Startup Guides

Common Terms & Their Implications

Most VCs have standard expectations about equity, control, and governance. Having a solid understanding of common terms—and their consequences—at the outset may help you in negotiating.

5 min read

How to Build a Great Pitch that Hooks Investors

It’s easy to find templates, checklists, and techniques that promise to improve your pitch. But even the majority of good pitches fail to raise venture capital. What drives investors’ interest? How do VCs make decisions? How can you turn your pitch into a great one that has investors eager to hear more about your startup?

7 min read

Should You Bootstrap?

Some legendary entrepreneurs advise startups to raise a minimal amount to retain more equity. Is bootstrapping the best bet for your business? Before you raise, be aware of the risks that come with raising too little money.

5 min read
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What Qualities Do VCs Look for in Founders? Investor Nick Grouf Shares Insights

In this short, focused interview with Shikhar Ghosh, Nick Grouf identifies the qualities and competencies that signal future success for many investors. He offers insightful takeaways about the importance of your business model, team composition, clarity of thought, and attitude towards risk that can help entrepreneurs understand what VCs want.

6 min read

Expert Insights

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Nick Grouf Shares Insights on Fundraising & Scaling

What do common mistakes do most founders make when raising money and scaling? Nick Grouf shares insights on fundraising, founding teams, and how the role of founder-CEO changes as you scale.

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Sanchali Pal’s Journey Founding & Growing a Mission-Driven Startup

Sanchali Pal, co-founder and CEO of Joro—a technology platform that enables users to track their carbon footprints on their smartphones and make choices that positively impact climate change— engages in an informal discussion with Shikhar Ghosh about her decision to found and build a social impact startup. She shares insights she gained on raising capital and adapting to the constantly evolving role of CEO at a growing early-stage company.

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