How to Find the Right Startup to Advise

How to Find the Right Startup to Advise

April 23, 2021 by investor

As an investor in a startup, you may want to provide additional value and sign up as an advisor.

Here are some key points to consider:

– Choose startups that you can help.
– Make clear the work you plan to do such as introductions, networking, advising on the domain, or just sharing business experience.
– Define the duration of the advisor work – one to two years is a common timeframe.
– Determine the frequency and type of meetings – by phone, in person, or in a group meeting.
– Set aside time to do the work. 
– Negotiate compensation based on the work to be done.
– Compensation consists of a half percent to one percent of equity vested over time. 
– Be prepared to sign a non-disclosure and non-compete agreement.
– Have informal reviews with the company throughout the process to make sure you are meeting expectations.
– Add your name to the team as an advisor to help with fundraising activities.
– Join sales meetings where you can add value.

Advising can be rewarding but comes at a cost in time and effort.


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