From MVP to VC: Strategic non-starters and how to avoid them

From MVP to VC: Strategic non-starters and how to avoid them

One of the unavoidable responsibilities for the CEO of any startup company is to provide the initial funds; and round 2 funding; and round 3 funding, until investment is secured or revenue generated, as running out of cash is not an option. Think you are ready to raise investment capital? I review many business plans and pitch decks for companies who are seeking funding for their pre-seed, seed or series A through our Business Marketplace. And as part of our process to successfully secure capital for our clients, I also write many plans and pitch decks. I want to share with you what I’ve learned. Investors lend you money to make MORE money Investors write you a check when they are emotionally high Investors don’t bet on an also ran   Before you get to meet with investors, you will have to submit yourself to their vetting process by sharing information about your startup: pitch deck, executive summary, business plan and financial projections. In other words, your documentation will speak first on your behalf. You only have one chance to make a great first impression! Here are the top strategic errors many entrepreneurs commit from the get go: They do not ‘speak’ intelligently about their business They talk and talk about the labor pain but never show the baby They live for today   What does it mean to speak intelligently about your business in your pitch deck and business plan? When seeking funding, the first thing is to prepare a funding business plan and not an operational business plan! Sounds obvious but many don’t know that such a...
Why Timing Is Key for Your Tech Startup’s Success

Why Timing Is Key for Your Tech Startup’s Success

Why timing is key for your tech startup’s success Bivek Sharma, head of KPMG Small Business Accounting, argues why timing is more important than ideas for small tech firms. Watching an episode of Dragon’s Den, one could be forgiven for believing the greatest fallacy of business; that when you add together a great idea and a pile of cash, hey presto, a profitable enterprise is...
Five Trends in Agritech Innovation in India to Watch Out for in 2017

Five Trends in Agritech Innovation in India to Watch Out for in 2017

Five Trends in Agritech Innovation in India to Watch Out for in 2017 – AgFunderNews Editor’s Note: Hemendra Mathur is agribusiness investment lead and venture partner at Bharat Innovations Fund, a new $150 million early stage fund with a focus on agtech, cleantech, health-tech and enterprise-tech ventures. Mathur previously worked at SEAF India Investment Advisors and Yes...
A Short History Of The Most Important Economic Theory In Tech

A Short History Of The Most Important Economic Theory In Tech

A Short History Of The Most Important Economic Theory In Tech This summer marked the 20th anniversary of one of the Harvard Business Review ‘s most influential articles ever, “Increasing Returns and the New World of Business,” by theoretical economist W. Brian Arthur, who was and remains a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. The summer of 1996 was a propitious moment for such an article to...