fundraising

  • 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

  • Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think Crunch Network

    Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think

    Today’s startup scene is all about raising VC money — as much as possible, as fast as possible. The market celebrates VC fund-raising, cheers unicorns and makes it seem like VC-backed startups are the holy grail of innovation. And so my fellow entrepreneurs were somewhat surprised to learn that when my VC-backed startup needed another cash injection, I resorted to the oldest trick… Read More

  • You Just Raised $10 Million. Now What? Crunch Network

    You Just Raised $10 Million. Now What?

    There are few feelings more intoxicating than raising millions of dollars from a well-known VC. The cash gives you power to exercise control by expanding your team, buttoning up your premises and further experimenting with both online and offline/brand campaigns. This rush of attention and power can often disorient founders. This is where expensive mistakes get made. Read More

  • Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter Crunch Network

    Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter

    In the last few years, there’s been a massive decoupling between private and public markets. A Goldman Sachs report shows that since December, five of the seven most recent IPOs for billion-dollar startups came in at valuations equal to or below their pre-IPO valuations. Read More