In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2020 #4

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Funding Trends: How Startups Will Raise Capital in 2020 
Every startup needs to raise funding, and it seems every year there is a new mechanism for doing so. Venture capital investing and going public aren’t the only ways that you can grow your company. This Crowdfund Insider article describes the recent trends from IEOs to STOs and more. Learn the acronym that might make the difference for your startup this year.

It’s Not Just You, Seed Rounds are Actually Getting Bigger
For a new startup working on getting funded, a seed round has long been a primary option for early investing. The buzz generated by a solid seed round can be a rising tide for a fledgling company, and as this article from Crunchbase shows, seed rounds are getting bigger every year. Take a look at see the numbers: seed rounds are getting bigger, and it’s important to understand what that might mean for your startup and for the community at large. 

Equity Crowdfunding Is the Future, But You Can’t Find the Next Amazon … Yet
In May 2016, Regulation Crowdfunding was signed into law, and in three and half short years, crowdfunding has become more and more popular as a way of generating capital. This InvestorPlace article describes the lay of the land now, and what to expect in years to come. Even with the low cap set on equity crowdfunding (for now), in the first two and a half years of the regulation, the SEC estimates that there were more than 1,300 offerings. If you’re considering raising money through crowdfunding, this is a must read. 

Using Personal Loans to Fund Your Startup: Is it a Good Idea? 
If angel investing and small business loans haven’t worked out or haven’t raised enough for your startup to get off the ground, you’ve probably thought about personal loans. Make sure you consider the risks and benefits, and take a look at this Yes! Weekly article to see the things you should be considering.

This Is Why Blitzscaling Threatens Talent Acquisition and Company Culture
If you’ve read this far, you’ve learned a lot about funding your startup. As your company continues to grow, there’s a lot more to consider about scaling than just the financing. This Forbes article highlights some key points to keep in mind as you grow, focusing on talent acquisition and company culture.  No matter how quickly your startup is growing, these takeaways can have a great impact on your company down the road.

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