Thursday, July 9, 2015

How not to raise a Series A

By Anand Sanwal, CB Insights

Last week, we dug into the data around big-name VCs investing in seed rounds and their effect on raising a Series A. We found that having brand-name VC money increased startups' chances of getting to the next funding round, but there were strings attached. If the big-name VC didn't follow on, the startup was (usually) toast.

The post has since sparked some discussion on Twitter, where Mark Suster (Upfront VC), Eric Paley (Founder Collective), Nabeel Hyatt (Spark Capital) and others have weighed in. 

With so much anecdotal advice flying around on how to take seed money, Sarah Lacy at Pando says raising seed can feel like the frustrating, no-win "Goldilocks Zone".

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