Our Guides are never “finished.” We update our content just like software. And like software roadmaps, we are transparent about what we are working on. These release notes detail our progress from one draft to the next, as we build a Guide from the early-release drafts (0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and so on) through the first published edition (1.0), and all the subsequent editions of a published Guide (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and so on). Release notes for the periodic updates that follow 1.0 will chronicle important changes or additions to a Guide, including new content based on any news in the field or topic, new insights or best practices, responses to reader questions, and more.
Planned additions to the Guide include:
August 1, 2019
Two years in the making, this Guide is the product of the efforts of more than fifty writers, founders, lawyers, investors, and others in the venture capital and startup universe. We pulled in lawyers who worked at the early stages of Uber and Airbnb, investors who’ve been active for decades, and critics of venture capital to create a comprehensive, practical Guide you can put to use today.
Updates since draft 0.7 include:
July 5, 2019
As we prepare to release the full Edition 1.0 of the Guide, we’ve put a bunch of elbow grease into making it really shine. This release now provides readers with:
May 16, 2019
This update, which focused largely on editorial polish, was a joint release with a host of new product features, including:
Editor’s notes let you know where we plan to add, update, or improve a section.
We’re always looking for contributions from our community—now we can let you know when your input might be needed:
(For more detail on contributing to Holloway, see our post on the Holloway Contributor Network.)
April 22, 2019
This was a big update, enough so that we wrote our first public Guide release notes for it. A few highlights include:
February 15, 2019
This draft focused on updating and refining our glossary.
January 16, 2019
Early readers now have access to the Guide, with a more thorough table of contents, significantly more writing filled in across almost every section, and the first round of expert review and feedback incorporated.
You can now view some of the more number-heavy info in a small set of interactive charts and infographics, like this one:
December 12, 2018
This release brought a much greater level of structure and organization to the Guide (earlier in the year, Holloway hired its second employee and first editor, Rachel Jepsen!).
We added sections on Networking, Assessing Whether to Raise, and Bias and Discrimination in Fundraising.
The first of what would become almost a hundred formally defined terms, like this:
August 9, 2018
We published this initial draft of the Guide to Raising Venture Capital just over a year after lead author Andy Sparks committed his first content on the project. It’s still an internal draft; we hadn’t invited any early readers yet. It included a rough outline of the entire Guide:
Many sections are simply long lists of books, blogs, and other resources, all of which we will eventually read, compare, and integrate into the Guide.