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As several large startups have filed to go public in recent months – including MicroVentures’ portfolio companies Dropbox, DocuSign, and Spotify – you may have also seen news concerning another type of offering. Called initial coin offerings (ICOs), these essentially … Continue reading

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) regulation crowdfunding (or equity crowdfunding) rules went into effect on May 16, 2016. Now, the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy has released new analysis of all regulation crowdfunding filings that occurred … Continue reading

After all the research, all the intros, all the pitches, and all the negotiations, you’ve done it – your startup has gone through a successful funding round. You’ve made it to the other side…so what’s next? The hard work isn’t … Continue reading

Today, we are introducing a guest blogger: Nate Matherson, Co-founder and CEO of LendEDU. A graduate of the Iowa Startup Accelerator and Y Combinator, as well as a MicroVentures portfolio company, LendEDU is a marketplace for student loans, student loan … Continue reading

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

Startup Trends for 2018

Startup Trends for 2018

According to PitchBook, VCs poured more than $148 billion into private companies in 2017. Series A funding rounds have grown – 39% were $25 million or larger, while less than a quarter were between $5 million and $10 million. Several … Continue reading

Blockchain and bitcoin, as well as other cryptocurrencies, have been featured quite a bit in the news recently as companies like Kik, a MicroVentures portfolio company, raises funds via an initial coin offering (ICO) and the price of bitcoin crosses … Continue reading

Many crowdfunding campaigns include perks as a way of saying “thank you” to those who donate and support the company. Ranging from a social media shout out to a red carpet premiere, these perks are traditionally a part of reward-based … Continue reading

You’ve researched different regulation crowdfunding platforms, compiled the necessary financials, crafted your pitch, and determined your funding goal. Why then do you also need a campaign video? While it may seem like extra work, requiring extra time and money to … 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