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 DataNerds.com, 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. V1.vc 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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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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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 18, 2016

Super Angel Gil Penchina @Startup Funding 2.0

"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.  

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October 11, 2016

Raising Capital In Silicon Valley Episodes 3 and 4 *(humor :)


Continuing on from Episodes 1 and 2, Alexander and Tale are still hunting for money for their startup, "What Happens". Follow along as they learn it's not quite as easy as it appears... 

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September 27, 2016

Fundraising As A Team Sport

Are you fundraising? Do you have advisors or mentors, or already have some investors from a previous round?

If so, are you fully leveraging the "collective rolodex" of your network?  If not, you should be. 

Here's a simple 3-step fundraising hack that can help you broaden your network and secure more warm leads.  

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September 12, 2016

Raising Capital In Silicon Valley *(humor :)


Alexander and Tale are fresh off the boat from Norway and determined to raise money for their startup, "What Happens". Follow along as they learn it's not quite as easy as it appears... 

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August 22, 2016

Startup Funding 2.0 Videos

On August 9, we held a very special event at WeWork Transbay SF for ~200 of our favorite startup founders. Here are the videos. 

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August 22, 2016

Complete Guide to Raising Capital Using Investor CRM

Fundraising is hard. But you know this already, don't you? 

Here at Foundersuite, we're trying to make it a little easier for you by creating what we like to call the "Ultimate Funding Stack." This includes our Investor Search + Investor CRM + our new Investor Updater tools, with more to come. 

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July 17, 2016

Raising Capital With Your Startup Accelerator Cohort

A VERY COOL FUNDRAISING USE CASE (INVENTED BY BATCH 16 OF #500STARTUPS)

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June 7, 2016

Rock Your Fundraise: 101 Fundraising Tips

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."

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March 9, 2016

Introducing Investor Search + CRM 2.0

We are THRILLED to announce our biggest product release ever…introducing: Investor CRM 2.0

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March 4, 2016

Fundraising Pro Tip: How To Get Investor Intros

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.

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February 4, 2015

Seven Ways To Pre-Screen Your Investors

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:

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