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The Gift of Not Getting Funded (Early)

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Posted by calbin on 2009-11-04

Tags: Funding Sources Recommendations

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Initially my business partner and I were so enamored with our idea that we didn't get feedback from our potential cutomers. This lead to a two year journey that should have taken 6 months.

Early on my partner and I said that we were not going to put our families in jeopardy for our venture. No credit cards. No risky loans. No robbing our 401k. We stuck by that and it was a wise choice.

From the outset we received tons of accolades from friends and family so we went to investors who said they liked our idea but couldn't figure out who was going to pay for it. The gift came in two forms 1) Not getting funding early which would have almost certainly been spent on a dead end road and 2) forcing us to make our idea stronger and better.

What our lack of funding made us do is go back to basics. We know we had the seed of a good idea but struggled to come up with a sustainable model. Along with lots of hard work we talked with potential customers and came up with a solid way to generate revenue. Our potential customers are now signing letters of support saying they like our product and find it beneficial for their business and are willing to be contacted by investors. We have never had this in previous attempts to raise money and now feel confident in our plan.

A potential investor we met early on who now heads an angel fund believes in our new plan and is working to get us funding. Our CA lawyer helped us craft a very sharp executive summary and in the next few weeks will begin making warm introductions.

Don't despair if you haven't gotten funded yet. It could be a gift in disguise.

So what I am asking of The Funded community is can you recommend any investors/angels/groups/VC's in the consumer space (specifically investors who might have a penchant for wine)? Thanks in advance and I will keep the community posted.

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In Demand: Free Early Stage Start Up Legal Library

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Posted by KipMcC on 2009-08-28

Tags: Operations Lawyers NDA Legal Incorporating Agreements

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The next time you talk to your law firm, let them know they should pioneer (be the first, take credit) the following concept:

Early-stage, cash-efficient start-ups increasingly require an equally efficient supply chain in order to make it work. Take for example Capital Factory, Y-combinator or even micro-style investments from more traditional VCs. A start-up raising $20k – $250k simply cant afford traditional legal costs associated with:

* incorporating,
* equity and option plans,
* option grants,
* convertible debt agreements,
* all docs associated with being INITIALLY funded (term sheets, standardized series-A docs),
* NDAs,
* separation agreements and release paperwork,
* contractor agreements, and so on.

I propose the following: forward-thinking law firms should create a FREE legal library that includes AT LEAST the items listed above. The should GIVE this library to start-ups that agree to become clients after a funding event of a particular size…maybe $250k or more. To be clear: I’m suggesting that law firms loss-lead with this free legal library and win clients that may become the next Google (or, realistically, may also go out of business). It’s time for the supply chain to evolve. we're starting to see some standardization of termsheets...now let's continue the thought.

http://kipmcc.wordpress.com/

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Andy Grove's Take on VC and US Innovation Policy

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-02

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Cda/Nda with VC; Asked for One and Got It. So is This Getting Common?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-06

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Venture Dig: Microblogging for VC & Entrepreneurs Only

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-03

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Is There a Market to See Pre Ipo Shares?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-06

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Recommendation for Silicon Valley Personal Tax Advisor?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-19

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Can Anyone Recommend a Good West Coast Angel Investor in Tech/Education?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-28

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Getting VC's to Sign NDAs?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-20

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Excellent CFO

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-09

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Can You Recommend a Marketing Firm?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-01

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Web Design Shop Recs

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10

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Law Firms

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-02

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Recommendations for Startup Accountant?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-08

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Need Recommendations on Marketing Agency for Pr/Marcom/Web Design Work

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-29

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How Much Help You Get From Linked in Recommendations While Raising Money?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-08

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Liability Insurance for Northeast Medical Device Firm

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-03

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Need Recommendations for Founder Friendly Lawyers

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-02

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Sign an NDA During Interview Process?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-16

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Looking for a VC Recommendation

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-14

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Can Someone Please Recommend a Good Valuation Analyst?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-20

Tags: Operations Valuation Recommendations Analyst

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Whats the Best Way to Create Equity Based Incentive Plan in an LLC

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-18

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Web Designer for Demo

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-02

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Recouping Initial Funding

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-25

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How Vague Can You Be in a Pitch?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-07

Tags: Pitching NDA Presentation