Raising capital – The 50 or so things you should read first

I’ve aggregated a bunch of blog posts related to pitching your business to venture capitalists. My apologies in advance for the lack of organization. Please respond with additional posts in the comments and I’ll add them to the post as appropriate. Enjoy!

Babak Nivi (Venture Hacks)

Pitching (Excellent outline with a bunch of must-reads. Other favs below…)
Create a market for your shares
Potpourri: Introductions, Auctions, Tranches, and Co-Investors
Tips from a ex-VC who helps entrepreneurs raise money
Should I shop around?
What should I send investors? Part 2: Deck
What should I send investors? Part 3: Business Plans, NDAs, and Traction
How should I format my deck?
Is it safe to send my deck to investors?

Marc Andreessen (blog)

The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 2: When the VCs say “no”
The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 4: The only thing that matters

Mark Suster (Both Sides of the Table)

Pitching a VC (Awesome outline! Some of my favorites are also listed below.)
The First VC Meeting (Post 1 of Many)
The First VC Meeting (Post 2 of Many)
The First VC Meeting (Post 3 of Many)
The First VC Meeting (Post 4 of Many)
A Tale of Two Pitches
Do You Really Even Need VC?
VC Funding Season Ends Next Week
WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

Paul Graham (blog)

What Startups Are Really Like
How to Fund a Startup
The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups

Chris Dixon (blog)

The most important question to ask before taking seed money
Don’t shop your term sheet

Guy Kawasaki (blog)

The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint
The Art of Raising Venture Capital
The Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists
The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

Some other miscellaneous links:

Startups 101: The Complete Mint Presentation
Writing a Business Plan
Writing a Compelling Executive Summary
Top 5 things missing from most entrepreneur pitches
David S. Rose on pitching to VCs
Fail: 12 Ways To Blow Your Investor Pitch
4 Things to Do After You Get Your First Term Sheet

Combined VC Pitch Deck with Examples and Discussion
How To NOT Write A Business Plan
How I started Seesmic and raised $6 million
Startup Viagra: How to Pitch a VC
Tips for the first VC Meeting
How Not To Make A Fool Of Yourself When You Pitch VCs Like Me
My Startup Experience: VC, Entrepreneurship, Self-Analysis & The Road Ahead
Mint CEO Aaron Patzer on Startups
Disturbing Similarities Between Dating & Raising Capital
Pitch Perfect
4 ways to get automatically rejected by an angel investor
Raising Money Using Customer Development
Due Diligence Checklist
Term Sheet Archives (from Brad Feld)

Bonus: Some good pitch videos

Yext (from TechCrunch 50)
Loopt (Sam Altman)
Yammer (Winner of TechCrunch50 2008)
Mint (Winner of TechCrunch40 2007)

UPDATE (11/08/09 @ 2:40 PM PST): Added four links.
UPDATE (11/09/09 @11 AM PST): Added five links.

08. November 2009 by Jon
Categories: Entrepreneurship | 10 comments