fundraising

  • All your questions about startup fundraising for KPCB… Asked and answered. Crunch Network

    All your questions about startup fundraising for KPCB… Asked and answered.

    Start-up fundraising is hard. Despite ubiquitous headlines about unicorn valuations and how it’s never been easier to raise money in Silicon Valley, the process of raising capital can be gruelling, unpredictable, and non-transparent. To shed some light on best practices for successful startup fundraising, I sat down with my partners Eric Feng and Randy Komisar to ask and answer the… Read More

  • The user’s guide to early-stage fundraising Crunch Network

    The user’s guide to early-stage fundraising

    There are now myriad financing options that founders can consider as they look to build their companies. Nearly 70,000 companies received funding through angel networks and 3,000 through venture capital firms annually, according to CB Insights. Read More

  • The art of relationships for fundraising success Crunch Network

    The art of relationships for fundraising success

    With the incessant talk about unicorns, it’s easy to lose sight of the opposite end of the investment funnel. What feeds the industry is not unicorns, but first venture round companies. Yet raising investments from institutional venture capitalists is becoming increasingly difficult for early-stage entrepreneurs — and it likely won’t ease up through the remainder of 2016. Read More

  • A post-seed round is not a bridge Crunch Network

    A post-seed round is not a bridge

    A few times every month I get an email from a CEO or investor that says something like this: “We are seeking a Bridge for our company. Since we already raised our Seed and you do Post-Seed, we thought you would be ideal to speak to about this.” I have concluded there is a lot of confusion over how a post-seed round differs from a bridge round. Read More

  • Tips for mitigating the risks of rookie founders from Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet Crunch Network

    Tips for mitigating the risks of rookie founders from Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet

    Ultimately, the checklist for first time founders going out to raise money never ends. However, the common thread throughout is the importance of being strategic. Read More

  • Down to Lunch has met with investors about raising funding

    Down to Lunch has met with investors about raising funding

    We’re hearing from multiple sources that Down to Lunch has met with investors about a potential financing round. Down to Lunch became a bit of a darling during its rise thanks to its dead-simple approach: signal to your friends that you’re interested in getting lunch, drinks, or whatever else and figure out who’s up for it. This is a simple concept, but in reality fills… Read More

  • Dear VCs, there’s something you need to know about raising funds this year Crunch Network

    Dear VCs, there’s something you need to know about raising funds this year

    Times are changing. Startups and VCs are facing tougher times, layoffs, down rounds and eroding valuations. However, already a record amount of money has gone into U.S. venture funds this year. As an LP, am I seeing something others aren’t? Or am I just nuts? I believe the first quarter of 2016 was a classic example of what happens when there is uncertainty in the overall market. Read More

  • Bill Gurley doesn’t think these giant new funds are such a great idea

    Bill Gurley doesn’t think these giant new funds are such a great idea

    “It’s not just the size of the funds but the velocity” at which VCs are returning to their investors, known as limited partners (or LPs), says an astonished Bill Gurley of the venture firm Benchmark. “The Kauffman fund said that billion dollar funds sucked, then everybody went out and raised billion-dollar funds.” Gurley is referring to a 2012 Kauffman… Read More

  • There’s more to early-stage funding than VC money Crunch Network

    There’s more to early-stage funding than VC money

    Good companies will always get funded. If that’s your company, it’s important to make sure you have the resources to keep it alive long enough to get funded. Murmurs of a looming downturn in venture capital are pressuring more companies to preemptively begin fundraising, whether or not they have gained sufficient traction to justify their stated valuations. Read More

  • Textio, A Startup That Analyzes Text Performance, Raises $8M

    Textio, A Startup That Analyzes Text Performance, Raises $8M

    Textio CEO Kieran Snyder took a quantitative approach to how language worked in her linguistics studies. And when she and her co-founder Jensen Harris were leaving Microsoft to start a new company, it was only natural that it would be centered around language in some way. That’s how Textio, a startup that analyzes text for how well words and phrases perform in certain scenarios, was born. Read More

  • Separating The Sizzle From The Steak Crunch Network

    Separating The Sizzle From The Steak

    Seed rounds are all about the sizzle, the exciting promise of the future if things go as dreamed. Risk is high — but the reward, if it works, is far greater. Smart people with great ideas and strong skills can raise money based on their passion, vision and tenacity. But when it comes time to raise a Series A, it’s all about the steak — what you’ve accomplished. Read More