Seed Financing

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SEC Staff Issues Money Market Fund Reform Frequently Asked Questions

The Staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has published responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the SEC’s 2014 amendments...more

Crowdfunding Isn’t Charity

“How do I get backers for my project?” - You see this question asked frequently on social media sites. The projects are sometimes serious, but have often advanced little more than a dream. The person seeking funds may...more

Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Venture Perspectives: Third Quarter 2014

New England Outlook - Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings - Included in this Issue: .. Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q3 2013 -Q3 2014 - All Rounds .....more

Capital Raising? 2014 Observable Trends for Seed and Early Stage Financings – AlleyWatch Reviewed Approximately 200 Capital...

As counsel to scores of companies in capital raising mode at any point in time, my colleagues and I regularly are asked questions by entrepreneurs regarding the valuations and other terms they should expect to receive from...more

Lux Capital Raises $350 Million Fund to Back Startup Healthcare and Technology Companies

Lux Capital, with offices in New York and Menlo Park, Calif., invests in counter-conventional, seed and early stage science and technology ventures. It was co-founded by Peter Hebert, Robert Paull and Josh Wolfe in 2000....more

Series Seed is the new Series A; VC-backed company valuations continue to rise

PitchBook recently released its 1H 2015 VC Valuations and Trends Report that breaks down over 20,000 valuations of private company financings and exits over the past 10 years. The report shows continued increase in median...more

Venture Perspectives: Second Quarter 2014

New England Outlook - Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings - Included in this Issue: - Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q2 2013 -Q2 2014 - All Rounds - Activity...more

Venture Capital Coast-to-Coast – January 2015

Concern over higher valuations? Apparently not, as $59 billion invested in 2014 breaks the post-crisis record. LPs also set a post-crisis record with $32 billion in commitments to U.S.-based VC funds. PitchBook Data, Inc.,...more

Top 12 Legal Mistakes Made by Startup Breweries and Distilleries

Undertaking any entrepreneurial endeavor can be a daunting task. It can get very complicated when doing so in a highly regulated environment, such as the one that governs the manufacture and sale of alcohol related products....more

10 Ways to Finance a Business

A great business idea is not enough—a business needs capital to thrive. Attorneys can help their clients consider all the financing options, figure out which one(s) are the best fit, and comply with applicable laws....more

Lender-to-thy-Neighbor: P2P Lending in Perspective

Closely related to the crowdfunding phenomenon has been the evolution of the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending model. As the early standard-bearers of P2P prepare to enter the public markets, the model itself is poised for greater...more

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends

Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our...more

Explosion in new firms cements Berlin's status as startup hub  [Video]

Sept. 12, 2014 -- Cornelia Yzer, Berlin Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, talks about the sudden rise of tech startups making their home in Berlin at the Transatlantic Entrepreneur Partnership Conference in New...more

What is Micro-Venture Capital?

Over the past few years, a new funding source for seed stage startups has developed and quickly become an integral part of the startup ecosystem. This newer brand of investor is typically labeled a seed venture or...more

Social Media Start-Up Capital: Don't Try a Ponzi Scheme

You’ve got the perfect idea for a social media site, but how do you attract a critical mass of members to launch it? Your credit cards are maxed out and your friends and family are tapped too. Can you attract members by...more

Doing Business In Iowa

ABOUT IOWA - A. Population and Geography - Centrally located in the United States, the state of Iowa is characterized by rich agricultural land, with wetlands, woodlands, and prairie throughout. The state...more

Venture Perspectives - New England Edition: Fourth Quarter and Year 2013

In This Issue: - Activity Level of 2013 New England Transactions - All Rounds - Activity Level of New England Seed Transactions - Activity Level of New England Series A Transactions - Activity Level of New...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...more

Venture Perspectives - New England Outlook: Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: ..Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q2 2012 -Q2 2013 - All Rounds ..Activity Level of New England Seed Transactions ..Activity Level of New England Series A Transactions ..Activity...more

The Changing Landscape of Seed Stage Financing, Part III: Revisiting the Debt vs. Equity Dilemma

In the third and final installment of this blog post series, we’ll return to last week’s question (Should I sell convertible debt or equity?), and consider the other side of the coin: choosing equity instead of debt. We’ll...more

The Changing Landscape of Seed Stage Financing, Part II: Introducing the Debt vs. Equity Dilemma

Following up on last week’s post regarding how to select your investors for early seed stage financing, we next turn to the tough and nuanced question of choosing between equity and debt, as you must be asking yourself:...more

The Changing Landscape of Seed Stage Financing, Part I: Choosing Your Investors

As a startup founder, you have burned through a lot of your own savings (and maxed out the proverbial credit cards), but thankfully you have an MVP (minimal viable product) or better, and now are ready to raise your first...more

The Entrepreneurs Report Q1 2013

In this issue: - From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2013 - Valuations by Industry Segment - Convertible Notes vs. Priced Equity in Seed Round Financings: An Illustration of Capitalization...more

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