seed funding

  • You Don’t Need A Prototype To Raise A Seed Round

    You Don’t Need A Prototype To Raise A Seed Round

    Editor’s note: Editor’s note: Mike Hirshland is the founder of Resolute.VC, a seed-stage venture capital firm. Prior to Resolute, he was a General Partner with Polaris Venture Partners where he led the creation of Dogpatch Labs as well as Polaris’s investments in companies including Automattic (WordPress), Quantcast, KISSmetrics and Q1 Labs (IBM). Follow him on his… Read More

  • Silicon Valley’s Mobile Accelerator Tandem Capital Reveals Its Latest Batch Of Startups

    Silicon Valley’s Mobile Accelerator Tandem Capital Reveals Its Latest Batch Of Startups

    Tandem Capital, the Silicon Valley startup accelerator that focuses exclusively on early-stage mobile businesses, is today revealing the six companies that are participating in its most recent batch. The seed fund and accelerator raised its second, $32 million fund in June, which it uses to offer $200K convertible notes (in exchange for 10 percent equity) to the startups participating in… Read More

  • Enterprise Startup Accelerator Gets Funding Boost From Cisco

    Enterprise Startup Accelerator Gets Funding Boost From Cisco

    It’s been over two years since Box CEO Aaron Levie declared here at TechCrunch that enterprise is sexy again. Since then there have been a few strong enterprise IPOs, like Jive Software, Palo Alto Networks and Splunk, along with some hefty acquisitions, like Microsoft’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Yammer. So yeah, enterprise tech startups are hot, if not sexy, and it makes sense… Read More

  • Nokia Bridge: Nokia’s Incubator Gives Departing Employees €25k And More To Pursue Ideas That Nokia Has Not

    Nokia Bridge: Nokia’s Incubator Gives Departing Employees €25k And More To Pursue Ideas That Nokia Has Not

    Nokia may still be fighting some pretty major fires on its burning platform, but it’s also building some bridges — namely the Nokia Bridge incubator program — to help those running from the flames, with financing of up to €150,000 ($185,000) to pursue new startups, before they’ve even paid a visit to VCs and angel investors. The activities in Nokia Bridge are a small… Read More

  • VC Giants, Thinking Smaller: Why Kleiner Perkins’ Aileen Lee Is Getting Into Seed Funding

    VC Giants, Thinking Smaller: Why Kleiner Perkins’ Aileen Lee Is Getting Into Seed Funding

    As a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Aileen Lee has been a part of one of the most well-respected and established venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. But after 13 years with the firm, Aileen Lee is shifting her focus in a very interesting way — she’s starting a new venture fund focused on smaller, “seed-stage” investments. This is the first time that… Read More

  • CMP.LY Raises $750,000 To Keep Companies Honest Online

    More and more businesses are using social media — from Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, to Tumblr and Foursquare, more recently — to manage customer relationships, market, sell or even directly conduct their business transactions. With the maturation of the technology and business practices comes regulation from government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and… Read More

  • Based in South Eastern Europe? Need seed funding? Check out Openfund

    In a terrific example of a self-organising industry, some of  OpenCoffee Greece’s founding members and a number of web entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have launched Openfund, offering seed capital for internet startups in Greece and South East Europe. The model draws inspiration from  YCombinator and Seedcamp, with plans to fund up to five startups per round. The startups… Read More