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Fundraising Fundamentals By Geoff Ralston
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Raising money for a startup requires research, preparation, and negotiation to secure the best outcome and attract the right investors.

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    00:00
    Research investors, create a pitch, and negotiate to raise money for your startup.
    • Raising money for startups is difficult and unpredictable, but there are lots of resources to help you succeed.
    • Figure out the story of your startup, find the right investors, and do research to get product market fit and growth.
    • Create a spreadsheet, pitch, find the right investor, negotiate, and get back to work.
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    04:22
    Startups need capital to grow, and raising money when you don't need it is the best way to attract investors and secure funding for your future.
    • VC exists to provide money to startups with potential for big returns, starting with Bill and Dave Packard's $583 in 1957.
    • Most startups need startup capital to pay for stuff, hire people, rent offices, and grow, although it is possible to bootstrap.
    • Raising money when you don't need it is the best way to attract investors and secure funding for your startup.
    • Raise enough money to get to profitability or hit milestones that will be persuasive to investors for future rounds.
    • Investors invest in you and your story, so make sure it's compelling and believable.
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    10:22
    Choosing the right valuation and understanding the implications of equity vs convertible notes is key to successful fundraising and avoiding over-dilution.
    • Build a story around the key points that are the most memorable and important, and remember that as a founder, everything you do is a sales pitch.
    • Choosing the right valuation is important to avoid over-dilution and to ensure successful fundraising.
    • Convertible notes are a type of debt that allow investors to buy a promise of a piece of a company, but they are not recommended.
    • Equity when fundraising is fast, simple, and cheap, but still read the fine print and be aware of potential nightmares.
    • Raising money through new shares dilutes existing shareholders' ownership percentage.
    • Investing in a pre-money or post-money convertible can be complicated, but Angel Calc and the YC document can help you figure out the actual dilution.
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    17:20
    Start with debt, then seed round, then equity rounds, and potentially an IPO, and capture investors' attention in the first minute or two with a prototype or demo to tell your story.
    • Angels and VCs have different approaches to investing, with angels investing their own money and VCs investing on behalf of limited partners.
    • ICOs are complicated and require caution, but can be part of a fundraising ecosystem.
    • Raise money for your company by starting with debt, then seed round, then equity rounds, and potentially an IPO, and capture investors' attention in the first minute or two.
    • Bring a prototype or demo to capture attention and convince investors that you can build what you're talking about.
    • Pay attention to feedback and improve every meeting to become a successful fundraiser.
    • Tell your story and create a story around your product and future without relying on a pitch deck.
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    24:39
    Prepare thoroughly and be honest when negotiating with investors to maximize the outcome.
    • Understand the investor's needs and have options when negotiating to optimize the outcome.
    • Delay negotiations and don't try to match the pros when negotiating with VCs to avoid over-optimizing.
    • Focus on building great products that customers love, find the right investors, and don't be a bad actor.
    • Don't exaggerate or pretend to know things you don't know when raising money, as investors need to trust you with their money.
    • Don't take rejections personally, as it's hard to accurately predict the future and you may not have done a good enough job telling your story.
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    30:07
    Incorporate to remove barriers to investment and choose the right investors for long-term success when raising money, using convertibles for speed and equity for fiduciary management, and be credible when telling your story.
    • Raising money is just one step in building a successful business, and choosing the right investors is key to long-term success.
    • Creating a US entity is recommended for fundraising in the US, but there is also a venture community in London that may understand your business better.
    • Incorporate to remove barriers to investment.
    • When raising seed money, convertibles are preferable for speed and simplicity, but when raising larger amounts, equity is often better for fiduciary management.
    • When telling your story, be credible and impressive but don't exaggerate or lie.
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    36:32
    Investing in a post-money safe, connecting with investors through introductions, and having customers who can serve as references are important for successful fundraising.
    • You can buy equity in your company, but you should get legal advice and remember that the money is now the company's money and you have fiduciary responsibilities.
    • Traction is any kind of usage of a product, and good traction is usually measured by how fast it is growing.
    • The best way to connect with investors is through an introduction from someone who has already invested in your company, or through other founders with investors.
    • Investing in a post-money safe is clear and not ambiguous, with investors owning a percentage of the company based on their investment amount.
    • Don't prioritize investors who ask for five-year revenue projections at seed stage, as they are likely to be wrong with large error bars.
    • Having customers who are willing to talk to venture capitalists and serve as references is important for later rounds of funding.
  • πŸ€‘
    46:19
    Research angels and VCs, explain your company's configuration, and YC investment doesn't handicap you - just understand the cost and don't worry about long-term projections.
    • At seed, dilution is usually 10-20%, but can be up to 30%.
    • Researching angels and VCs is best done by talking to founders and looking up information online, and YC has a database to help.
    • Explain why your company's strange configuration makes sense to investors familiar with blockchain and crypto.
    • YC investment does not handicap companies, as investors understand the cost of doing business with YC and long-term financial projections are not necessary to discuss the business opportunity.
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Fundraising Fundamentals By Geoff Ralston
This is an AI-generated summary of a YouTube video "Fundraising Fundamentals By Geoff Ralston" by Y Combinator!