• A Little Pitch Advice (Playlist)

    Are you a co-founder of a startup? Are you thinking of raising money? Have you already raised money and are navigating the relationship with your new investors? Are you trying to figure out where to start with your pitch deck? I’ve made a playlist answering these questions and some more. Over time, I will continue to add more InvestStream videos to the playlist specifically for startups that are pitching. I hope you find it helpful. Related Posts:4 Tips for raising money for your crypto/blockchain or tech startupCalling all Startups!What is “Carry” or “Carried Interest”?Startup Saturday Delhi – Request for DemosSkin in the Game

  • What makes a startup venture fundable?

    There are a multitude of things that help make #startups attractive to #angel #investors & #venturecapitalists. In this video, I shared 3 things that I think are critical to a startup being venture fundable. There are a few things that should be on the checklist of any startup before they think of approaching investors other than friends and family. The first is TAM or “Total Addressable Market”. VCs need big markets to support big companies. A better understanding of VC economics would help explain this a bit better but for the moment, just assume that VCs need big exits otherwise they go out of business. Big exits are usually via…

  • The Importance of Updating Your Stakeholders and Investors Regularly

    There are many good reasons to update your investors regularly on what’s happening with your business. Some venture capitalists and angels like monthly updates, some prefer quarterly investor updates, others are fine with ad hoc information – one founder created a WhatsApp group of his investors and just messages us whenever he wants. It helps to build confidence when an entrepreneur takes ownership of updating their investors and do not wait for investors to ask for updates. The investor has placed their trust in you and taken considerable risk to help you achieve your dreams. Regardless of your fiduciary responsibility, the entrepreneur has a moral obligation to let these people…

  • Should Your Startup Apply to an Accelerator Program?

    I’ve helped run two accelerators in India and Silicon Valley. I also serve on the Investment Committee for an accelerator program based in the Middle East and I’m a mentor at an accelerator program in New York City. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time around accelerators and have seen the benefits and challenges that both founders as well as the program itself faces. YCombinator, the preeminent accelerator, was founded in 2005. Since then we have seen hundreds, if not thousands of accelerator programs around the world pop up. Mostly emulating the YC model while employing some variations.  The idea of an accelerator is centered around providing entrepreneurs more than…

  • Things that will make your investors walk

    In this InvestStream Q&A I answer a viewer’s question about what are some things that VCs and angels frown upon. If you’ve got things that you think should be added to the list, please share them in the comments section on the YouTube Video. Related Posts:No Related Posts