Early Stage Venture Capital refers to venture capital investment in young startups that are in the first stages of building their business. Early stage VC firms provide seed funding and Series A & B rounds to fund startups from initial prototype through to scaling up initial commercial success. Early stage investing carries high risks, with many startups failing to gain traction, but also the potential for 10x or greater returns. Well-known startups like Airbnb, Spotify, and Instagram raised early stage VC before going on to huge success. Early stage VCs focus more on the strength of the founding team than financials. They take minority equity stakes and provide hands-on support to young founders. The investment horizons are typically 5-7+ years before exiting through an IPO or acquisition. The most successful early stage VCs develop an eye for spotting great founders solving big problems early.