Stop Talking Exit! Start Talking Vision!

Dreamit Managing Partner Steve Barsh talks about how early-stage startups and their founders should avoid discussion exit strategy with investors and why it’s important to paint a powerful vision for VCs about how you’re going to dominate your market and grow a big, powerful, profitable, and meaningful company. If that all occurs, the right exit strategy will come along.

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Bootstrapping from $0 to Exit

Steve Barsh speaks with Anthony Bucci about bootstrapping RevZilla from $0 to 250+ people and a successful exit. They talk about Bucci’s ups and downs, leadership ideas, growth, surprises along the way, and key learnings. And they touch upon the founder and startup attributes Anthony finds compelling now that he is angel investing in the next generation of startups.

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How to Answer Customer & Investor Questions Like A Pro

Too many startup founders don’t directly answer potential investors’ and customers’ questions during initial pitch meetings. As a result, they lose credibility, momentum, and the opportunity to raise new funding or earn more revenue. In this article, we share a simple acronym—BLUF—you can use to remind yourself to give direct answers to questions after you’ve pitched your company. BLUF, short for Bottom Line Up Front, will help you remember to not make this common mistake.

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Jack Kaufman
How To Impress Investors with A Flashback Pitch Deck [In 2019]

During a pitch, you’ll typically have one to two minutes to capture investors’ attention. If your startup has traction, you can use a Flashback Pitch Deck to wow investors and set your startup apart at the very beginning of your pitch. A Flashback Pitch gives investors a preview of your problem statement, solution, market opportunity, traction, and current fundraise. In this article, you’ll learn how to create a Flashback Pitch Deck and use it to great effect.

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Jack Kaufman
How to Create a Killer Competition Slide (Hint: Don’t Use a Magic Quadrant!)

When presenting their competition to investors, entrepreneurs typically make two mistakes: they don’t have a complete knowledge of who their competitors are and they present their competitors using a Magic Quadrant. In this article, we delve into why you shouldn’t differentiate your company from its competition with a Magic Quadrant. We also take a look at why you should use a Power Grid to show how your startup is different from its competitors. Finally, we explain how to format your Power Grid to maximize its impact.

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The Most Important Question to Ask Potential Investors After Your Pitch

After pitching VC’s, the biggest mistake most founders make is not knowing the right question to ask to understand what they’re really thinking. But, what’s that key question? In this article, we share that question with you and discuss the importance of viewing your fundraise as a sales process. After all, you’re selling equity in your company to investors. We also share common investor objections to funding your business and how you should respond to them.

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Jack Kaufman