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Not ready to pitch VCs or take on a loan? Consider this option.

Startup news headlines and blogs love to celebrate venture capital investments. It’s exciting to read about multi-million-dollar investments in transformational products and services, and you may find yourself daydreaming about being in the next headline. However, the odds are not in your favor and most companies don’t need venture capital to reach their goals. There is another investor commun...

Four Ways to Evaluate a VC

The phrase “invest in” sounds like a one-way action, but the reality is the startup-investor relationship is a two-way street. Not only are VCs choosing to invest, startups are choosing to partner with someone who can bring value to their business – beyond the capital they contribute. Learn more about the types of value that investors can bring your business, ways to evaluate, and how to cho...

A (not-so-) new fundraising option you need to explore – Micro VCs

Competitive is an understatement for startups raising capital. The odds aren’t in your favor. However, the landscape has changed over the past 10 years; it’s being democratized. One key reason for this shift is the rise of Micro VCs. Read on for an overview of what a Micro VC is and why they should be on your radar...

3 Tips on How to Effectively Network with New York Venture Capitalists

After working with startups and VC firms for the past year and a half, I have seen many different approaches to networking with the VC community. The dreaded cold outreach, going to events, and getting intros are the big three that come to mind. However, in a fast-paced city like New York, one must be efficient with their time, especially entrepreneurs...

Takeaways From a Year of Meet the VC Lunches

It's been a year since Early Growth Financial Services started our monthly Meet the VC lunch series in San Francisco. We've heard a lot of solid advice for founders, much of which is repeated by different folks at different firms, as well as a list of things not to do. Below is a short compilation of some key takeaways from those conversations surrounding best practices for meeting investors, rais...

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