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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.”
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.Read More
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.Read More
Today we are joined by Dan Tyre, a Director and early employee at HubSpot and a prolific angel investor and startup coach.Read More
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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Check out the brave startup founders who gave their best elevator pitches to TOUGH judges...the day after Election 2016.Read More
"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!Read More
"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.Read More
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.
"Ask Me Anything" with Gil Penchina at Startup Funding 2.0
We were privileged to have Gil Penchina at our second Startup Funding 2.0 event held at WeWork.
Gil runs the largest Syndicate on AngelList and is an angel investor in 70 companies including firms such as Linkedin, Paypal, Datanyze, Contactually, Indiegogo, Evite, ZipRealty, Plusmo, Couchsurfing, Songpop, Wealthfront and many others.
Previously he was CEO of Wikia, now a top 50 website and a member of the pre-IPO team at eBay. Before eBay, Gil worked at General Electric, Bain & Co. and started two tech companies.
Watch as Gil discusses: his various Syndicates, the emergence of deal scouts, how to access a Syndicate, average check size, meeting with Associates at VC funds, founders as "fundamentally un-employable anywhere else", what he looks for in a deal, when to take the leap of faith as an entrepreneur, how "running a startup is like a Ponzi scheme" and more.Read More
I'm a motorcycle guy, and have been all my life. I started riding when I was 10 on a Honda CT90 Trail bike, then upgraded over time to a YZ80 and XR400. When I was 16, my parents -- believe it or not -- let me get a Kawasaki Ninja.
Somehow I survived. Since then I've "downgraded" to slower bikes like my current BMW r/80 and 1150 GS. But I'm particularly excited about this week's Startup of the Week-- a company in Denmark that is pioneering the art of making wicked-fast electric motos.
My colleage Pip spoke with founder Jesper Vind about his experience developing his company. Enjoy!Read More
Like any good startup, we "eat our own dogfood" - meaning we use Foundersuite products for fundraising, investor updates, and so on. As we prepare for our next fundraising adventure, we came up with a cool new use case for our Investor Update tool: hosting our pitch deck. It's easy to do, it looks great, and best of all we can track which investors are looking at it. Here's how to set it up.Read More
In the near future, it looks as if we will all be driving electric cars and even potentially moving to Mars! Team Uniti are ahead of the curve with their version of the electric car. I spoke with their founder about their experience and inspiration.Read More