Angel Worst Practices — 10 Ways to Ensure You Lose Money – Forbes

. . . . . . here’s my list of the worst angel investing practices, with a tip of the hat to John Huston and the Ohio Tech Angels, who have used this teaching method for many years.  Avoid these 10 mistakes or your angel investments could be losers right out of the gate: Put ...

2014 Pre-Money Valuation of Seed Stage Angel Deals

The median pre-money valuation of seed stage deals has increased since 2010, as the US economy has emerged from the recent recession.  The following table shows the pre-money valuation of seed stage deals from several sources over the past five years: Payne’s survey data was provided by 30 angel groups from all regions of the ...

The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups

The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups Great startups don’t fund themselves. Raising money from investors for your startup is challenging at any stage and requires a great pitch, even for experienced founders with significant traction in their company. The good news is that there’s a formula for pitching your startup that has ...

Crowd Funding Has Not Killed Angel Investing Yet

 Crowd Funding Has Not Killed Angel Investing Yet Entrepreneurs who require funding for their startup have long counted on self-accredited high net worth individuals (“angels”) to fill their needs, after friends and family, and before they qualify for institutional investments (“VCs”). New crowd funding platforms on the Internet, like and , as well as the ...

Startup Orphans and the Series A Crunch – Is There One?

The Series A Crunch is a supply-demand imbalance that will result in over 1000 seeded startups being orphaned and more than $1 billion of investment evaporating. It is all part of a healthy natural selection process. Our Seed Investing Report analyzes 4056 seed investments made into US-based technology companies since Q1 2009. For clarification, seed ...

Do You Need To File A Form D With A Financing? | Ask the VC

It used to be the case that whenever a private company did a financing, it filed a Form D with the SEC in order to comply with Regulation D. Suddenly, I’m hearing of lots of situations, especially in seed and Series A financings, where companies are no longer filing Form D. Apparently a number of ...

Investors Weigh In With Convertible Note Caveats for Start-Ups – Venture Capital Dispatch – WSJ

Tech entrepreneurs take note: Convertible notes are not free money and, if not structured properly, can prevent you from raising additional financing. Investors speaking at the TechCrunch in San Francisco this week had this gem and a few other choice observations about early-stage financing for start-ups. “We’ve had companies come in for their Series A ...

Discount or cap? A spreadsheet that shows what happens when a note converts.

Venture math can be tough. Terms like convertible note, discount and cap can complicate a seemingly easy process. A convertible note is a debt instrument typically used when a company first begins to raise capital. The valuation of the company is determined at a later date, after a Series A investment. This is when a note converts to ...

Victoria Silchenko: Equity Crowdfunding: Next Generation of Angel Investors Is Not Sorry to Disrupt

Nikola Tesla wrote once, “The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.” I can see this being quoted by any supporter of equity based crowdfunding (or crowdinvesting) — an innovative online tool that would give you a legitimate right to own a stake in a company you choose to invest ...

What’s the Difference Between and Incubator and Accelerator?

Brad prefaced his comments by highlighting several meaningful distinctions between accelerators and incubators.”I think there is a fundamental difference between an incubator and an accelerator… (this) distinction helps people understand why, (even though) … there is a saturation point, but we are nowhere close to it. The distinction between the two is that an incubator ...