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7 tips for start ups
7 tips for start ups
7 tips for start ups
7 tips for start ups
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7 tips for start ups


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Entrepreneurs waste a lot of time soliciting professionally managed venture funds. Venture capitalists operate according to their own largely unwritten rules. In order to play the funding game, you …

Entrepreneurs waste a lot of time soliciting professionally managed venture funds. Venture capitalists operate according to their own largely unwritten rules. In order to play the funding game, you must learn these rules. Below, I've listed some of the most-common mistakes. They won't tell you everything you'll need to know, but these simple rules should help you understand the VC process and avoid an enormous waste of time, energy, and opportunity.

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  • 1. 7 VC Experts Intelligence Team Tips for Start-Ups
  • 2. 1 #1 Choose the Appropriate Audience VC funds collect huge sums of cash, and managers must put it to use within four or five years, or risk losing it. Despite their vast resources, venture funds' staffing is generally lean and mean — managers cannot afford to look at investments that involve, from their perspective, trivial amounts of funding. If you're looking for very early-stage funding (the so-called "angel round") or financing under, say, $5 million, don't go to a professionally managed venture-capital fund. Find angel investors instead. They specialize in taking a company from inception to the next round of financing.
  • 3. 2 #2 No NDA's Never ask professional investors to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) up front. They won't do it. VCs will immediately view you as a rookie if you insist on an NDA before they've even reviewed the materials, and that will undercut your position from the start. If there is sensitive information in your business plan, don't provide it at the start. Once you've garnered investors' interest, you can start to let them in on the secret. Some VCs will sign an NDA but only after they've made up their mind to invest - and that's many meetings down the line.
  • 4. 3 #3 No "Cold Calling" Don't bother submitting business proposals over the transom to the VCs. You will be wasting your time. You must find a contact, a midwife, who knows the investor to introduce the opportunity. Unsolicited business plans are returned just as quickly as first-time novels.
  • 5. 4 #4 Keep It Short Venture funds receive hundreds of business plans every week. The longer the plan, the more likely it will be put aside for later reading that often never occurs. Never submit a full business plan to a VC. A three-page executive summary is the outer limit that they will read.
  • 6. 5 #5 VC Money is Nervous Money No individual wants to be the next bozo, sinking millions into a VCs look for a low burn rate, a solid revenue model grizzled management and partnerships with genuine strategic value. This anxiety has ushered in lower valuations. It is a waste of time, and potentially off-putting, to even discuss an overly aggressive valuation for your business.
  • 7. 6 #6 Follow Through Don't count on the VCs to get back to you on their own. Keep in touch. The trick is to stay just this side of being a pest. Many entrepreneurs have a "good meeting" with the VC and begin to count on receiving cash, neglecting other sources of capital. You haven't gotten to "yes" until the term sheet has been initialed and the VCs' lawyer has started to do due diligence. Until then, keep looking.
  • 8. 7 #7 Don't Stop Looking There's a corollary to the last point: Remember that, until the company is public or is sold (sometimes even after it becomes public), you must continuously hunt for investment capital. Every executive must be on the alert, looking for sources of money. Don't neglect or delegate this obligation. First-preferred stock is an equity ownership that has seniority over preferred and common stock, particularly with respect to dividends and assets. First-preferred stock is also superior to second-preferred stock, but is subordinate to debt holders.
  • 9. 8 This valuable information was originally published by Joseph Bartlett, Founder and Chairman of VC Experts. If you are looking for more information on venture capital and private equity please visit and check out our Intelligence Database and Reference Material. VC, Inc. Disclaimer: The information contained herein is from sources deemed reliable; it does not, however, purport to constitute investment advice nor does VC Experts represent that it contains all information concerning the identified Company deemed necessary or appropriate for investment decisions. VC Experts is neither a broker/dealer nor investment adviser and has no financial interest in the Company analyzed nor in the sale or purchase of any of its securities. The information and data are for reference purposes only and no implied or expressed warranties or assurances as to its accuracy or completeness are furnished by VC Experts. Estimates of valuation are, as indicated, estimates based on such information as we found available, the completeness of which is neither represented or guaranteed; users for any purpose are cautioned and required to undertake and perform their own investigations and due diligence. To the extent that the information incorporates content from specified sources of financial information, VC Experts disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such content. About VC, Inc.: VC provides specialized content, valuation & term sheet data on thousands of venture capital financing events, and analytics for managing & modeling private company capital structures. Visit for more information.