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Startup Fundraising Is Your Pitch Venture Ready? Pitch Checklist

Is Your Pitch Venture Ready? Pitch Checklist

How do investors evaluate your startup company? Are you ready to raise capital? Let me take some of the mystery out of the process and give you one approach and some of the questions venture capitalists will be asking of your deck. It’s not the only approach and different investors will put a different weighting …

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Startup Fundraising 5 Epic Fails in Pitching

5 Epic Fails in Pitching

I love office hours and listening to pitches – most of the time. This week I had an odd meeting that reminded me of some epic fails in pitching your startup idea. I will protect the “Pitching Parties” in this post and not identify them, but here are some quick reminders and lessons learned: Don’t …

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Entrepreneurship Startup Competitive Market Analysis

Startup Competitive Market Analysis

Every startup founder needs to learn how to do a competitive market research analysis. So where do you start? There is nothing worse than pitching your idea to an investor and having them say something like, “Oh, you’re just like X Company that was just funded.” That might be when you have an “eyes wide …

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Entrepreneurship How to Split Startup Co-Founder Equity

How to Split Startup Co-Founder Equity

This post was originally named: Awkward Co-Founder Discussions, I changed the title to make it easier to find from the main site. How should co-founders split equity in a startup? What should you discuss before formation of the company? This post outlines the discussions that you need to have, including a framework for those discussions. …

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