Raising Startup Seed Capital Outside of Silicon Valley

Despite the fact that there’s more capital available to seed-stage startups than perhaps anytime in history, it’s still not easy to raise startup seed capital — especially outside of Silicon Valley. This post describes steps that founders can take to help them raise the seed capital that they need.

How Jason Calacanis Values Startups (and Why I Disagree)

Famed entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis recently shared a staged-approach for how founders new to (or outside of) Silicon Valley can raise capital and value their startups. Unfortunately, it’s just not realistic.

I Can’t Take Your Money For Making Introductions

This past few years, I’ve found myself talking to quite a few startup founders that are trying to navigate their way to raising capital.  I can usually see in the Founder’s eyes just how far along they are in the process.  Those that have been…

The 9 Categories of Seed Investors

For first-time startup entrepreneurs, it can be confusing to differentiate one type of seed investor from another. This post discusses the 9 different types of seed investors, and what’s important to know about each one of them.

Getting Connected With Investors

One of the worst excuses that I hear from startup founders on why they’re running into roadblocks as it relates to raising capital is that they “don’t have any connections” to investors in town. In this day and age, this is no excuse — as it’s important to make your own connections.

5 Myths on Why Founders Can’t Connect with Investors

In the startup community that I’m a part of, I hear from a lot of entrepreneurs that lament the fact that they “don’t have any connections” – and they’re not sure how to get connected with an angel investor or venture capitalist. Every founder should know about these myths, and why they’re simply not true.

When to Turn Down a $200,000 Startup Investment Offer

I’m often asked by other entrepreneurs what to do in order to raise a large amount of money for their startup. But I once turned down a six-figure check that was written for eFuneral. And to this day, I’m convinced that I made the right move.