• Startup founder and recruiter-in-chief: Top 3 takeaways

    by Michael Overell · Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    One-third of your job as a startup CEO/Founder should be recruiting. As a founder myself, I documented my experience in hiring two key talent over the course of two months. Here are three takeaways I want to share with other startup CEO/Founders.

  • Four alternative loan categories for SMBs

    by Joe Silver · Monday, September 28, 2015

    For many small and midsize businesses, obtaining traditional bank financing can be difficult. The inefficiencies, outdated processes, and increasingly strict capital ratios make the economics hard for banks to issue smaller loans. But luckily, for today's SMBs, the trend of online banking has transformed the lending environment. New, alternative financing products are better structured for SMBs and can deliver capital quickly.

  • Six hidden risks of startup fundraising

    by Melody Peng · Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    When you’re looking to finance the growth of your startup in the most cost-effective way, you have to be thinking about the true cost of capital that’s associated with each funding option. Here we discuss the often forgotten risks that are associated with startup fundraising.

  • Top 5 things to consider before getting convertible debt

    by Melody Peng · Monday, September 14, 2015

    The intricacies of convertible debt can seem overwhelming to entrepreneurs, but understanding the fundamentals of convertible debt structure is essential to making the right choices for your offering. So, here are the top five things to get you started when it comes to convertible debt:

  • Entrepreneurs fess up: The key reason why their promising startup failed

    by Melody Peng · Friday, September 11, 2015

    People don’t like to talk about it, but startups, or early stage technology businesses in general are risky. Statistically, 9 out of 10 startups fail. The recent publication from CBInsights highlighted 135 startup post-mortems that come directly from the entrepreneurs. We find it interesting that product market fit seemed to be the number one reason why startups fail.

  • See you at Dreamforce 2015!

    by Patrick Doherty · Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Are you heading to Saleforce.com’s annual Dreamforce extravaganza in San Francisco this year? If so, the Lighter Capital Team would love to see you there!

  • Why is convertible debt so popular for early-stage startups?

    by Melody Peng · Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Getting financing for your tech startup during the early, pre-revenue stages is always a challenge. That’s why, for the past decade or more, many entrepreneurs have been turning to convertible debt rounds with angel investors to get by until they gain revenue and traction.

  • Startup founder and recruiter-in-chief: converting candidates to employees

    by Michael Overell · Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    After you've identified your candidates for hire, negotiating the offers should be the easy part, right? Wrong. This process was surprisingly almost as time-consuming as selecting and interviewing the candidates. In a startup environment, you are asking your candidates to make a leap of faith. Here's what we did right: