage companies, or is #earlystage and #seedfunding still attractive?

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A Dozen Things I've Learned From Marc Andreessen | Craig McCaw

A Dozen Things I've Learned From Marc Andreessen | Craig McCaw | e-commerce & social media | Scoop.it

Marc Andreessen is able to explain himself so well that I should have less commentary to add to the quotations in this post than usual. But where is the fun in that?


My primary task with this blog post has been assembling the quotations and placing them in an order which flows well, since understanding the earlier topics helps the reader understand ideas which come later in the list. Each set of quotations is a mash up from sources like the links identified in the notes at the bottom of this post....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 16, 2014 10:17 AM

For tech startups and entrepreneurs, Craig McCaw pulls together 25 great quotes from VC thought leader Marc Andreessen.

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How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices

How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices | e-commerce & social media | Scoop.it
In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists.

It's easy to dislike angel and venture capitalist investors. For entrepreneurs looking to raise capital for their start-up businesses, these early-stage investors can be awfully hard to find, and when you do find them, it's even tougher to get investment dollars out of them.

But, think again: angels and venture capitalists (VCs) are taking on serious risk. New ventures frequently have little or no sales; the founders may have only the faintest real-life management experience, and the business plan may be based on nothing more than a concept or a simple prototype. There are good reasons why VCs are tight with their investment dollars.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:31 PM

Excellent article explaining VC funding and what it takes to be considered.

Richard Platt's curator insight, January 27, 2014 2:32 PM

In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists

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Venture Capital is More Art than Science: 5 Secrets of VC Revealed

Venture Capital is More Art than Science:  5 Secrets of VC Revealed | e-commerce & social media | Scoop.it

The number one takeaway of the VC Unlocked investor training program was that there are lots of different paths to becoming a successful investor – and no one way is best.

This was great news for the diverse group of participants, who came to Silicon Valley from all over the world for an intensive two week course run by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development.

The program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing, ran from Feb 8 – 19th, 2016.

On the last day of the program, participants reflected on the question, “Did we really unlock the secrets to venture capital?”

The answer was a resounding yes. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 2, 2016 9:56 AM

#500Startups ram a 2 weel course at Stanford on becoming a successful #investor. Ever wanted to be a #VC ?

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Here's What Every Major Silicon Valley Investor Is Using To Find The Next Big Thing

Here's What Every Major Silicon Valley Investor Is Using To Find The Next Big Thing | e-commerce & social media | Scoop.it

Here's where to find the next big thing.


Product Hunt, founded by Ryan Hoover, is used by a lot of familiar names in Silicon Valley and New York: Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Raptor Ventures, Betaworks, SV Angel, Y Combinator, 500 Startups (Dave McClure), Techstars, Index Ventures, First Round Capital, Google Ventures (Kevin Rose, MG Siegler), Dave Morin, VaynerRSE, Cowboy Ventures, Ashton Kutcher, Greycroft, Andrew Chen and others.


The site looks like Hacker News or Reddit, with up-votes to signal which new products are most popular. But instead of sorting through news articles or photos, Product Hunters can expect to find apps that have just bubbled up, like a crowd-sourced Google Play or App Store.


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 22, 2014 3:15 AM

If you want to find the next big thing make sure you start following Product Hunt.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 22, 2014 8:54 AM

Looking to pitch your startup? Get on there, get noticed.

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Tips for Startups on Raising Old Money and Crowdfunding - SiliconHills

Tips for Startups on Raising Old Money and Crowdfunding - SiliconHills | e-commerce & social media | Scoop.it

Old real estate and oil money in town invested in San Antonio’s Rackspace early on, said Stephanie Chandler, partner with Jackson-Walker.

It was one of the first cases of old San Antonio money backing a startup technology venture here, she said.

Now with Geekdom, a technology incubator and accelerator in downtown San Antonio, the goal is to get even more local investment into startups, Chandler said.

“Over the last ten years there’s a much more significant uptick in what families are doing,” in investing in startup deals, she said. “Five years ago, we didn’t have the Rackspace founders looking at deals.”

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 22, 2014 6:17 PM

Here's a good look at an upcoming startup hub: Austin/San Antonio, and the funding situation for startups there as seen by an insider.

The new opportunities created by crowdfunding and the eagerness of 'old money' to play into new trends and profits. Combine that with the new requirements of equity crowdfunding, and you have a good and informative article.

Interesting read for any startup to see how 'smart money' thinks.