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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

May 29, 2023

Should You Raise Funding for Your Startup

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Before raising funding consider if you should raise funding for your startup.

Ask why you need funding and see if you have a specific need for funding tied to growing the business. 

If you have a business on a high growth trajectory, consider venture funding. 

If the business is not high growth or you have no vision of selling it, consider other forms of funding such as SBA loans or revenue-based funding. 

Investors expect a return in the ballpark of five times their investment in five years. 

Angel and venture capital funding go to those startups.

Other factors to consider for venture funding include the following:

You have a large addressable market.

You are building a business that is scalable.

You are using a recurring revenue monetization model.

You are building a platform-based business rather than a single product.

You plan to sell the business rather than keep it for a lifestyle business. 

Finally, you have built enough of the business to prove product and market validation -- the product works and people will pay for it. 


Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today.


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