financing

Are VCs Interested in Funding a Services Agency?

Question: I have a startup concept for a services agency (not a software or online business). I have previously helped launch PR agencies, one of which was subsequently acquired by a national agency. Are there angels/VCs that would be interested in my services concept? Typically not. While there are some VCs that like services businesses,…

Wilson: Pricing A Follow-On Venture Investment

It’s Monday and that means – yup – that Fred Wilson (USV) once again claims the VC Post of the Day due to his excellent MBA Mondays series titled Pricing A Follow-On Venture Investment. In it, Fred walks through an example, with real numbers, of how USV thinks about valuing an inside-led round for a…

When Financings Fall Apart

Rand Fishkin, the CEO & co-founder of SEOmoz, has an long, thorough, and incredibly detailed blog post up about The $24 Million Moz Almost Raised. Rand does an awesome job of providing extensive details while maintaining confidentiality of the participants. The story covers the full lifecycle of the VC fundraising process, beginning with Rand and his…

Model Cap Tables With VCHub

A few days ago I answered a question on AsktheVC about modeling cap tables. After a quick email conversation with Jeff Boardman (founder of LearnVC), I realize I had left his product off the list. Jeff has done a nice job building a site that both models a cap table and provides a lot of…

Wilson: Financing Options: Bridge Loans

Don’t compete with Fred Wilson (USV) on Mondays for the best VC Post of the Week. He wins again with Financing Options: Bridge Loans as part of his MBA Mondays series. Ok – I know it’s not Monday anymore. So you get the best post of Tuesday also, which is from Nic Brisbourne (DFJ Esprit) titled Software patents…

Spreadsheets To Model Cap Tables

Question: One thing that I think would be incredibly helpful would be to have a spreadsheet showing how a cap sheet evolves under a set of financing rounds with the important variables parameterized so we can play with them. Having spent the past 15 years trying to come up with the definitive spreadsheet model for…

Wilson: Financing Options – Capital Equipment Loans and Leases

Monday is a tough day to be a VC blogger because you are competing with Fred Wilson’s MBA Mondays series. Fred once again delivers with his post Financing Options: Capital Equipment Loans and Leases. In this post, he talks about ways to finance your capital equipment without using cash from your equity financing, which is usually…

Ehrenberg: Financing your start-up

Roger Ehrenberg from IA Ventures has today’s VC post of the day titled Financing your start-up. He covers some very relevant ground talking about what he thinks are the key variables an entrepreneur should consider with regard to her financing strategy: (1) Founder objectives and mind-set; (2) Business potential; (3) and Interpersonal dynamics. As with many things…