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Startup Financing

Building a Revenue Model Is As Easy As 1-2-3

Lili Balfour | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

Understanding finance empowers you to build your company, motivate your team, attract customers and secure capital. So let's dive in!

What Is A Lead Investor?

Fred Wilson | Posted 01.08.2012 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

The term "lead investor" is often misunderstood. I have seen VCs negotiate to be called a co-lead or a lead in the term sheet. But you don't get given that designation. You earn it.

Why Entrepreneurs Are Washington's Best Bet

Herb Engert | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business
Herb Engert

Entrepreneurs are the nation's economic heroes -- dedicated people who are a critical factor in the resilience of the U.S. economy. Even in an environment of doubt, they are prepared to take the risk of investing to grow their companies -- and that growth equals more jobs.

Know Thyself

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Both founders and investors are, in many cases, paying way too much attention to reverberations within the venture echo-chamber instead of just making good, sensible plans consistent with their missions. Don't cede control of your destiny to the oscillating waves of popular thought.

What Is A Revenue Based Loan?

Fred Wilson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Small Business
Fred Wilson

Revenue-based financing can be a great option for profitable companies looking for a straightforward way to raise funding without dilution, change of control, or a personal guarantee.

How Convertible Debt Works

Brad Feld | Posted 12.12.2011 | Small Business
Brad Feld

Last night I gave a talk hosted by SVB at their Palo Alto office. I had a ton of fun talking to and answering questions from about 75 entrepreneurs who -- at the minimum -- enjoyed eating the great food and wine that SVB provided on a luscious evening in Palo Alto. Several questions came up about Convertible Debt.

Startup Financing 101: How To Sell Preferred Stock

Fred Wilson | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

So if you are an entrepreneur, it makes sense to understand preferred stock and what it means for you and your company.

Use Customers To Finance Your Startup

Fred Wilson | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business
Fred Wilson

The most common way customer financing is done is you sell the customer on the product before you've built it or before you've finished it.