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157. There’s Never Been A Better Time To Start A Company

While funding is down, it’s down less at Seed. Angel investing is down, but it’s likely leveled out and will hold steady. There is still a plethora of capital available, and there are incredible tools to start businesses using low/no-code. There’s never been a better time to start a company.

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141. Pattern Matching & Recency Bias

VC’s are pattern matching all the time and recency bias can really put its thumb on the scales when it comes to decision making. Do you best to understand the patterns, especially the recent ones.

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113. The Penny Gap

Why is the differentiation between pre-revenue and any revenue at all so important? The answer is from a classic startup post.

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112. Do You Invest Pre-Revenue

Ask a VC, “do you invest pre-revenue?” and 90% of them are going to say some version of, “it depends.” Think of revenue as just one throttle. What are the other throttles you have down?

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111. Messaging Market Fit

Messaging market fit is making sure that the right people are hearing your message, but that it also fits with their beliefs and what they want to hear.

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102. Founder Intros

A venture fund’s most trusted source for referrals is its portfolio. Stand out from the crowd by getting an introduction through a fellow founder.

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092. Fundraising Is Hard

Dama, the CEO of our portfolio company Manatee, pulled a fundraising rabbit out of her hat. She shares her fundraising advice this week… and it’s good!

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083. Greater Fool Theory

In a world of information asymmetry, your current investors have the most information. And if they’re not willing to step up, that is a very bad sign.

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079. The Aha Moment

The best pitches create Aha Moments You’ll know when you’ve hit it because the tone of the meeting changes. It becomes a true dialogue,, the questions come from a place of curiosity, or it turns into a brainstorming session.

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078. Know Your Numbers

As the CEO of this business, you are going to be responsible ultimately for every aspect of it. Show that you know your numbers and it shows that you know your business.

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070. The Right Reason To Fundraise

When you’re talking about the reasons why you’re fundraising. I want to be sure that you have the right reasons. The wrong reasons to fundraise are to make hires, to extend your runway and to get to a Series A.

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066. Negative Signaling

If you keep going back to the same investors with the same story and without significant progress, it’s a negative signal. You need to cross those investors off of your list.

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