Quantity, quality, and size of early-stage seed financing has recently given rise to speculation about a seed funding bubble. Ex-founders, Hollywood personalities, the rich and the powerful, the smart and the cool, all seem to be foregoing or, at least, de-emphasizing the usual trappings of wealth (homes, cars, planes, baubles) and taking center stage at […]
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Term sheet signed, due diligence complete, now it’s time to head into the last stage of the funding process — the closing. I don’t mean to use the title terms “legal grind” negatively. But, for most VCs and for most entrepreneurs, getting through the legal paperwork required to complete a round of financing tends to be much […]
You made it through the partner meeting, your email dings, your phone rings — good news: the VCs liked your company enough to proceed to the next step: due diligence. Usually, the word will come from your “inside coach”, as explained in a prior post. “Due Diligence” is a broadly defined term with explanations here: Wikipedia, Webster’s, […]
Welcome to the next step in your funding journey: the partners’ meeting. If you have followed this series, by now you will have gathered your materials, approached the right VCs, and made it through the first meeting with someone at the firm. Congratulations. You’re farther along than most companies ever get. Since you will have […]
So far so good. You gathered the materials I described in Step 0, and you made a successful introduction to a VC using techniques of Getting VCs to notice. The VC responded and he wants to schedule a meeting or a call. In most cases, these are meetings, but, today, a WebEx (Fuse, GoToMeeting) can […]
In Step 0 of this series, I described the arsenal one should have ready when preparing to make a funding pitch to a VC. Assuming you have most of the materials I suggest or, at least, are in the process of gathering the bits and pieces, you now approach one of the more difficult phases […]
This is part of a series on what it takes to get your company funded. In this chain of posts, I want to take a slightly different perspective from the usual ”we want to see this” articles peppering the web. I want to present two sides. First, what is expected of you and second, what is […]