• Qbox leverages $120K Lighter Capital loan to increase gross margin

    Founded in 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Qbox provides big data hosting solutions. Specifically, it delivers enterprise search and analytics as a service by hosting and managing clusters of the popular open-source NoSQL database, Elasticsearch. Through Qbox’ services, companies can eliminate the need for developers to install, maintain, patch, monitor, and scale their search infrastructure.

    Qbox came to Lighter Capital earlier this year for a RevenueLoan because they wanted to …

  • Four reasons your startup shouldn’t be an LLC

    Guest blogger Joe Wallin is a leading startup lawyer in the Pacific Northwest and the founder of the Law of Startups. He represents companies from inception to exit, as well as investors, executives, and founders. His practice focuses on startups and emerging companies, angel and venture financing, and M&A transactions. Follow him on Twitter @joewallin

    In the frantic life of a startup, founders often find themselves making countless decisions, day in, day out. The …

  • Beyond Sand Hill Road: Can debt be growth capital?

    Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California is the home of leading venture capital firms. While many tech founders dream about scoring a deal with a prominent VC here, the reality is- only less than 1% of U.S. based startups receive venture money every year.

    Even if you could get venture capital, does a large equity investment fit your business model? Have you considered all the consequences and expectations that come with a VC investment? 

    You may think pursuing VC money is the …

  • 9Mile Labs graduation day: 3 takeaways

    Last week, the Lighter Capital attended the graduation of nine startups that went through a 4-month program organized by 9Mile Labs, a Seattle-based high-tech accelerator that specializes in fostering rapid growth of B2B software and cloud technology companies.

    Startups that participate in the program get $35,000 pre-seed funding (in exchange for a 8% equity stake), mentoring and introductions from the 9Mile Labs network of entrepreneurs, a workspace, access to special networking and …

  • Reality check: Is your startup ready to launch its new product or service?

    Guest blogger Lawrence I Lerner is a corporate entrepreneur with a keen eye for market relevance who envisions and builds digital products and services across the globe. An early interest in taking apart complex problems honed his multi-disciplined solution approach. He's launched more than a dozen $10MM+ corporate products across industries (Retail, High-tech, Media and Entertainment, and IT services). With a passion for growth and transformation, his expertise is in Payment …

  • Key takeaways from the CB Insights’ Q1’15 U.S. venture capital report

    Last month, CB Insights published its 2015 Q1 U.S. Venture Capital Report, which contained many interesting data points that shed light on the current state of VC funding. Here are some of our key takeaways from the report:

    Throughout 2014, there were significantly more seed funding deals than Series A deals, leading to a Series A funding crunch. That trend is waning, though. In the past quarter both stages captured about the same share of deals.

     

    If you’re …

  • What we learned from the 2015 Spring First Look Forum

    It’s important for us to give back to the local entrepreneur community in Seattle. We are proud to be part of this vibrant and young technology hub and think there are a lot of startup potential in the Pacific Northwest. Recently, we became a member of WTIA (Washington Technology Industry Association) and were invited to participate in the 2015 Spring First Look Forum hosted by WTIA.   

    First Look Forum is both a coaching program and presentation showcase for early stage …

  • A Client Story: Cloud Lending

    Snehal Fulzele is the founder and CEO of Cloud Lending, a cloud-based provider of core banking software for microfinance institutes, cooperative banks, and credit unions. His vision is to build a global organization to help financial institutions by providing cutting edge technology to achieve scale and bring innovation to the lending space. Since 2012, Snehal's vision has been carried out through acquiring global customers in Americas, Middle-East, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Follow …

  • Using Convertible Equity: What Startups Need to Know

    Guest blogger David Ehrenberg is the founder and CEO of Early Growth Financial Services, an outsourced financial services firm that provides early-stage companies with accounting, finance, tax, valuation, and corporate governance services and support. He’s a financial expert and startup mentor, whose passion is helping businesses focus on what they do best. Follow David @EarlyGrowthFS.

    We field a lot of founder questions on convertible equity. Things like, “What is it?& …

  • Double the deals, almost triple the funding: We’re growing too!

    At Lighter Capital, we like to lead by example. We provide growth capital to emerging tech startups that need an infusion of cash to take their company to the next level, so we carefully vet companies for their growth potential. It’s only fitting that we too are growing like gangbusters.

    We’re excited to announce that we closed twice as many deals in the first quarter as we did last year. Even better, we provided 2.5X as much funding, with investments ranging from $50K to $500 …