Too many startups stress about how to get their whole story into a five minute pitch and they don’t think enough about how to cheat time to get more out of their pitch. You can cheat just a bit to get the most out of the five minutes (or two, seven, ten, twelve, fifteen or […]
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Giving a VC pitch to angel investors or VCs can be nerve wracking for many startups, but one technique that can help startups regain control and confidence is to have a full suite of Back Pocket Slides. Back pocket slides are slides after your final slide in your deck that contain details about items you […]
Venture capital is a great solution to many startups’ finance problems, but it’s often not the best solution and, even when it is the best solution, it often works best as a part of a suite of financial solutions rather than a silver bullet that solves everything in one move. Venture capital, including angel investment, […]
To understand how a leveraged venture capital fund works, you first need to understand some basics of how a traditional VC fund operates. VC funds collect capital from Limited Partners who invest in the fund. The fund then invests this capital, assists the companies in growing and working towards a liquidity event and then returns […]
Many angel investors who are actively considering becoming a Limited Partner in a venture fund have questions about how capital calls work. Angels are used to making a commitment to fund a deal, then writing a check or wiring funds and they’re done until the deal exits. Capital Calls Maximize Investor Returns Venture capital funds […]
I heard it again this week. The lame startup who answered that they didn’t have an exit strategy because they just wanted to create value for their customer. I’ve heard this so many times by CEOs who think they’re being noble by focusing on their passion and commitment to the company and not to an exit […]
Angel investors take risks in backing startup companies – but recent tax breaks make it a lot less risky than you may think! Experienced angel investors know that to get a 3X return on their portfolio over five years, they need to shoot for 10X on each deal they do. With recent tax breaks, angels […]
There’s a lot to know about angel investing, but the one thing most people miss is how to syndicate a deal. Almost every angel investment deal in an entrepreneur’s company is a syndication and there’s a lot more to it than just getting a bunch of investors together.
Your chances of becoming a unicorn The venture capital funnel below reveals how the sausage gets made in VC. We looked at over 1K startups that raised a Seed round in 2009 and 2010 and found only 22% made it to exit and 0.9% became unicorns (this vintage included Uber, Slack, and other success stories). […]
Rockies Venture Club is pleased to share the news that more than three years after passing the JOBS act, the SEC has adopted new rules to permit crowdfunding. This means that those who could not previously qualify as an “accredited investor” with $1 million or more in assets or $200K in annual earnings or more, […]