Fundraising Radio is the largest podcast about fundraising for early stage startups in the US. We focus on helping founders understand how they can raise the first institutional round outside of friends and family. How to appeal to investors and how to make sure that they see in your company what you see there.
We interview experienced founders who sold their companies in the past and raised hundreds of millions, we talk with active angels, managers of rolling funds, corporate venture capitalists and more. If you want to raise money for your young company, you came to the right place!
Equity crowdfunding explained by VP at Community Round Fundraising (WeFunder), Jonny Price
Jonny Price, VP of Fundraising at Community Round Fundraising (WeFunder) in this episode talks about equity crowdfunding, process that founders need to undergo to have a successful crowd-funded round and more. We've also talked about the major pitfalls in said process and how to prepare for those.
Jonny's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonnyprice/
Community Round Fundraising's site: https://wefunder.com/
SPVs (Special Purpose Vehicles) explained by the CEO of Assure: https://www.fundraisingradio.com/Jeremy-Neilson/
Extra resources that Jonny shared with me:
Blog on how to raise $1M on Wefunder: https://twitter.com/JonnyCPrice/status/1503515916285493255
Podcast episode on fundraising strategy: https://www.spreaker.com/user/wefunder/justin-renfro
Community Round website: communityround.com
Wefunder Raise page: wefunder.com/raise
Wefunder PBC charter: wefunder.com/charter
Twitter: @jonnycprice; @wefunder
Hiring fundraising advisors. By Hall Martin, TEN Capital Network
Hall Martin, Founder and CEO at TEN Capital Network that raised over $900 million for its clients, in this episode talks about hiring fundraising advisors who can connect you to the right capital. We spoke about different regulations around fundraising and of course, about hiring experts for your fundraising round and whether it's worth it or not.
Hall's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/halltmartin/
TEN Capital Network - connecting investors with startups: https://tencapital.group/
Running a company out of Ukraine and preparing to raise. By Alyona Mysko
Alyona Mysko, CEO & Founder at Fuelfinance in this episode talks about the story of her company and the effects that the war has on it and its future plans. Hint: no giving up in sight and Fuelfinance is preparing to raise soon while expanding!
Fuelfinance website - https://fuelfinance.me
Support Ukrainian Busines - here
Here - how to open in Delaware a company, but it is in Ukrainian. If you want to read another way of opening a company (with Firstbase of course), you can check out our website: https://www.firstbase.io/
Here is the video Spend with Ukraine.
Building EVERYTHING in-house and raising. By Sharmin Ali
Sharmin Ali, Founder and CEO of Instoried tells her story of helping others write good stories. In this episode we go in-depth into the reasons why Instoried build all their tech in-house from scratch and how they use it as their competitive advantage to secure funding for the expansion.
Sharmin's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharmin-ali-5b6b4237/
Instoried website: https://www.linkedin.com/company/instoried/
I forgot what else I wanted to include in the description so here is the link to our course about fundraising for early stage startups: https://fundraising-courses.com/
What is a down-round and how to survive one? By Russ Wilcox
Russ Wilcox, Partner at PillarVC talks about his experience running startups himself. Throughout his career he raised 10 times and 3 times these were down-rounds. In this episode Russ explains what down-rounds are bad, how they happened to him and how he managed to survive and thrive!
Russ' LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russ-wilcox-2005/
Pillar VC's website: https://www.pillar.vc/
For people who want to understand how to get in touch with the right investor, a course developed by Fundraising Radio's team and myself: https://fundraising-courses.com/
Some topics we have covered in this episode:
- your fund invests in three fields, which one of those do you specialize in?
- you've raised 10 rounds of funding and 3 of those were down-rounds with an eventual happy ending, can you tell us a bit more about that experience?
- the unique trait of your fund is that most of your managers have experience building their own companies, how transferrable is that experience?
- you're an investor who likes patents, why is that and when o you think it makes sense to patent an idea/technology?
- you've recently closed your own raise for your 3rd fund - how did that go? How does that experience compare to fundraising for your own company?
- are there any deep tech investments that you've recently made that excite you the most?
20 Years in VC, unlocking growth and supporting startups, by Tae Hea Nahm
Tae Hea Nahm, Managing Director and Co-Founder at Storm Ventures in this episode talks about his experience working as an attorney and helping startup founders raise money for their companies, and eventually starting a VC fund of his own. We also spoke about his book "Survival To Thrival", why he wrote it and what was the affect on his fund.
Tae's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tnahm/
Storm ventures: https://www.stormventures.com/
Here is the list of podcasts about fundraising (some of them are non-profit fundraisings but still) - https://blog.feedspot.com/fundraising_podcasts/
Such a wealth of knowledge! 🧠
This is one of the most insightful fundraising podcasts that I have ever come across! Konstantin does such a great job of sharing his wisdom and I love how he leads meaningful conversations with guests who bring so much experience to the table. His no nonsense approach is really refreshing and I learn something new every time I tune in. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!
Smart, thoughtful startup stories
I’m a big fan of Fundraising Radio and have been a guest on the show. Konstantin, the host, is a young hustler talking to the best people in tech.
Diverse funding stories, interactive format
I have listened to various successful fundraising stories on this podcast. There are episodes that have real stories about successfully crowdfunding campaigns, grants, VC rounds and more.
The format is interactive, instead of listening to the final cut, you can ask guests questions yourself during the live recording. (Ps. You might also end up in the final cut)