Founders and Fundraising Archives - Brett J. Fox

Founders and Fundraising

How Can You Make Your Pitch Stand Out?

Whether you realize it or not, you’re in a competing against hundreds of other startups, inside and outside your industry, for funding. So the question is how can you make your pitch stand out? In today’s video, I’ll share with you four tips that will help your pitch and pitch deck stand out from the…

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What Do VCs Notice When You Pitch Them?

The CEO was wearing a polo shirt and he sat down in the middle of our big conference room. There were about 10 of us from the venture capital fund in the room with him. The CEO didn’t stand up like the other CEOs I’d seen present did. Instead, he stayed rooted like a plant…

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How Many People Should You Bring To A Pitch Meeting?

We walked into the big conference room. On one side of the room sat a team of six executives from the company that was going to pitch us this Monday afternoon. We sat on the other side of the table with our backs pointing toward a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge. [Do you want to…

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Make It Easy For Investors To Understand Your Startup

It’s really tempting when you’re raising money to try and hide key issues and weaknesses about your company from potential investors. In a word, don’t. Because you’ll live to regret it if you do try and hide things from potential investors. Let me propose a different strategy. Instead, you should try and make it really…

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When Does Your Startup Need Be Profitable?

I really respect Steve Blank. He’s got a great view of startups, venture capitalists, and the startup ecosystem as a whole. Plus, he’s viewed as the Godfather of the lean startup movement, so what’s not to like? Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. Blank, 68, has been around…

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A Huge Market Is A Red Flag To Your Investors

“We’re going after a huge market,” “Giuseppe*,” said to me. “It’s around $1.5 trillion!” “Really,” I said skeptically. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “Yeah,” Giuseppe said, “And the best part is we don’t even need to get one percent of the market to be successful!” “Walk me…

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Can You Build A $40M ARR Startup With Only $80K?

“It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished considering we started with $80,000,” “Jason,” the founding CEO of a company I’m working with, said. “Now, we’re preparing to sell the company for a lot of money.” Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “Most people don’t get to the level you’ve gotten…

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How Do You Prepare For A Possible Merger?

“You look very tan,” I said to “Jason” during our Zoom update. “How was your vacation?” Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “The vacation was great,” he said. “The weather was a perfect 80 degrees every day with a slight breeze off the ocean. We had a really…

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How Do You Validate Your Startup Idea In One Hour?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an entrepreneur is not validating your startup idea. The problem is that testing your startup idea supposedly takes too much time. However, that’s just not true. In this video, I’ll show you how, in seven simple steps, you can validate your business idea in less than…

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How Do You Build A $1B Startup?

“With this next round of funding, we’re going to valued at $1.5 billion,” “Ray,” a CEO I’m working with, said to me the other day. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “That’s awesome!” I said. “Congratulations. I remember how hard it was at the beginning. You’ve come a…

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