3 Tips for Raising Venture Capital Funding

With SendHub's recent $2 million seed funding score making headlines, the company's co-founder Garrett Johnson provides three tips for securing venture capital support

Every upstart wants to know how they can raise money for their venture. Johnson offers three tips for catching the attention of VCs and gaining monetary support:

There is strength in numbers. At the seed stage, angel investors focus a great deal on your team. “[Investors] are betting on your ability to execute and succeed against the odds, as most startups will inevitably fail,” explains Johnson.

Have a great product. “A common phrase in the area is ‘code wins arguments,’” says the startup’s co-founder. “Having an amazing product–a truly amazing product–will get you attention. Build something people love, and you’ll become attractive really fast.”

Show your social proof. Demonstrate social proof before approaching investors is critical. Having lots of users is great, but having lots of revenue is even better. “Lean Startup guru, Eric Ries, is one of SendHub’s investors/advisors now, but told us ‘no’ months ago because we didn’t have the ‘social proof,’ says Johnson. “We explained our ideas and assumptions. He simply replied, ‘That’s great, but I don’t believe you. Show me some numbers.’”

— Terrance Gaines

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  • Steven Lemon

    Without divulging any proprietary information, could you send us a copy of your business plan outline for review?
    Or give me an address of some kind so that I can send you a preliminary information application.

    Our company is part of an investor network that targets small startups like yours. We are not brokers, we are investors who provide the funding ourselves, so you don’t pay US for our help. I would love to submit your project for inclusion in our next meeting.
    Steven Lemon
    Stephen Frazier Group, Inc.

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