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Stacknotes on Fundraising Advice from the Experts

At our most recent panel, we were lucky enough to be joined by some of the brightest stars of the New York tech and VC community. They shared their insights on entrepreneurs’ most pressing fundraising questions.

The dialogue among our panelists and with the audience was rich and informative. The night was chock-full of tidbits regarding the ins and outs of raising venture. To make this information digestible and accessible for our Stacklist community, especially those of you who could not join us, we’re starting a new series of Stacknotes by Stacklist. In this downloadable deck you’ll find quotes, tips and tricks from our founder community, as well as a glossary of additional resources to help you on your fundraising journey. We hope these Stacknotes will be as insightful and interesting to you as they were to us. 

Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Deciding whether venture capital is right for your startup
  • Making the leap
  • Determining how much to raise
  • Creating the pitch deck
  • Building your investor pipeline
  • Evaluating investors & board members
  • What makes a good VC?
  • Interpreting feedback from VCs
  • Responding to rejection
  • Assessing whether an accelerator is right for you

And the panelists who joined us … 

  • Soraya Darabi, founder & general partner at Trail Mix Ventures and co-founder at Zady and Foodspotting. Trail Mix is an early-stage investment firm that focuses on companies that promote physical, mental, and financial well-being.
  • Cyrus Massoumi, CEO & founder of Zocdoc and investor at humbition. Zocdoc is an online healthcare service that has joined the Unicorn Club with a valuation of over $1 billion. At humbition Cyrus is taking his expertise to the other side of the boardroom table and helping other entrepreneurs build valuable businesses.
  • Liz Wessel is the co-founder and CEO of WayUp. WayUp is a networking and job-search platform for early-career professionals, and was named by CNN as one of the 30 most innovative companies changing the world
  • Brad Hargreaves, founder & CEO at Common and co-founder of General Assembly was our guest moderator for the night. Common is a co-living startup creating better living through convenience and community.

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