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  • Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

    To help you get a jump-start with fundraising, I’ve gathered tips from active early-stage investors and entrepreneurs who managed to beat the odds by raising capital during and after the Great Recession.

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    After years of cloudy skies in Startupland, the sun is peeking out, and investors are tipping their toes back into the wading pool. Last year, venture capitalists and angels who co-invested with them placed $7 billion into seed and early-stage deals, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report. From the conversations I’m having in the investor community, this year is promising to be even better.

    Is this a limited window of opportunity, or more? It’s hard to know just yet. But as the stock market edges ever higher and the wealthier feel healthier, there’s a good chance that American startups will also get their moment in the sun.

    To help you get a jump-start with fundraising, I’ve gathered tips from active early-stage investors and entrepreneurs who managed to beat the odds by raising capital during and after the Great Recession. Herewith, in no particular order:

    1. Meet angels via the entrepreneurs they’ve funded. Referrals carry weight, but for those without a long list of angel contacts, getting access to angels via entrepreneurs they’ve already funded can be equally powerful. “While most angel groups don’t post a list of members, they do publicize the companies they’ve funded on their websites,” says Richard Sudek, a member of Tech Coast Angels, a group in southern California whose members invested about $6.2 million in 2010. “It’s a targeted way to get access to investors and acquire intelligence on the personality of the angel group, all in one pop,” Sudek s in delayed response from investors or even lack of interest at lightly attended screenings. The group invested $8.7 million in 2010.

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