Navigating the VC landscape: The good, the bad and the WTF?

While recently attending a session at Lowenstein LLP for the inauguration of the 2013 First Growth Venture Network, I had the pleasure to speak with and listen to some of NY and the Valley’s top investors.  Some of this advice comes from them, and some from personal experience. You quit your job, labored months building a product,…

Know your potential investor. A capital acquisition strategy story.

Be it the three F’s (Friends Family & Fools), Grants, Loans, Business Angel Investment and / or Venture Capital the vast majority of startups will need some form of capital to grow. What type of capital you need often depends on what your business does, what stage of growth it’s in and what industry space…

Angel Investing 101

More than often young entrepreneurs believe that once they have an idea, it in itself is sufficient enough to acquire that Business Angel (BA) investment to get to entrepreneurship Level 2; and while BA’s typically provide billions annually in early stage funding to young companies, they also have a number of set criteria that will…

What makes a good Business Angel investment?

Something to the effect of 80% of Angel invested businesses go under, and when looking at angel investor activity from those individuals who have been actively investing in the industry the rate drops to approximately 60%. meaning, 2/3 investments will fail even under the guidance of experienced investors, and 4/5 as a whole. Quite the…

Video: Investment Trends from Silicon Valley

This video comes from KMVT, which is the public access channel for the Mountain View, Cupertino and Los Altos, California area. This specific video comes from what has recently become a favorite of ours here in terms of video series – the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur. This specific video we believe is interesting as it’s an…

Business Angels charging startups to pitch? Zero sum game.

Turns out there are groups of Business Angels (BA’s) out there that charge entrepreneurs and startups to pitch. What? Yes you heard that right, Angels charge startups to pitch. These fees range anywhere from €1000 to €18.000 + 3% of the capital raised to pitch your company to a forum of Angels. What do you…

Technology Startup Incubator Deadlines

Fist there was Y Combinator, then there were copies and similar style initiatives that popped up all over the world, were they micro investments, business and tech incubators, business accelerators, hand holding initiatives for the business non-savvy, what have you. And with the multitude of them out there, it’s hard to keep a track of…

Understanding the Startup Financing Process

The 3F‘s, Seed Capital, Angel Capital, Venture Capital, Series A, IPO‘s sounds familiar or does it? Many budding entreprenerus, and especially those without a background in finance, and even those with a background in finance won’t really understand how the startup financing process functions. Or more adequately how you go from cracking open your piggy…