CAPITAL

HOW VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS WORK
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Not all VC firms are alike! Some are raising their 10th fund with billions under management while others are investing out of their first fund with $5-10m under Mgmt. Some focus on early stage companies, while others focus on growth...
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THE IDEA MAZE
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Within 10 minutes of speaking to founders, I can tell if they made it through the “idea maze” or not. The founders that haven’t typically aren’t ready to take money from investors yet. “It has become popular in the startup...
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HOW TO VALUE YOUR BUSINESS
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“There is no such thing as a bad investment, just bad prices.” The breakdown of how much your company is worth boils down to 2 factors: risk & competitiveness. RISK: How many points of failure/uncertainty does my business have between...
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TURO
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Has an investor ever told you it’s too early and they want to keep watching you for future investment opportunities? Or you need more traction with customers or users? One of the reasons is because companies pivot a lot when...
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COINBASE
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Coinbase founder to me “Rashaun, great meeting. We would be interested in speaking with artists/athletes in your portfolio about participating in our series D if there is interest from your side. I really like the idea of getting more people...
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HOTEL TONIGHT
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Most tech companies including unicorns burn cash and are not profitable monthly or annually. In fact, it took Amazon 7 years just to turn a profit! One of my favorite investments and stories of companies who got tired of raising...
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WHERE CAN I MEET INVESTORS?
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Let's play who wants to be a millionaire! Lol. After my last post people keep asking me how they can meet investors. Here are the major keys to getting in front of investors! 1. Most investors prefer to get warm intros to...
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU RAISE MONEY
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I literally couldn’t wait to break this down for everyone, because I kept getting questions about it. Here is my list, any VC’s please chime in and any founders feel free to ask questions! So here you go: 1. Set...
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PITCH DECKS
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I’ve seen hundreds of pitch decks and really enjoying seeing peoples’ vision boiled down to 15 pages. Unfortunately, 90% of decks I see don’t have enough info and aren’t in the right format to get the interest of investors. Below...
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JAWBONE
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True VC stories here!!! 💆🏾‍♂️🍵💰This is one of the biggest bullets I dodged as an investor thanks to 1) Beats by Dre 2) intuition. Jawbone was highly touted by Andreessen Horowitz and I was literally minutes from wiring them money...
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