raise without product

25 startups that raised without a product

Tl;dr: 25startups that raised without a product (Some without a pitch deck!). Yes it is possible. It’s just not likely. I’m a top writer on Quora. That means I see a lot of questions. One that keeps getting asked is “how can I start or raise investment without a product?” Now, I hate this question. The simple answer is YOU …

pitch red flags

40 pitch red flags which will undermine your startup fundraise

Tl;dr: 40 pitch red flags to avoid when fundraising Fundraising? Don’t want to do stupid things? Here’s a blog for you. Now if you have been following me for some time, you know I normally write long blogs. This isn’t one of them. It’s 40 things that investors don’t like. Monkey read, monkey don’t do. Will you sign my NDA = N00B – …

critical feedback

Critical feedback when you are crapping your pants

Now, that sounds like a pretty crazy title, right? But if you are a founder you will understand what I mean by it. When you are balancing precariously on a knife’s edge between ebullient confidence of making a unicorn dent in the universe, and dark depression as to whether you really are crazy and you are going to end up …

preference shares

Why do Venture Capitalists want preference shares?

Tl;dr: We are going to learn what preference shares are and that they are different from what you, the founders and your staff get. I was emailed by a founder who asked the naïve question “Can we just give common shares to investors? Why do we need to give preference shares?” I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have …