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Startup Fundraising 5 Epic Fails in Pitching

5 Epic Fails in Pitching

I love office hours and listening to pitches – most of the time. This week I had an odd meeting that reminded me of some epic fails in pitching your startup idea. I will protect the “Pitching Parties” in this post and not identify them, but here are some quick reminders and lessons learned: Don’t …

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#startuplife Startup Team Formation: Mentors, Advisors and Early Team Members

Startup Team Formation: Mentors, Advisors and Early Team Members

How much equity should you give early team members and why? This list includes mentors, advisors, board members and potential co-founders in your startup? I’ve personally had challenges on this front and find it an area that benefits from experience (read as mistakes). I know I’ve both over-asked for equity in early days as well as …

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Startup Fundraising Levantando investimentos para Startups: Evento de Pitch, o que acontece depois que você deixa a sala?

Levantando investimentos para Startups: Evento de Pitch, o que acontece depois que você deixa a sala?

<Special thanks to my friend Felipe Chaves for translating my first Portuguese post! Here’s to a group of up and coming Entrepreneurs in Rio!> Você preparou seu “investor pitch”, sumário executivo, modelo financeiro. Você ensaiou seu pitch, listou perguntas e respostas (Q&A) e montou o seu 1:1 para investidores. Agora está de cara com um …

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Startup Fundraising Startup Fundraising: Pitch Events, what happens after you leave the room?

Startup Fundraising: Pitch Events, what happens after you leave the room?

You’ve prepped your investor pitch, executive summary, and financial model. You’ve rehearsed your pitch, prepared your Q&A and done the 1:1 investor meeting. Now you’re faced with the thoroughly contrived startup group pitch event. instead of a conversation with a potential investor you now have a timed event with timed Q&A. This can take place in the …

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Startup Fundraising Startup Fundraising: Executive Summary, Pitch Deck and Financial Models

Startup Fundraising: Executive Summary, Pitch Deck and Financial Models

Fundraising as an Enterprise Sales Process. Which means it’s going to take time to get fundraising done and you’ll need a lot of prospects at the top of yoru sales funnel. As you prepare for your fundraising effort and you need to get the basic tools of the trade completed before you start the process. …

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Ideation Idea Readiness Levels – NASA Version

Idea Readiness Levels – NASA Version

How ready is your startup idea to launch a product? Ideation is the startup stage where you are formulating your concept for the market. Founders often mix vision with reality in their own head and it can be hard to abstract the theory from reality – so it’s hard for them to reconcile the stages …

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Startup Fundraising Startup Funding Mechanics: Incorporation, Convertible Debt & Series A

Startup Funding Mechanics: Incorporation, Convertible Debt & Series A

What do first time founders need to know about fundraising mechanics? This post should help you understand the basic lingo of fundraising – so you don’t look surprised or sound like a noob when you’re discussing funding. An  attorney will go into a lot more detail and it’s important that you understand investor motivations – not …

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Entrepreneurship MVP Series 4: Contracts, Monitoring Progress

MVP Series 4: Contracts, Monitoring Progress

I posted about establishing your Milestones and Sprints in the last section. At this point, you should have a pretty good idea of the scope of the project. For example, is it 4-two week sprints for a total of eight weeks? If you have one developer declare that they can whip it out in a …

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#startuplife My Favorite Tools and Plugins

My Favorite Tools and Plugins

I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday about what tools and tricks we collectively use to get sh*t done in our lives (thanks to @ShaunaSwerland for the inspiration). I lean toward tools for startups/research/task management. If I was a Developer it would include things like GitHub. So I thought I’d post a list and …

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