• How to pick high-quality angel investors: five things to look for

    Angel investment can be a useful and indispensable financing option during the very early stages of starting up your company. But be aware: not all angel investors are the same. The range of quality among angel investors is massive—and can massively impact your company. Lighter Capital is often the first source of institutional financing after angel investments and boot-strapping and we have worked with many entrepreneurs who didn’t always get what they bargained for from their …

  • Our session at Dreamforce highlights funding options for ISVs (Independent Software Vendor)

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    Yesterday, Molly Otter, our Chief Investment Officer gave an overview of funding options for Salesforce independent service providers (ISVs), and introduced revenue-based financing (RBF) as a funding product for companies looking to grow rapidly. She was joined on stage by our client John Stewart, CEO of Cloudbilt, which recently landed a spot on the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. Their rapid growth was supported by $1 …

  • Lighter Capital provides funding to etherFAX

    At Lighter Capital, we love to help entrepreneurs achieve their market potential. That's why we are excited to be partners with etherFAX, a leader in business critical fax communication.

    Since 2009, etherFAX has changed how faxes are typically sent and received.  Its technology leverages the Internet instead of PSTN networks to manage fax communications.  Extending existing fax servers to the cloud, etherFAX removes the need for costly components and recurring telephony expenses. & …

  • Small business loans calculator: what’s the real interest rate?

    What’s the cheapest business loan? It should be an easy question to answer—but it’s not.

    When you research all the options, you quickly find that loans are described in different ways, making it difficult to make an apple-to-apple comparison with interest rates you are familiar with, like the interest rate on your savings account at the bank.

    Most of the time, you can easily determine your total repayment amount, but figuring out the annual percentage rate (APR) on your loan …

  • Top 7 questions asked about revenue based financing

    Last month, we held a popular webinar, featuring Lighter Capital CEO BJ Lackland, on why growing technology companies should consider revenue-based financing, a type of funding structured with payments that are based on a percentage of monthly revenues. If you missed it, you can register for our next one on October 23rd. 

    Here are the answers for the top 7 questions asked during the webinar: 

    Q1: Does a RevenueLoan show up as debt on the balance sheet?A: Yes. Your debt on the …

  • We couldn’t have said it better ourselves Marc Andreessen!

    In a Bloomberg Business week article, Marc Andreessen, co-founder of the $4.2 billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is on a mission to upend finance. And we couldn’t agree with him more! Lighter Capital is all about upending the current way small businesses fund their growth and believe there is a better way to do it than is currently offered by banks or (sorry Marc) VC’s and angels.

    While Marc gets into the world of bitcoin, there are a couple of things he said …

  • Our office warming party brings entrepreneurs, and the Seattle funding community together

    Two nights ago, we debut our new home to our friends and family in the Seattle startup community.

     Everything's looking good! Drew, one of our newest members is getting ready to party. 

    Food from a local caterer- Gourmondo. 

    It was a fun party in our new downtown office. We moved into this space in August because the Lighter Capital team has been expanding quickly! 2014 has been a big year for us- in Q3 of this year we funded more than we did all last year. To support this …

  • Lighter Capital provides $300,000 in growth funding to Civic Resource Group

    At Lighter Capital, we love to fund companies with dynamic growth, so when Civic Resource Group (CRG), a leading provider of cloud and mobile solutions for government organizations came to us for funding, we were happy to jump on board. Launched in 2000, CRG has steadily grown the demand for “smart” government solutions and was recently selected for CIOReview100 Most Promising Technology companies.

    “Lighter Capital was a perfect fit for us.” Said Gregory Curtin, …

  • 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 …