QuickStart – Seed Investments

Charles River Ventures has launched a QuickStart load program. This is similar to the Y!Combinator seed funding program and the LGiLab program aimed at finding seed investments. There’s lots of comments over at TechCrunch and further analysis at VentureBeat

Josh Kopelman provides an interesting challenge to the economics of seed funding for larger funds. Places like Austin Ventures “re-integrated” it’s seed stage fund (aka incubator) in 2002. The 2 most interesting points that Josh brings up are:

  1. Lack of alignment of bridge loan lender and the entrepreneur in next round valuations
  2. External optics related to seed investor participation in the next round

These are challenges, and I’m sure that Sutha will have a different opinion than Josh. And there is more from Fred Wilson. It’s a challenge to find angels or early-stage firms like Ycombinator that develop entrepreneurs and companies. It’s a very different incubation model, i.e., incubate the people, the company, the technology—DON’T provide them space. (If you’re looking for angel funding here is a great directory of angel associations around the world).

4 thoughts on “QuickStart – Seed Investments”

  1. <p>Hey David: You sound like a really bright guy. What are you cooking to become an web billionaire? Perhaps we can share some ideas. The VCs in Silicon Valley are loathe to go over 5 million these days and that's always incubator style (a euphemism for shared overhead). We are both brave to be in the web events business (<a href="http://plexus2007.com/&quot; target="_blank">plexus 2007 dot com</a> is ours)-that's gotta light up your bulbs. Mine are lit like a Xmas tree. Anytime David.</p>

  2. Hey David: You sound like a really bright guy. What are you cooking to become an web billionaire? Perhaps we can share some ideas. The VCs in Silicon Valley are loathe to go over 5 million these days and that's always incubator style (a euphemism for shared overhead). We are both brave to be in the web events business (plexus 2007 dot com is ours)-that's gotta light up your bulbs. Mine are lit like a Xmas tree. Anytime David.

  3. <p>hey david,</p> <p>chatted with you a while back, nakama looks great, as you may know i’m working on a similar site: </p> <p><a href="http://www.glogme.com</p&gt; " target="_blank"><a href="http://www.glogme.com</p>&quot; target="_blank">www.glogme.com</p></a> </a> <p>if you or anyone is interested, i’m working to make this site commercial and we are seeking venture funding. </p> <p>all the best</p> <p>Dan</p>

  4. hey david,

    chatted with you a while back, nakama looks great, as you may know i’m working on a similar site:

    http://www.glogme.com

    if you or anyone is interested, i’m working to make this site commercial and we are seeking venture funding.

    all the best

    Dan

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