• 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 …

  • Valuation caps: Necessary or evil?

    Guest blogger Joe Wallin is a leading startup lawyer in the Pacific Northwest and the founder of the Law of Statrups. 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

    Are you considering using convertible notes for your next round of fundraising? If so, it’s important to know …

  • Another Lighter Capital client gets acquired: Congratulations to RedSpin!

    We’re excited to announce that Lighter Capital portfolio company RedSpin, a leading provider of HIPAA IT security analysis, was recently acquired by Auxilio, another market leader in IT security services for the healthcare industry. Here's the full press release. 

    We've provided two rounds of financing to RedSpin, totalling $750,000 from November 2013 to August of 2014. We did so because they were uniquely positioned to provide the kind of security services that …

  • Weighing the pros and cons of alternative startup financing options

    One of the biggest problems early-stage tech companies face is securing funding to get through the startup phase. In the beginning, you can try to bootstrap your way to success, forgoing a paycheck and even funneling income from a day job into your fledgling business. But bootstrapping and belt-tightening can only get you so far. And typically they won’t get you far enough to qualify for a bank loan or to pique the interest of venture capitalists.

    Fortunately, there are now many …

  • 5 SMB lender CEOs discuss small business lending innovation at LendIt

    This week the Lighter Capital team has the great opportunity to be in New York, sponsoring the LendIt conference. LendIt is the largest conference series dedicated to the global online lending community and brings together online lending platforms, financial innovators, and investors all around the world. 

    Our CEO BJ Lackland was on the Small Business Lending Innovators panel yesterday.  Along with four other CEOs in the SMB lending space, the panel discussed trends and …

  • 7 mistakes startups make with taxes

    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.

    A version of this post was originally published in Forbes.

    If you’ve only …

  • Unblocking the regional capital flow: Chris DeVore has a solution

    Founder’s Co-op Partner Chris DeVore this week posted a thoughtful piece that sheds light on why it's so difficult for early-growth companies in high-potential regional economies such as the Pacific Northwest to secure the first round capital - and then offers a way for how these companies can access the funds they need to innovate, grow and drive regional employment.

    Chris is in a unique position to offer real insight here. Alongside his Founder’s Co-op and Techstar& …

  • Bootstrapping your way to success: How to make it ‘til you make it

    When you are just starting to build your startup, funding options are limited. Revenue-based financing isn’t yet an option, because you don’t have revenue yet. Traditional banks won’t talk to you. With so many startups out there, it’s hard to get equity investors interested before you have an MVP to show. And on the off chance that you could get investors interested at this early stage, you’d have to give up a large chunk of equity for the financing you seek& …

  • Three core values we believe in SMB online lending

    We are proud to announce that Lighter Capital will be a sponsor of this year’s LendIt Conference, which is the world’s largest annual gathering of the online lending community. Our team will be there from April 13-15 and I will be participating in a panel discussing innovations in small business lending.

    The LendIt conference gives us a chance to share our vision on how to take online lending to the next level. While today there are more funding options for entrepreneurs to …

  • Warrants and stock options: Legalities and tax implications

    Guest blogger Joe Wallin is a leading startup lawyer in the Pacific Northwest and the founder of the Law of Statrups. 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

    Stock options and warrants are similar in many ways. Both provide the right to buy a company’s stock for a …