10 Slides Every Pitch Deck Needs

I’ve been helping entrepreneurs prepare for their investor pitches for several years. Before that, I pitched my startups to investors for over a decade. Based on this experience, I have come up with the 10 slides a typical 5-to-10-minute presentation should have. 0. Title Before the content slides, you need a slick title slide to... Continue Reading →

Overview of Financial Instruments for Startup Funding

In a previous post I discussed the different types of investors available to entrepreneurs. But choosing the right investor depends also on the types of financial commitment you are willing to take on. Therefore, in this post I will discuss the main financial instruments used to fund startups – equity, debt, grants, and convertibles –... Continue Reading →

Not All Angel Investors Are From Heaven

On Angel Investors As entrepreneurs, in the initial stages of the startup, we often think that the answers to our problems will come in the form of an angel investor. By definition, angels are high-net-worth individuals who get involved early in the company’s life, bringing capital, sector knowledge and network, and relevant expertise. Angel investors usually... Continue Reading →

In Seed Capital Fundraising, You Gotta Choose Your Pizza

Seed capital and ownership A common mistake entrepreneurs make, especially in the startup's early stage, is to worry too much about valuation and dilution. The business, after all, is their "baby" and they can't give away too much too soon - every share is worth fighting for! Well, guess what, the business is almost as... Continue Reading →

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