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Charting A Path From Seed To A Competitive Series A Round

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Over the past five years, there has been roughly $3 billion of capital invested in nearly 3,500 seed-stage companies, with the number of seed investments rising every year. According to CB Insights, 2014 saw the largest year of seed investing since 2009, with a record $1.3 billion of capital invested in almost 1,000 seed companies. Many of these seed founders have high hopes of raising the subsequent up rounds that can lead to a defining moment for their team, investors and advisers: an attractive acquisition or an IPO.

The reality is that raising seed capital is only the beginning of a long and sometimes turbulent journey of startup experimentation, and only a small percentage of seed companies will emerge from the gulf of experimentation to reach a Series A round....


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Companies that reach highly competitive Series A rounds typically have systematically reduced their company’s product, market and execution risk during the seed stage. The founders of these companies use their seed capital to efficiently orchestrate a process-oriented set of experiments that culminate in evidence of product-market fit.

From a product perspective, their product teams are characterized by product, technical, and/or domain experts who can build compelling products that address concrete market needs. These teams study the engagement of their users/customers, and discover how users/customers are interacting with their products and the value customers are deriving. These companies have multi-talented, growing, and disciplined product teams that sometimes execute against a product roadmap that has feedback loops to help inform product development.

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Craig Heppell
Nambour, Queensland

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Must read article for every founder who is serious about building a great business and wants/needs to think beyond the seed funding stage.

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Marianne Naughton's curator insight, May 20, 2015 5:40 PM

Developing seed techs ... 

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Actionable Metrics - Say Hello to Cohort Analysis

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First, what is an actionable metric?

An actionable metric is one that ties specific and repeatable actions to observed results.

The opposite of actionable metrics are vanity metrics (like web hits or number of downloads) which only serve to document the current state of the product but offer no insight into how we got here or what to do next.

In my last post, I highlighted the importance of thinking in terms of Pivots versus Optimizations before product/market fit.

Pivots are characterized by maximizing learning while Optimizations are characterized by maximizing efficiency.

This distinction carries over to metrics too. As we’ll see some metrics matter more than others depending on the stage of the company but more importantly, it’s how these metrics are measured that make them actionable versus not. I’ll share my 3 rules to actionable metrics, derived from Lean Startup principles, and specifically focus on what metrics I measure and how I measure them.

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Good practical metrics are necessary when building a product/service for a startup, or a company launching a new product. This is good information.

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