• Funding fit tip 7: bank loans don't fuel growth

    Hopefully our first six funding fit tips have given you a clearer sense of the kind of preparation and time commitment required for raising capital. In our previous posts, we talked about firming up your elevator pitch, turning a great idea into a product, the importance to nail your product market fit, knowing how much to raise, and the power of referrals. 

    But you may be scratching your head wondering why we’ve focused so much on the complicated and time-consuming process of …

  • Webinar recap: an insider guide to compare funding options for your tech startups

    Fundraising for your tech startups can be unpredictable and confusing. There are many funding options available, and you want to make the right choice. There are pros and cons of raising funds between equity and debt financing. Should you choose a VC-backed path or one in which you avoid venture capital? Or is a blended path best?

    To help make sense of your options, Lighter Capital Director Branden Harper hosted a webinar last Thursday to discuss key considerations for creating a funding …

  • How to track your income and expenses with a chart of accounts

    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.

    No matter which accounting system your startup uses, at its heart is its chart of …

  • Funding fit tip 6: turn your network into investor referrals

    Every entrepreneur who is raising capital has imagined the scenario of meeting and pitching an investor in person. Whether this is an informal coffee meeting or a full on presentation in the board room- these meetings don’t magically happen. Getting the “meeting” that ultimately leads to capital can be tricky, because in today’s funding world, the process is still largely driven by relationships. What if you just don’t know anyone? The relationship component …

  • Kindling to expand sales and marketing with funding from Lighter Capital

    Many innovative tech companies apply for a Lighter Capital revenue-based loan, but we’ve been particularly impressed by Kindling, a B2B software company that enables sharing of ideas, facilitates problem-solving, and optimizes cross-team collaboration. Kindling is used by a wide range of clients, from early-stage startups to multinational corporations, including Etsy, BBDO, and CEMEX.

    Originally developed for enterprise organizations, Kindling has found significant traction among …

  • Inside Lighter Capital: our 2015 New Year’s resolutions

    We're two weeks into 2015, are you still keeping up with your New Year's resolution? 

    Like many of you, our team here at Lighter Capital has high hopes and good intentions for the new year. I surveyed our team members on how they expect to see the company evolve in 2015 and on their personal resolutions. Here is a roundup of their most inspiring answers. 

    What do you hope to achieve at Lighter Capital in 2015? 

    "Speed up our underwriting process. …

  • Funding fit tip 5: know how much money you need

    We are midway in our 10 week "funding fit" blog series. Read the first, second, third, and fourth tips here! 

    When you’re trying to get fitter in preparation for a race, it helps to know what distance you’re going for. A training plan for running a 5K will be very different from getting ready for a marathon. When you are trying to get funding fit, your end-goal matters just as much. When designing your fundraising strategy, you first need to know …

  • How capital raising should be- as and when you need it- it's called Capital-as-a-Service

    Recently we wrote a piece for VentureBeat called Less is more: Resist the urge to raise too much capital. In this article, we talked about why raising too much capital can get you and your growing technology business into some sticky situations that may actually inhibit your growth.

    One of the benefits of a Lighter Capital RevenueLoan is that you can borrow as and when your business needs dictate. It’s not uncommon for businesses to approach us asking to borrow a particular sum and …

  • New year accounting resolutions: checklist for startups

    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.

    With the start of the new year, it’s time to reflect on your company’s finances …

  • Funding fit tip 4: nail your product market fit

    This is the fourth post of our 10-week "funding fit" blog series. Read the first, second, and third tips too! 

    Tap into any start-up community discussion and you’ll quickly discover that product/market fit is one of the hottest topics. The buzz around this concept can be distilled into a simple phrase: make things that people want.

    Creating a product that has a strong market demand is especially important when raising investor money. VCs are willing to take a …