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“Convince Me” said the Investor. “No” said the Founder.

“Convince Me” said the Investor. “No” said the Founder. | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

It's in a founder's natural disposition to want to convince people of their point of view. And while engaging substantively with those who disagree is often an excellent way to both stress test your assumptions and increase your ability to tell your story, figuring out when to stop and disengage is critical for your productivity and sanity. Especially during fundraising. Read more: click image or title.

 

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How to find investors for your start up?

How to find investors for your start up? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
How to find investors: why investors don't respond to your messages!

Why is it that when you send an email or a message (on Linkedin for example) to an investor, they never seem to answer. Sometimes funding seekers ask around in their Linkedin groups. It just seems like everyone else seems to be in the same boat. There might be a few very good reasons. Here are some blunt answers. Read more: click image or title.

 

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No responses to my funding requests?...

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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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Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea

Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Once you've finally come up with that brilliant idea, here's a way to get people excited about it.

If coming up with a brilliant idea is hard, getting people to agree with you can prove just as difficult. 

"We operate under this assumption that the world will magically see how great our idea is, but great ideas get rejected all the time," said David Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. 

Burkus, who also teaches creativity and innovation courses at Oral Roberts University, spoke to Money Talking host Charlie Herman about how to recognize and pitch great ideas.

He suggested a five criteria checklist for structuring a pitch or judging which idea to invest time in. Read more: click image or title.

 

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StoryTelling insights to 'wow' your public.

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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 9, 2016 11:16 AM

Here's a fab post about how to formulate your story when you are getting to pitch your idea. But don't get stuck on the word 'pitch'. Think any presentation where you want to influence people:

  1. Selling your project across the organization
  2. Project reports when a decision or action is a desired outcome
  3. Sales presentations to alliances or prospects
  4. Anytime you need to raise funds or gain resources

 

What I really like about this article is that it's not a formula per se, but a way to think about your presentation and get your thoughts organized. That's the hard part, really.

 

Once you get these 5 points down, it will be easy to put together your presentation. Story on!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 9, 2016 3:19 PM

Storytellers share how to #pitch your #idea to get people excited.

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Your Startup’s Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides — Marketing and Entrepreneurship — Medium

Your Startup's Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides - Marketing and Entrepreneurship - Medium
Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch.
Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business — well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.


I get it. The last thing you want to do when you’re sleep-deprived and edgy and suffering startup angst is pitch it over… and over… and over again. It’s actually a pretty helpless feeling, asking strangers to decide on the fate of your new venture. If it’s your first or second venture, there can be a real learning curve, too. It takes time and feedback to get it right.
Presentation guru Guy Kawasaki has put together an infographic that can help make your pitch both more effective and less painful...

 

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When Guy #Kawasaki teaches everyone listens, he is a success story.

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Larry Kim shares a useful slide presentation template for startups from Guy Kawasaki.

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How to Raise Money Without Begging Investors

How to Raise Money Without Begging Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Check out these different ways to raise money for your startup idea.

Trying to generate funds for your new business idea, especially an attempt to raise money online, is fiercely competitive and can easily become discouraging -- if you let it. But as we all know, the most tenacious and driven entrepreneurs are most likely to succeed.

Approaching VCs and angel investors with your pitch is one way to get funded, but what's the next step if it's not panning out? Check out these 3 ways to raise money without begging investors to give you a shot. Read more: click image or title.

 

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This #ounder is sharing some great experience for the #funding process.

 

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This #ounder is sharing some great experience for the #funding process.

 

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Top Three Pitch Presentation Tips for Tech Startups

Top Three Pitch Presentation Tips for Tech Startups | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

You’re standing in the hallway with a group of fellow entrepreneurs; everyone is nervous, yet pretending not to be.

In the room next door, 400 people sit awaiting your appearance on the main stage. You are sixth in the line to give a two-minute pitch to the 800 eyeballs looking in your direction.

Do you have a clicker for the PowerPoint? Are you ready for the Q&A section afterwards? Should you rely on your note cards or try to do it from memory?

Just to add to your nerves, your phone is buzzing in your pocket. Will you check it now, or might it throw you off? Wait..where is the closest bathroom???



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How do you get yourself under control before delivering your #pitch to an audience? Here are some interesting tips. I especially like 3.

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7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview

7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

This month 500 Startups and General Assembly teamed up to hold a pre-accelerator program. Last week, we had our mini Demo Day:


I led the final week of the program where, in addition to 60-second pitch workshops, Angel.co profile show-and-tell, and pitch deck review sessions, I organized mock accelerator interviews.

To help me, I called a few of my friends*, Ryan Jackson of Paid and Andrew Norris of Taplytics, both YCombinator alums, Mason Blake at UpCounsel and Tristan Pollock of Storefront (now EIR @500) who went through AngelPad, and Selcuk Atli and me from 500Startups (both of us with YC backgrounds from Boostable/inDinero).

We started with a panel introducing ourselves and the accelerator processes: YC does 10 minute interviews with a few partners and cares more about founders than ideas; 500 does a deeper dive over 20–30 min and focuses on people and growth. With Angelpad, you’ll be talking to Thomas and Carine, and there will be fewer companies in your cohort. Each pre-accelerator company then had a 5-minute mock interview with us.

Despite the differences between us and our accelerators, the six of us noticed very similar patterns in the founders. The following mistakes to avoid and advice will help you prepare for any accelerator interview (and some investor conversations, too!)

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Great advice from people who walk and breathe this every day. Whether your #pitch is for an #accelerator or an #investor, these ideas must be understood.

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How To Craft A Concise Pitch Investors Will Care About

How To Craft A Concise Pitch Investors Will Care About | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Over the course of many years working in venture capital and the video game business, I’ve listened to hundreds of pitches for new companies and products. After almost every one of those pitches, once the entrepreneur has left the room, a post-game review ensues. There are consistent patterns in those discussions; aspiring entrepreneurs, pay attention.

The first and most important element of your presentation is not a slide: it’s you. Most investors base their decisions on the passion, charisma and clarity of the founder and the rest of the senior team. If you don’t demonstrate true fervor for your idea and opportunity, don’t expect anyone else to, either. Beyond that here’s what you should consider when crafting your pitch. Read more: click image or title.





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This is it: the perfect description of what a good #InvestorPitch should be like. DO READ THIS if you are in the market. Read it anyways, there is a lot to learn here. Everyone has to sell something, and the ideas explained here will apply. Highly recommended.

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This is it: the perfect description of what a good #InvestorPitch should be like. DO READ THIS if you are in the market. Read it anyways, there is a lot to learn here. Everyone has to sell something, and the ideas explained here will apply. Highly recommended.

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How to prepare a startup pitch deck for Demo Day? (500 Startups Style)

How to prepare a startup pitch deck for Demo Day? (500 Startups Style) | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

My approach to presentations has always related significantly to storytelling: telling a good and exciting story that creates an impact in your audience, both in their minds as in their hearts. This is now combined with the input from the 500 Startups team as we went through the program. To check this slide presentation, click on the image, then start by clicking on the arrows.




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Nice way to make #SlideDecks. Very visual, clear and simple.

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Reflecting On The First 100 Investments – Haywire

Reflecting On The First 100 Investments – Haywire | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

As I begin Haystack III, I wanted to write down and share the reflections I’ve had on seed investing to date. However, please note (1) I’m still learning; (2) I’ll make new mistakes; and (3) these reflections are for me, and not generally applicable to others — there are 101 ways to invest effectively and different things work for different people. And, ultimately, (4) it is a privilege for me to be even just a small investor, and it’s a privilege I take seriously, and am grateful for all the investors in my fund and founders I’ve gotten to work with — they have all taken a chance on me, and that is a very humbling set of circumstances to keep in mind.

With that, here’s what I’ve been reflecting on with 100 investments now in the portfolio, three years in. I don’t have a technology or investment background, so I wanted to invest in a lot of companies quickly as a way to speed up my learning, but I know in the back of my mind, there are no shortcuts and will be more learnings in the years to come. [I want to dig into some my stats (as I’ve shared on Twitter before), but I’ll do this in another post, as here I want to focus more on what I’m taking away as I move into Fund III.] Finally, I’ve had a tough time organizing my reflections in specific categories, so this may ramble a bit. Apologies in advance. Read more: click image or title.



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This blog article is full of information on how to select a #startup

for #seedfunding. Every #founder should read articles like this. It tells you what is important, how the #investors think, what they #value, and what their experience is. Brilliant.

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Ashton Kutcher explains his 3 rules of investing - Business Insider

Ashton Kutcher explains his 3 rules of investing - Business Insider | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Kutcher may be best known for his comedic roles, but he's also a successful investor in companies like Airbnb and Uber.

Ashton Kutcher built a fan base as a goofball character in sitcoms and movies, but he has been seriously focused on his investments over the past several years.It's why his friend Mark Cuban, one of the regular investors on the show "Shark Tank," invited Kutcher to try out for a guest-investor role in the show's seventh season, which began Friday. After getting accustomed to the format, Kutcher dived right in, making a deal, offering entrepreneurs valuable insight, and even sparring with the brashest of the show's investors, Kevin O'Leary.Rather than begin investing on a whim, Kutcher reached out to prominent Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway, who became his mentor in the late aughts.Since 2010, Kutcher has been an investor through his venture-capital firm A-Grade Investments, which he founded with the entrepreneurs and investors Guy Oseary and Ronald Burke. He was an angel investor before that. He also connected with Marc Andreessen, one of the Valley's premier investors, and Andreessen wisely persuaded him to invest in Skype in 2009.He has invested in seed and Series-A rounds for companies including Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, and Casper.In an interview for his website A-Plus, Kutcher said he had three rules of investing, which are focused on what he sees in entrepreneurs: Read more": click image or title.




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These rules make sense and teach something to #entrepreneurs who want to #pitch their #startups to #investors

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7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview

7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

This month 500 Startups and General Assembly teamed up to hold a pre-accelerator program. Last week, we had our mini Demo Day:

I led the final week of the program where, in addition to 60-second pitch workshops, Angel.co profile show-and-tell, and pitch deck review sessions, I organized mock accelerator interviews.

To help me, I called a few of my friends*, Ryan Jackson of Paid and Andrew Norris of Taplytics, both YCombinator alums, Mason Blake at UpCounsel and Tristan Pollock of Storefront (now EIR @500) who went through AngelPad, and Selcuk Atli and me from 500Startups (both of us with YC backgrounds from Boostable/inDinero).

We started with a panel introducing ourselves and the accelerator processes: YC does 10 minute interviews with a few partners and cares more about founders than ideas; 500 does a deeper dive over 20–30 min and focuses on people and growth. With Angelpad, you’ll be talking to Thomas and Carine, and there will be fewer companies in your cohort. Each pre-accelerator company then had a 5-minute mock interview with us.

Despite the differences between us and our accelerators, the six of us noticed very similar patterns in the founders. The following mistakes to avoid and advice will help you prepare for any accelerator interview (and some investor conversations, too!)

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Creating a good pitch, whether it is for an accelerator program or for any round of funding, can be challenging. There are a few guidelines that can help you overcome the most basic mistakes. This article spells it out. Read it, it will help tremendously. Excellent.

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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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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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10 Things You Must Do Before Connecting With Investors

10 Things You Must Do Before Connecting With Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
There are no shortcuts to building a solid network of engaged investors.

The majority of entrepreneurs have one thing in common: They're totally in love with their company and their product. They are passionate, enthusiastic and optimistic. They can’t wait to tell everyone how their idea or product is going to change the world. Before that can happen, though, entrepreneurs need to spend some time thinking about what motivates the people who will help fuel the jet engine. 

During my decades of raising capital and running startups, I've learned a few things about preparing for investor meetings. If you're lining up appointments with people who have the potential to write big checks, I recommend you make your way down this full list. Following these guidelines will help you secure funding and build valuable partnerships. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Do this and increase your chances to get #funding

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The first impression is just the start, make sure you have all of these 10 points figured out.

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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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Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them

Predatory Investors and How to Avoid Them | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Starting a business that would one day go on to achieve a gross transaction value of £450m and net revenue of £25m around the time of the dot.com boom, entrepreneur Dale Murray has a story with as many twists and turns as a Stephen King thriller. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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A couple great stories from a #startup #entrepreneur successfully navigating the pitfalls.

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10 key pitching tips for future success... - Tech2Brand

10 key pitching tips for future success... - Tech2Brand | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Over the next 12 months, many start-ups will be involved in high pressure 'pitching' competitions, here are my 10 key tips for succeeding when you next compete.

As a start-up, over the next 12 months, you will be involved in high pressure ‘pitch’ competitions, Whether your pitch needs to be 1 minute, 5 minutes or 20 minutes, it is crucial that you get it right ‘first time’ if you want to succeed.

Having been a judge on numerous competitions, I have seen many pitches fail, not because the tech wasn’t right, but due to small errors occurring (eg. pitch running over time, videos not working on the day, formatting on the slides different to what was originally submitted).  Unfortunately, these small inconveniences, can be THE difference between success and failure on the day.

To ensure that you don’t make the same mistake as others before you, please find detailed below 10 key ‘pitching tips’ for future success:

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Never done an #investor #pitch before? Take a look at these tips. Good advice.

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Pitch, Please: 14 Must-Read Pitch Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Know

Pitch, Please: 14 Must-Read Pitch Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Know | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

A few reasons you won’t raise money:

  1. Your business isn’t the right fit for VC (which is totally OK!)
  2. You business could be interesting to VC, but you have nothing yet. Stop pitching, and focus on building a solid business that solves a big problem, getting customers, and assembling a great team.
  3. You’re not talking to the right investors, or you may live in a city without a mature ecosystem that supports early stage companies, or…..
  4. Your pitch sucks, and you can’t tell your story on stage or on the fly.  

I can help with the last one.

Building a great business is more important than a great pitch, but if you don’t know how to tell your story, you probably don’t understand what is most interesting about your business. This problem affects more than just fundraising.

The hardest part about pitching is that it’s not about you. It’s a delicate balance between being authentically who you are, but more so focusing on what is important to your audience. This is what I help founders understand. Read more: click image or title.



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Another great article on how to pitch and the reasons VC's want to see to #finance you.

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How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups |...

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups |... | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

It can be tricky for pre-product startups to know how to position themselves during a fundraise. Seed VC Rob Go opens up about his investment process. | start up

Editor’s note: At a recent team meeting at NextView, we looked at the high number of startups we invested in which were pre-product at the time. The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product? The below article answers that question. You can also find a graphic outlining Rob’s process in detail here.

A big chunk of our investments at NextView have been made pre-product. We have a bias towards very early stage investing for a bunch of reasons, but it’s not easy. It’s often a good idea for founders to find a way to build something and get some early market validation before raising outside capital. But doing that is sometimes not practical given your personal runway or because the product you want to build requires additional capital very early on.

So, how do you go about raising money for a company pre-product? And how does an investor think about a pre-product opportunity? I think this stage, more than others, is very dependent on the individual investor. But here’s how I tend to think about companies at this stage, which I think is broad enough to provide some guidance for founders at this early stage…

Essentially, my pre-product framework is as follows:

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#Pre-product #funding is a challenge. Here is a good explanation and advice from someone who does it all the time. #Seedfunding by a #SeedCEO


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How To Close A Funding Round

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The following question was posted on my forum the other day and is something I get asked frequently. Here is the question followed by my answer:

Question

I am currently in the process of trying to close a funding round. I have investors who are willing to commit today and others awaiting advanced assurance for the Seed Enterprise Investor Scheme (SEIS). What is the best way of closing this round? Do I need to wait for everyone to be committted before i accept money from investors? 

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Great overview on how to finalize a #fundinground

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Part I: Doing Due Diligence to Find the Right Investor

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Make sure you do your homework.

There has been much written and discussed about the due diligence process investors conduct on the companies for which they are considering an investment. Someone once described this process as 'opening the kimono'. The investor check list covers everything about the company and the kitchen sink including corporate compliance records, finances and taxes, employment and labor issues, business contracts, intellectual property rights, and litigation concerns.

Before you enter into this process with an investor, as a start-up CEO, you should do your own due diligence to make sure you are talking to the right investor. The key message: Beware. Not every investor is ideal for your business.

Here is a handy check list to can guide you through your search for a potential investor. Above all, do your homework. Know what you want from an investor and the types of investors in the marketplace. And absolutely examine their past and current investments, much of which can be found with simple searches via Google, LinkedIn, company websites and available government filings, and take the time to speak with companies they've invested in. Read more: click image or title.



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Pick your investor wisely. Like the article says: would you marry this investor? It'll be a long relationship with many ups and downs...

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Top angels warn of big mistakes founders, funders must avoid to succeed - Silicon Valley Business Journal (blog)

Silicon Valley Business Journal (blog) Top angels warn of big mistakes founders, funders must avoid to succeed Silicon Valley Business Journal (blog)


"I started telling the entrepreneur what my idea was for his business," he recalled of the deal that ended badly. "I invested in what I thought was my idea because he just said it back to me. That's a smart way to fundraise. But he was obviously not interested in my idea."


..."Making a bold statement in your slides that is a misrepresentation, that's death," Guerra said. "Another that may not be death, but will turn everybody's hearing aid off starts with, 'If we only get 1 percent of this $10 billion market." If you start out with one of those "If we only get" pitches, you're gone. You need to tell us what you are going to do to get 1 percent of that market."Rivera, who is very interested in education startups, warned, "Don't tell me education is a multi-trilllion dollar market. Don't add up the numbers on a global basis and give me something that is completely meaningless in terms of market size or their ability to capture a part of the market. If you put something like that in your deck you probably aren't going to even get a meeting."... Read more: click on title.




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These thoughts on funding by #Angelinvestors and the mistakes they made are priceless for #founders.

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Raising Capital with Financial Architect®

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Raising Capital with Financial Architect® turns the tables for Startups and Early Stage companies.

Ask around, what IS the main problem for startups and early stage companies? You’ll find the same answer 99% of the time: IT'S MONEY!

Every startup faces that same major hurdle: Raising capital. Except of course if you’re one of the happy few that DOES get funded, but then again, what are the terms, is it still your company and are you still in control?

WHAT IF... what if you would create, market and sell your own securities? What if you would write your own term sheet? What if you would be able to keep your equity and not dilute your shares? What if you would keep all of your voting rights? What if you would be able to raise ‘substantial amounts of capital’... all by yourself?

But how in the world can you do that? Isn’t that the privilege of Wall Street’s venture capital companies and investment banks?

The answer is very simple. Yes, you can do that. The only problem is knowing how. Read more: click on image or title.




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The Do-it-Yourself product created by the Wall Street experts who have done it themselves for decades. Write your own #securities - market them to quality #investors, and be in total #compliance from day one. Never run out of #capital, on the contrary, learn how to raise 'substantial' amounts of #funds. Have the #money available to hire experts and executives and create that quality team.

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The Do-it-Yourself product created by the Wall Street experts who have done it themselves for decades. Write your own #securities - market them to quality #investors, and be in total #compliance from day one. Never run out of #capital, on the contrary, learn how to raise 'substantial' amounts of #funds. Have the #money available to hire experts and executives and create that quality team.