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Start Smart: Essential tips for the
next A-team
Carlos Eduardo Espinal
@cee | Partner - Seedcamp
Up first: Review the funding
journey of a startup
The Pre-Seed round is about the team & prototype
The Seed round is about the product & early traction
The Series A round i...
Let’s focus on a key driver of the
Seed stage: The team
The greater the depth of the
relationship between founders,
the better
#hackathons & #half-commitments
Founders that can take feedback
without getting defensive, learn
faster while building
relationships with mentors. 
Founders that can pick up new
skills quickly and have a desire to
learn the skills necessary for their
companies fare bett...
Founders that can iterate on
learnings from tests or feedback
quickly move faster.
#positioning & #techdevs
Founders with a positive outlook
on life see opportunities.
Inherent optimists have a
resourcefulness mentality. 
The Luck...
Founders that can inspire others
find it easier to hire and raise
money.
Founders with integrity build
trust with their team and
shareholders
Three Tips on what you can do
now to improve your team
dynamics
Set up cleanly & early - Founders
Collaboration Agreement
|
Understand your weaknesses and
hire when possible
|
Set compan...
A little about us…
We’ve been around
since 2007 & have
over 140 companies
in our family.
For pre-seed companies, we
partner with accelerators or
founders can apply directly to our
Minis and Seedcamp Weeks.
For seed companies we accelerate
early traction and growth.
Apply to Seedcamp at
www.seedcamp.com
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Start Smart: Essential Tips for the Next A-Team

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Building a strong team early in your company's life-cycle is one of the key attributes that pre-disposes your company to success and to gathering investor interest. In this presentation, I cover some of the attributes that makes an A-Team compelling.

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Start Smart: Essential Tips for the Next A-Team

  1. 1. Start Smart: Essential tips for the next A-team Carlos Eduardo Espinal @cee | Partner - Seedcamp
  2. 2. Up first: Review the funding journey of a startup
  3. 3. The Pre-Seed round is about the team & prototype The Seed round is about the product & early traction The Series A round is about accelerating market adoption. The Series B ++ round is about scaling & market domination.
  4. 4. Let’s focus on a key driver of the Seed stage: The team
  5. 5. The greater the depth of the relationship between founders, the better #hackathons & #half-commitments
  6. 6. Founders that can take feedback without getting defensive, learn faster while building relationships with mentors. 
  7. 7. Founders that can pick up new skills quickly and have a desire to learn the skills necessary for their companies fare better.
  8. 8. Founders that can iterate on learnings from tests or feedback quickly move faster. #positioning & #techdevs
  9. 9. Founders with a positive outlook on life see opportunities. Inherent optimists have a resourcefulness mentality.  The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind.
  10. 10. Founders that can inspire others find it easier to hire and raise money.
  11. 11. Founders with integrity build trust with their team and shareholders
  12. 12. Three Tips on what you can do now to improve your team dynamics
  13. 13. Set up cleanly & early - Founders Collaboration Agreement | Understand your weaknesses and hire when possible | Set company values which will determine your culture & decisions
  14. 14. A little about us…
  15. 15. We’ve been around since 2007 & have over 140 companies in our family.
  16. 16. For pre-seed companies, we partner with accelerators or founders can apply directly to our Minis and Seedcamp Weeks.
  17. 17. For seed companies we accelerate early traction and growth.
  18. 18. Apply to Seedcamp at www.seedcamp.com

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