What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
How Much To Burn While Building Product – AVC

The first stage is what I called “Building Product Stage” and I suggested that a burn rate of $50k/month was appropriate for that stage. I got a fair bit of pushback in the comments for that part of the post. My favorite push back came from The Kid, who said: 50k a month?!?!??! maybe it is such in venture world, but if you’re a broke ass fool bootstrapping his/her way, try 5k per founder a month until you have paying customers. if you’re hardcor… (read more)

What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Burn Rates: How Much? – AVC

Building Usage Stage – I would recommend keeping the monthly burn below $100k per month at this stage. This is the stage after release, when you are focused in iterating the product, scaling the system for more users, and marketing the product to new users. This can be done by the same team that built the product with a few more engineers, a community manager, and maybe a few more dollars for this and that.

What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Burn Rates: How Much? – AVC

Building The Business Stage – This is when you’ve determined that your product market fit has been obtained and you now want to build a business around the product or service. You start to hire a management team, a revenue focused team, and some finance people. This is the time when you are investing in the team that will help you bring in revenues and eventually profits. I would recommend keeping the burn below $250k per month at this stage.

What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Mark Suster (Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures)
So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days? | Bothsides of the Table

If you have a strong lead investor known for backing his or her entrepreneurs in tough times and that investor gives you a sense for her comfort level in writing your next check then you can have a higher burn rate than if you don’t feel you have a strong lead investor. If you have mostly angels or don’t feel your existing investor can support you without new capital from the outside then you might want a smaller burn rate. Remember those party r… (read more)

What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Mark Suster (Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures)
So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days? | Bothsides of the Table

It is also impossible to tell you the right burn rate for your company without knowing your risk tolerance. Quite simply – some people would rather “go hard” and accept the consequence of failure if they don’t succeed. Other people are more cautious and have a lot more at stake if the company doesn’t succeed (like maybe they put in their own money or their family’s money).

What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Mike Maples Jr (Managing Partner @ FLOODGATE)
Ron Conway, Mike Maples Jr. – Angel Investing Revealed by Stanford eCorner | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Companies that have low burn rates buy themselves hugely better probabilities of getting lucky over time. You’ve gotta be willing to be not too formulaic about when it’s time to give up or be persistant.

What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Burn Baby Burn – AVC

Valuations can be fixed. You can do a down round, or three or four flat ones, until you get the price right. But burn rates are exactly that. Burning cash. Losing money. Emphasis on the losing. And they are indeed sky high all over the US startup sector right now. And our portfolio is not immune to it

What’s the best way to manage your burn-rate?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Burn Rates: How Much? – AVC

A good rule of thumb is multiply the number of people on the team by $10k to get the monthly burn. That is not the number you pay an employee. That is the “fully burdended” cost of a person including rent and other related costs. So if you use that mutiplier, my suggested team sizes are 5, 10, and 25 respectively for the three development stages listed above.

What’s the best way to do sales?

Jon Miller (CEO and Co-founder of Engagio)
How to Turn Marketing Leads into Sales Leads – Marketo

A five-minute lead response means you’re four times more likely to qualify that lead than a 10 minute response, and a staggering 21 times more likely to convert than after 30-minute wait. SDRs [sales development reps] can focus on this fast response time whereas it will never be a quota-carrying reps top priority to jump on an inbound lead.