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10 Blockchain Investors Founders Should Know

The world is becoming aware of the potential in blockchain technology. The rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other blockchain protocols have created a new class of startup working to innovate on a new frontier. From alternative cryptocurrencies to companies who support the crypto ecosystem, we are witnessing the infrastructure-building phase of a new wave of technology. At Visible, we talk to founders every day who are looking for investors. Our new Connect platform allows you to search our database of nearly 11,000 investors to do your own research, but in this post, we will be highlighting some of those investors in the blockchain space.   2020 Ventures Stage: All Stages Investment Geography: United States, Southeast Asia Key person: David Williams Blockchain investments: Bitpay, Polysign, Kava Networks, Ripple Labs, tokens like BTC,…

How Rolling Funds Will Impact Fundraising

Raise capital, update investors and engage your team from a single platform. Try Visible free for 14 days. Quick Navigation What are Rolling Funds? What are the benefits of Rolling Funds? How are Rolling Funds Structured? How to Get Involved with Rolling Funds? How Rolling Funds Could Impact Fundraising? Other Rolling Fund Resources Relatively speaking, venture capital is a fairly new asset class. Innovations have been consistent since Y Combinator came to market in the early 2000s. Since then there have been countless innovations that are creating more funding options for startup founders. The most recent innovation has been rolling funds. Learn more about rolling funds and what they means for startup founders below: What are Rolling Funds? Pioneered by Angelist, a rolling fund is a new VC fund structure…

How To Calculate and Interpret Your SaaS Magic Number

Raise capital, update investors and engage your team from a single platform. Try Visible free for 14 days.   Quick Navigation Why Use the SaaS Magic Number? How to Calculate Your SaaS Magic Number SaaS Magic Number Benchmarks Other Metrics You Need To Use With the SaaS Magic Number How to Track Your Key SaaS Metrics In a SaaS business, it’s critical to understand how your sales and marketing spend is affecting your annual recurring revenue (ARR) growth. In order to better help you understand how efficiently you are growing you need to understand your SaaS magic number. So what is your SaaS magic number? The SaaS magic number is a way to evaluate whether or not you should continue to invest in customer acquisition, or take your foot off…

What is a Startup’s Annual Run Rate? (Definition + Formula)

Raise capital, update investors and engage your team from a single platform. Try Visible free for 14 days. Quick Navigation What is Annual Run Rate? How to Calculate Annual Run Rate? Annual Run Rate Examples When are Annual Run Rates Useful? Why Shouldn’t You Use Annual Run Rate? How to Use Run Rates Effectively What is Annual Run Rate?  Annual run rate is the rough estimate of a company’s annual revenue based on existing monthly or quarterly data.  Annual run rate has been around for a while, and is not to be confused with annual recurring revenue – an important metric for subscription business models. Both are sometimes abbreviated as ‘ARR,’ but you should know that annual recurring revenue only applies when you have monthly or annual subscriptions as a…

7 Lessons for Entrepreneurs From Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant, the founder of AngelList, recently began a new project called Spearhead. The program gives founders $1M to start angel investing, and seeks to educate those who wish to enter the space. The Spearhead podcast, meant to scale these efforts, is a treasure trove of insights not just for those who wish to be angels, but for entrepreneurs looking to raise a Seed round. You can find the full podcast & transcribed episodes at spearhead.co. Here are 7 insights for founders from the podcast: Angels build brands. Be aware of who you’re associating yourself with. Investors in early stage companies need not just deal flow, but access to the best deals. To get access, angels build brands. They do this in many different ways – Jason Lemkin built the…

What are the Advantages of Angel Investors?

Raise capital, update investors and engage your team from a single platform. Try Visible free for 14 days. What are the advantages of angel investors? When trying to get investors to fund your company, you should know that funding comes in a variety of flavors. You will have access to different types of investors depending on your industry, company stage, and size. A common question we receive when talking with new founders is about the difference between varying types of investors. In this post, we’ll explain the the differences between angel investors and venture capitalists and the advantages of angel investors. Angel investors and venture capitalists have many things in common. In principle, VC’s and angels perform like functions – they invest in your company in exchange for a percentage of ownership.…