20VC: Fundraising 101
Today we are going to walk through the process of raising a funding round for a hypothetical company. We will break it down by different stages in the fundraising process and at those stages I will talk about how each element differs according to the round being raised.
First, for 99% of fundraises it is a game of shots on goal. You need to have enough investors in the pipeline, it is a sheer numbers game. Miki Kuusi @ Wolt said on 20VC recently for his Series B he got 68 rejections before Laurel Bowden @83North said yes. Wolt sold in 2021 for $7BN to Doordash making a monster return for the company's investors. But 68 meetings before that yes, for the Series B. Also goes to show, you sometimes just need one true believer.
How to Create a Target List of Investors
Now we know we need enough shots on goal, we need to bring together a target list of investors, put these investors in three buckets:
So how do we choose who goes in what bucket? First, founder references speak volumes and lead to warm intros, so speak to your friends who are founders, ask which of their VCs have been the best, place even more weight on their recommendation if the company has not been a success. It is easy to be a VC champion when the company is flying, you often see the true colours of the VC when a company is really struggling or fails. Get a couple of names there and then analyse the VC landscape, you can do this on Twitter or the VCs website or blog and find the VCs that resonate best with your company. Look at the types of deals they have done before, are they interested in pre-seed fintech in Europe, do they do enterprise SaaS Series A in the Silicon Valley. You can see their portfolio, make sure it is a fit for them. I get about 200 inbounds per day across channel, about 150 are clearly not a fit for me because of stage, sector or location and so making sure the obvious are aligned is crucial. Then double down on their Twitter or public profile to see as much as you can about their values and how they portray themselves. Rule No 1, never work with assholes. Value alignment is really important. Now we have the five priorities and then I would say do the same for the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bucket, make sure they invest both in your stage, sector and geography.
The Biggest Mistakes Founders Make Pitching:
So now we have our pipe of investors. A couple of big mistakes I see founders make in this next step.
Now we have done the first investor meetings and we have iterated our deck and messaging in accordance with the feedback we got. We now progress to taking meetings with investors we want as our partners.
How to Master the Subtleties of a First VC Call:
The 7 Sins of Fundraising Decks:
So while we are on the deck, I want to go through a couple of elements that I so often see and they are killer mistakes:
How To Structure The Size and Composition of Your Funding Round:
Now at some point in the discussion the size of the round and the price of the round will be asked. Use this as a chance to show your calibre as a founder.
How to Answer the Question of Valuation:
When you say the size of the raise, say $2M, the basic assumption is that each round will dilute 15-20% and so the average VC will think of a $10M post money valuation straight away when you say a $2M raise. That said, you do not want to anchor yourself to a price, you are running a process as transactional as it sounds and I am not saying you want to optimise for price by any means but the majority of the time, it is best to say, “hey we are raising $2M and we will let the market decide on the price”. This is a great way to answer the question as this will not put anyone off, it will not anchor you to a price and it will also show you are savvy as to the raise process which any incoming investor should want to see as your ability to raise the next round is fundamental for them. Again, use this question to show your sophistication and knowledge as to the finer details of how to navigate a fundraise successfully.
How to Choose Your Lead Investor?
The biggest problem of the last 2 years was people chose their lead having met them once. They will be a partner to you for 10 years and you will not be able to get rid of them, it is literally harder to remove an investor than it is to get divorced. Brian Singerman @ Founders Fund said on the show recently about how he was unable to do his job in COVID as he could not meet founders in person. It is so important to meet your lead investor in person before signing the deal, so much can be gained and learned from those meetings in person. Then there is the question of how do I really get to know someone, especially if it is in a compressed timeline, there are ways that you can accelerate a relationship and getting to know someone, make sure to ask:
How to Set a Timeline in a Fundraise?
In this deliberation phase where you are waiting for a term sheet, you do need to create some form of urgency. Investors often need a reason to move and so it is good to put a timeline on the raise. 14 days is perfect, this is enough time for any VC to do the work they need to do but also if they cannot do it in that time without a plausible excuse, it is unlikely that they would have done the deal and so it will force timewasters to a no sooner and save you time.
Your Term Sheet is Ticking:
One thing to be wary of is exploding term sheets. If any VC says you have to sign this here and now, that is BS. Do not do it and that is no way to start a 10 year relationship. That said, it is fair for them to set some form of timeline, otherwise, you can shop the term sheet; share it with everyone and use the first people to commit as leverage to create FOMO to get other people to commit. This can be a disadvantage of being a first mover as a VC but that is why they will often have some form of expiry date and that is not unreasonable.
When You Have Multiple Term Sheets: KISS (KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID)
Then you have leverage and you can optimise the round on price, size of round, size of lead check to angel allocation etc etc. My advice here would always be do not over optimise. If the chosen partner is slightly lower, take it. Do not lose the right partner because of a small 5% difference in price or size of round. Another big mistake founders make when they have multiple term sheets is communication. It is fine if you need another couple of days to consider the decision but keep everyone updated. Let each investor who is waiting know, you are still thinking it through and will be back to them shortly. Name when you will have an answer, a communicated delay is fine, no communication is not. Then another massive mistake founders make is for the VCs they choose not to go with, they do not turn them down graciously. These investors could likely fund your next round, a bridge round and you never know when you might need them and so always turn them down super well and keep them on side, they could be helpful in the future.
If a VC Does These 3 Things: Forest Gump It:
Now the massive red flags with leads in this process that we need to call out:
So now we have our lead VC locked in and we have to allocate the rest of the round. I would work hand in hand with my VC to construct the rest of the round. They will have angels they work closely with and think highly of. Use them to help map out those people and then make those intros for you.
How to Allocate Your Angel Allocation:
Assemble your angel cap table as you would a sports team. Each person has a specific position which they are specialised to and have a world class skill in. Someone for marketing, hiring, regulation, PR, partnerships etc. A massive mistake I see so often is founders try to cram down all their angels to their smallest allocation so they can fit as many as possible. Do not do this. Give fewer people more allocation. The only thing that matters is that the check size matters to them. For some it will be $10K for others it could be $50K but fewer with more skin in the game is important.
Next I see so many founders drag out the process meeting just one more investor and just one more, after a certain time, just get it done, get it closed and move on.
Just Closed: Time to Prep for the Next Round
So now we have closed the round, congrats. Now time to start prepping for the next round, one thing to remember, as a founder, you are always raising. So here is what we should do next:
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Barry McCarthy is Peloton’s CEO and President. McCarthy is a seasoned executive who served as CFO of Spotify from 2015 to January 2020, and CFO of Netflix from 1999 to 2010. Prior to Netflix, McCarthy held various leadership positions in management consulting, investment banking, and media and entertainment. McCarthy has served on the boards of directors of Spotify and Instacart since January 2020 and January 2021, respectively. In addition, McCarthy has served as a member of the boards of Chegg, Eventbrite, MSD Acquisition Corp, Pandora, and Rent the Runway.
1. From Netflix to Spotify to Leading Peloton:
2. Barry McCarthy: The Leader
3. Barry McCarthy: The Master of Boards:
4. Barry McCarthy: Mastering the Mechanics:
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1.) From the Iran-Iraq War to Founding Startups:
2.) Lessons from Ballmer and Zuckerberg:
3.) Hadi Partovi: The Leader:
4.) Hadi Partovi: The Person:
Hadi's Favourite Book: Sapiens: The #1 bestselling journey through human history and anthropology
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1. The Cold Email that Led to a World-Class Sales Career:
2. The Sales Playbook: PLG and Enterprise:
3. Building the Bench: Hiring Your First Sales Team:
4. Making the Machine Work: The Process:
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1. From Mama's Kitchen to the Smell of Business and Founding Mailchimp:
2. Ben Chestnut: The Leader:
3. Ben Chestnut: The Person:
4. Mailchimp: The Business:
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1. From Flying Lessons to Radio:
2. Decision-Making in Leadership:
3. Tactics vs Strategies: Why Plans Are BS!
4. The Secret to Messaging and Storytelling:
5. Bob Pittman: AMA:
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1. Entry into the World of Product From Engineering:
2. Lessons from Marc and Ben at Netscape and Pierre @ eBay:
3. Hiring a World Class Early Product Team:
4. Mastering the Onboarding Process:
Martin Casado is a General Partner @ a16z where he focuses on enterprise investing. At a16z, Martin has led investments and serves on the board of dbt Labs, Fivetran, Material Security, Ambient AI and many more incredible companies. Before venture, Martin was previously the Co-Founder and CTO at Nicira, acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. While at VMware, Martin served as Senior VP and General Manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit, which he scaled to a $600 million revenue run-rate business.
1. From $1.26BN Founder to Leading Enterprise Investing for a16z:
2. The VC Model is Broken and Why:
3. Surviving a Crash - What Founders Need To Know:
4. The Changing Guard at a16z:
5.) The Makings of a Great Board:
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1.) The Founding of $13.4BN Plaid:
2.) Will Hockey: The Makings of a Decacorn Founder:
3.) The Building of Truly Great Teams:
4.) Fintech: The Next 10 Years:
Will's Favourite Book: The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources, Merchants of Grain: The Power and Profits of the Five Giant Companies at the Center of the World's Food Supply
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1.) Meeting the Unicorn: Algolia:
2.) Competition and TAM: The Reasons To Say No:
3.) Investing Lessons Transition from CEO to VC:
4.) Mastering the World of Venture Today:
Miki Kuusi is the CEO of Wolt and Head of DoorDash International. In 2014 Miki founded Wolt with a mission to turn the smartphone into a remote controller for life, starting with delivering your favorite restaurant food, to you at home. Today Wolt operates in 23 countries, across several different categories, has over 4,000 employees, and last year, Doordash made the move to join forces with Wolt in a deal worth a reported $8.1BN. Previously, Miki was the CEO of Slush, one of the leading tech and investor events in the world attended by more than 25,000 people annually.
1.) Founding Slush and Wolt: An Entry into Startups:
2.) The Makings of a Truly Great Leader:
3.) Hiring a Team to Compete on a Global Stage:
4.) Miki Kuusi: The Personal Journey
Miki's Favourite Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
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Elena Verna is the Interim Head of Growth at Amplitude. Former exec @ Miro, Netlify, SurveyMonkey. Growth Advisor to companies including Krisp, MongoDB, Ledgy, Builder.io and SimilarWeb.
Kieran Flanagan is SVP Marketing at HubSpot, where he has helped the business grow internationally, move to a product-led business, quadrupled its marketing demand, and built out its media team, including the acquisition of ‘The Hustle.’
Andy Johns career started in growth at Facebook when the company scaled from 100M-500M active users. Since he has worked in some of the leading growth orgs at companies like Twitter, Quora and more recently at Wealthfront as Head of Growth and President.
Bangaly Kaba is the Director of Product Management @ Youtube. Prior to Youtube, Bangaly led the product growth and consumer product orgs at Instacart and before Instacart was Head of Growth @ Instagram, helping grow Instagram from 440M to > 1B monthly actives in 2.5yrs.
Ed Baker is a growth advisor to various startups including Lime, Zwift, Whoop, Crimson Education, GoPeer, and Playbook. Ed was the VP of Product and Growth at Uber from 2013-2017. Prior to Uber, Ed was the Head of International Growth at Facebook.
Adam Fishman was the Chief Product and Growth Offer @ Imperfect Foods. Before Imperfect, Adam was VP of Product and Growth @ Patreon, Before Patreon, Adam was the Head of Growth @ Lyft, Adam was the first growth and marketing employee hired and grew the team to 18 people.
1.) When is the right time to hear your first growth hire?
2.) Is this hire a senior growth leader or a more junior growth engineer?
3.) What can early-stage startups do to entice senior growth leaders to their early-stage company?
4.) What data infrastructure should be in place prior to hiring your first growth hire?
5.) What does the optimal onboarding process look like for all growth hires?
6.) What can founders and CEOs do to set their growth hires up for success?
Jeffrey Katzenberg is an entertainment industry executive and entrepreneur, who throughout his career has repeatedly reshaped the media landscape. Jeffrey co-founded DreamWorks SKG, serving as CEO of DreamWorks Animation, which he grew into the world’s largest animation studio, known for Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and more. In 2016, DreamWorks Animation was sold to Comcast for $3.8 billion. Before founding DreamWorks, Jeffrey was Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, where he took the studio from last place to first at the box office with hits like Three Men and a Baby, Pretty Woman, Father of the Bride and Sister Act. Most recently, Jeffrey co-founded WndrCo alongside Sujay Jaswa and has led WndrCo’s investments in Airtable, Frame.io, Quibi, Vise, Placer.ai, NexHealth, Deel, and ID.me.
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1.) From Dreamworks and Dropbox to Venture with WndrCo:
2.) Operating Experience is Irrelevant and Can Be Dangerous:
3.) Building Teams and Hiring People:
4.) Silicon Valley: Dead and Entitled?
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1.) The Makings of Semil Shah:
2.) Fund Sizing: Growing vs Staying Disciplined:
3.) The Secret to Fundraising for a Fund:
4.) The Current Landscape:
Semil's Favourite Article: Master of Play
Semil's Most Recent Investment: Impart Security
Oana Olteanu is a Partner @ SignalFire where she focuses on enterprise software at Seed, Series A and Series B. Prior to joining SignalFire, Oana was at Scale Venture Partners where she invested in applied ML and developer tooling. Oana sourced Scale’s investments in Observe.ai, Flatfile, and Proscia. She was part of the deal teams for Honeycomb and AllyO (acquired by HireVue). She also supported existing portfolio companies such as Dialpad, Matillion, and BigID. Prior to Scale, Oana was an AI seed investor at SAP.io, SAP’s $35M seed fund, where she sourced the investments in Plum.io, Oto.ai, and Akorda.
1.) From Tank Driving in Romania to VC's Rising Star:
2.) How to Assess a VC: The Founders Guide:
3.) The VC <> Founder Relationship:
4.) VCs Behaving Badly: 101
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1.) How should the onboarding process for all new sales reps be structured?
2.) How should the onboarding process for a new sales leader be structured?
3.) What specific things can leaders do to set both reps and leaders best up for success?
4.) What are the single biggest red flags in the first 30 days that a rep is not going to work out?
5.) What tools and software can be used to improve this process of ramping new reps?
Cathie Wood is the CEO & CIO @ ARK Invest, focusing solely on disruptive innovation, primarily in the public equity markets. ARK has become renowned for opening up its research and becoming a ‘sharing economy’ company in the asset management space. Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as CIO of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed over $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded, which managed $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates LLC as Chief Economist, Portfolio Manager and Director.
1.) Entry into Hedge Funds at 20:
2.) Why Benchmarks and Passive Investing are Bad:
3.) Time to Pick Companies:
4.) Why Venture: Why Now:
Cathie's Favourite Book: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Martín Escobari is Co-President, Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in Latin America. Martín is Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee and also serves on the Management and Portfolio Committees. Before joining General Atlantic in 2012, Martín was a Managing Director at Advent International. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CFO of Submarino.com, a leading Brazilian online retailer that went public and was sold to Lojas Americanas in 2006. Martin started his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Thanks to Seba Kanovich @ dlocal for the introduction today.
1.) From Bolivia to Harvard to Leading General Atlantic:
2.) Market Matters: Founders, Product or Market:
3.) The Venture Landscape:
4.) Martin Escobari: The Investor and Board Member:
Hugo Barra is the OG of consumer hardware of the last decade. In Hugo's current position, he is the CEO @ Detect, building tools that empower people to understand their health and make informed, timely decisions. Before Detect, Hugo spent an incredible 4 years as VP of VR @ Meta with Oculus. Prior to Oculus, Hugo was in China as VP of Global @ Xiaomi, the 3rd largest phone maker in the world. Finally before Xiaomi, Hugo was a product leader @ Google for over 5 years including as VP of Android Product Management.
1.) Entry into Product:
2.) The Secret to Success in Hardware:
3.) Feature King vs Budget King:
4.) Product Management 101:
5.) Brand Marketing vs Product Marketing:
6.) Masterclass in Hiring:
Brian Armstrong is the Co-Founder and CEO @ Coinbase, the easiest place to buy and sell cryptocurrency. Over the last 10 years, Brian has led Coinbase to today, a public company with over 3,500 employees and revenues of over $7.5BN in 2021. Brian also raised venture funding before going public from some of the best including Fred Wilson @ USV, Micky Malka @ Ribbit, Marc Andreesen @ a16z and Garry and Alexis at Initialized. Prior to founding Coinbase, Brian was a Product Manager @ Airbnb.
1.) Founding Coinbase:
2.) Brian Armstrong: The Leader:
3.) Crucible Moments in the Coinbase Journey:
4.) Crypto and The Ultimate Mission for Coinbase:
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1.) Entry into Venture and Finance:
2.) Booms and Busts: How This Compares?
3.) The Investment Decision-Making Process:
4.) Everything is a DCF:
Michael's Favourite Book: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by E.O Wilson
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1.) From Student to Global CEO:
2.) The Rise and Fall of Quick Commerce:
3.) Getting to Profitability: The Levers That Matter:
4.) Business Expansion Opportunities:
Raf's Mentor and Advisor: Emil Michael, Former Chief Business Officer @ Uber
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1.) From Google to Befriending Sean Parker to Founders Fund:
2.) The Landscape Today: Where Are We Now?
3.) Brian Singerman: The Investor:
4.) Founders Fund: The Firm:
Brian's Most Recent Investment: Anduril
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George Zachary is a General Partner @ CRV, one of the nation's oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms with a portfolio including the likes of Airtable, DoorDash, Dropbox, Niantic and many more.
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1.) Entry into Product + Growth:
2.) WTF Really is "Growth":
3.) Hiring Your Growth Team:
4.) The Interview Process:
5.) The Onboarding and Integration:
Vaibhav's Favourite Book: Andrew Chen: The Cold Start Problem