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The Fourth VentureConnect Edition.

The Fourth VentureConnect Edition.

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  • 1. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 2. @emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 3. A startup is a bit like Poland during WW2 (but without the support of Britain & France)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 4. Everything that can go wrong, will. NO, REALLY. IT WILL.@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 5. Three things that will give you ULCER@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 6. Three things that will give you ULCER THE PRODUCT WILL SUCK (one way or another)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 7. Three things that will give you ULCER THE PRODUCT RAISING MONEY WILL SUCK WILL HURT (one way or (like, quite another) literally)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 8. Three things that will give you ULCER THE PRODUCT RAISING MONEY YOUR ESTIMATES WILL SUCK WILL HURT WILL BE WRONG (one way or (like, quite (all of them, another) literally) without doubt)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 9. Why I’m here today Over the past six years, I’ve founded, invested or been involved with: For the past two years, I’ve been living in London (and I’ve learnt a lot from that).@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 10. So, let’s talk about the product@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 11. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Awesome (but nobody uses it)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 12. @emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 13. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Awesome (but nobody uses it)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 14. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Awesome (but nobody uses it) Wait.@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 15. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Awesome (but nobody uses it) Wait. Iterate.@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 16. move quickly@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 17. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Everyone wants Awesome the product (but nobody (but the product uses it) sucks)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 18. @emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 19. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Everyone wants Awesome the product (but nobody (but the product uses it) sucks)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 20. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Everyone wants Awesome the product (but nobody (but the product Improve uses it) sucks) it as fast as you can.@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 21. So, let’s talk about the product The Product is Everyone wants Your product sucks Awesome the product and nobody uses it (but nobody (but the product (well, not much more uses it) sucks) to say here)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 22. move quickly@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 23. Fundraising will be painful@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 24. Fundraising will be painful INVESTORS HAVE NO CLUE (about pretty much anything)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 25. Fundraising will be painful INVESTORS IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVE NO CLUE THE MONEY (about pretty much (although they claim anything) it ain’t)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 26. Fundraising will be painful INVESTORS IT’S ALL ABOUT IT WILL TAKE LONGER HAVE NO CLUE THE MONEY THAN YOU EXPECT (about pretty much (although they claim (as in, WAY longer) anything) it ain’t)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 27. Investors have no clue (ok, maybe 2% of them do)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 28. Investors have no clue (ok, maybe 2% of them do) I’VE MET ABOUT 100 INVESTORS (Just a handful get what we do at Brainient)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 29. Investors have no clue (ok, maybe 2% of them do) I’VE MET ABOUT THEY SPREAD 100 INVESTORS THEMSELVES TOO (Just a handful get THIN what we do at (I am yet to see an Brainient) investor that only meets startups they understand)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 30. Investors have no clue (ok, maybe 2% of them do) I’VE MET ABOUT THEY SPREAD ENTREPRENEURS 100 INVESTORS THEMSELVES TOO ARE USUALLY (Just a handful get THIN MUCH SMARTER what we do at (I am yet to see an (No, really) Brainient) investor that only meets startups they understand)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 31. @emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 32. It’s all about the money (and who can blame them?) “Listen! We’re not just doing this for the money! We’re doing this for a SHITLOAD of money!” Lone Starr (Bill Pullman)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 33. Again. Everything that can go wrong, will. (especially when you’re raising money)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 34. @emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 35. ALL your estimates will be WRONG (well, mine were)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 36. ALL your estimates will be WRONG (well, mine were) PRODUCT (will take two times longer - if you’re lucky)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 37. ALL your estimates will be WRONG (well, mine were) PRODUCT RAISING MONEY (will take two times (will take three longer - if you’re times longer. Unless lucky) you’re dating a VC)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 38. ALL your estimates will be WRONG (well, mine were) PRODUCT RAISING MONEY MAKING MONEY (will take two times (will take three (slash that Budget of longer - if you’re times longer. Unless yours in two. That’s lucky) you’re dating a VC) more like it)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 39. You WILL have near death experiences. Quite a few of them, actually. (a short story on what you should expect)@emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 40. @emigal | www.emigal.com
  • 41. If Poland made it, so can we. (I sure hope there are no Polish people in the room)@emigal | www.emigal.com