I started my first business with my best friend with just $100 in my wallet, I even had to borrow a computer from one of my friends. After a string of events, we built the company to around 500 clients, and sold it.
We then went on to raise an additional $250,000 for our next business WhoAPI. This included capital from renowned American investors including 500 Startups and Dave McClure.
Inside the book you will see exactly how I got into 500 startups accelerator, and spent 4 months in Mountain View, California. Now WhoAPI is a global business with hundreds of users on every continent including Adobe, Twitter, Wikipedia and King.com.
26 Fundraising Questions for Startups has 170 pages spread on 5 chapters:
Inspiration, Motivation, Self-discipline
Investments aren’t something you get; they’re something you attract. To become attractive or to build an attractive business you need self-discipline, inspiration and dedication every single day. You can find little clues inside the book how I managed to do it.
Startups and networking
It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Meet the problem-solvers. Hang around game-changers. Model winners. Would you like to learn a neat trick how to exchange business cards or take pictures with any speaker, like the CTO of Amazon?
This is where the rubber meets the road. Don’t meet with an investor before you go through the 26 questions. It’s time to interrogate your startup. Answering all those questions, can serve as a crash course in preparing you for your first meeting with an investor.
Fundraising and pitching
Once you are dedicated, inspired and self-disciplined enough to take all the beatings, after you pursued every dead end, and after you learn everything you need to learn, you are MAYBE ready to pitch and fundraise. Inside the book I go through the nitty-gritty and behind the scenes of someone who was an introvert, turned to a person doing extreme pitching in the streets of Mountain View, California.
In the fifth chapter we go head to head with some of the most renowned startup founders! Together they raised almost $200 million dollars, and since the last round for some of these guys was in 2015, we think this number will probably cross even $300 million in the near future as they go on to raise additional money. Not to mention the amount of goodwill, provided value, incredible technology they are making. Isaac Saldana (SendGrid), Mitch Wainer (DigitalOcean), and Bart Lorang (FullContact) are co-founders of their respectable startups. Also, we get a sneak-peak on the other side, an interview with super angel and founder of Gust David Rose.
When you are in a startup everything is happening tornado-fast. Looking back on my fundraising days, I’ve made too many mistakes and it’s a miracle the company is still running. You don’t need to make the same mistakes!
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Inside the book you will see exactly how I got into 500 startups accelerator, spent 4 months in Mountain View, California and fundraised a total of $250,000. Now WhoAPI is a global business with hundreds of users on every continents including Adobe, Twitter, Wikipedia and King.com.