Raising Money for Startups
7 top founders and CEOs explain how to raise money for your startup!
Naval Ravikant - Before you Raise Money
Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and angel investor, a co-author of Venture Hacks, a blog that helps entrepreneurs raise capital, and AngelList, which helps connect entrepreneurs with angel capital.
Gagan Biyani - Meeting Angels and VCs
Gagan is co-founder of Udemy. Within 1 year of deciding he wanted to start a company, he met over 90 angel investors and VC's (yes, really, we counted) and raised $1M funding from a syndicate of investors who's pedigree included Yelp, YouTube, LinkedIn, Zynga, Playdom, Mint.com, SlideShare, and more.
Dave McClure - The Investor's Perspective
Dave is the Founder of 500 Startups, the most prolific angel investment firm in 2010 (even though it only began operations in August). Previously Dave managed early-stage investments for Founders Fund and ran Facebook's fbFund REV.
Jay Jamison - Constructing a Killer Pitchdeck
Jay is a Venture Partner at Blue Run Ventures and a top-rated mentor at the Founder Institute. Previously, as CEO of Moonshoot, he helped startups raise over $8 million in VC.
Yokum Taku - Legal Aspects of Fundraising
Yokum is a corporate and securities partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He represents startup companies seeking funding, private companies that have raised money, and public companies. Yokum has seen over 50 angel and venture financings in the last year alone.
Jude Gomila - Nailing the Pitch Meeting
Jude Gomila is currently co founder of Heyzap (Union Square Ventures and Y Combinator funded in 2009). Heyzap has raised over $4M startup funding from some of the best investors in the US.
Adeo Ressi - Closing the Funding Round
Adeo also runs the Founder Institute, a mentoring program that helps entrepreneurs launch hundreds of world-class companies each year. The Institute is the eighth start-up that Adeo has founded or built, four of which were acquired and three of which are still operating. The Institute is on track to become the largest technology startup incubator on the planet.
CHAPTER 1: Before You Raise Money
- Before You Raise Money Lecture 1 - VideoMashup
- Sample Pitches from Successful Entrepreneurs Lecture 2 - Article
- Decisions To Make before Fundraising Lecture 3 - Article
CHAPTER 2: Getting Meetings with Angel and Venture Capital Investors
- Getting Meetings with Angel and Venture Capital Investors Lecture 4 - VideoMashup
- Sample E-mails for Getting the Meeting Lecture 5 - Article
CHAPTER 3: The Investor's Perspective on Fundraising
- Interview with Dave McClure on How Investors Think Lecture 6 - Video
CHAPTER 4: Creating a Killer Pitchdeck
- Creating A Perfect Pitchdeck Lecture 7 - VideoMashup
- Udemy Sample Pitch Deck Lecture 8 - Presentation
CHAPTER 5: The Legal Side of Fundraising
- Legal Side of Fundraising Lecture 9 - VideoMashup
CHAPTER 6: Nailing the Pitch Meeting
- Nailing the Pitch Meeting Lecture 10 - VideoMashup
CHAPTER 7: Closing Your Financing Round
- Closing Your Financing Round Lecture 11 - VideoMashup
You only know what you know
Even if you think you've read everything on the web regarding raising money for start-ups, this course will compound your knowledge by many X. In each course, I was blown away with the amount of real world knowledge from each presenter and I feel far more prepared to move forward with our project. You only know what you know, and after this course you'll also know what "they" know.
The Best Course on Raising Money
Hands down he best course I've been through on the process of raising money. Take copious notes!
Take this course. Period.
Okay so this probably makes me total nerd but I finished this entire course in 1 sitting. Each session builds on the last giving you the info and tools you need to successfully enter into the funding process. Even the Q&A sessions at the end of each video introduced real world examples and problems for applying the info. I can't believe how amazingly practical this course was. Worth 100X the money and time invested. Thanks guys for doing such a great job. Keep it up!
Speakers in the course are "right on the money"
Knowledgeable speakers who provide actionable insight. The audio is out of synch on two modules.
Great course, absolutely a must!
Nothing more to add... Seriously.
Author of 'WTDTYASBS" Larry Chiang
Great content from people that really know.
I got something out of this course and I teach at Stanford. apply/get in/enroll in my engr145 class this summer if you're a super tech major and I will buy you a ticket to sxsw.
Great course - worth the money
I missed the special a few months ago and was hesitating on purchasing it at full price, but it was definitely worth every penny - and then some. Thanks for putting this together.
The good stuff...
Great course! Very helpful and insightful. I like that this course is so direct and feels more personal then educational, which actually makes it more educational in the long run. Love the interview with Dave McCure, his perspective sure is more straightforward then that of other angels, but since he is leading the pack in many ways it is great to here him say it in such a blunt way "don't be psyco" cool, I like that ;-)
Krishna Prathab R V
This is one of the best collection of Startup Advice, I have come across so far. Thanks to Udemy for putting this together.
All entrepreneurs should take this!
Amazing course. This is not the fluffy, motivational speeches you find at tech conferences. Everything is very tactical, directly applicable and is optimized to give you results.
Beneficial, Solid Information
This course was very beneficial in understanding the different ways for raising capital and the steps involved. The real world, practical advice was very helpful. I would definitely recommend it!
Well done. If I had more time I would write a longer review. Lots of great points.
Good solid corse.