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Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
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Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment

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Short presentation on "Tools for Early-stage Investment" discussing some of the innovations and developments in tools that support early-stage venture funding with various diversions. Presented at …

Short presentation on "Tools for Early-stage Investment" discussing some of the innovations and developments in tools that support early-stage venture funding with various diversions. Presented at HEEG Annual Conference.

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  • Global and University-affiliatedNot the same as incubators
  • Seedcamp – 2,000+ apps, 1,200 mentors, 22 funded, 3 acquisitions, $30m raised, 300+ employeesY Combinator – around 94% follow on funding, in reality 100% nowTechstarsHackFwd – also worth a mention
  • I’m no Mendeleev but the hope is to bring some order to the chaos
  • Startup Predictor – “aims to use mathematical models to predict the success of a new business based on information about its concept, finances, founders and advisers. The results include an estimate of the company's expected future value over a three-year time period.”
  • Kauffman Foundation – iStart, Venture Hacks, TechStars
  • Essentially a agglomeration of “crowdsourcing” and “funding”. Not an entirely new concept… Joseph Pulitzer and funding the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty via small donations. What makes the difference is the internet and proliferation of social networks, online payments… etc. etc.
  • Platforms – Kickstarter, IndieGoGo,GrowVC, ProfounderSuccess stories – Diaspora, Lunatik, away from Kickstarter we have Trampoline Systems, football teams, breweries and of course the Statue of LibertyConclusion – Validate market up-front, Good for productsGoogle Trends – versus entrepreneurship, microfinance,crowdsourcing
  • - use of free and open source software,- application of agile software development methods, and- ferocious customer-centric rapid iteration, as exemplified by Steve Blank's Customer Development processReducing wasteMinimum-viable productProduct-Market fit
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    • 1. Survey of Tools for Early-stage Investment
      HEEG Annual Conference 2011
    • 2. “Early-stage Investment”
      Bootstrapped – without external funding
      FFFs – “Friends, family and fools”; non-sophisticated
      Seed – Accelerators, Angel investors; sophisticated
      Early-stage– Venture capital; professional
      Stage of investment
    • 3. Seed Accelerators
      102 seed accelerator programs [and counting] worldwide – Robert Shredd
    • 4. Crunching some data after 3.5 years of Seedcamp (Wauters 2011)
      Y Combinator Numbers (Graham 2011) TechStars and Kauffman Foundation Join Together to Provide Entrepreneurs Better Access to Seed Accelerators (Pruitt & Metzger 2011)
    • 5. “Tools”
      Information Services – tools that provide information to the entrepreneur about sources of funding
      Business Planning – tools that help entrepreneurs in planning their business or new venture
      Submission – tools that allow entrepreneurs to submit their application for funding to investors
      Evaluation – tools that aid the analysis and evaluation of new investment proposals by potential investors
      Post-Investment– tools that allow further evaluation of the performance of businesses or new ventures post-investment
      Category of
      tool(s)
    • 6. Post - Investment
      Business Planning
      Information Services
      Evaluation
      Submission
      Bootstrapped
      Competition
      Platforms
      Websites
      FFFs
      Online Tools
      Crowdfunding
      Communities
      Seed
      Business Plan Software
      Investment Networks
      Deal Platforms
      Early-stage
      Databases
      Investor
      Entrepreneur
      Markets
      CRM
    • 7. Information Services
      Tools that provide information to the entrepreneur about sources of funding and the fund raising process.
      Examples: Chubby Brain, Crunchbase, Entrepedia, GEXSI, The Funded, Venture Hacks, Younoodle
      # Tools surveyed 100+
    • 8. Case Study: Younoodle
      “Younoodle is a place to discover and support the hottest early-stage companies and university innovation.”
      Social network
      Startup Predictor – algorithmic prediction estimating company's expected future value
      Younoodle Podium – a business plan competition platform
      Source: www.younoodle.com
    • 9. Case Study: ChubbyBrain
      “ChubbyBrain is an information platform tracking startups invested in by VCs, angel investors, incubators and university programs.”
      Funding Recommendation Engine (FRE) -analyzes the funding history of VCs, angel investors and grant providers.
      Source: www.chubbybrain.com
    • 10. Business Planning
      Tools that help entrepreneurs in planning their business or new venture.
      Examples: Business Plan Pro, TheIdeaStartup, The Startup Toolkit, USERCycle, Venture Navigator
      # Tools surveyed 30+
    • 11. Case Study: Business Plan Pro
      “Fast, easy business plan software.”
      Samples - 500+ sample business plans
      Business planning software
      Source: http://www.businessplanpro.com/
    • 12. Business Model Competition
      “Rather than focusing on developing a robust business plan, complete with financials and slick presentations, the business model competition focuses on identifying and precisely defining the assumptions of the new venture, testing those assumptions in the field, and then changing (pivoting) based on the lessons learned.” – Nathan Furr
    • 13. Business Model Competition (Furr 2010)
    • 14. Case Study: The Startup Toolkit
      “Visually document your evolving business model. A tool for early stage startup founders in search of a scalable business model.”
      Startup Canvas – template to write down the important “building blocks” of a startup
      Risk Dashboard – allows startup to track important risks
      Source: www.thestartuptoolkit.com
    • 15. Submission
      Tools that allow entrepreneurs to submit their application for funding to investors.
      Examples: AngelList, Angel’s Den, iStart, Kickstarter, ProFounder, Seedsummit
      # Tools surveyed 50+
    • 16. Case Study: AngelList
      “AngelList is a curated, high-quality, list of angel investors for entrepreneurs to connect with.”
      Online pitching – Ability to pitch online to get connected with angel investors
      Database – 600+ angel investors, 100+ seed funds and 300+ VCs
      Key information -including investment history, criteria and contact details
      Source: angel.co
    • 17. Evaluation
      Tools that aid the analysis and evaluation of new investment proposals by potential investors.
      Examples: Angelsoft, CapLinked, DealDynamo, EquityNet, FrontInvest, Investran
      # Tools surveyed 10+
    • 18. Case Study: Angelsoft
      “Angelsoft provides comprehensive, web-based deal-flow management software.”
      Investor Search Engine – to find investment groups specializing in a particular industry or re-gion from 500+ angel groups and VC funds
      Common Application – to apply for funding directly to one or more groups
      Open Deals – for a fee, entrepreneurs can post their funding application to all investors and groups on the platform
      Source: www.angelsoft.net
    • 19. Post-Investment
      Tools tools that allow further evaluation of the performance of businesses or new ventures post-investment.
      Examples: Second Market, Sharespost
      # Tools surveyed 20+
    • 20. Case Study: SecondMarket
      “SecondMarket helps buyers and sellers transact in illiquid, restricted and alternative investments”
      Centralised online platform - 30,000+ participants, thousands of transactions, representing billions of dollars in assets
      Streamlined Process - market specialists streamline the process from listing to settlement
      Source: www.secondmarket.com
    • 21. Mainly information services over actionable tools
      # Tools surveyed 250+
      # Tools per category
    • 22. Crowdfunding
      “…describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” - Wikipedia
    • 23. Happy Birthday Kickstarter (Strickler 2011)
      The Crowdfunding Revolution (Lawton 2010)
      The Big Bang of Crowdfunding: Startups as a Public Asset Class (Lawton 2010)
    • 24. Other list of startup tools
      Start-up Tools – http://startuptools.pbworks.com/w/page/17974963/FrontPage
      Tools and service for a lean startup – http://twtpick.in/list/9E-tools-and-services-for-a-lean-startup
      Starting Up Tools – http://bit.ly/gZzgyi (requires Google login)
      Business Resources for Startups – http://biztools.pbworks.com/w/page/11120547/FrontPage
      Quora- http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-online-resources-blogs-articles-etc-on-startups-and-entrepreneurship
      Lists of
      tool(s)
    • 25. Startup Genome Project
      “Cracking the innovation code” – The Startup Genome Project
    • 26. Discover The Patterns Of Successful Internet Startups In The Startup Genome Report (Marmer et al 2011)
      Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out – The Startup Genome Project (Blank 2011)
    • 27. E thomas.stone@ucl.ac.ukT @tstonez
      By Thomas Stone
    • 28. #Leanstartup
      Lean Startup – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Wikipedia 2011)
      15 Great Customer Development, Lean Startups, and Entrepreneurship Resources (Cocannon 2010)
    • 29. Freebies
      The Lean LaunchPad – Teaching Entrepreneurship as a Management Science (Blank 2010)
      Launching Tech Ventures: Part IV, Readings (Eisenmann 2011)
      Lean Startup 101 (Ries 2010)
    • 30. E thomas.stone@ucl.ac.ukT @tstonez
      By Thomas Stone

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