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 with their 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, Foundersuite.com 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

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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December 7, 2016

BrightRoll Founder and Angel Investor Tod Sacerdoti @ Startup Funding 2.0

"0 to $640M - Non-Obvious Lessons Learned" with Tod Sacerdoti at Startup Funding 2.0

We were privileged to have Tod Sacerdoti present at our second Startup Funding 2.0 event held at WeWork. 

Tod founded BrightRoll Inc. in 2006 and sold it to Yahoo in 2014 for $640 Million. Previously, he served as a Director of Revenue and Business Development at Plaxo. and as a Director of Business Development at Spoke Software, an enterprise software firm providing tools to sales forces to better leverage relationships. Tod is also an active angel investor.  

Watch as Tod discusses seven unconventional and often contrarian lessons learned from his startup journey, including lessons on spending, innovation, hiring, edge cases, valuation, being an a**hole, and more.

A must-watch for startup founders. Enjoy! 

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November 21, 2016

Super Angel Elad Gil @ Startup Funding 2.0

"End of Cycle" talk with Elad Gil at Startup Funding 2.0

We were honored to have Elad Gil speak at our second Startup Funding 2.0 event held at WeWork. 

Elad is co-founder of Color Genomics and a prolific angel investor in such startups as Airbnb, Gusto, Stripe, Square, Pinterest, Instacart, Zenefits, Optimizely and many others.

Previously, he was the VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter. Elad joined Twitter via the acquisition of MixerLabs, a company where he was co-founder and CEO. MixerLabs ran GeoAPI, one of the early developer-centric platform infrastructure products.

Elad also spent many years at Google, where he started the mobile team and was ithe original product manager for Google Mobile Maps and other key mobile products.

Watch as Elad discusses his theories on the current startup investing cycle, and what changes may be coming next. 

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November 21, 2016

Startup of the Week: Repairly

Ed. Note: we had a chance to chat with Rich Edwards of Repairly, a very cool Techstars startup based in the UK. Read on! :) 

How did you come up with the idea for Repairly? What was the inspiration?

Both myself and CEO Fraser Williams have had experience in similar business models before. We saw that there was a huge problem in this industry.

When you break your technology, there’s a confusing amount of options. From slow manufacturers to untrustworthy high street shops, there’s no one company that you can turn to if you need to get something fixed. Technology has progressed at such a fast rate that the repair and support side of it has been left in the 90’s. Repairly is here to support people.

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