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Many entrepreneurs consider growing their business in hot markets on the east and west coasts for easy access to investors and other experts in the community—specifically in tech hubs like Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. However, in today’s connected world, does location still matter?

A trend in 2017 was the general increase in corporate venture capital, which grew to more than $37.4 billion, with a substantial increase in the total number of deals from the previous year. However, the corporate VC often comes with a catch. 

In 2017, VC investing focused on certain hot sectors. Artificial intelligence was all the rage with more than $5 billion invested. Cybersecurity also continued to be a popular area with a 40% increase from the prior year to more than $3.6 billion invested. Fintech, as a broad category, saw increasing investment with $6.5 billion invested and genomics funding grew by 142% last year to $2.5 billion. Here are key takeaways from our recent QuickLaunch University webinar on the hot sectors VC investors are watching in 2018.

During our January QuickLaunch University webinar, we were joined by three leading venture capital investors to discuss trends and themes in VC funding and what to expect in 2018. The panel discussion included insight on industries to watch, early-stage investing and corporate VCs.

As a first time founder, I remember running from pitch to pitch trying to close that first round of funding, dreaming of a huge valuation that would be clickbait for the press, paper over my entrepreneurial insecurities, and be my user-growth silver bullet.

As founding teams prepare to get a financing started, it is important to understand that investors are making a decision based on what they think the company is worth in terms of future value. Our recent QuickLaunch University webinar on seed fundraising addressed the issue of preparation and what information a team should have at the ready before meeting with seed investors.

It is not always easy to break into the VC/ investor network. Founders often how they can develop the right network of contacts to help them raise a seed round, which is crucial at this stage. During our recent QuickLaunch University webinar, Jere Doyle of Sigma Prime Ventures made it clear that as an investor, it’s all about who you know.

WilmerHale Partners Jason Kropp and Jeff Stein discussed how early-stage companies should prepare for the fundraising process. They were joined by Jere Doyle, managing director at Sigma Prime Ventures and investor and advisor to dozens of technology . Here are several important areas of focus for thinking about raising a seed round.

Fewer companies are successfully raising Series A , but those that do are raising more money. If you are planning to raise money in 2017, here are a few things you should start doing now to improve your chances of success.

While most founders want to make a boatload of money, achieving a stunning exit is hardly the only driver for most entrepreneurs. More often, they’re fueled by the challenge of solving a problem or producing something meaningful, whether it’s an app or an ice cream.

While there are several types of instruments and investment documents in the fundraising stage, and more coming to light regularly, it can become a challenge to determine which one is right for you and your . In the third and final part of this three-part blog series, we look at a new seed-stage investing tool, Simple Agreement for Future Equity (Safe).

It is typical that founders often start seeing more once they hit the fundraising stage. There is an increasing number of types of instruments and investment documents, making it challenging to determine which one is the best option. In the second part of this three-part blog series, we look at Series Seed.

Starting a company has never been easier. Technology solutions for payroll, , cloud computing and payment systems have made it much cheaper to take care of the back end. But founders may start seeing more when they hit the fundraising process, some of which come from legal fees. Fortunately for entrepreneurs, several lawyers and investors have tried to cut down these by providing standard documents for seed-stage investing. Unfortunately for entrepreneurs, as more and more new types of instruments and investment documents are introduced, it becomes difficult to distinguish between them or even understand which one is the best . In the first part of this three-part blog series, we look at .

Buzzwords from the last few months of 2015 included unicorpse, bubble and contracting market, juxtaposed with new and bigger funds being raised, more money being invested, more unicorns being born and the number of mega- increasing. As we enter 2016—and face increased interest rates—many predict a change in the investing environment.

Founders soliciting venture funds quickly get comfortable revealing details about their operations, vision and finances. They may also need to be willing to step on a scale and get a blood draw. Investors try to ensure that the they’re funding are healthy, and, strange as it might seem, they like to know that critical founders are in good shape, too.



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