lean financing            Boris Wertz | June 2012
agenda•    about me                                        	  15•    what is lean financing•    top 5 strategies     Q&A• ...
about me•  entrepreneur: co-founded JustBooks /   AbeBooks (sold to Amazon in 2008)•  angel investor: 30+ early-stage inve...
what is lean financing?•    bootstrapping +•    minimize capital needs•    minimize dilution for founders•    BUT: only ap...
5 top lean financing strategies•    revenues: think about revenues from the very first minute on•    salaries: low persona...
revenues•  generating revenues most powerful way of self-financing•  does not work with business models that require scale...
salaries•    minimize personal burn rate of founders (“ramen profitable”)•    use stock options / equity to keep salaries ...
marketing spent•  only invest in trackable marketing channels•  CAC / LTV ratio – length of payback period•  avoid large m...
capital expenses•  minimize everything that might use up capital    –  hardware    –  office furniture    –  deposits•  ca...
financing•  optimize timing of financing round > step up in valuation b/c of   traction, favorable unit economics, or othe...
lean financing =powerful way to limit dilution for founders but  don’t miss out on growth opportunities b/c you are too fo...
thank youbwertz@versiononeventures.com       +1-604-561-6858
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Lean financing june 2012

  1. lean financing Boris Wertz | June 2012
  2. agenda•  about me  15•  what is lean financing•  top 5 strategies Q&A•  minutes
  3. about me•  entrepreneur: co-founded JustBooks / AbeBooks (sold to Amazon in 2008)•  angel investor: 30+ early-stage investments in consumer internet, SaaS & mobile•  venture partner with late-stage fund Acton Capital•  co-founder of startup accelerator GrowLab•  BC Angel of the Year 2011•  Pacific E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005•  Masters and PhD in business administration from the Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management (WHU)
  4. what is lean financing?•  bootstrapping +•  minimize capital needs•  minimize dilution for founders•  BUT: only applicable to certain business models & specific market dynamics
  5. 5 top lean financing strategies•  revenues: think about revenues from the very first minute on•  salaries: low personal burn rates, leverage stock options•  marketing spent: only invest in trackable marketing channels•  capital expenses: minimize (AWS!)•  financing: optimize timing of financing rounds & leverage non- dilutive ways of financing
  6. revenues•  generating revenues most powerful way of self-financing•  does not work with business models that require scale (e.g. advertising) or are generally hard to monetize (e.g. social media)•  works very well in e-commerce & SaaS•  sometimes dangerous to monetize too early –  need product / market fit first –  winner takes it all market –  might change character of a community
  7. salaries•  minimize personal burn rate of founders (“ramen profitable”)•  use stock options / equity to keep salaries of employees low•  get contractors to work for stock•  not only saves money but also good test for culture fit
  8. marketing spent•  only invest in trackable marketing channels•  CAC / LTV ratio – length of payback period•  avoid large marketing investments with upfront risk
  9. capital expenses•  minimize everything that might use up capital –  hardware –  office furniture –  deposits•  cash is king!
  10. financing•  optimize timing of financing round > step up in valuation b/c of traction, favorable unit economics, or other risk-reducing events•  explore non-dilutive means of financing –  SR&ED –  IRAP
  11. lean financing =powerful way to limit dilution for founders but don’t miss out on growth opportunities b/c you are too focused on keeping a big piece of a small pie while you could have had a smaller piece of a huge pie
  12. thank youbwertz@versiononeventures.com +1-604-561-6858
  13. selected investments

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