Open Source Funding Documents

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing.

All the Public Startup Pitch Decks in One Place

Andy Sparks and Joshua Levy have assembled a list of reference pitch decks for founders to view when building their own. Some notable inclusions: YouTube, LinkedIn, Mint, BuzzFeed, AirBnB, Tinder, Foursquare, Moz, and Buffer.

VCDB

Sometimes venture capital can be a little intimidating. It’s hard to know where to start and whom to approach. And it can be hard to cut through the noise in order to reach investors. This application aims to help by aggregating biographical, and other basic information on many of the venture investors located in the US. A simple search can take you one step closer … [ Read more ]

Angelsoft

Angelsoft was founded in 2004 with a simple idea: to bring the power of collaboration technologies to the early-stage investment industry. Today, with 410 angel groups and VCs, 11,251 investors, and 2,100 new company applications a month, Angelsoft has become a vital ecosystem where real entrepreneurs and real investors meet and collaborate in the effort to build the best new companies of the 21st Century. … [ Read more ]

Get Venture by Mark Peter Davis

Mark Davis, a member of DFJ Gotham, has written a series of posts on his blog designed to “create the entrepreneur’s manual for raising venture capital.”

Private Company Financings Update

Cooley Godward regularly present findings on private company financings. These reports provide a summary of data, reflecting their experience in venture capital financing terms and trends. If you are an entrepreneur looking to raise money or just someone interested in venture capital, check it out. [hat tip to Ask the VC]

VentureWiki

VentureWiki is intended to be a resource for entrepreneurs to capitalize on the collective experience, opinions, and judgement of the venture capital community.

Editor’s Note: the site says it’s a work in progress and it appears that way – some good information already exists, but it is sparse; not sure if it will get popular or whither away but I list it with hope of … [ Read more ]

Feld Thoughts: Posts on Letters of Intent

Following up on the Term Sheet series, the Feld Thoughts blog offer a series on the Letter of Intent. As stated in the first post, “Deals have to start somewhere, and often the first real ‘document’ that gets negotiated after the foreplay turns serious is the infamous letter of intent…This sometimes delightful and usually non-binding document (except for things like a no shop agreement) is … [ Read more ]

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC®)

The VCIC® is the nation’s premiere strategy competition for venture-minded and entrepreneurial MBA students. This one-of-a-kind competition gives students from top business schools a real-world venture capitalist experience – student teams interact with real entrepreneurs from real companies with real business plans. Unlike other competitions where teams lock themselves away to mull over theoretical or historical scenarios, the VCIC® experience exposes students to a variety … [ Read more ]

Feld Thoughts: Posts on Term Sheets

A series of blog posts by Brad Feld (a VC) explaining various aspects of term sheets to entrepreneurs.

VC Experts

VC Experts serves the needs of the private equity and venture capital communities with its anchor product, The Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital by combining substantive commentary on the private equity and venture capital industries with online learning courses. The VCExperts.com site includes current industry news, weekly commentary, and the online University and 4,000 page Encyclopedia of Private Equity and Venture Capital.

The Encyclopedia … [ Read more ]

Art of the Start

Former Apple marketing maven Guy Kawasaki has established quite a second career as start-up counselor and funder via his Garage Technology Ventures VC firm. We are big fans of his Forbes column, which offers straight-shooting advice from someone who has been there. His topics are as broad as the importance of taking chances to the right time to name a company, from the worth of … [ Read more ]

National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF)

The National Association of Seed and Venture Funds is an organization of private, public and nonprofit organizations committed to building their local economies by investing and facilitating investment in local entrepreneurs.

Search Funds

Learn about the concept of the search fund at this site. Conceived in 1984, the search fund is an investment vehicle in which investors financially support an entrepreneur’s efforts to locate and acquire a privately held company.

Tech’s Top Venture Investors (2001)

The engine of innovation still hums, despite a wretched year that saw several hundred startups go bust and upwards of 700,000 tech jobs disappear. Proof of that comes straight from the source: the members of our second annual Midas List, the elite 100 venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, bankers and recruiters who nurture and steer the tech economy.

vFinance.com

“Since 1995, vfinance.com has been recognized as the #1 global portal for companies in need of capital and private investors seeking quality deal flow. Take a few minutes to explore our site: you’ll discover a wide selection of FREE investment banking and venture capital resources. As well as premium services designed for serious investors.”

Editor’s Note: I really like their VCSearch, in particular the ability to … [ Read more ]

NVST Private Equity InfoBase

NVST, publishers of well-known journals in the private equity field including Buyouts, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Venture Capital Journal offer valuable free information on its Web site. (Access to its print publications and research studies require a paid subscription.) The Private Equity Infobase is a library of articles on topics of interest to entrepreneurs, especially in the area of raising capital. The articles themselves come … [ Read more ]

Internet VC Watch

This “One Stop Internet Venture Capital Information Network” gives daily breakdowns of VC activity, company profiles, people news, and more. It is also home to one of my favorite daily email newsletters, VC Buzz. But probably the best part of this site is their search engine which lets you search for VC firms or funded firms by name, city, state, region, country, or … [ Read more ]

Venture One

This “Information Partner to the Venture Capital Industry” is famous for its regular statistics on the state of the VC market. On the site, you will also find their publications, a directory of VCs, resources for entrepreneurs, and some fee-based services, notably their customized valuation reports and their.

The VC

A comic strip about the VC world. Here’s their ‘comical’ executive summary: “The VC Comic Strip is the leading provider of advanced comic strip solutions to the venture capital industry. Leveraging best-of-breed industry vernacular, The VC Comic Strip dominates the market through highly scalable comic delivery infrastructure and defensible intellectual property.”