Recent Deal Roundup: August 2016

We had our busiest and best month ever this August, closing 11 funding deals—an all-time high. We provided funding to 9 new customers and 2 returning customers. Welcome to our new portfolio clients and congratulations to all on your continued growth.

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Lighter Capital makes the Inc. 500 List for the first time!

We’re thrilled to announce Inc. Magazine has ranked Lighter Capital  No. 335 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in the US, with growth of 1,144% over the past three years. Lighter Capital is #18 in the Inc. 500 Financial Services Category, and #4 on the list of 50+ companies on the Inc. 500 from the Seattle metro area.

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Recent Deal Roundup: July 2016

It’s been a record-breaking summer at Lighter Capital. We closed 9 growth capital deals in July—an all-time high. We provided $2.8 million in funding to 7 new customers and 2 returning customers. Welcome to our new clients and congratulations to all!
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How SaaS companies can demonstrate revenue potential

Demonstrating your ability to bring in revenue is crucial if you’re a SaaS entrepreneur looking to fundraise. Despite the growth of SaaS startups, many traditional equity and debt investors remain reluctant to fund a company without physical assets.

Whether you’re looking for seed funding or a bank line of credit, you can meet the challenge head on by knowing your key metrics.

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Recent Deal Roundup: June 2016

We think the “Summertime Slowdown” is a myth—at least that’s how it seems around here. Our client companies are busier than ever, and we are, too. We completed 7 deals in June, including two follow-on funding rounds we were able to complete in less than a week.

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Want to impress investors with great startup financials? Ditch Excel

As our Chief Investment Officer, I’ve been involved in many of the 150+ funding deals we’ve completed, as well as many deals that never went through. I’ve seen some wacky stuff when it comes to startup financials: hand-built spreadsheets that are a cross between an income statement and a balance sheet. Personal finances completely intertwined with company finances. Unbalanced balance sheets. Incorrect formulae.

We have so many great companies and leaders apply for funding from us, CEOs and Founders who build innovative tech solutions and run companies generating $1M or more in annual revenue. But sometimes we dig into a company’s financials—just like any investor will—and they’re a mess. When a company’s financials are in disarray, we (and other investors) simply don’t have the right information to evaluate and fund them.

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Recent Deal Roundup: May 2016

The Lighter Capital team achieved a big milestone in May—providing funding to more than 100 tech entrepreneurs. We continue to see a growing demand for our revenue-based financing, an alternative to traditional startup financing such as venture capital and angel investment.

In May, we provided funding totaling $1.5M to seven companies—a diverse group of entrepreneurs committed to providing software solutions and solving real-world problems. Two of the companies are existing clients that received additional financing, and five are new to us.Read more


Legal Guide to Revenue Loans

Revenue loans are an increasingly common way for businesses to fund their growth.

You might be wondering, from a legal perspective, how is a revenue loan different from a regular loan? How is it similar?

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The Law of Startup Podcast features BJ Lackland

Our CEO, BJ Lackland, was recently featured on the Law of Startups podcast with Joe Wallin, Principal at Carney Badley Spellman, and Mike Schneider, Partner at Bitwise Legal and Founder at HiveBrain Software. This podcast series covers an array of topics from industry experts ranging from fundraising to bootstrapping to IP development.

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Recent Deal Roundup: April 2016

April was a great month for us. We funded seven companies, providing a total of $1.6M in growth capital to tech entrepreneurs coast-to-coast. Out of the seven deals, four of them are additional financing to existing portfolio companies.

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