Insights into Fundraising

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Insights into Fundraisingcapital raise, education, Entrepreneur, fundraising, pitching

by vanessaalexandra on October 15, 2014 with 0 comment

This morning I presented the content below for a group of founders that are in the process of raising their Seed or A rounds.  It is what I have learned from evaluating many companies, market strategies, revenue models and investment opportunities.   I believe every pitch should have clear, direct content with digestible metrics and logic …

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groups

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groupsangel investors, capital raise, Entrepreneur, fundraising

by vanessaalexandra on November 4, 2013 with 0 comment

This Wednesday I will be giving a talk with two panelists on working with angel groups to raise capital.  We will cover: What is an angel group? How do they work? The Pros and Cons of going to an angel group How New York Angels operates From Application through Funding Panelists They have worked with New …

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angelsangel investors, capital raise, funding, fundraising, New York Angels, plan, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 14, 2013 with 0 comment

Once an application is submitted, the investors are involved from the beginning of the process.  Applications for funding are reviewed by industry experts.  This process works and we have funded companies from a cold application.  It is rare, but it has happened.   Referrals It helps if you know one of the angels and they …

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Comment on the self assessed valuation

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Comment on the self assessed valuationangel investors, capital raise, early stage, Entrepreneur

by vanessaalexandra on July 18, 2013 with 0 comment

In reviewing companies many months ago I found an unusual trend in which the pre-money valuation mode was $5M.  At the time, it seemed it was the default expression of having a startup.   “I have a startup in …. and it’s social… there’s BIG DATA…. we have MBAs…. I have never worked at nor …

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Startups’ Financial Projections: Planning and Thinking!

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Startups’ Financial Projections: Planning and Thinking!capital raise, fundraising, plan

by vanessaalexandra on July 10, 2013 with 0 comment

“Why do we ask for financial projections?”  What??! Time and again you hear investors say that whatever financial projections there were at the start prior to investment with an early stage company, they change greatly after a few months, year, and so on.  So why do we care…?   Well, the basic things at a …

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Updating Investors and Interested Parties

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Updating Investors and Interested Partiescapital raise, Entrepreneur, opportunity

by vanessaalexandra on March 19, 2013 with 0 comment

Whilst building your company, raising funds and once you have your money raised, it is smart and useful to keep key stakeholders, influencers, investors and potential helpers updated.   The best format for an update I received from a young startup company is below.  Remember to be particular on this distribution list to those that would …

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Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’ts

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Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’tsangel investors, capital raise, plan

by vanessaalexandra on March 12, 2013 with 0 comment

Your application for funding is a first impression to investors who have not met you or know anything about your startup.   A few good things to start with are: An accurate expression of what your product or service is  An understanding for whom your product or service is for  Throw in the team and …

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