Are early stage startup valuations determined at random?

January, 2015
Source: VentureBeat

Are early stage startup valuations determined at random?

To many, it seems like early stage startup valuations are determined at random. Given that these companies often fetch higher valuations vs. their counterparts in other industries — despite lack of significant revenue, hard assets, or even direct public companies to evaluate them against — this misconception is understandable. But of course valuations are not generated […]

Indian E-Commerce Marketplace ShopClues Lands $100M Round Led By Tiger Global

January, 2015
Source: TechCrunch

Indian E-Commerce Marketplace ShopClues Lands $100M Round Led By Tiger Global

There’s more funding for e-commerce companies in India today, after ShopClues — a startup that led the adoption of the marketplace model in the country — closed a $100 million Series D round.

Kit Check Raises $12 Million Series B

January, 2015
Source: Kit Check

Kit Check Raises $12 Million Series B

Kit Check™ (http://kitcheck.com), the leader in hospital pharmacy kit processing and medication tracking software, today announced a $12 million Series B funding round led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures. Rex Health Ventures, the venture investment arm of Raleigh, N.C.-based Rex Healthcare, also contributed to the round. All previous investors from the 2013 Series A funding round also participated in […]

All those logos and no dollars?

November, 2014
Source: VentureBeat

All those logos and no dollars?

Pitches for early-stage companies that have already released a B2B product typically include a slide full of client logos, which they use as proof of “traction.” Whenever I see this my ears perk up, as it’s no easy feat signing on so many paying customers at an early stage, and my mind starts calculating the probable […]

Fundbox – One Of The Fastest Growing Apps In Intuit App Center – Surges 321% In Last 6 Months

October, 2014
Source: MarketWatch

Fundbox – One Of The Fastest Growing Apps In Intuit App Center – Surges 321% In Last 6 Months

Fundbox is currently one of the fastest growing apps in the Intuit app center and has seen 321 percent growth since its public launch six months ago.  Fundbox customers on average see a 40 percent increase in available capital and 92 percent of its customers return after their first use.

Over 200,000 Women Have Used Their Smartphones To Help Them Get Pregnant

October, 2014
Source: Business Insider

Over 200,000 Women Have Used Their Smartphones To Help Them Get Pregnant

Want to get pregnant? Avoid getting pregnant? There’s an app for that – actually multiple apps, some of them with amazing track records.

The Key To Raising Your Seed Extension Round

October, 2014
Source: TechCrunch

The Key To Raising Your Seed Extension Round

Given the growth in seed funding driven by the combined forces of the “Micro-VC glut” and increasing activity by angel investors (often via crowd funding), it’s become increasingly common to meet so called “Seed Orphans” looking to raise seed extension rounds. These companies often have good teams that have achieved solid initial traction, but were asked by […]

VC pitch tip: Make sure you don’t overload your advisory board slide

October, 2014
Source: VentureBeat

VC pitch tip: Make sure you don’t overload your advisory board slide

It’s common practice for early stage startups to recruit an “advisory board” to expand their capabilities without adding more employees to their team. This is all well and good, but usually in early stage startups, the amount of people in the advisory board outnumber the amount of employees.

How to get some VC Love

September, 2014
Source: GeekTime

How to get some VC Love

While much of startup investing is moving online, the majority of startups still need to pitch investors face to face. And while best practices of pitching VCs (ie advice like how to build a good pitch deck) are well covered, there’s a “soft skills” ingredient that is not discussed as often.