Fundraising

How to Build a Basic Financial Model

How to Build a Basic Financial Model

This post was contributed to VentureApp by Kody Myers, business analyst at Paro, an exclusive network of highly vetted on-demand financial professionals. The word “model” is often tossed around the business world, evoking complicated and intimidating visual images to...

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Raise for Milestones, Not Runway

Raise for Milestones, Not Runway

The most common thing founders are taught about fundraising is that they should raise for 18-24 months of runway (while “adjusting for increase in headcount, etc.”). That’s the advice you should take if you don’t want to fail. If you want to win, however,...

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Trust Starts at 100% and Goes Down

Trust Starts at 100% and Goes Down

Investors (especially those who have been in the game for a little bit) are jaded. Winning over investors is not just about showing traction / progress (although that is a big component to getting investors onboard). It’s also about trust. Fundamentally,...

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11 Reasons We Didn’t Invest in Your Company

11 Reasons We Didn’t Invest in Your Company

Phil Nadel, Sep 5, 2016. Like most VCs, we often review dozens of deals each week. We have developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that do not fit our general investment criteria (e.g. industry, stage, model). The deals that survive...

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The Ideal Email Deck

The Ideal Email Deck

Since I wrote a post on how you’ll need multiple pitch decks, I’ve gotten a number of questions around what should go into them. Today I want to spell out the ideal email deck – at least, ideal if you’re sending it to me. 🙂 Short & sweet ~5 slides is...

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The only 10 Slides You Need in a Pitch

The only 10 Slides You Need in a Pitch

The purpose of a pitch is to stimulate interest, not to cover every aspect of your startup and bludgeon your audience into submission. Your objective is to generate enough interest to get a second meeting. Thus, the recommended number of slides for a pitch is ten....

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Thinking Beyond VC Funding

Thinking Beyond VC Funding

The word ‘startup’ is currently used to describe technology companies or technology-enabled companies that have the potential to get funding from angel investors or VCs. However, using that definition for a startup narrows the possibilities that the entrepreneur can...

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