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Develop an Investment Thesis for Your Fund
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. For those raising a fund, you must develop an investment thesis for your fund or investing strategy. An investment thesis is a hypothesis that describes how a particular market is…
Creating an Executive Summary for a Fund
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. In raising a fund you'll need an executive summary which should include the following: Fund Objectives, (Legal) Structure, Fund Specifics, Investment Strategy, Investment Criteria, Investment Process Overview, Management Team and…
How to Find Market Sizing
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. One of the key selling points for a startup is their potential market size. There are several ways to find it for your startup. You could buy a market research…
Starting Your Own VC Fund
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. You can now start your own VC fund. Venture capital, angel investing, crowdfunding, and most forms of startup funding are best done through a fund model for when deal flow…
How Can VCs Make More Money
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. As a startup, it's helpful to understand the VC investor you are talking to and how they make money. In venture capital, there's two ways to make money. First, VCs…
The Time Element of Returns
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. In calculating returns the timing of the return is a key factor. There are two metrics for measuring return. ROI is return on investment without respect to time, and IRR…
Follow a Disciplined Investment Strategy
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. In angel investing the two basic approaches are generalist and specialist.  The generalist funds across all sectors but with certain criteria focused on growth rates, team composition, or monetization models…
Key Documents for Your Due Diligence Box
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. You'll need to gather your basic company documents for investors to review. In preparing a due diligence box also called a dataroom, there are basic documents to include: Income Statement…
The Challenge of the VC Life
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. Many people want to work for a VC, especially those straight out of college. Most are not aware of the challenging dynamics that come with the VC life.  Here are…
Product: Show What Product You Are Going to Build
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. I once read a sixty-five page business plan that talked about the startup's services and the benefits that came from it. After reading it, I met with the CEO and…