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DocSend. Operating Partner, DFJ. How Funding Works - Splitting The Equity With Investors - Infographic. European startups: Here’s how to (not) raise capital in the US. Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Stefano Bernardi, who is on the founding team of Betable, where he heads Customer Development.

European startups: Here’s how to (not) raise capital in the US

Previously, he worked in venture capital in Europe. He is a part-time hacker, angel investor, and product advisor, and was selected from more than 300 people to “shadow” Dave McClure at 500 Startups. You can check out his blog and follow him on Twitter. Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders? Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Due to competitive markets we ended up with a pretty good term sheet until we needed to raise money in April 2001 and then we got completely screwed. It was accept the terms or go into bankruptcy so we took the money. Those were the dog days of entrepreneurship. Does Your Startup Have a Good Story? Never underestimate the importance of having a good story when pitching your startup to potential investors, clients, partners, and journalists.

Does Your Startup Have a Good Story?

As Seth Godin writes in his 2005 bestseller All Marketers Are Liars, "Either you're going to tell stories that spread or you're going to become irrelevant. " Godin's book addresses a shift in marketing - away from simply presenting factual information and towards telling great stories. How to Pitch a VC (aka "Startup Viagra") Inside versus outside financings: the nightclub effect cdixon.or. At some point in the life of a venture-backed startup there typically arises a choice between doing an inside round, where the existing investors lead the new financing, or an outside round, where new investors lead the new financing.

Inside versus outside financings: the nightclub effect cdixon.or

At this point interesting game-theoretic dynamics arise among management, existing investors, and prospective new investors. If the company made the mistake of including big VCs in their seed round, they’ll face this situation raising their Series A. If the company was smart and only included true seed investors in their initial round, they won’t face this issue until their Series B. How to nail the five-minute pitch. Editor’s note: Chuck Dietrich is chief executive of online presentation startup SlideRocket.

How to nail the five-minute pitch

Startup CEOs wear many hats. None, perhaps, is more important than that of “company pitchman.” In today’s competitive funding climate, CEOs often present at events like Under the Radar, South by Southwest, and DEMO –- where they have five minutes on stage to ‘sell’ their company to potential investors, partners, and customers. Getting these presentations right leads to financing, buzz and growth; getting them wrong doesn’t.

5 legal mistakes startups make while raising capital. (Editor’s note: Scott Edward Walker is the founder and CEO of Walker Corporate Law Group, PLLC, a law firm specializing in the representation of entrepreneurs.

5 legal mistakes startups make while raising capital

He submitted this column to VentureBeat.) A reader asks: We’ve been bootstrapping our startup and have pretty much run out of money. We have a few friends and family members who said they would buy some stock to help us out. We also thought we could put something up on our website and tweet about selling our stock. Are there any legal troubles in doing this?

Answer: Any time you are raising capital you need to make sure you’re complying with applicable securities laws, which are very complex. Advertising or soliciting investors. “General advertising” includes any ad, article, notice or other communication published in a newspaper, magazine or on a website or broadcast over television, radio or the Internet. How We Raised $1.3 Million As First-Time Founders. When Jim and I quit our finance jobs to start the next big thing, we were really unprepared for our startup journey.

How We Raised $1.3 Million As First-Time Founders

We didn’t have startup experience, we had no real domain expertise (our startup wasn’t going to be about finance), and we didn’t know any investors in the tech community. There was very little reason for them to want to invest in our startup. Exactly three years later, we raised $1.3 million for Yipit, a daily deals aggregator, from Ron Conway and David Lee’s SV Angel, RRE, DFJ Gotham, IA Ventures, and a handful of other amazing tech investors. Raising Money On AngelList: 21 Tips From Two Active Angels. The following is the result of a collaboration between Ty Danco and Dharmesh Shah.

Raising Money On AngelList: 21 Tips From Two Active Angels

Ty is an angel investor and startup mentor (you should be reading his blog). Dharmesh is founder and CTO of HubSpot, runs and is an advisor to AngelList. » Guide pour présenter votre Business Plan de Startup  (Ce post sera mis à jour en fonction des retours de mes lecteurs, n’hésitez pas à en laisser en commentaire) Depuis le lancement de Kima Ventures avec Xavier Niel en février 2010, nous avons reçu via notre site plusieurs milliers de business plans en provenance du monde entier.

» Guide pour présenter votre Business Plan de Startup 

La grande majorité des business plans sont reçus via notre site internet, lui-même relié à notre base de données de startups. Nous avons investi dans plus de 130 startups (une partie apparait sur notre site) dans 18 pays, de la Chine au Nicaragua en passant par le Pakistan, Israël, la Norvége ou la Suisse. Lire des business plans peut être une activité agréable mais, pour que cela soit vrai, il faut que celui-ci réponde clairement aux questions que se pose un investisseur sans développer de détails inutiles. Pas la peine donc de présenter l’évolution de la taille du marché du e-commerce au cours des 10 dernières années quand vous présentez un dossier de vente de pin’s sur Internet.

Behind the Scenes: How Fab Raised $40 million with a lot of data and not much pain. Burn Rates: How Much? In the comments to last week's Burn Rate post, I was asked to share some burn rates from our portfolio.

Burn Rates: How Much?

I can't do that. But an alternative suggestion was to write a post suggesting some reasonable burn rates at different stages. I can do that and so that's the topic of today's post. The following applies to software based businesses, and most particularly web and mobile software businesses. It does not apply to hardware, life sciences, and energy startups. Building Product Stage – I would strongly recommend keeping the monthly burn below $50k per month at this stage. Building Usage Stage – I would recommend keeping the monthly burn below $100k per month at this stage.

Building The Business Stage – This is when you've determined that your product market fit has been obtained and you now want to build a business around the product or service. A good rule of thumb is multiply the number of people on the team by $10k to get the monthly burn.