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Investing in Tech Startups &
Building Startup Ecosystems
Make Lots of Little Bets.
Expect Most to Fail.
@DaveMcClure
@500S...

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• Changes in Building Technology Startups
• Changes in Venture Capital Investing
• Building Startup Ecosyste...
Startup Due Diligence
pro tip: focus on product + customers over team + market
• Business Plans
• Revenue Projections
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Tracking Investments
• Set expectations for monthly investor updates & hold accountable
• Get & review monthly/quarterly financials
• WATCH THE BURN: ask what the monthly [net] burn rate is &
compare to previous
• WATCH THE CASH: ask how much cash is left & calc # months @
current burn rate
!
• Raise new round before <6-9 mo’s cash; Worry if <3 mo’s of cash.
• Share info with co-investors on how your companies are doing (they
may have diff info)
• Focus your energy on things that are working.
• Remember: try to be helpful, do no harm, don’t be an ass.

Tracking Investments
• Set expectations for monthly investor updates & hold accountable
• Get & review monthly/quarterly financials
• WATCH THE BURN: ask what the monthly [net] burn rate is &
compare to previous
• WATCH THE CASH: ask how much cash is left & calc # months @
current burn rate
!
• Raise new round before <6-9 mo’s cash; Worry if <3 mo’s of cash.
• Share info with co-investors on how your companies are doing (they
may have diff info)
• Focus your energy on things that are working.
• Remember: try to be helpful, do no harm, don’t be an ass.

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