East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investment

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investmentangel investors, Entrepreneur, fundraising, New York, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on March 1, 2015 with 1 comment

There are many differences between the startup scenes in the east coast and west coast.  The west coast overall is a much more mature market with a lot more capital to put to work and east coast, primarily New York, has exploded in the last few years.  I meet with New York investors and their surprise …

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Insights into Fundraising

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Insights into Fundraisingcapital raise, education, Entrepreneur, fundraising, pitching

by vanessaalexandra on October 15, 2014 with 0 comment

This morning I presented the content below for a group of founders that are in the process of raising their Seed or A rounds.  It is what I have learned from evaluating many companies, market strategies, revenue models and investment opportunities.   I believe every pitch should have clear, direct content with digestible metrics and logic …

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groups

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groupsangel investors, capital raise, Entrepreneur, fundraising

by vanessaalexandra on November 4, 2013 with 0 comment

This Wednesday I will be giving a talk with two panelists on working with angel groups to raise capital.  We will cover: What is an angel group? How do they work? The Pros and Cons of going to an angel group How New York Angels operates From Application through Funding Panelists They have worked with New …

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone else

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone elseEntrepreneur, funding, fundraising, VC

by vanessaalexandra on October 16, 2013 with 0 comment

I am not  starting a fund, but I continue to hear people begin conversations this way.  Though people have advised that I should start a fund or run a fund, and there are others that simply say, ‘you do not want to start a fund.’  People with 3 to 4 funds have a very different …

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angelsangel investors, capital raise, funding, fundraising, New York Angels, plan, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 14, 2013 with 0 comment

Once an application is submitted, the investors are involved from the beginning of the process.  Applications for funding are reviewed by industry experts.  This process works and we have funded companies from a cold application.  It is rare, but it has happened.   Referrals It helps if you know one of the angels and they …

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The Fun of Screening Day at New York Angels

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The Fun of Screening Day at New York Angelsfundraising, New York Angels, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 11, 2013 with 0 comment

Yesterday morning was the screening day at the New York Angels where we have companies pitch for funding.  On a monthly basis, we review 14-16 companies in two rooms running concurrently.  Selected from our pre-screen process and referrals by members – it lends itself to be an exciting morning.   What really happens Companies are …

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Startups’ Financial Projections: Planning and Thinking!

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Startups’ Financial Projections: Planning and Thinking!capital raise, fundraising, plan

by vanessaalexandra on July 10, 2013 with 0 comment

“Why do we ask for financial projections?”  What??! Time and again you hear investors say that whatever financial projections there were at the start prior to investment with an early stage company, they change greatly after a few months, year, and so on.  So why do we care…?   Well, the basic things at a …

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