• 3 hard truths about getting VC introductions

    Recently Minal Hasan, a startup lawyer shared some tips with entrepreneurs on how to effectively get introductions to VCs. You can read the full article on Venture Beat here.

    Personal connections play a huge part on how entrepreneurs get connected to capital, especially when it comes to getting an equity investment from VCs or angels. When I was a VC, the vast majority of the entrepreneurs I’d meet came from introductions or referrals from my personal network. Others came as a …

  • Lighter Capital funds more in Q3 than in all of 2013

    2014 is proving to be a watershed year for us at Lighter Capital. This year, so far, our funding volume not only exceeds the previous 4 years combined but it has increased by 400% over the previous twelve months. 

    Our vision is to use technology and smarter funding structures to streamline access to capital. An entrepreneur should be able to secure funding quickly by providing access to their company’s data through the web. Historically, the process has been extremely painful and …

  • DFJ VC highlights the funding gap Lighter Capital fills so well

    This past week, Geekwire interviewed venture capitalist, Bill Bryant of DFJ following his recent return to Seattle from London. On the same day, GeekWire ran a news brief about the accelerating interest in Lighter Capital’s brand of funding– effectively answering  Bryant’s call for a new model of early growth funding to fill the gap facing entrepreneurs between the friends and family stage and accessing institutional venture capital.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Bill's …

  • Cloudbilt makes Inc. 500 list as one of America’s fastest growing companies

    We are thrilled that Lighter Capital client Cloudbilt has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America between 2010 and 2013. The company, a provider of Software-as-a-Service Apps, was ranked as number 227 in the Inc. 500 list - and number 15 in the software category. Cloudbilt’s revenue growth in this period was remarkable: 1,995 percent. Congratulations!

    Funding growth through fast and easy financing is Lighter Capital’s raison d& …

  • CoreCommerce looks to fuel their growth with funds from Lighter Capital

    Tags: Corecommerce, start-up, revenue-based-finance, capital

    According to CoreCommerce, if you can surf the internet, you can build an online store using their services. No doubt the 13,000 online businesses in 70 countries that they currently serve, would agree.

    CoreCommerce helps small to medium sized entrepreneurs build their businesses, which is exactly what Lighter Capital does.  So we are excited to help them grow their own business with a capital injection. With their easy setup and abundance of features, customers can have their e- …

  • 8 Principles from Saleforce.com on how to become a Successful Enterprise App Company - we would add one more

    Tags: Salesforce, entrepreneurs, AppExchange, Funding Options, startup, funding

    We wanted to share with you some great insights from the folks at Saleforce.com on what it takes to build a successful enterprise app company. We work with many Salesforce Partners as well as other enterprise app companies and, in our experience, these 8 principles match pretty closely to paths travelled by the most successful companies we have seen and funded. Not to steal their thunder - because you should definitely take the 10 minutes to look through the e-book - but here's how some of the …

  • Lighter Capital provides $500,000 in growth funding to top 10 worldwide, NetSuite reseller, Epiphany

    Tags: start-ups, Netsuite, revenue-based-finance, revenue-loan, capital

    At Lighter Capital, we fund a lot of early stage companies looking for capital to make that first big leap in growth. But we also fund some really great, well-established businesses that are looking to further build their market advantage or enter new territory.

    Epiphany Solutions is looking to do both with the $500,000 in funding provided by Lighter Capital. Epiphany recently celebrated its 12th year in partnership with NetSuite and is one of the premier NetSuite Solution Providers and …

  • Lighter Capital ups its investment in IT Security firm Redspin to $750,000

    Tags: Redspin, HIPPA, startup, revenue-loan, revenue-based-finance, capital, healthtech

    The recent security breach at a major US hospital chain, where hackers stole 4.5 million patients’ personal data, highlights how important it has become to protect against cyber-attacks.

    Our portfolio company, Redspin, as the leading provider of HIPAA IT security analysis services to the healthcare industry, is perfectly positioned to help.  And it’s why Lighter Capital was more than happy to make a second investment with the company to help them further develop and market …

  • When opportunity comes knocking, fast funding opens the door

    Tags: funding, revenue-based-financing, capital raising, venture capital, start up

    We live in a hyper-connected and fast-twitch world, so why does it seem that funding your growing tech business happens at the speed of clunky typewriters? 

    In our daily lives, delay can be annoying and frustrating. But for entrepreneurs who are out hustling to land business deals, waiting months to receive funding can mean the difference between hockey-stick growth and failure. 

    When speed matters

    Entrepreneurs raise capital in order to have a war chest that lets them capitalize …

  • Lighter Capital helps CellarStone accelerate its growth

    Tags: revenue loans, revenue-based-financing, start-up, sales

    We like to fund growing businesses in a growing market space. So when sales performance management solutions provider, CellarStone, approached us to help fund their well-put together growth plan, we were excited.

    CellarStone is a premier Sales Performance Management solutions firm. They work with IT, Finance, Human Resources and Sales to manage and implement variable pay and sales commission systems across a range of industries including, retail, banking, staffing, manufacturing, consulting, …