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Not a name-brand firm, but in Texas, Silver Creek is a stand-up firm with an excellent track record and high quality interactions. Easy to approach, easy to pitch, and very hard to get money from...like most smart VC's. If you do, you are lucky. They stick with you. They nurture. They push. But in an effective non-overbearing way.
MetroPCS is one such example. The first money in, Silver Creek initially found itself in a losing proposition that ended up in the ditch. They stuck by the team, the founder, and reinvested, reupped, and...well...a very nice exit.
I've pitched them several times, but no-go...yet. They are very clear with a not at this time, and have been clear with a pretty much never before. Great feedback. They take the time to tell you why, why they have reservations, what is not resonating. And lots of time to do that. It buys great goodwill.
I'd help these guys any time. And they will help most entrepreneurs.
What more can you ask?
I pitched a partner after an introduction from a co-founder. It took several weeks but finally heard back. They were professional in getting back (it is 100x better to get a no than to waffle for 6 months). I have not yet received any feedback, though I asked for it. Can't say how I would give this firm negative marks. They seemed to move fast relative to other funds.
Gemini is one of these VC that like to waist Companies time in a long and tedious process only to give you a no answer which could be given after the first 10 minutes of the first meeting, like we do not invest in this market segment.
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With a bright idea and a credit card, hundreds of startups and small businesses have launched and scaled in the last few years thanks to affordable cloud solutions like Amazon, Box, and Salesforce.
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Other cloud events focus on legacy technologies and incremental change and tend to let the cloud “vendors” do the talking. CloudBeat, by contrast, delivers actionable lessons by focusing on real customers that are adopting the most disruptive technologies out there, regardless of who peddles them.
This year we're featuring new cases from PayPal, Netflix, Stanford University, Airbnb, and General Electric, to name a few.
Day two of CloudBeat will feature a lively startup competition where ten cloud companies -- chosen from a pool of hundreds -- will pitch their products/services live in front of an expert panel of judges and the full audience.
CloudBeat 2013 will help you find those new investors, new hires, and new business opportunities through a series of organized initiatives including roundtable lunch discussions, quick-connect sessions, business card bingo, receptions, and a slick new networking app.
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Roughly 6 months back my company outsourced the development of our IoS app so that we could create a raw version of our concept to attract investors and awareness in the Golf industry. We have now raised 150K and are looking to raise 350K more in the near future. We are looking to make a few key hires in the very near future to bring people on board with very specific skill-sets. Do you think 150K is enough to comfortably hire a full time developer (I'm thinking 75K and 2% equity) as well someone who can focus on PR and marketing through various social media outlets?
Additionally, does anyone know a quality developer who may be interested in working on a Golf startup full-time??
Thank you in advance for your thoughts
Seedcamp, Europe's leading micro-seed investment program, is a great opportunity for early-stage teams to get seed funding and connect with the top entrepeneurs and investors in Europe.
Since launching in 2007, they have invested in 90 of Europe's most promising startups, also oferring their companies 3 months of office space, €150K worth of services, weekly office hours, monthly learning days, and a 4-week mentoring tour of the US.
In order to be part of Seedcamp, you need to apply to one of their events, and the next one is coming up soon. Seedcamp Week London, taking place the first week of September, will be a four day event aimed at connecting the 20 best web-tech, mobile, and software talent with some of the leading entrepreneurs, developers, experts and investors from all across the world. New teams will join the Seedcamp family right after Seedcamp Week, move onto Campus, be part of Seedcamp's year-round program, and have the opportunity to join Seedcamp for their US trip in October or the Spring.
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We have had a positive experience of working with Ariadne - at odds with the (dated) comments below.
Although they're a small fund, Ariadne moved quickly and efficiently through the investment process, were fair and reasonable with the negotiation of terms, and were sensible with the scope of the due diligence they undertook. No complaints.
More generally, Julie Meyer puts a considerable effort into the creation of a more enterprising society in the UK - efforts which should be applauded - and in my experience her motivation is genuine and sincere. It also clearly frames the way Ariadne seeks to work with us - I feel we're aligned on both the vision for our business as well as our values.
On a practical level, Julie is incredibly well networked. Her ability to open high value PR and commercial doors has proved invaluable.
On Wednesday July 17th, BeforeWeDo won the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition in front of 400 investors, founders, and press in Mountain View, CA. Represented onstage by Founder & CEO, Stefan Broda, BeforeWeDo empowers sexually active people to manage your sexual health at home.
Did you know that there are more than 20 million new sexually transmitted infections per year in the U.S. alone, creating a whopping $16 billion annual burden on our health care system?
BeforeWeDo aims to reduce these numbers and curb STDs by making testing less scary. The company offers an online STD resource, personal health web app, and STD testing-kit delivery serivce for you to manage your sexual health at home, removing the embarrasment and hassle of current solutions. Prior to the Showcase, BeforeWeDo also won Bay Area Startup Weekend, Graduated from the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, and was an official partner with San Francisco Pride.
Watch Stefan's flawless pitch, and expert Judging Panel feedback from Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), Noah Doyle (Javelin Venture Partners), Jon Soberg (Blumberg Capital), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), and Ho Nam (Altos Ventures), below:
In particular, Stefan received glowing feedback from Noah;
"I admire the capital efficiency. This is the way healthcare businesses need to be built. Through a market-testing, capital-efficient, iterative fashion, rather than the traditional method of multiple rounds of funding before there is any revenue. You are a new model for the modern healthcare plight." - Noah Doyle, Partner at Javelin Venture Partners
Coming in second place as the official runner-up was Friend Trusted, a web and mobile app that helps people shop and compare home improvment estimates. You can see the video of Co-Founder Brenton Marrelli's pitch here.
Other companies who presented on stage at the event included:
I am trying to help a fellow entrepreneur seeking an angel round for development of a co-processor for handling big data. My background has been 30 years in software related businesses, and I know many VCs and angels who invest in software businesses but I don't know early stage investors in the Semiconductor space. Can anyone point me at a list of top early stage investors in semiconductors?