How to show your competitor landscape in your pitch deck? Intelligently displaying your startup’s competitor landscape is a critical part of a successful pitch deck and fundraising campaign. So, what is the best way to show your competition, how you compare, and leverage them into a better business of your own?
Now on his second startup, Demetri Karagas has raised tens of millions of dollars to create enjoyable specialist healthcare experiences. During our Dealmakers Podcast interview Demetri shared his journey into two startups, the experience of taking a company full cycle, and his thoughts on why you should just leap into entrepreneurship, managing hard pivots, and what’s more important than the business idea.
How to show the amount to raise in a pitch deck? Crafting a pitch deck is driven by asking for the money and getting your startup funded. While there may now be quite a bit of content out there on designing a pitch deck and many of the slides you’ll need, there is surprisingly little on how to show the amount you want to raise in a pitch deck and positioning your ask.
How to share your traction in a pitch deck? In other words, what is the best way to demonstrate traction in your pitch deck Showing traction is one of the key elements in startup fundraising. So, what are investors looking for? What is the best way to display it in your deck? If you are coming up short, how do you boost your velocity?
How to show your target customers in a pitch deck when fundraising for your startup? Demonstrating your handle on your target customers and who they are plays a big role in fundraising. As well of course as being critical to your whole business and its longevity. There’s a lot more to showing your target customers in your deck than most realize. So, how do you do it? Where does your target market show up in addition to the target customer slide?
Timothy Sheehan has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for his whole-family finance startup. It’s not his first rodeo either. He has worked and learned from other notable companies and entrepreneurs, finding many patterns to success on the way. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Tim shared why you are probably thinking about and presenting your startup all wrong. Plus, the three things you need to get right in order to succeed, his build in and they will come approach to fundraising, and how his latest venture is helping parents raise kids to be smarter about their money.
Why the cover slide is so important in pitch decks? This is a question few people ask themselves which is a missed out opportunity. If you see the importance, and impact it can have for good or bad, what should be on it, and how do you make the most of it? Typically the cover slide sets up the expectations. Think about the cover slide as a trailer of a movie. Before you watch the movie you take a peek at the trailer. Same thing with a cover slide. It helps the investor to understand what they are about to review.
Yakir Gola and co-founder Rafael Ilishayev started their business while still in college. The startup idea that they found at just 19 years old has already attracted almost one and a half billion dollars from investors, and has proven to be a life saver for many during COVID lockdowns. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Yakir Gola shared the key questions to ask before starting a business, how to find the money to get started, why they measure customer unhappiness as a key metric, and how to attract investors. Plus, how they focused on making money before they raised money, which can be critical during crisis times when investors get a lot pickier about handing out their capital.
How to present the amount to raise in a pitch deck? Creating a pitch deck is really all about getting funded and asking for the money. There is a lot of advice available on pitch deck design, and many of the core slides in a deck. Though much less on presenting the raise and ask. So, how do you position your ask?
Named one of Business Insider’s 30 Under 40 Leaders Changing Healthcare in 2020 , entrepreneur Julia Hu’s latest venture is taking on the largest sector of the healthcare industry with her latest tech startup. They’ve already raised $100M in equity and debt funding to date, and are continuing to grow as we head into the new year. During our interview Julia told our audience about the pain that sparked her newest venture, the fundraising roller coaster and getting ghosted by investors, zooming out enough to have a big enough business, and switching from hardware to software. Plus, why ideas are worthless without having the guts to jump in and build a business, and how long you should be willing to commit if you are going to launch yourself into a startup.
How to send your pitch deck to a venture capital firm? This is the typical question every entrepreneur asks themselves when they are in the fundraising process. VCs play a big role in the startup ecosystem. For many entrepreneurs getting funded by them is like the holy grail. For some it seems to be the whole motivation for coming up with a startup idea in the first place. In a lot of cases venture capital is essential for getting a startup off the ground, if not at least helping it realize its full potential. So, how do you go about sending your pitch deck to a VC firm for funding?
Are you at the point where you are thinking about why you should include an executive summary in your pitch deck? Executive summaries have long been a critical part of starting a business and securing funding. How do they play a role in today’s modern fundraising efforts? Should you even have an executive summary slide in your pitch deck? If so, what should you include on it? What other alternative ways are there to deliver this information?
What is the place of marketing strategy in your pitch deck when raising money for your startup? Pitch decks can make or break your startup, and the ability to get the funds you need to launch and grow. Some of the funds you may need so desperately may be to execute on your marketing strategy.
Trevor Koverko has raised tens of millions of dollars to accelerate the new securitized token space that could be worth trillions. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Koverko talked about being forced to reinvent yourself and find a new mission and purpose in life. How to unlearn and then learn entrepreneurship, applying to startup accelerators and incubators, selling your first company in your 20s, raising non-dilutive capital, giving birth to dual unicorns, extremely costly typos, and of course, tokenization.
What is the best way to show the problem your startup is taking on in your pitch deck? In the words, how to address the problem in a pitch deck? Your startup is all about solving this problem. Being able to convey it to others well may make all the difference in your ability to get funded or not. So, how should you address presenting the problem when fundraising? How do you do it incredibly well, and perhaps not only pick up some additional capital, but new ambassadors and helpers with expertise at the same time?
What is the best way to position your team in your pitch deck? How you present and position your team in your pitch deck can make all the difference in getting your startup funded. So, how do you introduce your team well? Who is even on your ‘team’ when it comes to designing your pitch deck? What do investors want to see? How can you fill in the gaps?
How long does it really take to create a pitch deck that will get your startup funded? You’ve only got one shot to pitch investors and wow them with your deck. Is your up to the job? If not, how long is it going to take to craft an effective one so that you can start pitching?
How to position the solution in a pitch deck for startup fundraising? Every slide matters in your pitch deck. This is even truer as decks get shorter and more concise. Each slide can be worth millions of dollars. So, how do you get the solution right when pitching and presenting to potential investors in your startup?
Chaitanya Kalipatnapu has raised millions of dollars to expand the accessibility and impact of higher education. His startup has gone global, offering new programs that are meeting the needs of our fast evolving world. On the Dealmakers Podcast Kalipatnapu shared with our audience how he got started as an entrepreneur, and how his startup bootstrapped for the first six years before accepting outside funding. Plus, how to pick your investors, overcoming moments of self-doubt to make better business decisions, and how COVID is changing the future of education.
How to nail your pitch deck’s narrative? Having the right facts and data points is good. Everyone has that covered. How you present the narrative in your pitch deck can be far more pivotal. How do you nail this vital part of the mission when getting ready to pitch investors who can help bring your vision to becoming reality?
Brad Hargreaves is a true serial entrepreneur, now on his third venture. One that has already raised $100M and has scaled to at least 30 cities around the world.On the Dealmakers Podcast Hargreaves shared his experiences taking startups full cycle, his top priorities when building a company today, how he took one company from zero to $1M in revenue in just four months, and how he raised $100M for two different ventures.
How do you send your pitch deck to friends and family? Friends and family will be an incredibly pivotal part of your journey as an entrepreneur. This is true whether you actually directly raise money from them or not. If you can raise from them, it can be some of the best capital you can bring in. Here’s how to approach it.
Pitch decks are vitally important for startups. They are the key or the roadblock to funding for your business. In turn, that means they can make or break everything. There are many tips for crafting a powerful pitch deck and pitching for fundraising. Yet, one of the main things that frequently confuses and sabotages startup founders is how long the pitch deck should really be.
Benjamin Miller’s fintech startup has taken on one of the biggest multi-trillion dollars markets, and they’ve already made incredible headway towards changing the status quo. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Ben Miller shared his inspiration for his startup, how they’ve raised over a billion dollars in equity, the foundation of what hyper successful, long living startups are really built on, and what it’s like taking on billion dollar giants that are deeply entrenched.
Pitch deck outline: What to include to get funded? Your next fundraising round can bring in the capital that could mean giving up the idea or making it a reality.
Jonathan Langer didn’t launch his first startup until he was 31 years old, but that hasn’t stopped him from quickly growing this important business into a global company just as it has become more important than ever. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Langer shared how his early work experience prepared him for entrepreneurship, why he took the leap, the art of fundraising in our post-COVID world, the future of healthcare, and the critical elements of a successful startup.
What are the do’s and don’ts when creating a pitch deck? What should and shouldn’t you do when creating a pitch deck to ensure it is effective and maximizes your odds of getting the funding you need?
He Sold His First Business For $150 Million And Now Is Taking On Giants Like Google, Apple Or Amazon
Ramu Sunkara went from a 9-5 job to full cycle entrepreneur. He’s now working on his second successful startup. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Ramu talked about making the leap into entrepreneurship, fundraising in an economic crisis, the full cycle of a startup, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to take on really big companies.
How to find inspiration to start a business?You know you want to start your own business. You know you need to have your own business to take control of your life and finances and to inspire others to what is possible for them. Yet, you are stuck on the idea for a startup or just aren’t sure you’ve nailed it yet.Where do you find inspiration to start off with a new business template?
Are you thinking about how to set business goals? Goal setting is incredibly important. Without goal setting, and effective goal setting you aren’t going to get far in life or business. At least not far in the direction you really want to go. So, what are the secrets of setting good goals, and ensuring your company is on the right track to achieve them?
How to estimate startup costs is something you should learn early on at the planning stage. Many now multi-billion-dollar businesses got started with less than $10,000. Some even with as little as $1,000. Today, some startups are trying to raise millions of dollars before even jumping into business. So, how much do you really need? When is money and excuse and distraction to just getting going and making something happen versus being wise and ensuring you don’t run out of money and just become another statistic on the side of the road? Here’s how to estimate startup costs…
Daniel Hegarty at Habito went from musician to raising $80M in equity and $700M in financing for his fintech startup that is already doing billions in revenues. On the DealMakers Podcast Daniel shared his journey from being in the band to a fintech entrepreneur. We talked about building and scaling startups, choosing investors, and the one hire that slashed customer acquisition costs by 350%.
Is your pitch deck and fundraising campaign doomed to fail? Fundraising can be challenging at the best of times. It’s going to be a lot harder if your pitch deck isn’t up to the job. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad pitch decks that get floated out there every day. How do you know if yours has a chance? If it is displaying any of these critical red flags you need to go back to the drawing board before you try sharing and presenting it. Learn to recognize the deadly signs of a bad pitch deck.
Sandeep Akkaraju has helped build several companies, along with exceptional teams, that have created new baselines for technology and life around us. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Sandeep shared his journey from working at his first startup before they were fashionable, to buying it back, and launching his newest tech startup with his c-founders that aims to transform the world of medicine. Plus, we talked about choosing your investors and going after big things.
Are you wondering how positive and negative cash flow impacts your startup? Cash flow isn’t always everything, but it can dramatically impact companies. Especially newer startups. It can make or break you, and often faster than you expect. Here are some of the ways it can influence your venture for better or worse. Including some that you may not have thought of yet. Plus, what you can do about it.
Are you looking into how to start a remote business? Converting to or starting a remote business isn’t just a nice to have anymore. It’s a must. Being in business for yourself is the only way to take control of your future. We can no longer count on the luxury of having a physical local business. Still, surprisingly many aren’t yet used to working in a virtual environment or may not have started a business before.Here’s how to get going…
This Serial Entrepreneur Has Raised Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars And Is Now Taking Amazon Sellers To The Next Level
Keith Richman has been involved with multiple startups which have grown and been bought fast. He’s now working on two new ventures, and scaling what’s next in consumer goods and brands to the public. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast he shared some of the successful companies he has been a part of, the key ingredients and steps to taking a business idea to real magic, and his take on choosing board members and startup ecosystems. Plus, what you do when you sell your company for millions of dollars.
What are the signs that your hobby could grow into a full time business? Not all hobbies may have what it takes to become really big fast growing businesses. Not every hobby is something you actually want to do full time. Some are, and some could be much bigger than you think. So, how do you know if yours could become a great full time business?
Felix Reinshagen took the leap from his corporate career and went after his dream of building a future shaping startup. His venture has already raised tens of millions of dollars and is growing globally. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Felix and I talked about deep tech, finding what you were meant to create, finding the faith and logic in leaving your day job for a startup, expanding internationally, and the most important things you need to know when you are ready to make the leap into entrepreneurship yourself.
Are you wondering about how to differentiate your business from competitors? You’ve got to stand out to survive and thrive in business. Check out these powerful ways to differentiate your business from competitors and win…It’s getting harder and harder to stand out today. There are more companies making more and more noise. At the same time consumers appear to be getting more and more savvy and particular about who they will take a chance on doing business with.To be compelling enough to gain their attention and action, you have to be different. So where do you start?
What are the startup hurdles every entrepreneur needs to overcome? Your unique startup will have its own specific challenges. Yet, there are common hurdles which all founders will have to grapple with. You may be comfortable with some of these, but the more mentally prepared and practically equipped you are for the others, the smoother things will go, and more likely you’ll stick with your startup and make it a success.Here are some of those you need to be ready for…
Should I start a business? This is the typical question entrepreneurs ask themselves when they come across a problem. Here are ten reasons why you should do it… There are many reasons starting your own business can be appealing and inspiring. Not all of them are sustainable or result in a great business. Here are some of the best ones, and when you know that going out on your own and saying goodbye to a day job is the right move for you.
Dr. Lynn Seely has come from small town Oklahoma to being a part of several fast growth startups, and CEO of one the most impactful ventures for millions of people’s daily lives. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Lynn shared her journey of learning and curiosity and how it led her into biotech, developing new medicines, and scaling startups to billions of dollars. We talked about women in leadership, big acquisitions, and building a billion dollar business from your dining room table.
What are the best marketing tactics to validate a business idea? Even the most courageous entrepreneurs want to be confident that they are throwing themselves into a business with real potential to become a success. Marketing is one of the best ways to be sure, before you quit your job, make the big announcement, and throw your life savings behind this. So, how do you do it? Check out these marketing tactics to determine whether you’ve nailed it, or not.
Peter Briffett has raised $40M for his latest tech startup which may prove to be one of the most disruptive yet. He has started, folded, scaled and sold multiple companies. His latest venture is breaking hundreds of years of status quo in the financial industry. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Briffett shared a snapshot of the many ventures he’s played a role in, what happens when you slack on your upfront market research, the code to creating a successful startup, and how he and his cofounder are changing the way the world gets paid. Because, after all it turns out that getting paid every 30 days is really unhelpful to everyone. It may even be predatory.
What are the steps to take to pitch an idea to an investor? Startups take money to launch and grow. Investors can be a great source of external capital to get off the ground and scale things. Yet, the media often over simplifies getting funded. There are more steps than you’d imagine from simply reading the latest headlines. Here’s what you really need to do before asking investors for money…
Are you wondering what are the signs you‘ve chosen the right business idea? There are billions of potential business ideas and variations of them. Not all end up being truly viable as a business. For others, it is a good idea, but the world just isn’t ready for it yet. Some are truly terrible and not researched and vetted nearly well enough in advance. Genius business idea or not, you can expect there to be challenged. Even with the best idea, there will be challenges along the way. Even daily. The product, go to market, and expansion plans may all need ongoing tweaking, pivoting, and reinvention. Even the best businesses often come dangerously close to bankruptcy. So, how do you know if it is time to fold, or if you’ve really chosen the right business idea and should keep going all-in?
This Entrepreneur Built A Business Worth Hundreds Of Millions That Is Taking On The World’s Biggest Brands
Kara Goldin’s startup is taking on a space that has long been dominated by some of the biggest global brand names. Her company may now be in the top five in this market. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, she shared her entrepreneurial story. Including, learning to appreciate all of the steps in the journey and busting common health myths. In the podcast, she also shares details of her new book, Undaunted, where she covers overcoming fear and doubt, and why you should just go for it amongst other things she learned along the way. Her book can be purchased here.
What are the warning signs of a business that is destined to fail? Is your business heading towards failure? Is a company you are thinking of joining or investing in on its way out? Here’s how to know the signs… Businesses have challenges. In fact, as a startup, there will be challenges every single day. They often aren’t small ones either. Some just come with being in business and will be worked through with good advice and decision making. Even big layoffs and pivots can be a part of healthy business corrections. Then there are these red flags that may indicate the company is headed in the wrong direction. Know them, and avoid them.
This Entrepreneur Raised $50 Million To Enable In Real Estate More Than $3.5 Billion In Transaction Volume
Patrick Burns has been curious about exploring what’s next all his life. Most recently that has led him to launching a startup which could be the foundation of many more advancements in fintech. During our time together on the DealMakers podcast, Patrick shared what led him down the path into entrepreneurship, his first experience of what startups are really like, what’s happening in proptech, regulation as an asset, and raising money in a crisis.
Are you at the point where you are thinking about how to come up with an investor worthy business? There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about startups and getting funded. Some seem to raise enormous amounts of money almost effortlessly. Even without a novel business idea or a great model or product.Others find it incredibly frustrating that their genius and much-needed startup idea doesn’t attract the investment capital they expected. So, what do you really need to come up with an investor-worthy business?
Trevor Martin is one of those founders whose startup just happened to launch in time to meet the needs catapulted to the forefront by the coronavirus outbreak. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Trevor shared insights from his journey. Including finding cofounders by cold email, how things are changing for biotech startups, fundraising, startup accelerators and incubators, what’s next in tackling pandemic virus and the most important things to spend your time on as a founder.
Are you thinking about how to outperform your startup‘s competition? How can you ensure your startup is the top performer in your space and can stay out ahead of the competition? It’s competitive out there. Even if you think you are stepping out and creating a whole new industry and market, if you are successful many others will want in on it. Leaner new startups and big corporations with much bigger teams and more funds will want your piece of the pie. This is an ongoing competition. Much more a decathlon or obstacle race than a sprint or even a marathon. Sometimes they’ll pull every trick in the book to put you out of business. Other times startups just completely fail to set themselves up to perform well. Here’s how you can make sure your startup outshines the competitors and lasts…
He Sold His Business For $342 Million And Now Raised $85 Million To Help You Invest With The Ultra Rich
Milind Mehere is a repeat founder who has created, funded, and sold companies to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. His latest startup is honed in on ‘self-driving money’ to help others improve their own finances while freeing up more time. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Mehere shared his adventure so far. We talked about everything from how to get started as an entrepreneur to hitching hiking through the desert to investor meetings in other countries, managing through a crisis, and what makes it easier to raise money for your second startup.
Are you looking into how to prevent cash flow problems? Cash flow problems are probably the number one killer of businesses big and small. Not even the largest mature corporations can escape the math. Early-stage startups and small businesses can be even more susceptible and at risk of failure with even minor changes and stalling of incoming and discretionary funds.
Amrit Acharya has created an incredibly fast-growing startup. One which only may just be beginning to grow. In just two years his company has launched and attracted $62M in funding from top international venture capital firms while proving it can generate substantial revenues. During our time on the Dealmakers Show Acharya shared his journey around the world and back, and what drove him to move from the Bay Area back to starting a company in India. Plus, we talked about building hyper-growth companies, cold emailing, fundraising, business pivots, and manufacturing the future.
Are you thinking about how to pivot your business during crisis? What are the steps to successfully do so? Crises come. Most can be foreseen and planned for, but their timing can be unexpected or come before you are truly prepared and positioned for them. Some will really catch you off guard and make you question the viability of your current path and business model. When that happens you may be thinking about pivoting.
Bill Barhydt is one of those few true serial entrepreneurs who hasn’t just tried many things, he’s successfully built and sold those companies too. That makes his latest venture one that should be taken seriously and both investors and consumers should be watching. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast, Barhydt shared his love for computer science, the lessons learned and mistakes made in building his first three ventures, plus what’s next in blockchain, banking, and digital money.
Are you wondering what are going to be the digital trends that will reshape your business? These digital trends are reshaping the world we live in, and they are impacting how businesses operate and compete too. The events of 2020 have accelerated many digital trends. This digitization of our world is changing how we live, work, and consume. Let’s take a look at those which may be most impactful for businesses, and how they may help, hurt, or require us to alter business models and disrupt the way things have been done up until now.
Ryan Smith is now on his third startup and has already raised $51M in equity and $250 in debt to take on one of the most regulated and fastest-growing industries in America. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Ryan talked about how he got his early start in entrepreneurship, the strategies he’s implemented in order to build a successful marketplace, and his outlook for the future of LeafLink and the cannabis industry.
Are you looking at how to turn your hobby into a successful business? Turning your hobby into a business can be a great idea. It often truly beats out trying to come up with a business idea just for the money. So, should you do it? How do you go about making the leap?
Ilir Sela is now on his second successful startup. He took his first full cycle, and is now fueling the success of thousands of other small businesses with his latest venture. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Ilir Sela shared his journey to achieving the American Dream, the power of building communities and rebranding, tales of bootstrapping and doing things that don’t scale, as well as tips on picking the best investors. Plus, the number one superpower talent every entrepreneur needs to develop or hire for.
Do you want to know the key business metrics you should track?Metrics are an extremely important part of the business. You don’t know what direction you are heading in unless you know your numbers. You don’t know where you are losing without metrics. They say “what gets measured gets improved.” So, if you want your business to keep getting better, you had better be tracking. It is also true that there are many vanity metrics which many entrepreneurs and businesses waste an enormous amount of time and money on. This is often nothing more than a drain on your business.
Are you at the point where you are looking for cost cutting tips for startups?Some phases of the economy demand businesses focus on cutting costs. If you are facing one of these periods in your market, check out these cost cutting tips for startups… No matter how big or small your company is there are times when you need to take a hard look at cost cutting measures. In fact, all smart CEOs and entrepreneurs should be making a regular evaluation of their spending and revenues. Even when you have a full-time CFO, and great bookkeeper and accounting firm on retainer, and it isn’t your favorite thing to do. Here’s how to look at your numbers, save wasted dollars, optimize for sustaining your businesses and profitability, even in tougher times.
Are you looking into how to use strategic partnerships to grow your business? Strategic partnerships can be a fantastic way to grow your business. What are some of the ways you can implement these strategies in your business to strengthen it, scale it, and increase results more profitability and with less risk? Strategic partnerships can be short or long term. They can be specific to one thing or more general alliances. Used well they could be the secret to breaking through to your goals and bigger vision.
What are the most expensive mistakes that startups make? Running out of money is the number one reason that startups go broke and shut down. The key to championing this critical part of the business is to know what not to waste money on, and where to invest it instead. There are many, many small things that the vast majority of startups consistently burn money on necessarily or at least do inefficiently. Those things can add up and eat you alive over time. They can be targeted by regularly evaluating finances, deploying business cost-cutting measures, and iterating. More importantly, there are the big and expensive pitfalls that startups fall into.A very high percentage of first-time startup founders underestimate the cost of these mistakes. Which is likely why there is such a high startup failure rate. Check out this list to avoid them, and be one of the few success stories, while enjoying the journey even more.
Brian Powers has raised tens of millions of dollars for his startup. Proving many investors wrong about putting their capital to work during the chaos of 2020, and their beliefs about the potential for startups which are big on sustainability and high priced ticket items. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Powers shared his journey from meeting his cofounders to NASA inspired coolers. Plus his experience with going international, and tips on staying focused on executing well.
Ross Lipson is a true serial entrepreneur who has made it both by bootstrapping and raising capital. He’s what Amazon is to books for the food and cannabis industry. He’s still only 33 years old. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Ross Lipson shared his journey from young hustles to dropping out of college, to selling multiple companies and now scaling a third. Plus, his tips on what it takes to get a scrappy startup off the ground, setting your company up to scale, why all entrepreneurs should take a road trip, and how his new business has grown 700% thanks to COVID-19.
Are you looking for reasons to start a business in a recession? Should you start a new business during challenging times? Starting a new business in tougher economic times might seem counterintuitive on the surface. Yet, there are actually many reasons for trying it. In fact, it could be the best possible time to start a company. Here are just some of the benefits you’ll find to taking the leap of faith now…
Are you at that point where you are looking for ways to reduce startup costs?Even if you are bootstrapping, launching a startup business costs money. How can you reduce those startup costs? There are really no businesses that you can truly start for free. At best you are still looking at several hundred to several thousand dollars to get off the ground and getting money in the door. It always costs more than you think, and the results will take longer than you hope. However, the number one reason that companies of all sizes fail is running out of money. It happens to most startups. It happens to large international corporations that have been around for decades.
Andrei Cherny has raised millions of dollars to make change happen. He has taken a unique approach to solve a big problem that virtually everyone faces, and people seem to love it. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Andrei Cherny shared his philosophy on banking and building sustainable businesses, as well as tips on building your dream team, mobile versus brick and mortar, and what’s really important in meeting your ideal customers.
Are you looking for a video script template? Video has taken over. It seems likely that video is the future of communication. It is the closest to in-person interaction and connection, and how we would interact in the real world, just with the efficiency and convenience of being virtual. Use this video script template to make more hit videos that get the results you want most.
Are you looking for a press release template? Press releases can play a hugely valuable role in launching, funding, and scaling a startup. Here’s how to create a great one. Some people watch the news and get frustrated when they see their less qualified competitors getting all of the attention in the headlines. Others choose to wield the media as a tool for their own benefit and control the narrative and opinions. This is actually much easier than you might think. It all starts with knowing how to craft a great press release that will get picked up and circulated.
Sanjay Sharma has brought essential access to funding to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses with a venture most thought impossible to pull off. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Sanjay talked about his first experience taking a business full cycle, his approach to investing for impact, fundraising and three reasons to choose debt over equity funding. Plus, innovation in India and what’s really happening to businesses and debt in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are you at that point where you are wondering how to raise money from friends and family? Aside from self-funding, friends and family are the main first step and source for financing a new startup company. It can be some of the best money you can raise. They may be some of your favorite investors. There can also be some pitfalls with serious long term repercussions if you aren’t careful. Here is the process of how to raise money from friends and family the most effective way, as well as why you should, and what’s next…
Are you in need of a customer profile template? A customer profile is one of the most important documents and assets for every business. Having a strong customer profile or none at all can be directly traced to the failure or success of businesses. Whether you are a brand new startup that hasn’t launched yet, or you already have decades in business and are finding your profits and customer retention isn’t where it should be, you need a customer profile.
Are you looking for a product launch plan template? A product launch can be one of the big make or break moments. It’s the culmination of a lot of work and investment. For many entrepreneurs, it is the deciding factor in whether to continue on the journey with this business or not.The effectiveness of your first or any following launch attempts is all about the planning. If you don’t have a good plan, plan on it failing. Use this Product Launch Plan Template to make sure your launch is a hit.
Are you looking for ideas for businesses to start in a crisis? Being in a crisis is actually one of the best times to start a new business. If you follow the stories of our wealthiest individuals and largest corporations, their success was frequently, if not almost invariably born out of moments of crisis. Here are some ideas for businesses to start in a crisis, and the thought process behind them.
Craig Fuller is a repeat startup entrepreneur who has launched, scaled and exited multiple businesses. He’s gone from the family business to publicly traded businesses to going out on his own. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Craig Fuller shared his journey from childhood working in the family businesses to getting fired by your dad, and doing your own thing. Plus, funding your own business, how venture capital works, VC versus private equity funding, and his key to success.
Are you looking for a sales plan template? Use this template to efficiently create a winning sales plan that leads to more customers, deals and revenues.
Are you looking for a company profile template to enhance your business and efforts? This is one of the most important and valuable pieces of content that your organization can create or commission to be created for you. Check out this Company Profile Template and use it to start standing out today.
Are you looking for a market analysis template? Use this market analysis template to get a clear picture of your space and create the right strategies and features to win your market. Failing to do a reasonable amount of market analysis is probably the number one reason that startups fail. Unless you know what you are getting into, and what you’ve got, you don’t know the threats and landscape. It’s easy to fall into any number of pitfalls. Look at all of the top reasons given for around 90% of startup businesses failing in their first few years, and they can all be traced back to this. Whether it is running out of money, poor financial management, not having a pressing problem to solve, marketing, not having enough customers, or just being taken out of the game by competitors, it is mostly because the founders didn’t know their space.
This Serial Entrepreneur Has Raised Tens Of Millions To Allow Any Company Or Brand To Offer Financial Services
Nigel Verdon has built and sold several fintech companies. He has started them, bootstrapped them, raised venture capital, grown them, and sold them. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Nigel shared his journey of going full cycle through several startups. We talked about raising tens of millions of dollars from high profile funds, the keys to building a great business that scales, and learning from challenging times.
Are you in fundraising mode and wondering how to cold email investors?Want to raise more capital for your startup business? How can you successfully cold email investors and get the funding your venture craves? Some startups and their founders have become famous for pulling off incredible funding rounds from very notable investors, with just a cold email. Even from Mark Cuban.It is true that this is more the exception than the rule. Yet, if they could do it, so can you. There can actually be many advantages to this. It’s a great way to start fundraising and land a highly respected lead investor. While not necessarily the most efficient or predictable fundraising process, it is cheap and can help keep things simple when you don’t want to get distracted and detoured with a complex fundraising process. If you can pull it off, the upside and ROI is huge.
He Sold His First Startup To Roche For $425 Million And Now Is Bringing Targeted Therapies To Critically Ill Patients
Jason Springs has been tackling the greatest threats to modern healthcare for the past 15 years. His first startup was bought in a deal valued at over $400M, and he’s now on his second and even larger venture. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast, Jason Springs shared his take on building teams to scale big and meaningful businesses, and how he got hooked on startups, became a full cycle founder, and raised tens of millions of dollars for his healthcare technology ventures.
Are you looking for a sales script template? Remember that you don’t have a business without sales. To get sales you have to communicate with people. Even the most experienced and accomplished salespeople and entrepreneurs use sales scripts. It’s the best way for anyone to start selling. Having a strong sales script is essential for growing your business. Even more so if you want to do it efficiently and competitively.
Iyad Tarazi has taken on a startup mission that despite pitting them against one of the largest incumbents in the world has already seen his company achieve 50% market share. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Tarazi shared how he overcame some significant challenges to creating a successful startup company in the US. He talked about embracing challenges that help build you as an entrepreneur, the top three traits he looks for in people when hiring, his unique approach to leadership and company culture, learning the fundraising game on the fly, and when to make the leap yourself.
Are you at that stage where you are asking what it means to become an entrepreneur? There is still a lot of buzz about entrepreneurship. In fact, recent events seem to have only accelerated the need and appeal to become an entrepreneur. Celebrated entrepreneurs are proving they can create multi-billion-dollar companies, even in the wildest times. Many make it look very easy. Even though it may not be as effortless as made out to be in the media, the risk of going into entrepreneurship may now be seen as far lower than before, and even working for many large long-running corporations. So, what is it really like? What does it mean? What can you expect?
Drew Perkins has started and built companies worth billions of dollars. His new vision could be even bigger. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Drew Perkins shared the story of his startups, the virtuous upcycle he has mastered, the painful lessons of a first startup you might want to skip, and building a company with a 550 million dollar outcome in just one year. Plus, the definition of luck for entrepreneurs and what’s next for augmented reality.
Are you looking for an investor pitch template? Ready to craft a powerful pitch that will inspire investors to put their capital into your business? Use this investor pitch template to create an effective script that will get you the results and funding your company needs.
Alex Robinson is a serial entrepreneur who has raised significant amounts of capital to take on big opportunities. His latest venture has already pulled in nine figures and has a lot of room to grow. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Robinson talked about his experience working at Microsoft, facing big external risks in business, finding the right cofounders, what really matters in building a successful business and digitizing the giant commercial real estate space.Listen to the full podcast episode and review the transcript here.
Are you looking for an online advertising plan template? Ready to unleash highly effective online advertising campaigns for your business? Check out this easy to use online advertising plan template and start securing new business, fast. The internet may be both the best and worst thing to have happened to advertising in the past few decades. On one hand, it has made advertising incredibly easy, affordable, fast, and predictable. On the other hand, it has also made it more confusing, wasteful, and disappointing for those still trying to make sense of it, lost in volumes of misinformation, and who’ve tried to copy others and wing it.
Felix Van de Maele is on the forefront of driving the world’s digital transformation. His startup has already raised over $300M to fund their growth in providing ever more in demand data services. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Felix Van de Maele shared his journey, fundraising experience, and the differences between Europe and the United States for startups. Plus, who you should hire first and the Amazonification of data.
David Rosenberg’s latest startup has raised $200M to take on the mission to improve our food chain at scale. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Rosenberg talked about his experience in creating, growing, funding, and exiting startups. Plus, what it’s like to be a NYC born and raised entrepreneur, finding business ideas with great advantages and commercializing them, as well as how his newest company is changing farming and food.
Tom Shea’s startup recently raised a huge $600 million fundraising round. It’s not his first rodeo either. During our time together on the DealMakers podcast, Shea discussed when you should make the leap to starting your own business, bootstrapping your startup from zero to a $50 million exit, raising massive financing rounds, getting to scale, taking on some of the largest tech companies in the world, and making your brand the standard.
Are you looking for a SWOT analysis template? A SWOT analysis is a vital part of every business. Check out this SWOT template and guide to speed you through the process and to an effective document that will help your business throughout its lifecycle.
He Sold His Last Business To Yahoo For $50 Million And Now Raised $100 Million To Warn Drivers Of Road Hazards
Eran Shir has raised substantial amounts of capital, launched at least three startups, and has been pioneering the edges of big data and deep machine learning. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Eran Shir shared his journey into science and building businesses. Plus, operating in moments of crises, insights on mapping epidemics, selling your company to Yahoo!, and the future of cars.
Are you looking for a professional bio template? Do you need to stand out and generate better returns for all of your other efforts? Check out this guide and template… This is one of the most pivotal assets you have as a professional and entrepreneur. It can make all the difference in the doors which get opened for you. A weak one can really hamper your efforts, speed, and altitude, even if you get everything else right. Use this Professional Bio Template to create a winning profile you can bank on.
Are you wondering what a comparative market analysis template looks like? Competition and market analysis are some of the most important parts of launching a new startup business. Use this Comparative Market Analysis Template to streamline the process and get to the next phase of business.
Arcady Sosinov’s startup is changing the mobility experience, and perhaps just about everything else about how we live and work too. During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Arcady Sosinov shared his adventure of creating, funding and scaling a company. Including when to make the leap into entrepreneurship, essential tips on choosing and structuring your founding team and investors, and how to find the strength to keep going, even when your company runs out of cash. Plus, the future of mobility and how incredible the impact of electric mobility really is.