The Desert to Seed is Covered in Convertible Notes

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The Desert to Seed is Covered in Convertible Notesfundraising

by vanessaalexandra on February 2, 2018 with Comments Off on The Desert to Seed is Covered in Convertible Notes

Time and again I advise entrepreneurs to be mindful of convertible debt. Notes and SAFEs are very popular, but raising multiple notes hides the amount of dilution an entrepreneur is giving up. I find I need to explain this to every entrepreneur I meet. When you get to your equity round, all of those notes …

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Initial Pitch Deck: Getting to the next step with seed investorsUncategorized

by vanessaalexandra on August 8, 2017 with Comments Off on Initial Pitch Deck: Getting to the next step with seed investors

I have been reviewing pitch decks for investment as well as serving as VC in Residence at Friends of eBay and speaking on more panels lately. In all of these instances, these questions always arise “What should I include in my pitch deck?” “How do I get an investor’s attention?” Some decks are too heavy on everything …

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Finding and Securing Funding for your Startup: An Overviewfundraising

by vanessaalexandra on June 21, 2016 with Comments Off on Finding and Securing Funding for your Startup: An Overview

Originally presented at ‘TrepCamp New York June 21st 2016 TrepCamp was founded in 2013 as part of the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC), with the main focus of preparing aspiring entrepreneurs to acquire the right competencies as they embark on their entrepreneurial journey. Learn more.

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Insights into Fundraising

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

by vanessaalexandra on October 15, 2014 with Comments Off on Insights into Fundraising

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 Comments Off on Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groups

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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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone else

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone elseEntrepreneur, funding, fundraising, VC

by vanessaalexandra on October 16, 2013 with Comments Off on “I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone else

I am not  starting a fund, but I continue to hear people begin conversations this way.  Though people have advised that I should start a fund or run a fund, and there are others that simply say, ‘you do not want to start a fund.’  People with 3 to 4 funds have a very different …

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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 Comments Off on How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels

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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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 Comments Off on Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’ts

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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