Raising money from a VC

Best practices, tips, and commentary on raising venture capital money for your business.

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    Raising Venture Capital: Some of the Important Rules Have Changed

    The MIT Forum - in a joint program with UCSB's Technology Management Program - addresses how the current negative economic climate has made fund-raising for startups much more complicated. Three experts, each of whom represent different segments of the investment community: angel investing, VC investing, and private equity venture investing, will share their insights on leveraging and maximizing opportunities to attract and secure funding.

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    The Hacker's Guide to Investors - Paul Graham

    One of the best articles you'll read on investing. The world of investors is a foreign one to most hackers-partly because investors are so unlike hackers, and partly because they tend to operate in secret.

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    Raising Capital: Closing The Deal

    Presentation I gave to the fbFund REV startups on August 26, 2009 about how startups can raise capital from angels and VCs.

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    Startup Fundraising 101

    Basics on the startup process, raising capital, and thinking about valuation.

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    Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur

    Dermot Berkery is a general partner with Delta Partners, a leading European venture capital company that invests in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has led investments in early-stage companies in sectors such as software, electronics, mobile services, medical components, and security equipment.

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    Top Five Mistakes Startups Make Before Requesting Funding

    Mistake #1: Giving Away Equity Like There's No Tomorrow. When it comes to hiring talent, successful companies seek out the best talent possible. This typically means paying above and beyond industry market salaries. Major corporations consistently snag talent from competitors, because they have the budget and the resources to do so.

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    Introduction to Venture Capital

    Guest lecture given on March 6th 2007 for Stanford's Entrepreneurial Engineering program.

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    Venture Capital: An Entrepreneur's Manual

    A great presentation about financing your start-up.

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    Mastering the VC Game

    A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms. "Finding the right VC for you and your company can be a challenging task. Bussgang's recounting of his experience gives a unique perspective on the VC world and is a compelling read for entrepreneurs." -Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com "Mastering the VC Game is part how to and part war story.

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    Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

    "One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own" - Mark Suster, TechCrunch and GRP Partners"...offers hard-headed advice on dealing with lawyers and venture capitalists, so you can make the right decisions for you and your business..."

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    When to raise VC Money & Why do investors invest in your startup

    So you have the idea and have started a company or are about to start your startup, but when should you raise money? In this episode of eLagaan Whiteboard Friday, the eLagaan (http://elagaan.com ) team discusses when should a business or an entrepreneur look to raise money (may it be friends & family, angel funding or venture capital).

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    Want Venture Capital Funding? Here's How (via Forbes)

    The venture capital landscape has fundamentally changed. Winning venture capital funding is increasingly difficult for entrepreneurs. This is a short explanation of some things you can do to raise money for your business.

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    How To Raise Venture Capital - (via Both Sides of The Table)

    An outline of the posts he's done on how to raise VC. The initial section covers what to do before you approach a VC (or if you should even raise VC at all), the middle section is what the presentation you send should look like and the final session covers what to do after the meeting.

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    How to raise venture capital (without losing your soul)

    The CEO of Buddy Media analyzes his recent $28 million financing and offers 8 lessons for how to thrive in a fundraise. By Michael Lazerow, contributor The venture capital ecosystem is a hall of secrets.

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    Rand Fishkin: How To Raise Venture Capital Money

    How do you get in touch with angel investors and private investment firms? SEOmoz' Rand Fishkin discusses how he raised money for his company by sharing also useful advice for all entrepreneurs out there.

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    How to Pitch a VC Redesigned - Dave McClure

    Looking to raise money for your startup? We have taken the original presentation by Dave McClure and given it a design overhaul.

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    Raising Venture Capital: Some of the Important Rules Have Changed

    The MIT Forum - in a joint program with UCSB's Technology Management Program - addresses how the current negative economic climate has made fund-raising for startups much more complicated. Three experts, each of whom represent different segments of the investment community: angel investing, VC investing, and private equity venture investing, will share their insights on leveraging and maximizing opportunities to attract and secure funding.

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    Raising Venture Capital Today: Barbell Syndrome

    From Stanford's Entrepreneurship Corner. Roizen believes startups should have venture capital, but at the right time and used judiciously. She talks about the Barbell syndrome, where startups raise money for the first and last rounds, but not the rounds in between. It is very difficult to raise these middle rounds, which allow startups to treat money better.

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    How to Raise Venture Capital - Startups Uncensored 17

    Learn about raising venture capital from the mouths of VC's themselves, including Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon, Josh Stein of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Thomas Ball of Austin Ventures, Jim Tybur of Trinity Ventures, and Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital. Jason Nazar (CEO of Docstoc) interviews these experienced investors about the hurtles entrepreneurs must jump to successfully raise venture capital.

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    A Fundraising Survival Guide - Paul Graham

    Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want: most startups that die, die because they didn't do that. But the second biggest cause of death is probably the difficulty of raising money. Fundraising is brutal.

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    The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital

    "Never was a 'how to' book on raising venture capital so timely as David Nour's The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital. The latest addition to the outstanding Entrepreneur's Guide series from Praeger Publishers, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital is specifically organized and designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners with the informational tools necessary to successfully attract financing to launch and/or expand a business enterprise of any kind or category.

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    Joel Spolsky On Raising Venture Capital Vs Bootstrapping (via TC Founder Stories)

    Stack Exchange CEO Joel Spolsky explains the pros and cons of bootsrapping versus raising VC cash.

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