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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.

Sep 28, 2020

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

When I ask startups how much they are raising for investment, they often quote their total raise for the life of the startup.

We then talk about breaking the raise into smaller rounds so the founder doesn’t have to spend too much time on the fundraise process.

Here’s some guidance on how to breakdown your startup fundraise into tranches or what some call rounds.

Family and Friends funding:  $10K to $100K
This helps set up your legal entity, intellectual property, and basic prototype.

Pre-seed:  $250K
This raise is for the initial research and beta product development.

Seed:  $500K to $750K
This raise is for building out the product and closing initial customers.

Seed +:  $500K to $750K
This raise is for growing the sales and establishing repeatable sales and marketing processes.

Series A: $1.5M to $3M
This raise is for growing your sales up past the $1M annual revenue.

Series B: $5M to $15M
This raise is for growing your sales up past the $3M annual revenue.

If you raise too much money too early in the life of your startup, you will find yourself giving away too much equity so it’s important to raise in stages.

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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