In VC, before you pitch investors, you’re expected to get some initial cash from friends and family. Getting this money is a critical first step for a new startup. But what if your friends and family aren’t wealthy? Two founders tell us what that experience is like, and how it’s shaped the way VC investors view their companies.
We’re now in a business climate transformed by Covid. And founders need help figuring out how to impress investors, find new customers, and connect with potential cofounders in this uncertain time. We wanted to help out. So we got investors Elizabeth Yin from Hustle Fund and Hunter Walk from Homebrew to hop on The Pitch hotline to take your calls.
Rebecca Colett, Calyxeum
Graham Hawley, TRID
Shwetha Maddur, Catalyst
Bryan McGehee, GATR Coolers
Jeff Walsh, Illuminent
Today’s founder had everything going for him: a huge market, loads of experience, and $70k in monthly revenue. But then, everything went wrong. Christopher Hussain’s startup, RealKey, is supposed to make the complicated mortgage lending process simpler, but his pitch left our investors scratching their heads.
The investors on today’s show are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt and Charles Hudson.
On Wednesday, September 30th we are opening up the phone lines for founders to call-in and ask investors for advice. Elizabeth Yin with Hustle Fund and Hunter Walk with Homebrew will be standing by, ready to give you fresh ideas on how to keep your startup going in this economy.
The number to call is 833-748-2448. We’ll keep the lines open from 4-6pm Eastern on Wednesday, September 30th. ttyl
It was three years ago, when Claire Coder went in front of our investors to pitch Aunt Flow. At the time, her startup was a very risky bet. But now, in 2020, Claire’s business has stood the test of time. We find out just how far a business can go in three years.
Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, James Altucher and Daniel Gulati.
In the spring, founders desperate for ideas about how to keep their companies afloat called in to get advice from our investors. Several months later, the economy is still far from recovering, so we called the founders back to see if the investors’ advice was working.
In the early days of building a startup, founders make critical decisions that will shape their companies for years to come. The Pitch takes you behind closed doors and into the world of startups: how people sell their ideas, what makes investors tick, and how these initial conversations can bloom into business deals—or die on the vine. Hosted by Josh Muccio.
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