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No fundraise is exactly the
same, but we recommend you cover the following six steps: 1 1. Line up support and references in advance. 2. Get commitments from those who know you. 3. Find a lead investor. 4. Secure value-add, non-lead investors. 5. Share good news during the course of your fundraise. 6. Post-term sheet, optimize your deal. Read the full post
Board decks should be agreed
upon ahead of time with your board. Generally speaking… 2 • Good board decks are divided into two sections: “housekeeping” and “major issues.” • 20-30% of a board meeting should be spent on housekeeping (at most). These are quick updates. • 50% should be spent discussing major issues (at least). VIEW THE TEMPLATES To help you, we launched the Board Deck Templates for Startups:
When a syndicate forms and
multiple investors get involved, lots of factors are at play at once: 31. Investor Check Sizes 2. Willingness to Lead 3. A Lead’s Post-Raise Presence 4. Board Seat Requirements 5. Value-Add (e.g. Platform) 6. Geography Read the full post 7. Sector Focus of Investors 8. Follow-on Capital 9. Conflicts in Existing Portfolios 10. Prestige of an Investor 11. Institutional LPs & VC Structure 12. Interpersonal Dynamics We go into detail on what founders should know for each:
Yes. There are several consequences
of raising seed which create some very critical to-dos: 41. Recognition: Thank others and celebrate with the team. 2. Logistics: Secure D&O insurance, an accounting firm, etc. 3. Funding Announcement: PR and legal considerations. 4. Board & Investor Communication: Share required info. 5. Hiring Plans: Set salary bands, articulate needs, etc. VIEW THE CHECKLIST To stay organized and execute, try this one-page checklist:
We analyzed our portfolio companies
that successfully raised Series A and found four distinct strategies for securing this milestone:5 1. Build Audience Momentum: Big, fast, topline growth. 2. Generate Real Revenue: A strong sign this is investable. 3. Craft a Small Scale Machine: Attractive unit economics. 4. Huge Vision: Sell others on your unstoppable promise. VIEW the SLIDESHARE A Check out the complete, quick-hitting analysis and data:
Rather than blogging about your
company, your hires, or your opinions, aim to do two things: 61. Publish helpful content that aims to solve the same problem that your product and company addresses. 2. Grow a collection of this useful content over time, rather than scrutinize the views of each post. Read the full post In our essay, we look at data and a playbook from a startup blog that yields 70% of its results from posts published 30+ days prior.
This is a hot topic,
so we created a playbook to help you execute your strategy. It features: 7• Exact steps to follow to articulate your strategy and get up and running in not a lot of time. • Interviews with entrepreneurs who have found success through content marketing. • Hacks and scrappy ways to build your audience. • Free tools you can use to save time and money. READ THE PLAYBOOK
Startup veteran and longtime COO
Stephano Kim offers the following advice to founders: 8• A COO should (1) assess opportunities and challenges, (2) gather and unify a team, (3) identify the right processes and metrics, and (4) mitigate risk and navigate uncertainty. • So do you need a COO? If you’re struggling to stay focused, that’s a sign that help is likely needed. A COO is the right choice (vs. a VP) if what you need is a leadership partner rather than a functional department head. READ THE FULL POST
9 While some agree on
what a prototypical seed round looks like, many new types have emerged: READ THE FULL POST • Genesis Round • Lean-In Seed Extension • Building Seed Round (Seed II) • Super Seed Round • Preemie Series A • Pass-the-Hat Seed Extension • Bridge to Sale/Financing • Bridge to Nowhere The Good The Bad The Ugly
10 This is a real
issue. Not everyone is “killing it” but saying so prevents many smart founders from seeking help to any number of issues. Communicate with your team. • Know the difference between honesty and unnecessary panic. • Frame the solution and involve your team in the plan. • Don’t blindside them. Hiding issues only exacerbate them. Communicate with your investors. • Be direct. Share challenges promptly. • Communicate challenges one-on-one. • Be decisive about the way forward. READ THE FULL POST Our industry promotes too much hyperbole. We need more open, honest discussion.
What can we answer for
you on The View From Seed? Our question to you: Tweet @ me, Jay Acunzo, Director of Platform at NextView Ventures (As the editor for The View From Seed, what questions can I make sure we address to help you give your company the best possible start?)
What can we answer for
you on The View From Seed? Our question to you: Tweet @ me, Jay Acunzo, Director of Platform at NextView Ventures (As the editor for The View From Seed, what questions can I make sure we address to help you give your company the best possible start?) (Click to tweet.)