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What is fundraising?

What is fundraising for startups?

Is fundraising easy? No. Fundraising is brutal

Should your startup fundraise from investors?

Fundraising rounds

What are rounds when raising for a startup?


You need to build traction whilst you fundraise

Don’t copy what famous founders do when they fundraise. You’re not famous yet

e27 TOP100 Academy AMA on startup fundraising


Will investors fund my startup idea?

AA 011: How to pitch two ideas to a VC?

25 startups that raised without a product

What is the best time of year to fundraise for your startup

AA 008: What’s the best time in a startup’s life to approach an investor?

How much should I share with my employees about our fundraising process/progress?

What is an example of a 2 and 20 rule in venture capital?

What do investors understand that many startup founders don’t?

What is the most unreasonable funding request you have ever received as an angel investor?

How can I get seed funding without giving away the idea?

Given the amount of capital Sequoia has to deploy, why doesn’t it make a lots of small bets on pre-seed rounds? While the vast majority will fail, the winners will far outperform.

Understanding investors

Types of investors

What is the difference between a venture investor and a non-venture investor?

How investors are different

A meaningful startup exit strategy is not the same thing for venture capital

What investors care about

Investible Founding Startup Teams

Sole founders are bad. You can’t build a billion dollar despicable me startup

AA 020: How important is the team in getting funded?

Why investors aren’t honest

Bill Reichert: Top 10 Lies VCs Tell Entrepreneurs


Startup valuation methods don’t work. Here’s how to do it

Guide to understanding valuation multiples in pricing startups

Sources and uses of funds runway calculator. How much to raise?

What’s your startup valuation is the wrong question (Here’s how it really works)

Free startup dilution calculator. How does dilution for founders work with ESOP and investment

How much do you want to sell your startup for?

The two key business model tests to know if you are fundable

Fundraising strategy. Ask for what you need and try get what you want to raise


AA 030: Importance of founder confidence when pitching

Assume the answer is no, and focus on improving your pitch

Any specific advice for female founders with regards to fund raising?

Critical feedback when you are crapping your pants

Fundable startups are fundable

The real reason founders are not funded VCs don’t say in a pitch process

The fundraising process

Learn the Secrets of Dealing with VCs with Venture Deals Co-Author Jason Mendelson

VC Fundraising 101 for Startup Businesses from Wellington Partners

Why I want a pitch deck before a pitch in a fundraising process

Prepare to raise

Key things to do before your raise

How do solo founders deal with their startup while pitching for funds?

7 Things Reid Hoffman Wish He Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs


The fundraising documents you need to pitch venture capitalists

What is due diligence

Due diligence checklist request list for startup fundraising from investors


AA 019: Will investors sign my NDA?

Non disclosure agreements (NDA) for startup fundraising don’t matter, so don’t sign nda

Learning to pitch

Collection of the best tech startup pitch video

Pitch decks

See the pitch deck page

40 pitch red flags which will undermine your startup fundraise


Should you use a professional fundraising advisor to raise your startup round?


Finding investors

Fundraising process manager tool

How to connect with investors

Writing a Cold Email Template for Venture Capital Investors

This is how to get a venture capital introduction for your startup fundraise

AA 021: How do I get introductions to investors?


Don’t use caps when reaching out to investors

Prepare for meetings

What to do before a meeting

How to get funded by venture capital and angel investors

AA 003: How can I prepare for a meeting with a potential pre-seed investor?

Watch rapper Chamillionaire do a pitch for his startup Convoz

How to dress

How founders should dress when pitching a VC your startup

AA 028: How founders should dress when pitching a VC your startup

Examples of Q&A

Fundraising deal questions: What venture capital startup interview questions will be asked

Fundraising financial questions: Questions to ask an entrepreneur. What VCs will ask

Fundraising sales questions: What venture capital startup interview questions will be asked

Exit strategy for investors questions: What venture capital startup interview questions will be asked

HQQA001 How much are you raising?

HQQA002 What will be your use of capital? How will you spend it?

HQQA003 Why do you want to fundraise [$10m]?

HQQA004 What are your milestones for the next round?

HQQA005 Why are you raising now?

HQQA006 What is your startup runway?

HQQA007 What will your runway be for this round?

HQQA008 When do you want to raise next?

HQQA009 How much more money do you plan on raising?

HQQA010 How much do you want to raise at your next round?

HQQA011 Who is your ideal investor?

HQQA012 Are you raising at the moment?

HQQA013 Who else are you talking to?

HQQA014 When are you looking to close?

HQQA015 Why do you want to raise from us, specifically?

HQQA017 There may be a conflict with one of our portfolio companies, are you happy to talk to us?

HQQA018 What are your deal expectations?

HQQA019 What is your valuation at the last round?

HQQA020 What are your valuation expectations?

HQQA021 What are the terms of the deal?

HQQA022 Do you have a lead?

HQQA023 How much do you have committed so far?

HQQA024 How long have you been raising?

HQQA025 Have you thought about raising venture debt?

HQQA029 Why isn’t your existing lead leading this round?

HQQA031 Do you have any government grants?

HQQA032 Did you think about crowdfunding?

HQQA034 How to get venture capital funding if you knew you wouldn’t raise more funding?

HQQA035 If you knew with 100% certainty that you were to raise significantly more funding, what would you do?

HQQA037 How will your burn rate increase after the round?

HQQA038 What KPI are you focused on?

HQQA039 If you could pick only one non-financial metric to measure the success of the business, what would it be?

HQQA040 Walk us through the fully burdened unit economics of your product or service

HQQA041 When will you be profitable?

HQQA042 Are you focused on growth or profitability?

HQQA043 How can you reduce your break-even rate point up 6 months in your plan?

HQQA044 How large is your ESOP pool?

HQQA046 What ESOP is left?

HQQA047 Do you have a model?

HQQA048 What are the key assumptions in your model?

HQQA049 What are the key drivers of growth?

HQQA050 What do you do if your top line expectations do not match expectations?

HQQA051 How many customers do you need to break even?

HQQA052 How do you make money?

HQQA053 What’s your business model?

HQQA054 How quickly are revenues growing? What is fueling that? What are the bottlenecks?

HQQA055 What’s your price point, and what’s your pricing methodology, and why did you settle on both of these?

HQQA26 Who are your investors?

HQQA27 Are your existing investors investing in this round?

HQQA28 What are your investors pro-rata rights?

HQQA30 Do you have convertible notes? What are the terms?

HQQA33 Have you thought about going to an accelerator?

HQQA36 What is your burn rate?

Who are your startup competitors?

AA 026: Who are your startup competitors?

AA 023: How can I get competitor information?

AA 022: Should I talk to my startup competitors?


Founder confidence. How you answer investors’ questions matter

How to pitch in a venture capital meeting


How to do a demo in a venture capital pitch

Post meetings / follow up

Real VC feedback on a founder’s startup

Investor pitch meanings. If they say this in your meeting you know if it went well or not

Investors will end your pitch if you suck, but that’s a good thing

Why founders hate VC rejection emails

Deal terms and structures


AA 018: What is your opinion on intellectual property for VC valuation?

Closing the deal

Don’t lie to investors about who is investing



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