It was 2004, and nobody gave me any chances of succeeding. I was an unemployed high-school dropout, and due to a series of unfortunate events, I had to move with my family 40km from my hometown. We moved into an old house that barely had a decent toilet. Life was very hard.
During one particularly snowy night, I’ve had enough. I moved into a rented place, and started doing my own thing with my best friend. We were going to be a game development studio. Long story short, we ended up building a web hosting business. In 2011 we sold it for $30k, we had bigger fish to fry.
During 2012/2013 I went on to raise an additional $250k for my new startup – WhoAPI. We also received over $100k in server infrastructure (from Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others), office under a subsidized price at the Science and technology park $50k sponsorship from PayPal and a host of other goodies! We graduated from 500 startups, one of the best startup accelerators in the world. We had a dream start but that quickly turned into a very turbulent flight. More on that in another book. As for WhoAPI, it is still working and servicing clients from around the world, just not as a $10 million dollar startup.
Anyway, as far as the ebook goes, back in 2011, I wrote an article “26 questions you have to answer correctly to get funding for your startup“. In just 10 hours, the article received 10 000 hits, by people from over 100 countries. It was translated in 6 languages, and I decided to write a book on that topic.
The book answers 3 questions.
1. How to get motivated, inspired and self-disciplined to pull through the hard times, like fundraising?
2. What are the questions potential investors ask you?
3. How do I create a pitch that will get me that investment, if I have absolutely no experience?
You can read more about the book, and order it here.