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Six Ways Acquirers Value Your Company board fundraising scale-up Dec 09, 2020

There’s a lot of PR attached to $100M+ acquisitions, which makes them seem more common than they actually are. In reality, only a small fraction of companies ever get...

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12 Storytelling Techniques for Pitching Your Business communications fundraising idea-stage Apr 04, 2019

Do you need to get an engaging story that helps explain your business to investors? These practical storytelling tips will help you tell your company story.

Do you know the...

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Fundraising Strategies to Raise a Series A founders fundraising seed-stage Apr 03, 2019

Are you trying to raise a Series A? Learn how to fundraise without reading millions of blog articles with these 36 fundraising tips.

In this essay, we’ll run through my...

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How to Get Acquired: 3 Strategies for Startups board fundraising scale-up Apr 01, 2019

The acquisition process is complex. Learn how to get acquired by positioning yourself with these acquisition techniques.

I was so sure that I would raise the money.

The whole...

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Write a Better Company Vision for your Start-up communications founders fundraising leadership Mar 23, 2019

You need an inspiring company vision for where you want your company to go. Follow these steps to improve the way you communicate with your team.

The term vision...

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How to Attract Investors: 10 Tips for Investor Meetings board fundraising scale-up Mar 13, 2019

The first step in securing investment is making a good impression. Learn how to charm investors without losing credibility.

I’ve given many hundreds of pitches as an...

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Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Startup Idea? fundraising idea-stage product Mar 08, 2019

Does your startup solve an actual problem? Here's how to spot a bad startup idea before you waste your time and money.

Not all startup ideas are created equal. After seeing a...

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The Risks of Raising VC Too Soon founders fundraising Mar 07, 2019

Are you considering raising venture capital? Here's some of the risks involved with raising a round of VC money too soon, and how to avoid them.

I’ve managed to raise...

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How to Build Investor Relationships Early founders fundraising pre-revenue Mar 06, 2019

Investor relationships are essential, but how do you start building them? Here are some tips for forging productive relationships and building your network.

Every founder I know...

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The Structure of the Perfect Pitch communications fundraising idea-stage Feb 27, 2019

What's the ideal structure for an investor pitch deck? Here's a science-backed formula to help you create a presentation when fundraising with VCs.

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