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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 …

What does send me the deck mean?

Send me the deck. Share the deck with me. Your potential investors just asked you this. What is the investor talking about? This is super duper simple. Don’t worry, there is no such thing as a dumb question. What is a pitch deck? A deck is short for ‘pitch deck.’ A pitch deck is a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation (Ideally converted …

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

TL;DR: Learn how to value a startup. Multiples don’t apply. You need to think about how much you want to raise and get diluted. You are raising for your startup and have investors interested (or pretending to be). You hear this all the time “what’s your startup valuation.” That’s a sneaky question. The investor either: Wants you to low-ball yourself so …

Cloudera Pitch Deck Series-A Stage Startup

Here’s the deck Cloudera pitch deck used to raise their $5m series-A in 2008. They IPOd in 2017 for $1.9bn. The deck is pretty ugly, but their function is decent! They explain some complicated tech fairly simply. There is great use of informative images (I like the use of Google Trends). My guess is that this isn’t the full deck …