search: results update below


browse funds: selections are stored



recently rated:

Rated by 12
2.5

top rated funds:

Rated by 12
4.1

Rated by 11
4.0
 

Rated by 15
4.0

Rated by 41
3.9

Rated by 11
3.8

Rated by 44
3.8

Rated by 106
3.8

Rated by 32
3.8

Rated by 32
3.8

Rated by 64
3.7

Rated by 23
3.7

Rated by 27
3.7

Rated by 11
3.6

Rated by 18
3.6

Rated by 10
3.6
 

Rated by 62
3.6

Rated by 21
3.5

Rated by 12
3.5
 

Rated by 30
3.5

Rated by 28
3.4

Rated by 19
3.4

Rated by 14
3.4
 

Rated by 49
3.4
 

Rated by 16
3.4
 

Rated by 10
3.4

Rated by 13
3.4

Rated by 16
3.4

Rated by 60
3.4

Rated by 17
3.4

Rated by 18
3.3

Please take a moment and make a financial contribution to TheFunded. If we have helped you, help us with resources to further grow the both the site and our entrepreneur training program, The Founder Institute.

Welcome

TheFunded.com is an online community of over 20,000 CEOs, Founders and entrepreneurs to discuss fundraising, rate and review angel investors and venture capitalists, and discuss strategies to grow a startup business. Enjoy the site, and be sure to join us at our Founder Showcase events to meet the community.

  Sign-up for Membership  

TAGS: Director (1)   shareholders (1)   Lead (1)   Latin America (1)   pricing (2)    More
NEW SHOWCASE: Devolia: On-demand Corporate Software (Software/B2B)

TAG: Operation

7
Agree
3
Disagree

Just Get Through 2009

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-04

Tags: Operations Crisis Burn Rate

PUBLIC:

I'm fundraising right now and it is absolutely brutal. I want to to tell all entrepreneurs, "Fight through this. You can raise capital." But that isn't true. You may not be able to raise capital until 2010 no matter how good your product or company is. It is not a reflection of you, just the external factors that are largely out of your control.

Survive until 2010 and position your company to take off as the next economic cycle does. These things always come back. While it is bad now, it will eventually get better. The Wall Street guys will get tired of losing money and companies will start hiring again.

I hope I am wrong. (Boy, do I hope I'm wrong.) Maybe Obama will follow through on his plan to eliminate capital gains tax on investments to startups. That would help us immensely. But I have heard nothing about that since it was mentioned during the campaign.

PRIVATE: Members Only

1
Agree
3
Disagree

Is Online Advertising Dead as a Biz Model?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-29

Tags: Operations Model Advertising

3
Agree
3
Disagree

Stack Your Board with People Your Investor Can't Argue With

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by RichieBlueEyes on 2008-03-05

Tags: Operations Board

PUBLIC:

You should always be in control of your own board. There is a simple way to do this, stack your board with people that are beyond reproach that are in your corner. Yes, you need to be well connected to pull this off but if do, you could end up with at least an even say on the board. Most entrepreneurs get board members from referrals, I say, get your friends! Don't get 100 board members, just a few that no one can tell you to get rid of...After-all you just gave them free stock...so they'll probably back you at least for the first year. However, don't get rubber stamp people that won't do anything. Make sure to get people that actually will be active.

PRIVATE: Members Only (149 Characters)

10
Agree
2
Disagree

Bootstrapping Won't get you over the many obstacles... so, please stop recommending bootstrapping.

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-15

Tags: Operations Bootstrapping Obstacles

0
Agree
2
Disagree

Web Designer for Demo

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-02

Tags: Operations Recommendations Website Demo Designer

0
Agree
2
Disagree

Chairman Comp

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-23

Tags: Operations Compensation Board

2
Agree
2
Disagree

Lessons From the Last Crash

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by fnazeeri on 2008-10-27

Tags: Operations Crisis

PUBLIC:

It's pretty rare that during a crash and recession there are employees and managers with recent experience on how to handle the situation. Well, the "good news" with the Great Depression 2.0 is that a whole bunch of us have relatively fresh experience. Last time the financial grenade went off in our lap. This time, we're collateral damage, which means it should be less painful assuming similar size crashes (which is looking less and less like a valid assumption).

In any event, here are some lessons I learned from the last time through this mess:

MORE

PRIVATE: Members Only (4266 Characters)

0
Agree
2
Disagree

Sourcing a New CEO

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-12

Tags: Operations Hiring CEO

2
Agree
1
Disagree

Killing the Next Google

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-08

Tags: Operations Article

0
Agree
1
Disagree

Pre Money Valuation

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-01

Tags: Operations Pre Money Valuation

0
Agree
1
Disagree

A Telecommuting CEO?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-24

Tags: Operations CEO Telecommuting

0
Agree
1
Disagree

Coaching a Young CEO

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-23

Tags: Operations CEO Coaching

0
Agree
1
Disagree

Will VC Balk at Funding a Company with a License in Place?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-18

Tags: Operations Intellectual Property Licensing

0
Agree
1
Disagree

Tips for Finding Non Cheesy Tech Developers?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-03

Tags: Operations Developers

0
Agree
1
Disagree

Logo

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-22

Tags: Operations Marketing

1
Agree
1
Disagree

Plan for Non Cash Compensation

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-24

Tags: Operations Compensation

1
Agree
1
Disagree

Self forming Incubators in a Down Market

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-04

Tags: Operations Incubators

11
Agree
1
Disagree

Be Glad You are an Entrepreneur in These Times!

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-07

Tags: Operations Founders

7
Agree
1
Disagree

Heresies & Opportunities: Life Without VC!

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-08

Tags: Operations Bootstrapping

2
Agree
1
Disagree

Marketing 2.0 with No Marketing Budget

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-12

Tags: Operations Marketing

1
Agree
1
Disagree

Is a Physical Office Necessary at Pre Revenue? Starbucks, Cell Phone, Po Box Work?

TheFunded.com Discussion

Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-04

Tags: Operations Location

1
Agree
1
Disagree

Would You 'Pool' Some of Your Founders Stock with Other Founders to Share Risk/Reward

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by chimala on 2008-06-18

Tags: Operations Founders Equity

PUBLIC:

You probably heard of this concept - founders of VC funded startups contribute some of their stock to a 'fund' and thereby share the risk/reward. This kinda works like an insurance in case your startup goes to the dead pool.

The question is, as a startup entrepreneur, would you be in favor of such a proposal"

PRIVATE: Members Only

10
Agree
1
Disagree

Remember to Have a Social Life...

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by RichieBlueEyes on 2007-12-16

Tags: Operations Socialization Work Habits

PUBLIC:

This post isn't meant so much to learn about investors but is key to starting a company and attempting to not destroy your current relationships and your company in the process. Yes, I'm aware I'm posting this at 12:37AM on a Saturday night (I suppose I have no life so my advice here take as you wish :) ... well, in my defense my gf is sleeping beside me.

But most of us crazy entrepreneurs, myself included tend to get tunnel vision, tune out the world and forget about family and friends and hyper focus while we are in the honeymoon period with our idea (according to my GF, i'm in a relationship with my macbook more than with her - to be honest I'm not sure why she stuck by me during my last venture but that's a story for a beer, not here). So while in the honeymoon period, try to take 15 minutes a day out and kiss your gf, your wife, your mother, your dog, call a friend, LEAVE YOUR LAPTOP and go for a walk and attempt to have a semblance of a life. I'm still struggling with this issue myself but if you're a first time entrepreneur especially, make sure you have an outlet, a hobby, a hookup buddy, anything to leave your computer alone. No, a girl across the country on AIM doesn't count nor does poking random girls on facebook.

One great way to kill a company (and i've done this) is by being so focused on it, you can't see the writing on the walls where there are issues and they blow up when they didn't have too. Too much work hurts more than helps. Life is about balance.

With that said, i think all entrepreneurs (including myself) need shrinks. Now, I've been saying this for a while but I haven't gone to see one so I suppose it's far harder to do than suggest. I do need one, ya know, the frequent highs/low, tunnel vision, ADHD etc...

Maybe attached to term sheets should come a prescription for Ritalin and a weekly appointment with a shrink" (just kidding...or am i" :)

Goodnight folks.

Richie

PRIVATE: Members Only

9
Agree
1
Disagree

Don't Confuse Raising Money with Running Your Business

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by HBRuby on 2007-08-30

Tags: Operations

PRIVATE: Members Only (809 Characters)

21
Agree
1
Disagree

Anatomy of the 5 Page Board Packet

TheFunded.com Advice

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-05

Tags: Operations Board Meetings

PUBLIC:

So, I have wavered between "War and Peace" and the one page agenda for Board meetings. I stand somewhere in the middle. In my humble opinion, less is more, and here is what I recommend: (1) Agenda Page, (2) Minutes, (3) Dashboard, (4) Budget vs Actual, and (5) Business Discussion Points. Throw a cap table and financial back-up in a couple appendices (and make sure to update your cumulative dividends). Members, read on...

PRIVATE: Members Only (569 Characters)