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Opinion/Analysis

For Any New Startup, 2017 Is the Year of Audience

By | Apr 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Audience has always been important to a new startup. After all, a product or service can be amazing, but it’s useless with an audience to beta-test it and get the word out. Pivoting is great, but you need an audience in order to do…

Startups & Apps

Boston

9 Edtech Startups to Join LearnLaunch’s 2017 Cohort

By | Apr 27, 2017 at 11:20 am

Growing a startup in the edtech space can be extremely challenging. From adoption and educating the end user to regulation and dealing with school systems, there are constant road bumps founders need to overcome. At Boston-based edtech accelerator LearnLaunch, they are hyper-focused on expanding…

Funding

What to Do When Seed Investors Ask to See More Traction

By | Feb 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

“I love what you’re building and I want to invest, BUT I just need to see some more meaningful traction.” -Every VC Ever Every entrepreneur has heard this unfortunate phrase at one point or another. I heard it all the time as a former founder myself, and…

Entrepreneur

It’s Time to Look for Seed Funding Alternatives

By | Oct 21, 2016 at 9:15 am

Now that we’ve had a few days to digest the data from the third quarter of 2016, the trends are pretty obvious: Seed funds are down, in favor of huge stage B payouts to the companies that have already proven their worth. Nothing has…

News

Seed Investment Dollars Dropped 20 Percent Since Last Quarter

By | Oct 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

The third quarter numbers are in for 2016, and that means an update on how VC investment looks like. This time, we’ll focus on seed investments, a metric that indicates how many venture risks capitalists are willing to make. It’s 20 percent fewer than…

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Mobile

San Francisco

TestNest: Getting Great Apps the Attention They Deserve

By | Jul 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

With the rise of the smartphone has come an inevitable increase in mobile app store growth – everybody knows that. What a lot of people don’t know is that in 2014 alone, app store sales increased by 50 percent. If you want to look…

Startup

Startup Investment Risks – Can You Tolerate These 5?

By | Jul 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm

For money to grow it has to be invested. We all know this, but we often jump rather blindly into investments on the advice of those we don’t know well, or on “hot tips” from friends. One of the newest forms of investing comes…

Funding

Amsterdam

GitHub Competitor Gitlab Raises $1.5M from Khosla Ventures, 500 Startups

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm

GitLab, the open-source code collaboration platform that competes with popular platform GitHub, announced today that it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding led by Khosla Ventures, 500 Startups, Crunchfund, Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures, and Liquid 2 Ventures. The funding will enable the company…

Product Launch

Tampon Subscription Service, LOLA, Launches with $1.2M in Seed Funding

By | Jul 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

There are many products that we end up having to purchase regularly throughout our lives. For men, for instance, we turn to subscription services like Dollar Shave Club or Harry’s to make sure we have a supply of high-quality razors to help keep our…

Education

NYC

If Knowledge is Power, Why Not Change Your Life With it?

By | Jun 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

If you look back across the history of One Month, you’ll see that CEO Mattan Griffel has always promoted a philosophy that everything is about the students. In fact, he told us as much at SXSW this year. Perhaps he’s inspired by the Latin…

Funding

San Francisco

Y Combinator Alum Atomwise Raises $6M for AI in Drug Creation

By | Jun 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The San Francisco, CA-based Atomwise, which is utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to lower the costs and failures associated with discovering and creating new drugs, announced this morning that it has raised $6 million in seed funding. This round of funding was led…

Reports & Rankings

The 5 Fastest-Growing Seed Startups of 2014

By | May 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

To succeed today, you have to anticipate the future – and the fastest-growing seed startups of 2014 are nothing if not futuristic. A cup that detects calories, an app for 24-hour friendships, a service to loan Bitcoins – all these ideas would have been…

Opinion/Analysis

Investors Don’t Know How to Evaluate for Series A

By | Apr 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Series A investments are difficult because investors don’t know how to evaluate them. That’s according to Christian Wylonis, cofounder of Fitbay, in his latest Medium post. “We’re the bastard children of the venture market — risky, unproven, and with relatively high capital requirements,” he shares on…

Funding

Las Vegas

Las Vegas Polling Startup Wedgies Closes $1.2M Seed Funding

By | Mar 26, 2015 at 7:00 am

Bringing Wedgies more places by making the Internet a “legitimate and secure platform for voters” was the stated goal of Las Vegas startup Wedgies.com when we last spoke to them a few months ago. Since that time, they have secured a second close on their…

Funding

5 Tips for Raising Money from Informal Investors

By | Mar 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Raising money from informal investors can seem easier than gaining venture capital financing for your startup at early stages. It is indeed on many points, yet when it comes to signing the initial agreement, make sure the whole process is as formal as possible with…

Reports & Rankings

30 Startups with the Biggest Funding Rounds in 2014

By | Mar 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

In the 2014 fiscal year, $50 billion in venture funding was invested in 5,900 companies – an average of $8.5 million per deal. Mattermark’s annual report on startup activity recently ranked the biggest funding rounds from 2014, and many startups raised much more than that….

Funding

DC

DC’s UrbanStems Raises $1.5M Seed Round

By | Feb 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm

UrbanStems, the Washington, D.C.-based startup that delivers hand-crafted bouquets in New York City and D.C., has announced that it has closed a $1.5 million round of seed funding. This new financing was led by D.C.’s Middleland Capital, with participation from Sagamore Ventures, NextGen Angels,…