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Fundraising Cribsheet: Guide To The Fundraising Manifesto

In 2010 I started writing a series of blogs titled "Fundraising Cribsheet" describing our experience raising a $1MM round for AppMakr.com.

My goal has been to allow other entrepreneurs to raise money more efficiently than the 14 weeks it took us.  Brendan Baker, an MBA student at Oxford University, has added a deep layer of analysis to this experience by doing his thesis on our fundraising experience.  Brendan's initial work is outlined in this blog post, with much more analysis here.

Here is my guide to this manifesto on fundraising, so you can consume the information in the chunks most relevant to you:

  In 2010 I started writing a series of blogs titled "Fundraising Cribsheet" describing our experience raising a $1MM round for AppMakr.com. My goal has been to allow other entrepreneurs to raise money more efficiently than the 14 weeks it took us.  Brendan Baker, an MBA student at Oxford University, has added a deep layer of analysis to this experience by doing his thesis on our fundraising experience.  Brendan's initial work is outlined in this blog post, with much more analysis here. Here is my guide to this manifesto on fundraising, so you can consume the information in the chunks most relevant to you: Daniel's "Rule Of 10" Angel Intros + $1MM Raise Infographic with Brendan Baker. Cliff Notes on Raising Your First $1 Million Through AngelList' Keynote + Panel Interview with Naval Ravikant, co-founder of AngelList, an angel fundraising vehicle I highly recommend Interview with George Zachary, a partner at Charles River Ventures, on how to approach and pitch Venture Capitalists Interview with Stephen DeBerry, a partner at Kapor Capital, on recommended deal structures and more Interview with Shai Goldman, a director at Silicon Valley Bank A panel hosted by Shai discussing the differences in raising angel vs. Series A funding A blog showing visually how 8.47% of the potential investors I spoke to ended up funding us How to 'Hack Your Funding' by Naval Ravikant of AngelList Other good resources include: VC Panel at the Digital Media Conference Fundraising Panel at TechCocktail's Startup Mixology Event Don Rainey talks about investing in LivingSocial

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On Sara Alina

Today when I was helping my mom move into her new apartment, she told me repeatedly that she was going to leave and that I was in charge of moving the things from her car safely into the apartment. As I was walking up the stairs i felt something on my shoulder. I looked over and there is was… A GIANT SPIDER! I dropped all my moms vases, and was struggling to get it off my shoulder.

Everything was destroyed.. And it turns out the spider was nothing but a leaf! Great job!

-Love Sara Alina

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