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The Founder Showcase, now in it's 13th edition, is TheFunded.com's pitch and networking event for early-stage startups and investors. To kick off 2013, the first Showcase of the new year will be an exclusive, investor-focused event centered around the theme: “The Future of Funding".
What are the most radical trends we are seeing in angel investment and venture capital? Was the dreaded "Series-A Crunch" overblown, or just getting started? How will crowdfunding mature in 2013 and beyond? On March 27th, we will gather top investors to discuss these issues, and provide their thoughts on what to expect for tomorrow.
And, we have just confirmed our first keynote speaker: Chris Dixon, Investing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Before recently moving to the Bay Area to become their newest Partner, Chris was a leader of the burgeoning New York City startup scene, where he co-founded, and was the former CEO of two startups; SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee in 2006), and Hunch (acquired by eBay in 2011). As an investor, Chris also co-founded Founder Collective, a seed venture fund, where he made early stage investments in GroupMe, Buzzfeed, Betaworks, and MakerBot. He also recently won a Crunchie for "2012 Angel of the Year" to recognize his stellar track record as an angel investor, with a personal portfolio that includes Foursquare, Kickstarter, Stripe, Warby Parker, Pinterest, OMGPOP, Behance, Stack Overflow, and more.
Reduced price tickets for the event end tomorrow, March 8th, and as a reader of TheFunded, you get an additional 20% off here. That's barely $100 a ticket for Founders & CEOs.
I hope to see you there.
The team at Fidelity is knowledgeable and supportive. They are transparent when concerns exist and act professionally in resolving any issues. I would not hesitate to work with Fidelity on future projects.
The description on Interwest needs to be updated as they are currently investing out of Fund X which was closed in 2008 for $650M.
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The usual story "we are different than any other VC." The ACTUAL story, they have a very prescribed formula, an almost cult-like language and process, and very little operational experience. Different? Yes. But be very careful, do your homework, and if you feel uncomfortable with their "stepford wives" approach to "helping" businesses, steer clear. Bad investors are worse than no investors (because with no investors you can keep improving your product until you merit good investors, and with bad investors you are saddled with dead weight and will find it difficult to attract other/good investors should you want additional funding).
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Heard a rumor that Castile can't raise another fund.... No surprise.
All good news for New England entrepreneurs.
I pitched David Hartwig recently on an early funding. We're a bit too early for him, but he was great to talk to, gave helpful feedback and has been incredibly helpful in connecting me to other interested parties. I was very surprised, but he introduced me to 4 other VC's...one of which might lead the deal. I will definitely come back to David when we're ready to raise the next round.
Pitch went well, though we are probably too early and too "techy" for them. As a point of reference, one partner hadn't heard of Foursquare (ca. 2012).
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Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Then apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $70 million without ever being required to pay a dime. Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 USD in funding is eligible, but time is running out.
To apply for your chance to present on-stage, click here. The Application Deadline is this Sunday, February 17th.
The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com, is Silicon Valley's Leading Seed-Stage Pitch Event. The 13th Founder Showcase event is now scheduled for Wednesday, March 27th in Mountain View. We are expecting over 350 founders, investors, and press in attendance.
Don't miss this opportunity to apply to this 100%, free pitch competition.
For more information, visit http://foundershowcase.com.