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All the content is structured into 5 main areas. You can click to see the list of blogs or see the curated content in the sections below:

Here’s a list of the top content and templates you should check out:

cap tables

Understand how to read fully diluted shares and total outstanding stock in a cap table

Ultimate startup cap table and return analysis template

Pro cap table and return analysis

Cap table training course

convertible notes

Convertible note conversion math at Series-A. You don’t know how it really works!

Key convertible note terms that no one understands and cost you big

Seed round convertible, priced and SAFEs. What venture capital terms are standard?

AA 013: (High resolution financing) Can you negotiate different valuation caps for each investor, or does it have to be standard across the board when raising seed money?


ESOP Terms Cheat sheet

How does startup dilution for founders work with ESOPs and investment

How to size employee ownership share plans at startups?

ESOP Plan Excel Template and Step by Step Guide to Retain and Attract Top Staff

How does European startup employee ownership (ESOP) compare to the US

Quarterly vesting calculation for staff incentive ESOP plans

Employee Stock Option Plan – ESOP training course. 16+ things you didn’t know?

financial models

Why you are making a financial model for your fundraise is wrong

Sources and use, and runway calculator. How much does your startup need to raise?

Excel training course

Ecommerce physical inventory fundraising financial model

Enterprise, consumer and SME SaaS financial fundraising model in excel

The Definitive SaaS Financial Model Template for Startups


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

Fundraising exit strategy questions: What venture capital startup interview questions will be asked

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

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

How to get funded by venture capital and angel investors

Investible Founding Startup Teams

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

The real reason founders aren’t funded you will never hear a VC say

This is how to get introductions to venture capital investors for your startup fundraise

What’s your startup valuation is the wrong question. Here’s why and what the better approach is

Due diligence template request list for startup fundraising from investors

Guide to understanding valuation multiples in pricing startups

startup hack

Complete startup guide to start a blog and begin content marketing

Super hack for annoying LinkedIn connection requests

The Double Opt-In Email Introduction

Email can suck less. Use this banker system to make startup emails work for your team

startup investing

VC Investment Thesis Collection

Ten Attributes of Great Fundamental Investors

pitch decks

Pitch deck collection from VC funded startups

Collection of the best tech startup pitch videos

Top VC Shares Guide to Pitch Deck Outline for Startups Fundraising

Pitch deck flick test. The test to know if venture capitalists will respond to you

Reid Hoffman’s private pitch deck guidance

Why I want a pitch deck before a pitch

The key 16 pitch deck rules you need to know when pitching investors

Pitch deck template: The end of ugly decks for startup founders

Template Seed Stage Venture Capital Investor Pitch Deck

Sequoia Capital Pitch Deck Template

Top VC Shares Guide to Pitch Deck Outline for Startups Fundraising

scale startup

Free OKR, PPP and KPI manager for small startup teams in Google Sheets

Board deck template for seed stage startups

The best startup offer letter for employment you have ever seen

Ask dumb questions. It’s the smartest thing you can do

17 handy desktop automation tools to save your startup or podcast hours every day

Mega list of cloud SaaS automation tools to hack your startup, marketing and podcast efficiency

startup strategy

If you do this one thing your startup business model is doomed to succeed!

Should I talk to my startup competitors and their investors?

Shrinking a market and owning it

The real reason to launch faster (not talked about) 

Your solution is not my problem

AA 023: How can I get competitor information?

A meaningful founder exit is not the same thing for venture capital

Your solution is not my problem

How do you value your social media startup with investors?

How big can this get? This market sizing question has killed many startup fundraises

The direct to consumer landscape. You need to see this picture. Wow.

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