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Never Go it Alone: Startup Insights


At Silicon Valley Bank, we are committed to helping next-gen entrepreneurs get through the ups and downs of building a startup. To help you, we’ve compiled advice from founders, VCs, and advisors to help you navigate fundraising and operate more efficiently.

GETTING STARTED


"I’ve decided to build a company and am learning how much there is to do –just to get off the ground. I need help with the basics"

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When founding a startup, you're going to face a lot of decisions but the first two, and some of the most important, what type of company should you be and do I need a lawyer?

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What early stage startup founders need to know about approaches and tools for developing good financial and accounting habits from day one.

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Understanding the long-term implications of your startup’s capital raise is a daunting yet crucial exercise. The first step: Get smart on equity dilution.  

GAINING MOMENTUM


"I’m picking up steam. I have the admin under control, have my first employee, and am now focused on building my product and learning about how to raise funds."

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Two investor email templates every early stage founder needs to master to help grow and sustain their networks and relationships - before they need need to raise money.

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A startup's cap table tells a story around who owns what. Learn what investors often look for and how to clean things up as you raise funds and grow your company.

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Cash is the life-blood of an early stage startup. So understanding your burn rate is a critical component of managing your growth responsibly. We talked to founders and finance experts about how best to track and manage your cash flow.

READY TO RAISE


"I have a good handle on my product and my company structure and value. Now, I need to understand how to raise capital in a way that makes the most sense for the company."

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We talked to founders and investors about why fit matters when finding venture capital. Here’s their advice on what startups should look for in a VC.

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Raising startup funds from friends and family comes with personal risk. We talked to founders about what to consider as you juggle personal and business interests. 

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Finding the right angel investors and making strategic connections with them can help early stage startups more than big checks early on. We offer a winning strategy for how to engage them.