• Get funding fit for 2015

    Two weeks from now millions of people will join a gym in a yearly quest to obtain the best body ever. We are all in favor of getting in shape, but we can’t help you with personal fitness. We can, however, help you get your company get in better shape.

    If your mantra is new year, new capital, new growth, we would, in fact, love to help you make 2015 your most successful year ever. That’s why today we are starting a ten-week series of tips for helping your company get funding …

  • $500,000 in funding helps software development company Quick Left integrate with Sprintly

    At Lighter Capital, we love to fund growing technology companies so we’re super excited when Quick Left, a leading provider of software development services came to us this past October. It was a great fit from the get go. 

    In January 2014, Boulder-based Quick Left merged with Sprintly, a Portland and San Francisco-based company that provides programming tools for managing the software development process. There’s a natural synergy between the two companies and with the …

  • Funding breakfast Q&A, featuring BJ Lackland of Lighter Capital and startup lawyer Joe Wallin

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    Event: Funding Q&A Breakfast

    Date/Time: Wednesday Dec 17, 8-9am 

    Location: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Avenue #2200, Seattle, WA

    Our great friend Joe Wallin, a leading startup lawyer in the Pacific Northwest invited BJ, our CEO to join him for a breakfast Q&A on funding for growing technology companies. 

    Do you have a big idea for 2015?  Are you planning to launch a new product? Got a marketing or sales initiative you want to get off the …

  • Our biggest day ever! What a great way to start Thanksgiving!

    The Lighter Capital Team has a lot to be thankful for in 2014. This year is shaping up to be our most successful by a long way. We are on track to closing our 70th deal by the year’s end, and today – the day before Thanksgiving – is our biggest closing day ever! Today we provided two great companies with $900,000 in funding to help them grow in 2015. 

    One is a brand new customer for us, whom we funded in less than 6 weeks. The other is a company we provided first round …

  • What we learned from Concur's Rajeev Singh at 9Mile Labs Demo Day

    Last Thursday, more than 500 people from the start-up community gathered in Washington State Convention Center downtown Seattle. They were there to watch 9 entrepreneurs take the stage and present their great ideas. These nine companies are graduates from the 4 month-long accelerator program at 9Mile Lab. 9Mile Lab focuses on cloud and software start-ups in the B2B space.  Here are the highlights of the demo day.

    The keynote speaker was Rajeev Singh, co-founder and COO of Concur. Concur …

  • Not quite ready for a RevenueLoan? Here are some financing options to tide you over

    At Lighter Capital, we like to fund as many companies as possible. But not all businesses are at the right stage for our revenue-based financing model. If you don’t yet have monthly revenues of at least $15K or gross margins over 50%, where can you turn for financing? We’ve listed some options for you to explore below: 

    A traditional bank

    A traditional bank is the best place to start. They will always give you the lowest interest rate available, because they have the lowest …

  • Boost funding from Lighter Capital paves the way for Full Circle CRM

    When’s the right time to bring an equity investor into your business? The answer is simple – when you are in your strongest negotiating position. Unfortunately aligning that moment with the moment you need a capital injection is difficult.

    As you figure out how you are going to fund the next phase of your growth, it’s worth asking the valuation question – how do I get a boost in growth so my company can be more attractive to an equity investor in the future? If you are …

  • Fast cash with high costs: The real interest rate of an OnDeck loan

    The recent news of OnDeck’s IPO filing, and the estimated valuation of $1.5 billion have generated a lot of discussion around alternative small business lending.

    In recent years, online commercial lenders (commonly selling merchant cash advances) have grown in popularity in the small business community. As traditional commercial banks tightened their underwriting standards, following the financial crisis in 2008, online lenders like OnDeck offered fast access to money through an easy …

  • Funding roundtable Q&A: investors share what it takes to raise capital

    Last week, we co-hosted a webinar with VentureBeat, which took a deep dive into the available funding options for technology companies at different stages of growth. The panel featured Lighter Capital’s CEO BJ Lackland, Claire Lee, Silicon Valley Bank’s Head of Early Stage Banking and Erik Benson, Managing Partner of Voyager Capital.  It was a wide-ranging conversation among three leading investment experts about the changing funding landscape and what entrepreneurs should …

  • Feeling good! Lighter Capital invests $500K in Good Done Great

    We’re happy to extend $500K growth funding to Good Done Great, a corporate philanthropy platform provider that’s headquartered in Charleston, SC and have offices in Tacoma, WA. 

    The founders of the company, David and Earl knew each other from a previous start-up and decided to start Good Done Great in 2009. 

    “We decided to work on improving the world of giving and move it all online to make it easier. It’s all about companies participating more in their …