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Here’s a startup list of the top content and templates you should check out:
Will investors fund my startup idea?
How do you validate a startup idea?
Is there a structured approach to finding a great business idea for a new startup?
Passion is over-rated. Build a better mousetrap instead
What questions should you ask a potential startup cofounder?
How to start a company right. Key terms when starting a company and fundraising
The three key things you need to know to build a great startup
How much do you want to sell your startup for?
First time startup CEO advice
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
What convertible notes are for and what they are not
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?
How to rebase a chart
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
How to fill in a financial model template
Ecommerce physical inventory fundraising financial model
Enterprise, consumer and SME SaaS financial fundraising model in excel
The Definitive SaaS Financial Model Template for Startups
Subscription ecommerce fundraising financial model
App social fundraising financial model
Use Dollars in your startup, especially for your financial model
How to make your financial model look professional. Before and after example
How to model viral growth at your startup
Why your financial model should forecast 3 not 5 years
The fundraising documents you need to pitch venture capitalists
Real VC feedback on a founder’s startup
How to forecast your fundraising till you exit
Should you include risk factors in an early-stage pitch deck? Free template
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
How founders should dress when pitching a VC your startup
Founder confidence. How you answer investors’ questions matter as much as what you say when fundraising
Due diligence template request list for startup fundraising from investors
Guide to understanding valuation multiples in pricing startups
How do you value your social media startup with investors?
Investor pitch meanings. If they say this in your meeting you know if it went well or not
How to do a demo in a venture capital pitch
How to pitch in a venture capital meeting
40 pitch red flags which will undermine your startup fundraise
Should you use a professional fundraising advisor to raise your startup round?
Critical feedback when you are crapping your pants
Why do Venture Capitalists want preference shares?
What’s a good file size for sending a pitch deck around?
Don’t lie to investors about who is investing
Fundraising strategy. Ask for what you need and try get what you want to raise
Don’t use caps when reaching out to investors
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
VC Investment Thesis Collection
Venture Capital Pitch Deck What VCs raised with to get capital to invest in startups
Ten Attributes of Great Fundamental Investors
A reputation comes at a cost, and should
Venture capital LP one pager for fundraising from Limited Partners
Private Airbnb email on how a VC missed out on a unicorn
LP one pager
Venture capital Indication of Interest template to raise from Limited Partners
How VCs can reject founders and have them still like you
Why founders hate VC rejection emails
How venture capitalists can improve qualified inbound deal flow from startups
When I do a turnaround, I start with culture
Startup culture codes collection
CEOs impact the productivity of the office with their attitude
Free OKR, PPP and KPI manager for small startup teams in Google Sheets
Ask dumb questions. It’s the smartest thing you can do
One trick I learned to fire your staff without getting sued, tears and shouting
Disagree and commit to ship things faster
10 lessons from superheroes on being a startup hero
Think better: Rule of three
Polar Bear Hunting to understand your target audience
Email can suck less. Use this banker system so startup emails work for your team
Inspirational stories of the founder struggle
9 learnings from Peter Thiel
The pitch deck fuck you list
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
Bad pitch decks. 35 things not what not to do so you focus on what to do
Intro and launch demo videos from famous startups
22 Tips on Pixar Storytelling Applied to Startups
A storytelling pitch exercise improv artists use which can help you raise
Investors will end your pitch if you suck, but that’s a good thing
Decipher key top line SaaS terms like bookings, billings and revenue
2018 SaaS survey results
Enterprise SaaS, consumer and SME financial fundraising model in excel and model training videos
Best SaaS pitch deck collection
SaaS Financial Model Template for Startups and model training videos
LTV/CAC: Credit Suisse approach to SaaS Customer Unit Economics
Series A SaaS Benchmarks of Startups by Tomasz Tunguz
Differences between SAFE and convertible notes
Safe: Valuation Cap, no Discount
Safe: Discount, no Valuation Cap
Safe: Valuation Cap and Discount
Safe: MFN, no Valuation Cap, no Discount
Pro Rata Side Letter
Board deck template for seed stage startups
The best startup offer letter for employment you have ever seen
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
One simple trick to make writing your startup description suddenly easy
Startups and scale ups: Running 10 and 100 person scale up business
If you do this one thing your startup business model is doomed to succeed!
The two key business model tests to know if you are fundable
Should I talk to my startup competitors and their investors?
Who are your startup competitors?
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
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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