I'm ready to fundraise on the international markets and need to practice my pitch, learn the cultural differences, and understand how to manage my fundraising process
Welcome, you are ready to raise on the international markets.
Depending on where you are, your process will have to change when raising on international capital markets infused with Bay Area dynamics.
Negotiation rituals, behaviors, and document sharing are different when you are dealing in high competition markets that like to move fast and invest big.
Funders in Bay Area infused ecosystems have different measures for valuation and think differently about your role in the company.
While fundraising is not impossible, only companies with predictable revenue, possibility for profitability, and/or focusing on themes like AI are receiving investment. The US is the one geography where funds are still deploying capital to early stage investment.
After a disappointing 2022, the global venture funding landscape experienced further decline during the initial quarter of this year.
Analyzing the latest data from CB Insights, we delved into the prevailing trends within the realm of venture capital. The key findings include:
Despite a significant $6.5 billion deal by Stripe, global venture funding continued its downward trajectory in Q1’23.
In Q1’23, all major regions witnessed a substantial decrease of double-digit proportions in funding, except for the United States.
The creation of new unicorns, companies valued at over $1 billion, hit a six-year low, with only 13 unicorns emerging in Q1’23.
The median deal size for late-stage funding rounds experienced a considerable decline, dipping below the median deal size for mid-stage rounds.
Quarterly initial public offerings (IPOs) plummeted by 47%, reaching their lowest point in nearly ten years.
How to Get Meetings with Investors and Raise Money by Aaron Harris
Great description of how to write a bad cold email [18:12]
And how to write a great cold email [20:02]
How to write a great email:
Do research on the investor, investment thesis, past portfolio investments .
Reference these in relationship to your concept and business.
Fundraising Fundamentals By Geoff Ralston
Basics for Seed Round for Angels on West Coast
Useful for founders who have not pitched to angels in the West Coast who do not all want to see a deck, just the story.
Heuristics around fundraising
Seed round founders typically give up 10-15%
Series A 25-30%
Series B highly variable (20%~)
Startupfest 2019 – How to fundraise Jonathan Lowenhar
This talk will cover revealing topics such as the “the 28 questions all investors ask.”
Have these questions answered before you start.
What represents a “minimum viable investor funnel.”