The tech media loves a splashy funding announcement - millions of dollars injected into a hot startup primed to become a unicorn. But what about the work behind those headlines? Host Jason Yeh, a former VC and venture-backed startup founder, talks with entrepreneurs about how they raised the capital to launch world-changing startups. Their conversations uncover incredible stories including cautionary tales, inspirational memories, and even some insightful tips. Keep up with us on social @fundedpod to learn more.
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Acting like a master fundraiser
Before starting Yac, Justin Mitchell had zero network in venture capital, didn’t know the insider terms, and was based out of small town Florida. None of this would point to someday raising a Series A round of funding from a top venture capital firm, but that’s what he did. The key he tells us was focusing on meeting the right people, building great product, and leaning on his thespian roots.
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Confidence is KEY...I think?
Laura Del Beccaro, the Founder of Sora, looks like the most VC-backable, first time founder ever. She went to a top university, was a software engineer at a scaled startup, and even did a stint at a top VC firm. But after pulling together an all-star pre-seed round fairly quickly, Laura found out how difficult fundraising can be when you’re no longer a “hot deal” as she tried to raise her subsequent round. Laura had to dig deep to find the confidence to unlock VC dollars even while her company’s numbers were less than confidence inspiring.
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F&F Round: 2020 Funding Trends with Russ Heddleston of DocSend
This is Funded's first ever Friends & Family Round! With so many listeners asking questions about things they hear in episodes or about the fundraising market in general, we decided to launch this sister show to give more insights with a little help from our friends.
In this episode, Russ Heddleston the CEO of DocSend gives us a very unique view into 2020 trends via his company's recently released Startup Index Report. This report leverages aggregated and anonymized data of pitch deck activity to show things like how many investors need to be pitched before successfully raising. So much of 2020 was a crazy rollercoaster in fundraising and hearing how the data describes it is fascinating!
The Secret Science of Fundraising (Part 2 of 2)
From the start of our conversation with Sam Corcos from Levels, it was obvious there was too much sauce for just one episode. In this second half of our 2-part series, Sam begins by sharing details around a large key to his success - his very large cap table. Afterwards, we discuss specifics around his approach to attracting a $12MM seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz and how newcomers to the sport of fundraising might fare employing similar tactics.
We wrap this episode as we always do with a debrief, but this time include a special guest who had a front row seat to all the action.
Live Q&A on Clubhouse!! In response to the flurry of questions sent in by curious listeners wanting to know more about Sam (fundraising and otherwise), we've decided to host a live Q&A after show on Clubhouse. We'll be announcing the timing on Twitter so stay tuned!
The Secret Science of Fundraising (Part 1 of 2)
Much like the "secret master plan" for his company Levels, Sam Corcos openly talks about what he was able to decipher when it comes to the science of fundraising. This is exciting because fundraising approaches have traditionally been shared with tribal knowledge, feel-based language. In this conversation, Sam talks about how how he decided to follow his training as a scientist rather than rely on fundraising folklore. The result was a data driven process that has left even the most experienced investors speechless. Part 1 of this 2-part series focuses on how he built the base for his approach and features inspiration for 2021 goal setting.
From rags to riches
Have you ever heard the advice “dress for the job you want not the one you have”? For Topper Luciani, that was tough advice to follow because it meant wearing an old t-shirt from Goodwill even while asking fancy venture capitalists for millions of dollars. In this episode, we hear how Topper learned the importance of being your authentic self while raising money and how he somehow managed to save his company after one of the most devastating curveballs in fundraising - a pulled term sheet.
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Both sides of the fundraising coin
The fundraising insights in this podcast are really awesome. On the one side, there are real founders talking about all the obstacles in their fundraising journey. On the other side is Jason there to explain the VC perspective. The combination is really powerful. The ultra high production quality makes this super easy to listen to.
Great for founders and novices alike
Having successfully raised seed rounds I am always curious if I’ve just been lucky or ‘the right way to raise money.’ This show gives great insight that there is no one way and is crucial for anyone going through the ups and downs of starting their own companies.
It’s like “How I Built This” meets “My First Million”
It seems like every day there’s a new business pod promoted on my LinkedIn/Twitter feed…so I was a bit skeptical as I clicked to listen to the pilot of “Funded.” Within the first couple of minutes I was hooked! Jason is an awesome host (he’s not just interviewing guests, but contributing and adding value to the conversation that they want to have) and the production quality is refreshing. As someone who knows next to nothing about the venture world, I look forward to learning a lot through this show — it really is the perfect combination of educational and entertaining (what more could you ask for in a podcast?).