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Relationship Lessons From an Entrepreneur in the Field


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

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