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Finance & Strategy | Early-Stage Startups | Company Valuation | Financial Modeling

FOMO: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data ... Should You Have Them All?

Nowadays, it is hard to be in the startup world and not hear the buzz words: blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data. Thus, it is very natural to have FOMO that if you don’t adapt any or all of these technologies for your startup venture, your solution will not be competitive...

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The Pitfalls of Early Success

The first taste of success is exhilarating. All the hard work is finally paying off. Your vision, meticulously planned out and deftly executed, is coming to fruition. A product you created from nothing is being used and liked by your customers. However, while the uncertainty, sleepless nights,...

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How To Correctly Determine The Size Of Your Financing Round

Many founders often ask me how much money they should raise - especially when it comes to their first funding round. Should they aim to cover three, six, twelve, or eighteen months of operations? Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet. The rule of thumb is that you should raise enough capital...

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How To Determine Your Funding Needs Properly

To determine the size of your financing round, not only do you have to consider the length of time for which you are raising capital, but to also figure out which costs you should and should not include. In this article, and the corresponding video, we discuss how to properly calculate your...

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When Should You Walk Away From A Deal?

For any early-stage startup founder, there are several key moments that mark the trajectory of the company’s growth and serve as a testament to the founding team’s hard work. To name a few, there are the MPV launch, your first customer, and, of course, your first term sheet. Raising money is a...

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Why Do Early-Stage Investors Ignore Pro-Forma Financials Of Pre-Revenue Companies

The Startup Station is committed to helping you put together credible financials for your early-stage venture. And yet, most early-stage investors say that they don’t consider pro-forma projections for pre-revenue companies as part of their investment decision. So am I just wasting your time when...

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Why A Great Business Plan Does Not Guarantee You Funding

No matter how great your business plan is, how many revenue streams you have, how appealing a business model you created, how big a market you are addressing, and even how efficiently you plan to use capital, it is NOT enough to secure funding for your startup stand-alone. In this blog and the...

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Which Risks Are Worth Taking

All entrepreneurs are risk-takers. If you are uncomfortable with taking risks, entrepreneurship is most definitely not for you. But does that mean you should take every risk you can? In this article and corresponding video, we discuss how to evaluate which risks are worth taking. The impact of...

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Is Your Idea Viable Enough to Pursue It Further?

Human creativity knows no bounds. However, not all great ideas can and should be turned into successful businesses. How exactly can you tell if you have a winner? In this blog and the corresponding video, we present a five-step framework you can use to determine if your idea is viable enough to...

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Which Ideas Are Fundable and Why Most Are Not

Many entrepreneurs think that if they have a brilliant idea, they can easily get funded. They immediately embark on a fundraising journey, pitch at multiple investor meetings, and are flabbergasted why, to their genuine surprise, the answer is consistently “NO”. What is the problem? Why is it so...

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