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Dealing With Fundraising Challenges

Dealing With Fundraising Challenges

As an entrepreneur and startup founder, one of the biggest challenges you can take on is raising funds. A startup’s first outside round of financing, series seed, can help founders begin operations, hire a small team, launch products, and rent … Continue reading

It’s been over one year since MicroVentures teamed up with Indiegogo to form First Democracy VC (FDVC), a registered funding portal that allows investors like you to support startups. Since then, more than 20 startups have been funded via FDVC … Continue reading

While startup founders may receive the majority of news headlines and recognition surrounding their companies, there is often another group involved in making business decisions: a board of directors. A board of directors is a group of individuals that act … Continue reading

What Makes a VC a “Good” Partner

What Makes a VC a “Good” Partner

When you’re trying to raise money for your startup, it can seem like any funding offer is a good offer. Typically, however, venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors don’t just hand startups money. More often than not, they will also … Continue reading

Scoring Intros in Silicon Valley

Scoring Intros in Silicon Valley

For startups in need of financing, there is nothing more sought after than access to angel investors or venture capital firms. While venture capitalists (VCs) are willing to invest due to the potential of high returns, they also experience major … Continue reading

What to Do When Meeting With a VC

What to Do When Meeting With a VC

We recently discussed what not to do when meeting with a VC for the first time. Ranging from over-ambitious financial projections to missing the “no,” there are any number of ways to make a bad impression. But what should you … Continue reading

Today is the final part of our series on what VCs and other investors look for in startups beyond financials. We’ve already mentioned the importance of having an experienced management team, up-to-date social media profiles, and strong information security. Now, … Continue reading

Today we’re continuing to explore what VCs and other investors seek in startups before they decide to invest. We’ve already mentioned the importance of having a strong management team and up-to-date social media profiles, but what about protecting confidential information? … Continue reading

You’ve carefully crafted your pitch deck to showcase your product, your team, and your revenue, sales numbers, signups, and projections. But other factors are playing an increasingly important role for VCs as they determine whether to invest in a startup. … Continue reading

As an entrepreneur, you’ve worked hard to support your idea. You’ve created a memorable pitch, you’ve identified your potential market size, and you’ve maybe even achieved some customer interest or product sales. However, when it comes time to present your … Continue reading