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How to Manage the Deal Process
Tools are important for running a deal-flow process.   You'll need tools for managing deal flow, running diligence, and tracking the portfolio.   For deal flow, there needs to be an application process for capturing the essential information and pitch deck. Examples include Proseeder, Gust, and there are others. For diligence, you…
Investor Connect: Archie Cheishvili of GenesisAI
In this episode, Hall welcomes Archie Cheishvili, CEO of GenesisAI. With its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, GenesisAI is a Machine Learning protocol. On top of this protocol, they are building a marketplace for AI products and services - Amazon for AI. The marketplace connects companies in need of AI services,…
How to Lead a Deal
In early-stage investing, someone needs to take the lead and screen the deals, diligence selected ones, and negotiate the valuation with the chosen ones. In most cases, the lead investor doesn't want to be the only one in the deal and promotes other investors to join.  This promotion process is…
Investor Perspectives: What Makes for a Successful Company in the Consumer Product Goods Segment?
In today's show, you'll hear investor perspectives on COVID-19's impact on the CPG sector. This is Investor Perspectives, I'm the host of Investor Connect, Hall T Martin, where we connect startups and investors for funding. It's the time of COVID-19. The consumer product goods space is currently undergoing tremendous change…
Follow-up Calls
In running a diligence process it's important to keep track of the progress of team members. Set up frequent follow-up calls to check progress and resolve issues. Follow-up calls should be scheduled and led by the deal lead. A check-in call should take no more than 30 minutes. In the…
Financials, Team and Domain Diligence
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. There are three phases to diligence before funding a startup: 1. Documentation diligence 2. Team diligence 3. Domain diligence For documentation diligence, ask the startup for a list of key…
Investor Connect: Braden Barr and Charles Reinert of PostitPlayit
In this episode, Hall welcomes Braden Barr, seed investor and Board Member at PostitPlayit, and Charles Reinert, Co-founder of PostitPlayit. Based in Dallas, Texas, PostitPlayit Inc. is a startup offering a first of its kind alternative to fantasy sports and peer-to-peer gaming. With PostitPlayit, users are able to research and…
Managing the Deal Team
In running due diligence it's important to build a team and bring others into the process.  A deal lead should take care of gathering the initial documents so the team doesn't stall out waiting on the startup. Assign each team member a task and include the instructions for the task.…
Investor Perspectives: What Is the Updated Investment Thesis for the SaaS Sector?
In today's show, you'll hear investor perspectives on the COVID-19 impact on the SaaS sector. This is Investor Perspectives, I'm the host of Investor Connect, Hall T Martin, where we connect startups and investors for funding. It's the time of COVID-19. Software as a Service is currently undergoing tremendous change…
Moving to Close
After the diligence is complete and the open questions answered, the team must decide whether or not to invest. It's important to identify the risks and write them out in the report. The team should articulate an investment thesis that includes the opportunity in the deal such as how big…