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Funding Conditions for Tech Startups Soar to a New Record

Funding Conditions for Tech Startups Soar to a New Record | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
An index tracking business conditions for U.S. private companies surged 44 percent from a year earlier.

The Bloomberg U.S. Startups Barometer, which tracks the business conditions for U.S.-based private technology companies, reached a record high. A 44 percent increase from a year earlier was driven by a surge in the number of businesses that raised money for the first time, reflecting investors' appetite to back the riskiest companies. The index, which goes back to 2007, doesn’t account for the frenetic days of the dot-com bubble. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Conditions for #funding are still positive. 

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Startup Fundraising: The Pitch Deck and Financial Modeling - Techstars

Startup Fundraising: The Pitch Deck and Financial Modeling - Techstars | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

As you prepare for your fundraising effort, you need to get the basic tools of the trade completed before you start the process. In part one of this post, we covered traction and the executive summary. In this post, we will dive into pitch decks that will raise capital and financial models. The goal is … Read more: click image or title.

 

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The second part of this article by Techstarts on #Fundraising

 

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The second part of this article by Techstarts on #Fundraising

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Startup Pitching: what really matters

Startup Pitching: what really matters | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Switzerland / Silicon Valley, in June 2017

A good startup pitch is easily distinguished from a bad one. In an age in which more and more managers leave their neckties at home and seek inspiration from the "young savages", it is important to know what to look for in startups. It's about "Simplicity" - five simple questions that need to be answered. Startups already exemplify this simplicity principle with the 'Minimum Viable Product' approach. Use these questions to determine whether a collaboration or an investment is worthwhile: Read more: click image or title.

 

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The reality of the #InvestorPitch and how to win them over.

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Paul Buchheit on Lessons Learned from Investing in 200+ Startups

Paul Buchheit on Lessons Learned from Investing in 200+ Startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Jasper Kuria interviewed YC Partner Paul Buchheit about his experience as employee #23 at Google, his key investing insights, and his advice for entrepreneurs. Read more: click title or image.

 

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Very interesting interview with one of the first #Google employees who has now become an #AngelInvestor.

 

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How to pitch to VCs and angel investors as a tech startup. 11 tips from founders

How to pitch to VCs and angel investors as a tech startup. 11 tips from founders | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Learn how to make even the best investors interested in your business. Emerline interviewed 4 different startup owners and asked to share their secrets!

"Pitching to investors is just like dating but you only get access to their LinkedIn profile whereas they get to see you naked and your bank balance. All the mind games still apply. You need to play hard to get to make yourself more desirable and you can't seem desperate. You will meet lots of people and it is easy to get distracted with investment offers that aren't right but you have to stay strong and wait for 'the one'."

Elyse Daniels, CEO of ExodusWear Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Pitching #investors is a learning experience. This article illustrators how several #startup #founders went about it. Great stories and good advice.

 

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#Pitching #investors is a learning experience. This article illustrators how several #startup #founders went about it. Great stories and good advice.

 

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Reading Your VC Pitch Meeting

Reading Your VC Pitch Meeting | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

I’ve come to realize that many – most – entrepreneurs suck at reading pitch meetings. Frequently what I hear from a company CEO is completely uncorrelated to what I hear from the 

VC they were pitching. In thinking about why this is, the answer is actually relatively straightforward:

VCs are predisposed to give good meetings. AND By being equivocal at the end of a meeting they preserve maximum option value. Read more: click image or title.

 

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“Rather than the typical client/vendor relationship I'm used to, Growthink has been more like a strategic partner and trusted advisor. Not only did they provide me with a dynamic business plan but they have given me invaluable advice and feedback along the way. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible during this exciting but uncertain time of starting & ultimately growing my business.”

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Pitching #investors or a #VC is similar as making a sale. Be clear, allow the other party to respond, ask for a response, close. In this case, follow through with the purpose of your presentation, get feedback.

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8 Funding Alternatives to Consider for Your Startup

8 Funding Alternatives to Consider for Your Startup | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

When it comes to funding your startup, you may not know where to start. These funding alternatives, from credit cards to angel investors, are great options.

While you could certainly seek out a small business loan, micro loan or other program designed to get you the capital you need, there are other viable funding alternatives to get your business up and running.

When it comes to funding your startup, you may not know exactly where to start. While you could certainly seek out a small business loan, microloan or other program designed to get you the capital you need, there are other viable funding alternatives to get your business up and running.

Should you be looking for funding, the following finance options are a great place to start: Read more: click image or title.

 

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Lot of options to find #funding for your #startup.

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12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup

12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

It is critically important for the founders of a company to intimately understand the company’s key performance indicators (KPIs). Founders cannot hope to grow a company in any meaningful way without an almost obsessive focus on its KPIs.

Why? Because KPIs, if constructed correctly, give management and potential investors a cold, analytical snapshot of the state of the company, untainted by emotion or rhetoric. This focus must not be limited to the KPIs themselves, for they are merely measurements of outcomes. We look for founders to have an understanding of what levers can be pulled and what tweaks can be made to improve the business, which will then be reflected in its KPIs. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Founders cannot hope to grow a company in any meaningful way without an almost obsessive focus on its KPIs.

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Richard Branson: Here's how to get anyone to listen to your idea

Richard Branson: Here's how to get anyone to listen to your idea | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
If you want the self-made billionaire to hear you out, keep things concise.

If you want to get Virgin Group founder Richard Branson to listen to your idea, keep the pitch short and sweet.

"The pitches that I remember, and resulted in support and investment, were the ones where the idea could have fitted on the back of an envelope," the billionaire entrepreneur writes in a post on Virgin's website.

A common mistake Branson sees during pitches is repetition. Presenters tend to make their point and then proceed to repeat it over and over.

 

"If you want to get your message across, be engaging, concise and to the point," he advises. "Then, when you are done saying what you have to say, stop saying it."

This idea extends to life in general. Redundancy not only results in dry pitches, but also in dry conversation, Branson says: "There is nothing worse than sitting next to an enthusiastic person who repeats their same point time and again." Read more: click image or title.

 

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Sweet: keep it concise and don't repeat yourself over and over again. 

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Let’s face it, it’s time to upgrade the Pitch Deck to a Pitch Video

Let’s face it, it’s time to upgrade the Pitch Deck to a Pitch Video | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

When founders get connected to investors, they are often asked to send the deck ahead of the meeting. We’ve written here why sending the decks, especially before the first meeting, is generally not a good idea.

Startup founders cannot be defined by their decks.

The main issue with a pitch deck is that it is subject to misinterpretation. Investors get a lot of decks and they tend to skim and glance over them.

The founders aren’t able to tell their story, because they aren’t present.

The second issue with decks is that it is hard to capture the passion and the personality of the founders. Sure, a deck can have a creative design, but that’s not the same as hearing the founder talk about the business.

The third issue is that decks are flat.

Decks are just text.

In a world where everything is video/3D, the investor pitch decks are still bits of flat text.

What if, instead of sending a deck, the founders sent a 3-4 minute video walking the investor through the deck?

Having the founder narrate the deck seems like a simple idea that should solve for all the issues above. That’s why we are encouraging the founders in our Techstars NYC Summer 2016 class to do just that.

Let’s take a look at how it turned out. Compare going through this pitch deck from LeBlum: Read more: click image or title.

 

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Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M

Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
A collection of real pitch decks from real startups. In total, these decks have raised over $400 million. Use these pitch deck examples for inspiration.

 

 

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Great examples from #pitch #decks that produced real #funding

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Google Opening San Francisco Startup Incubator To Bridge The Gap Between Silicon Valley And Startups Worldwide

Google Opening San Francisco Startup Incubator To Bridge The Gap Between Silicon Valley And Startups Worldwide | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Google announced that it wants to assist global startups into growing harmoniously, and that is why the company will deploy a new office building in San Francisco. The facility will bridge the gap between Silicon Valley names and young IT businesses.

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The company revealed that it will open up the 14,000-square-foot space, which will be used to tighten cooperation with emerging companies, hosting events, as well as local and global developers.

According to Google's presentation of the initiative, the space should "bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and startups from [global] emerging markets." The tech company wants to aid the organizations in having a better grasp on their local and global challenges, and to create a space fitted for sharing resources.

- See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/174304/20160819/google-opening-san-francisco-startup-incubator-to-bridge-the-gap-between-silicon-valley-and-startups-worldwide.htm#sthash.KRoyt4Q3.dpuf

The company revealed that it will open up the 14,000-square-foot space, which will be used to tighten cooperation with emerging companies, hosting events, as well as local and global developers.

According to Google's presentation of the initiative, the space should "bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and startups from [global] emerging markets." The tech company wants to aid the organizations in having a better grasp on their local and global challenges, and to create a space fitted for sharing resources.

- See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/174304/20160819/google-opening-san-francisco-startup-incubator-to-bridge-the-gap-between-silicon-valley-and-startups-worldwide.htm#sthash.KRoyt4Q3.dpuf
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All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered

All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Start-up fundraising is hard. Despite ubiquitous headlines about unicorn valuations and how it’s never been easier to raise money in Silicon Valley, the process of raising capital can be grueling, unpredictable, and non-transparent. To shed some light on best practices for successful startup fundraising, I sat down with my partners Eric Feng and Randy Komisar to ask and answer the most frequently asked questions entrepreneurs have about fundraising today. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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These guys live and breathe #funding of #startups, interesting conversation, directly from the insiders.

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How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

I travel the country a lot. And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community. They often ask whether they have to move to SF, NY or LA to get financed. 

I have the same response always, “Where do you want to live? Where do you want to build your community, your relationships, your family?” I’m trying to get a feel for their commitment to local community versus being in a place where financing is easiest. Read more: click image or title.

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You decide where you want to live and build your business.

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Startup Fundraising: The Executive Summary

Startup Fundraising: The Executive Summary | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

As you prepare for your startup fundraising effort, you need to master the Executive Summary, Presentation and Financial Model before you can present.

The Executive Summary, Presentation and Financial Model are your marketing collateral to sell your product. You’ll build a funnel of prospects, requiring both research and introductions.

The goal is to create competitive term sheets, from multiple investors, for your growth capital. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Some basics you need to have before #raising any kind of #funding.

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From Startup to Scaleup - Sam Altman and Reid Hoffman at The Scaleup Offsite

From Startup to Scaleup - Sam Altman and Reid Hoffman at The Scaleup Offsite | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Sam Altman sits down with Reid Hoffman to talk about the key changes founders should think about as they transition from a startup to a scaleup.

This conversation took place at The Scaleup Offsite, a private CEO gathering hosted by Y Combinator Continuity and Greylock Partners in April 2017.

 

Click image or title to see the video.

 

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Startup Capital

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Startup Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Give your business idea its best chance to grow without risking your personal finances.

You could have an incredible idea for a new product, technology or business, but without capital, it will never be more than just an idea. Unless you have access to a pile of money that you have been saving for a rainy day, you have two options: You can attempt to bootstrap your growth or you can raise capital.

I’m a huge fan of bootstrapping, and it can be a viable option if you are extremely cautious when it comes to expenses, if you have a little seed money and if your business concept will generate cash flow early. 

If bootstrapping isn’t a good fit, then you need startup capital, which can be secured from several sources. While every funding option has pros and cons, there are certain mistakes you need to make sure you avoid when seeking startup capital, like the five outlined below. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Avoid mistakes, be prepared, be warned.

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When is the best time to pitch an investor?

When is the best time to pitch an investor? 

I was moderating a VC panel a couple of weeks back, and we talked about the best way to get an investor’s attention.  One of the panelists said, “Well, the worst way is to bombard me at an event.”  And the more I thought about it, the more I disagree.  

When I was an entrepreneur, I don’t think I had any sense just how busy most investors are.  I guess I just thought they all sit in cushy chairs all day and sip tea and hang out at the Rosewood on Sand Hill.  (ok, maybe some investors do) ... Read more: click image or title.

 

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A busy #VC explains how to get your foot in the door....

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The Two Factors That Make Male Angels And VCs Interested In A Female Founder's Pitch

The Two Factors That Make Male Angels And VCs Interested In A Female Founder's Pitch | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Winning funding means looking like a leader, even when you don’t look like the angel or VC you are pitching. Here’s how to do it.

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The program is based on what has been proven to work. It provides an opportunity for female founders to:

  • Master the skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.
  • Understand the importance of persistence and grit.
  • Network with and learn from female role models who have succeeded.
  • Build a community of peers who support you in good times and bad as well as hold you accountable.
  • Learn how to benefit from failure.
  • Strengthen founders’ belief that they can do this.
  • Learn how to test the viability of the product in the market....

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"Pitching is a critical skill for entrepreneurs. It’s an opportunity to persuade angel and venture capital investors of your company’s investment potential. However, the truth is that no matter how good your idea, it is the entrepreneur that the investor is investing in."

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How To Create A Great Investor Pitch Deck For Startups Seeking Financing

How To Create A Great Investor Pitch Deck For Startups Seeking Financing | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Pitching to investors can be tough, so it’s important to nail your presentation. Learn do’s and don’ts for an investor pitch deck as well as the most important elements it must include.
Startups frequently prepare a “pitch deck” to present their company to prospective angel or venture capital investors. The pitch deck typically consists of 15-20 slides in a PowerPoint presentation and is intended to showcase the company’s products, technology, and team to the investors.

Raising capital from investors is difficult and time consuming. Therefore, it’s crucial that a startup absolutely nails its investor pitch deck and articulates a compelling and interesting story.

In this article, I provide important advice for creating a strong, thorough, and engaging investor pitch deck, along with guidance on presenting to angel and venture capital investors. I also provide links to sample pitch decks you can check out for reference as you begin the process of building your own. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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WTF is a funding round?

WTF is a funding round? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
You see it on TechCrunch all the time: company X raised $X million at $X valuation. But if you don’t work in venture capital or finance, you might not know..

So, we’ll break it down for you.

 

 

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The basics of #fundraising for #startups

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Silicon Valley Etiquette

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Manners Matter.

 

“During the 17th century, in France, manners became a political issue. King Louis XIV and his predecessors, in collecting together the nobility of France to live with the sovereign at Versailles, instituted a sort of school of manners.
At the palace, the courtiers lived under the despotic surveillance of the King. If you displeased a Louis, he would simply “not see you” the following day. And not being “seen” by the King was tantamount to ceasing to count, at Versailles.

The new manners — both the formal rules of protocol and precedence and the unspoken, more profoundly enculturated rules like table manners — were seen increasingly as ways in which one did not offend other people. You were controlling yourself, so as to prevent other people from being disgusted or shocked.”  Read more: click image or title.

 

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Great story comparing manners at the French court of King Louis XIV with nowadays Silicon Valley's way of doing this. A lot makes sense though, like 'being on time'. etc. 

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5 Steps to Raise Startup and Expansion Capital

5 Steps to Raise Startup and Expansion Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
These universal steps make capital goals reachable for an entrepreneur in any industry.

What is the one thing that stops many potential entrepreneurs from chasing their dreams?

Money. 

Not everyone can secure a business loan -- or wants to put his or her personal assets on the line -- and the majority of startups never receive a dime from VCs. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Like most VCs, we see dozens of deals each week. We've developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that don't fit our general investment..

The deals that survive this initial culling process are subjected to much greater scrutiny and due diligence. This process includes a thorough review of the deck, financial statements and projections; discussions with the founders, customers and other investors; and a review of third-party information relevant to the company, its product and industry. Companies are eliminated from further consideration during various stages of this process and, in the end, we ultimately invest in a small percentage of the deals we review. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Lots to learn form a list of reasons for NOT getting funded.

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5 Fundraising Tips From 'The Billionaire Whisperer'

5 Fundraising Tips From 'The Billionaire Whisperer' | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Jennifer McRea has changed how people think about fundraising for causes that matter.

If you want to change the world for the better, it’s going to take a lot of money. However, according to philanthropist Jennifer McCrea, money should never be at the center of what you do.

McCrea, who has been called “the billionaire whisperer,” has partnered with philanthropists and nonprofit leaders for more than 27 years to raise resources to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. She is also a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society, where she teaches a course on Exponential Fundraising.

During my recent talk with McCrea, one thing was strikingly clear -- she is passionate about creating a better world. In her work, she has shifted the way we look at fundraising and philanthropy and the lessons she gives are relevant to us all. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Dave...I downloaded your business plan template...It is great!!!...My tax consultants say your plan is amazing. Thanks Dave!!!

 


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