March 27, 2018

How I Raised It with Josh Fraser of DataNerds

"How I Raised It" goes behind the scenes with startup founders who have raised capital. This episode is with Joshua Fraser of, makers of an online database for real estate and property record information.

DataNerds went through the Techstars program and raised $3 million of Series A venture funding from Foundry Group, Next Big Ventures and Techstars Ventures. also participated in the round.

Read on for the full interview and pick up a few new fundraising hacks. 

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December 29, 2017

Foundersuite Year In Review

Despite a tumultuous start to the year on the political front, the venture and startup ecosystems remained healthy in 2017. It was a positive year for Foundersuite as well, but not without a few startup twists and turns to the adventure.

Here's what happened -- and what we can look forward to in 2018.

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December 6, 2017

How To Create A Lightweight "Data Room" for Raising Capital

I love it when our users come up with new and innovative ways of using our platform. This happened awhile back when a customer figured out how to use our Investor Update tool to host her Pitch Deck, and more recently a couple users have "invented" a way to use Foundersuite to create a data room / investor document repository. 

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November 6, 2017

How To Raise Capital: Building A Funnel + Running A Process

Raising money for your startup is hard. It’s time-consuming and filled with rejection, and it can quickly beat down even the strongest founders.

However, we can make it go a lot faster and remove a lot of the "pain" by breaking fundraising into its constituent parts, and by treating it as a sales process. 

Here is our step-by-step playbook on how to i) build a funnel and ii) run a process. Enjoy!

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October 11, 2017

How To Create An Investor Update "Virtuous Cycle"

I’m on the phone 15 - 20 hours a week talking to our startup customers. Most of this time is spent running Foundersuite demos and sharing fundraising tips, but I also listen and learn a ton from these interactions.

One of the patterns I’ve noticed among top startup founders is that they get a "virtuous cycle" going by sending regular investor updates.

In short, this means the value of each update increases the more updates they send.

Here’s how they do it and why it works.

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August 23, 2017

Investor Database FAQ

Building and qualifying a list of target investors is a critical first step when raising capital for your startup. Here's how to use Foundersuite's Investor Database to speed up the process. 

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July 5, 2017

Building Trust With Investors: Clara Brenner, VC @ Urban Innovation Fund on Investor Updates

We had the extraordinary pleasure of hosting Clara Brenner, Managing Partner at Urban Innovation Fund twice in June. Clara gave a great talk at our Startup Funding 2.0 conference on "Building Trust With Investors." Prior to that, she led our users through a fantastic webinar on how to create exceptional investor updates. 

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June 30, 2017

Founder Interviews: Jyoti Bansal of AppDynamics ($3.7B Exit)

Nathan Beckord, CEO of Foundersuite interviews Jyoti Bansal, Founder of AppDynamics a company that was recently acquired by Cisco for $3.7 Billion. Held at WeWork, this is from the Startup Funding 2.0 conference series.  

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June 30, 2017

Startup Funding 2.0 - Full Video - Flash Pitches, Keynote, Panel and More

About 2x per year, produces an event called "Startup Funding 2.0" whcih draws around 200 top startup founders and investors together to discuss the future of fundraising.

Here is the video from that event. 

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June 16, 2017

Hacking Your Round: Fundraising As A Process (Video)

The best way to raise capital is to treat fundraising as a sales process. Here is how to "run a process" with tips on building your investor funnel, driving momentum, managing your investor pipeline, and closing your round. 

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May 15, 2017

Founder Magic: Sending Regular Investor Updates

One of my "missions" in life is to get founders to send regular investor updates. I've seen first-hand the HUGE impact this habit can bring -- just as regualr exercise improves your sleep, focus, and overall attractiveness, sending regular updates brings multi-faceted benefits.

Think of me as your personal Richard Simmons / Crossfit Coach / Drill Sergeant whipping you into shape by enforcing good habits.

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May 4, 2017

Foundersuite For Service Providers - How To Work With Clients Raising Capital

Are you a consulant, an advisor, a fractional CFO, an i-banker or an attorney who works with startups raising capital?

You can use Foundersuite Investor CRM to take your clients' fundraising efforts to the next level. 

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April 3, 2017

Startup Of The Week: Kannatopia

The cannabis industry -- in case you haven't noticed -- is positively blooming (sorry, the puns are just too easy). This week's "Startup Of The Week" is Kannatopia and comes to us from the great city of Chicago and the well-regarded startup hub 1871.

Read on as we chat with Kurt Akers and his vision of building the “Facebook for the Cannabis Ecosystem.”

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March 27, 2017

Startup Ecosystem: Kansas City

Startup Ecosystem: Kansas City, KS

Today we chat with Matthew Marcus, Executive Director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation.

We met Matt about a year ago at the SUP-X conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida... just one of many data points demonstrating that entrepreneurial activity is thriving everywhere. 

Read on as Matt gives us a snapshot of the scene in the Sunflower State.

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January 31, 2017

Foundersuite Pro Tips, Hacks and Workarounds

TL;DR: for the full collection of how-to blog posts, click here. Chock full of tips to make your life easier :) 

We are fundraising, and naturally, using our product hard. As I bang on it, and as I talk to our (beloved) users day in and day out, I've been collecting tips and a few workarounds to help you on your journey. Here they are.

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January 26, 2017

Super Angel Series - Dan Tyre, Director @HubSpot

Today we are joined by Dan Tyre, a Director and early employee at HubSpot and a prolific angel investor and startup coach. 

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January 11, 2017

How to Use the Investor Updater Tool

The Investor Updater tool will help you create an awesome Company Update template in under 15 minutes. You can use it to stay top-of-mind with prospective investors, or to keep your existing investors in the loop.

Here's how to use it. If you want a few pointers on WHY sending regular updates will make you look like a superstar, check out this post with excerpts from Mark Suster and Jason Calacanis. 

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January 9, 2017

How to Run An Efficient Fundraise

In our last blog post we showed you how to setup your account, invite team members and add investors. Today's lesson will help you take control of your fundraise and drive it forward using a structured, efficient process. 

Without further adieu...we pick up where we left off last week: 

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January 9, 2017

How To Setup Your Account

Welcome to Foundersuite!

In this blog post we will guide you through 4 quick steps to get you started using Foundersuite. You will learn how to setup your account, invite team members and add investors. This should take less than 5 minutes. 

1. Customize your account

On the left hand side of your screen, click SETTINGS. Here, you can add your name, title, and personal photo. Under the ACCOUNTS tab, you can add the company name, logo, and tagline. 

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January 7, 2017

How to Connect Your Gmail With Your CRM (or use BCC)

We are super excited to announce a major product release today: Automatic Gmail Sync and BCC.

What is it?

This will automagically import your Gmail conversations into your Investor CRM (or you can use BCC with any other email program :) 

What does this mean?

It means that when you email super-VC Marc Andreessen and he writes back saying “I'm in for $6 million” this glorious email thread will get automatically logged on his Investor Card in your CRM.

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December 14, 2016

Flash Pitches @ Startup Funding 2.0

Check out the brave startup founders who gave their best elevator pitches to TOUGH judges...the day after Election 2016.

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