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Fundraising =
Dating
Relationship Lessons From an
Entrepreneur in the Field
PRESENTED BY: DAVE KERPEN
CEO and Founder
Like...
Dave Kerpen
CEO, Likeable Local: social
media software solution for small
businesses
Cofounder and Former CEO,
Likeable Me...
Dating is hard.
Fundraising is hard.
Fundraising
or Dating?
“I just don’t think we’re
a good fit.”
“I just don’t think we’re
a good fit.”
FUNDRAISING
“I would really like to
stay friends.”
“I would really like to
stay friends.”
FUNDRAISING
“If you think this could
really work, I need to
know.”
“If you think this could
really work, I need to
know.”
DATING
“If this is going to be
serious, I need more.”
“If this is going to be
serious, I need more.”
FUNDRAISING
“I like you. So I’m
going to invest in you.”
“I like you. So I’m
going to invest in you.”
DATING
“You came to my
home, you met my
family, I have a feeling
this will work out.”
“You came to my
home, you met my
family, I have a feeling
this will work out.”
FUNDRAISING
4 Lessons
From
Dating &
Fundraising
1.Transparency
is good. But
not too much
too soon.
2. Don’t
waste time
once you
know it’s
not a fit.
3. They’re
going through
the same
thing you are.
4. Persistence
is vital in any
relationship
worth having.
In the end, it’s worth it.
Thank You / Questions
GRAND PRIZE!
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  1. 1. Fundraising = Dating Relationship Lessons From an Entrepreneur in the Field PRESENTED BY: DAVE KERPEN CEO and Founder Likeable Local Dave@likeable.com
  2. 2. Dave Kerpen CEO, Likeable Local: social media software solution for small businesses Cofounder and Former CEO, Likeable Media Raised $1.5M in seed round
  3. 3. Dating is hard.
  4. 4. Fundraising is hard.
  5. 5. Fundraising or Dating?
  6. 6. “I just don’t think we’re a good fit.”
  7. 7. “I just don’t think we’re a good fit.” FUNDRAISING
  8. 8. “I would really like to stay friends.”
  9. 9. “I would really like to stay friends.” FUNDRAISING
  10. 10. “If you think this could really work, I need to know.”
  11. 11. “If you think this could really work, I need to know.” DATING
  12. 12. “If this is going to be serious, I need more.”
  13. 13. “If this is going to be serious, I need more.” FUNDRAISING
  14. 14. “I like you. So I’m going to invest in you.”
  15. 15. “I like you. So I’m going to invest in you.” DATING
  16. 16. “You came to my home, you met my family, I have a feeling this will work out.”
  17. 17. “You came to my home, you met my family, I have a feeling this will work out.” FUNDRAISING
  18. 18. 4 Lessons From Dating & Fundraising
  19. 19. 1.Transparency is good. But not too much too soon.
  20. 20. 2. Don’t waste time once you know it’s not a fit.
  21. 21. 3. They’re going through the same thing you are.
  22. 22. 4. Persistence is vital in any relationship worth having.
  23. 23. In the end, it’s worth it.
  24. 24. Thank You / Questions GRAND PRIZE!
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