get external funding to pay for the expansion

thoroughly assess whether you need to get external funding or not - if you do, now is the right time: your targets are aligned with those of potential investors and are to scale your venture.



How Funding Works - Splitting The Equity Pi With Investors

 

A good starting point to understand what different types of funding exist, at what time they are attractive and how they affect you - plus an awesome infographic :-)

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10 Reasons Why I Self-Funded My Startup And So Should You

 

Before you start chasing millions, stop a minute and read this post by a founder who built up his startup without external funding - now, do you really need VC's?

 

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Why Bootstrapping Is Just As Over-Rated As Raising Venture Capitale

 

Well, to make your decision even harder, here a post about the downsides of self-funding/ bootstrapping by an experienced and successful bootstrapper.

 

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12 Pros And Cons Of Raising Money Vs. Bootstrapping

 

To help you with your decision, here 12 startements by experienced founders about raising money vs. bootstrapping.

 

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Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded

 

If you decided to bring an investor on bord you will most likely have to write a business plan (yes still). Learn about the do's and dont's.

 

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The One-Page Business Plan

 

To get the investors interest, a one-page business plan is often enough. Use this worksheet to find out what should be included in your one-pager.

 

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How To Craft A Business Plan That Will Turn Investor's Heads

 

Short and quick: which sections have to be included in your business plan and what to write in each section.

 

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Equity Investment Simulation

 

Use this interactive worksheet to understand dilution and how different investment rounds affect your equity share.

 

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Startup Economics

 

Similar to the Equity Investment Simulator, this tool helps you to understand how the equity is shared among the shareholders after different funding events.

 

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Captable.io

 

Easily create your own cap table (or capitalization table) which shows how the shares are distributed among the founders and investors.

 

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Investor Update

 

Use this template, provided by PRE Ventures, to create a good investor update which includes all the important invormation.

 

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Investor Update Email Template

 

Another staightforward investor update template. Unlike the previous example, some more invormation about the when and how are provided.

 

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Visible.vc

 

Why not creating your investor update online and connecting tools like Google Analytics to help you design great looking and easy to share reports?

 

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AngelList Intro

 

Looking for an investor? Upload your business case to AngelList and get an intro to 15 to 20 handpicked investors.

 

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Dealroom.co

 

Browse through tousands of company and investor profiles, see who invested how much in which company and find a match.

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Gust.com

 

1st: Upload a short video pitch about your team and your startup. 2nd: Get introduced to a large pool of investors.

 

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Charlie

 

You have an investor meeting but not time to prepare? No problemo.. Charlie automatically provides you with a onepager about whoever you are going to meet.

 

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Kiss Legal Docs

 

500 Startups provides these free legal docs to keep convertible equity financing quick and simple and to save founders and investors time and money.

 

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