Startup valuation basics

Startup valuation basics

Your startup valuation plays a key role in determining your firm’s financial health. It will influence how much funding you can raise, the capital needed to grow your business, and whether or not investors are interested in partnering with you. If you want to build a successful company that generates sustainable growth and profitability, it…

investor curveball

What happens if you miss an investor curveball

According to CBInsights, 38% of startups fail because they run out of cash or fail to raise new capital. To blame are often founders themselves. They don’t convince investors and receive further funding. But why do so many founders struggle here? The curveball you don’t see coming One major reason why founders fail to raise capital is that…

stages of startup funding

The stages of startup funding you need to know

Idea It’s not always easy to ideate a profitable product or service from scratch. The logistics of funding is often the biggest hurdle in the first stage of a startup. During this stage, you, as an entrepreneur, create a product/service while looking for the ideal problem-solution fit. This involves having clear definitions of the problem and…

The dream of every startup founder

Venture fundraising guide

This article is divided into a simple 5 part series as a fundraising guide for founders who are currently raising capital for their startup. 1. Are we investor ready? Start by asking yourself, “What do I have to offer a potential investor?”  You might feel that your story is inspiring and your product or service is…

early investors like metrics

Early investors like metrics and stories

1. Using the Founder Story to Impress Investors Ideas are a dime a dozen, but the ability to transform an idea into a successful product requires a strategic formula. One of the most effective ways to escalate the potential of an idea is to persuade investors to support your dream. The founder story is the…

ingredients for fundraising

The five ingredients you need to make an investable startup

Investors want to get the perfect dish when looking for startups to invest in. Imagine eating a pizza and the sauce is missing. So make sure your startup gets the following five key ingredients right. Team There are several things an investor considers before they invest in any startup. One of the most important is…

Investor ready

Are you “investor ready”?

We ask this question often – Is your startup investor ready? I will reveal the most received answer at the bottom of the article. So read on………. What exactly investor readiness means to you? Considering every startup is distinctive in its own way, how do you generalize? We have been investing and have many friends in the…

Areas investors analyze

7 areas investors analyze when they evaluate you!

If you fail at these, investors will say goodbye to you. It’s a new year and you are ready and energized to go find investors for your startup, believing that nothing can stop you. But wait! You haven’t checked your startup and materials yet. So before you send out that pitch deck or next cold…

where are the investors hiding

Where are the investors and angels hiding?

You are going through a nerve-wracking experience. You have sent out many emails and reached out to many investors over so many social channels and yet got no response. If this describes your problem, then read on…….. Let me give you a bit of a background. Parul Madan and I have been serial entrepreneurs and moved into angel investing a few years ago. We…