Entries tagged "Funding"

  In Q4 Virginia continued it's funding dominance with 24 companies raising nearly $170M. DC had one of its strongest showing with 10 companies raising $95M compared to Maryland's 19 deals at $54M. Avg Deal Sizes in Virginia and DC are heavily skewed by a few $10M+ deals. DC Mega Deals   VA Mega Deals   Company Amount Company Amount Vox Read More

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If you stacked every startup business plan trying to raise capital from the worst to the best, the bottom of the pile would represent the turds and the top of the pile would be populated with gold.  The turd to gold ratio is determined by the amount of plans in Read More

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The University of Maryland's Dingman Angels are the least publicized and unquestionably the most active Angel Group in the DC area, doing more deals and putting to work more money than any other regional angel group.  From September 2012 - June 2013 (the groups year follows the school year), the Dingman Read More

posted in category Capital Markets

The other day I had the opportunity to observe several founders pitching to investors for capital. What stood out to me was the difference between the If's’s and the Is’s.  And it hit me. I realized every “IF” and every “It Will” adds risk for an investor. Investor’s want to Read More

posted in category Musings

  What: Dingman Center Angels Date: Wednesday,April 10, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Where: Univ of MD, 2518 Van Munching Hall, College Park, MD FlagTap helps businesses increase online engagement, understand traffic, and get new users with the world's largest game of capture the flag. FlagTap is like AMEX reward points for online engagement across the entire Internet. Management Read More

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It’s every startup founder's dream... having a venture capital firm invest in your company.  Let’s celebrate! We’ve finally made it! We’re going to be big….. right? Well most likely not. First off only 20% of venture funded companies are considered a success by their investors, and of the those not every Read More

posted in category Startup

You know I keep hearing the tales of woe from founders seeking funding. Waaaaa it's too hard to get money in DC. Waaaaa no investors have the big vision to see that a Moose Picture Search Engine is going to be the next big thing. Waaaaaa, I can't get money Read More

posted in category Musings

As an angel investor, I often announce my favorite deals by writing a check. But for every check I write there are 10 deals on which I’ll take a pass because they are not in a sector I understand, bad timing or a host of other reasons. For the last few Read More

posted in category DC Tech

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