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A Dating Game
Rishi Taparia	

@taps
Fundraising: A Dating Game
Rishi Taparia	

@taps
Pro tip: Question your instincts

(You’ll see why)
First thing’s first…
Fundraising takes work.
Do your research.
Introductions = signal.
No introductions? Find other signals.
Pro tip: Don’t email everyone	

Pro tip: Don’t start with Mr/s. [Last Name]	

Pro tip: Don’t use all caps in a subject lin...
Not like this:
Fundraising takes work.
So you got a response. Now what?
What investors are looking for*:	

Teams : Amazing	

Markets : Big	

Product : Innovative	

Capital required : Low	

Owner...
Team.
I am like you.
I am like you.
What investors are looking for*:	

Teams : Amazing	

Markets : Big	

Product : Innovative	

Capital required : Low	

Owner...
The Future
Pro tip: Frame the narrative.
What investors are looking for*:	

Teams : Amazing	

Markets : Big	

Product : Innovative	

Capital required : Low	

Owner...
No does not mean you made a mistake. 	

No means there is more work to do.
Final tips:	

Don’t take no personally	

Ask for feedback	

Treat everyone with respect	

Relationship building	

Say than...
Thank you.
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The slides from a presentation I made to the Startup Chile community on November 21st, 2013 highlighting some tips around fundraising based on my experience in venture capital.

  • Hi Rishi. I was sent this slideshare by Stephen from Tenaya Capital. Really enjoyed the simplicity of it.

    Could you elaborate on the Team and Market slides? I'd love to hear what you discussed in the presentation.
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Fundraising: A Dating Game

  1. 1. A Dating Game Rishi Taparia @taps
  2. 2. Fundraising: A Dating Game Rishi Taparia @taps
  3. 3. Pro tip: Question your instincts (You’ll see why)
  4. 4. First thing’s first…
  5. 5. Fundraising takes work.
  6. 6. Do your research.
  7. 7. Introductions = signal.
  8. 8. No introductions? Find other signals.
  9. 9. Pro tip: Don’t email everyone Pro tip: Don’t start with Mr/s. [Last Name] Pro tip: Don’t use all caps in a subject line Pro tip: Short and to the point
  10. 10. Not like this:
  11. 11. Fundraising takes work.
  12. 12. So you got a response. Now what?
  13. 13. What investors are looking for*: Teams : Amazing Markets : Big Product : Innovative Capital required : Low Ownership : A lot * For the most part…
  14. 14. Team.
  15. 15. I am like you.
  16. 16. I am like you.
  17. 17. What investors are looking for*: Teams : Amazing Markets : Big Product : Innovative Capital required : Low Ownership : A lot * For the most part…
  18. 18. The Future
  19. 19. Pro tip: Frame the narrative.
  20. 20. What investors are looking for*: Teams : Amazing Markets : Big Product : Innovative Capital required : Low Ownership : A lot * For the most part…
  21. 21. No does not mean you made a mistake. No means there is more work to do.
  22. 22. Final tips: Don’t take no personally Ask for feedback Treat everyone with respect Relationship building Say thank you
  23. 23. Thank you.

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