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Funding 101: Prep

 

A Note From Our Founder

This isn’t a welcome letter – it’s a warning.

You’re reading this because you’re somewhere in the capital raising process and you’re hoping we can make your life a little easier. I hope we can too, which is why I wrote all most of this.

I’ve been starting companies and pitching investors since 1994, and I can tell you first hand, it’s a giant pain in the kidneys. There’s nothing fun about fundraising. It’s a bunch of listening to people tell you your idea is terrible, your team doesn’t have the right experience, and your approach to the market is all wrong. It’s a bunch of investors telling you they know more about your vision than you do.

I wrote this note to warn you how terrible this process can be in hopes that you will ignore me completely and go forward anyway. As entrepreneurs, that’s what we do.

The purpose of this document isn’t to guarantee investors will give you a check (no one can do that.) It’s not to guarantee you’ll get a “yes” to anything. It’s to avoid being told “no” in as many ways as possible.

Over the years we’ve had over 300,000 companies join Invstor.com and we’ve heard every pitch you could imagine. We have yet to find the secret formula to get an investor to say “yes” every time, but we’ve definitely got a good handle on how investors get to “no”.

My goal when I founded Invstor.com was to make entrepreneur’s lives a little bit easier, to help each of us learn from each other and move faster.

We’re here to help you avoid the word “no” as much as we can, until eventually we get the “yes” you’re looking for.

My goal when I founded Invstor.com was to make entrepreneur’s lives a little bit easier, to help each of us learn from each other and move faster. I sincerely hope that what we’ve presented here makes your life a little bit easier, and in the end, more successful.

Good luck my friends. The reward is certainly worth the journey.

- Wil