Dan Martell - How To Raise Venture Capital

How To Raise Venture Capital For Your Startup

By | Financial, Startups, Strategy, Upcoming Events | 8 Comments

In last weeks video I shared a story of a friend who had a hard time raising his round of funding… that prompted a bunch of replies and questions on my framework.

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So this week I shot a quick video on the 5 strategies to help you raise your round quickly.

  1. Research Investors for Fit
  2. Pre-Marketing Hustle
  3. Your Product is Your Pitch Deck
  4. Running The Process
  5. Sprinting Across The Close

I share a story of my first investor call, how crazy our expectations were regarding our valuation, and how we recovered from that failed conversation.

If you’re feeling scared, overwhelmed or confused, trust me – I know what you’re going through…

… watch this video to learn how to reduce the pain and increase your probability of closing a great round of funding:

In the video, I also share one of my BEST tips for getting introductions to investors… do it this way, and you’ll have 99% chance of getting a meeting.

Also, here’s one of my favourite quotes when it comes to meeting investors…

“Investors don’t want to meet you, they want to be introduced to you.” (click to tweet)

Please leave a comment below with your biggest takeaway from the video above… what strategy made the most sense for you? Got any great fundraising stories? Lets hear them below… I’ll share more if you go first!

With gratitude,

– Dan

Dan Martell - The Founders Mindset

The Founders Operating System: How To Hack Your Mindset

By | Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 19 Comments

A few weeks ago I invited an entrepreneur over to my house to talk about his fundraising process.

He was trying to raise a ~6M dollar series A financing.

Before he kicked it off I shared with him my Fundraising Like a Pro framework so that he would understand the steps required to make the process as painless as possible… but it wasn’t working.

After a few minutes of talking I figured it out…
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Dan Martell - 3 Responsibilities of a Startup CEO

3 Responsibilities of a Startup CEO

By | Leadership, Startups, Strategy | 23 Comments

When I started my first company ( at 17 I had no clue what I was suppose to be doing.

I didn’t know if I should be coding or selling?

As the “CEO” what should I be focusing my time on?

In lieu of knowing the answer, I just built stuff.

It’s definitely the reason that company (and the next one) failed.

It wasn’t until 10 years later after reading 100’s of business books and getting great advice from mentors and advisors that I crystallized what my role was.

I learned it came down to 3 key responsibilities.
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Turning Pro - Dan Martell

Turning Pro (aka. Stop Fucking Around)

By | Motivation, Startups, Strategy | 8 Comments

Note: This message is for the “wantrapreneurs” in your life. Feel free to share it with them.

Alright, here comes some tough love.

Most of you are not acting like founders.

You’re not focusing on actually building a business.

Maybe you fell in love with the idea of starting a company (being a founder)… and once you started you decided it wasn’t fun (hard work)

Well today that stops.
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Dan Martell - How To Sell Your Company

How to Sell Your Startup for More Than It’s Worth

By | Financial, Startups, Strategy | 14 Comments

So here’s the deal.

(See what I did there?)

At some point, if you start a company – you’re going to think about selling it…

… or maybe you don’t plan on selling it, but one day someone may show up and offer to buy it – that’s what happened to me.

Regardless, I want to help you make that process way easier so you can optimize the outcome and reduce the amount of time involved.
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Martell Family - Renee & Dan Martell

Startup Family: How To Find Balance When Building a Company

By | Life Hacks, Personal, Startups | 13 Comments

4 years ago I was living in San Francisco when my fiancee came home and told me she was pregnant.

This happened to be the same week I started my new startup Clarity.

A few months later she decided to partner with a friend and start a new marketing agency Onboardly.

On top of that, we figured we wanted to be closer to family so we started work on a small summer home near our family back home in Canada.

In the middle of all this I raised $1.6M in funding to scale my new startup.
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How To Build a Startup Community

By | Community, Leadership, Startups | 9 Comments

If you’re feeling lonely in your city (don’t know any other entrepreneurs)… or that it lacks a real sense of community, here’s 3 strategies that will help you create a startup community super quick.

A few years ago when I moved from San Francisco, back to a small town in Canada (to raise my kids)…

I realized I knew more entrepreneurs in every other city in the world than I did in the city I was living in.
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Using Growth Stacking To Improve Your Startup’s Product Marketing

By | Growth Engine, Marketing, Startups | 3 Comments

On Nov 7th, 2013 I walked into the speakers lounge at the Growth Hacker Conference and meet Andy Johns (@ibringtraffic) for the first time.

Andy worked on growth teams at Facebook, Twitter, Quora and now was at WealthFront.

He’s one of the “Original Gangsters” (OG’s) in the growth space – just read his Quora answers to get an idea of the quality of his thinking.

Even though I’d been following his work for a few years online, we had never met in person.

After we got introduced I asked him what he was going to talk about.

He shared that he was a bit nervous because he doesn’t really give talks very often, but then he started sharing the overview and his philosophy on growth… I knew he was going to kill it.

Then I asked him how he approaches growth at a tactical level…
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