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Conveying that you have a great team

As I’ve written before and you will have probably have seen on many other blogs the key elements of a good investment and therefore a good pitch are great market, great product and great team. For the last couple of years I have been adding a fourth item to the list, and that is […]

Your fundraising strategy depends on whether you’re startup is hot

I spoke at a workshop this morning where most of the participants were CEOs and founders of early stage startups. We talked about the state of the market, what makes a good investor, and how to go about raising money and afterwards I was struck by how much of the fundraising advice given to […]

Top five typical frustrations and confusions in the fundraising process

If you’ve been paying attention you will know that Nicholas Lovell and I are writing a book for entrepreneurs who want to raise venture capital. It’s tentatively titled Get Funded. We are now preparing to shoot a promotional video which opens with five frustrations that entrepreneurs frequently encounter when they embark on the fundraising […]

50 Questions: How soon should I start raising my next round?

As you may recall Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief and I have been writing a series of 50 blog posts which we will then publish as a book designed to help entrepreneurs navigate the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. Our hope is that readers of our book will find a straighter and quicker path […]

Get Funded/50 Questions you should ask before raising venture capital – the journey from a series of blog posts to a book

Regular readers will be well aware that through 2011 and into early 2012 Nicholas Lovell and I were writing a series of 50 blog posts designed to help entrepreneurs with the fundraising process, and that we intended to publish them in book format once we were finished.

This is how we described our aims […]

Building a financing plan around value creation milestones

Twice in the last week I found myself coaching founders on how to build a financing plan around value creation milestones so I thought I would share what I said here.

The idea of thinking about value creation milestones comes from the observation that the value that investors put on a startup is generally […]

50 Questions: If I raise venture capital what differences will it make to how I have to run my business?

Forty-ninth in a series of weekly posts by myself and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital. We expect the series to run for a year after which we will collate the posts into a book. You can find the rationale behind the series here, […]

50 Questions: What should an entrepreneur be looking to get out of a first pitch meeting with a VC?

Forty second in a series of weekly posts by myself and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital. We expect the series to run for a year after which we will collate the posts into a book. You can find the rationale behind […]

50 Questions: What financial information does a VC want to see?

Forty first in a series of weekly posts by myself and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital.  We expect the series to run for a year after which we will collate the posts into a book.  You can find the rationale behind the series […]

50 Questions: How does a VC evaluate a company’s product?

Fortieth in a series of weekly posts by myself and Nicholas Lovell of Gamesbrief which answer the fifty questions you should ask before raising venture capital.  We expect the series to run for a year after which we will collate the posts into a book.  You can find the rationale behind the series here, […]