Today we are joined by Dan Tyre, a Director and early employee at HubSpot and a prolific angel investor and startup coach.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
"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
We know fundraising sucks. It’s a soul-crusher, especially for first time founders. That’s why we are putting together an epic guide called ‘101 Fundraising Tips'. The guide will have insider advice from CEOs who have "been there, done that, and lived to talk about it."Read More
One of the most difficult challenges for entrepreneurs who decide to raise capital is how to connect with investors. Many will start off by asking their startup friends, "who should I talk to?" which is a logical approach.Read More
Startup fundraising is a sales process, and as with any sales process, you want to be pitching to people with both the intent and the ability to buy— in this case, shares of your company.
Thus, a key best practice is to cull your prospective investor list until it's comprised only of qualified targets. Here are several filters to apply: