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MasterMinds Startup Fundraising Office Hours TRANSCRIPT for March 2, 2021:

00:04
it's masterminds
00:07
it's time for startup entrepreneur
00:09
fundraising
00:09
office hours i'm scott fox i'm your host
00:12
i'm a serial internet entrepreneur
00:14
angel investor author of a bunch of
00:16
books
00:17
these guys over here behind me lots of
00:19
different languages around the world
00:21
and today we're here to talk about how
00:23
to help you raise money for your startup
00:26
raising money is the probably the
00:27
biggest challenge that most
00:28
entrepreneurs face i've been there
00:30
myself
00:30
the same idea it's a challenge even in
00:33
good times and these are good times
00:34
these days for
00:36
early stage entrepreneurs and of course
00:38
it's even harder and bad times
00:40
so we're going to talk about the
00:41
strategies behind all that based on my
00:43
years of experience
00:44
and the many many entrepreneurs i've
00:46
worked with from all over the world
00:48
so thanks for joining me today we're
00:49
going to spend a half an hour an hour
00:51
together based on questions submitted
00:53
from the audience we've got some folks
00:54
who are going to come on live
00:55
and talk about their startup challenges
00:58
and we're going to try to work through
00:59
those together on a live basis
01:01
also if you're watching live on youtube
01:02
or facebook or linkedin or any of those
01:04
places go ahead and type into the
01:05
comments
01:06
and i should be able to see those as
01:08
well
01:09
and hopefully respond to you or maybe
01:11
even invite some of you on camera
01:13
to join us um the opportunity today is
01:15
to get some
01:16
expert feedback from me um and to
01:19
hopefully learn some things from each
01:20
other as well which is the whole ethic
01:22
behind
01:23
the masterminds approach that i've
01:25
pioneered like i said in my books and in
01:27
the mastermind startup founders forum
01:28
which i've been running since 2009.
01:30
so who am i why am i doing this well i'm
01:32
a serial internet entrepreneur like i
01:34
said i've written a bunch of books also
01:36
but this isn't just theory i've been
01:38
building early stage
01:40
internet companies for over 20 years
01:43
after i graduated from stanford i went
01:45
into the internet not surprisingly like
01:46
most people in my generation did
01:48
and have made some good money working on
01:50
a lot of small ventures that you haven't
01:52
heard of mostly
01:54
some big celebrity driven ones that you
01:56
may have heard of
01:57
and i also started the digital division
02:00
for a major fortune 500 company
02:02
that you've definitely heard of
02:03
multinational
02:05
since then i've evolved more to run my
02:07
own businesses quietly privately in the
02:09
background and these days i operate
02:11
mostly as an angel investor
02:12
investing in early stage companies and
02:14
even more importantly mentoring and
02:16
helping
02:16
early stage companies all over the world
02:18
trying to get from that
02:20
hardest zero to one stage you know
02:22
taking the
02:23
vision from your head and getting it out
02:26
not on the paper like the old days but
02:28
into code
02:28
that will then realize your dreams by
02:31
presenting whatever it is you're
02:32
you're about out to the world so that
02:34
people can participate
02:35
hopefully help each other benefit from
02:37
it so that you're adding value
02:39
and in return that brings some money
02:41
back into your pockets and
02:42
and your backers as well so that life
02:44
cycle to me is very interesting i've
02:46
spent a lot of time on it
02:47
and i'm here today as a community
02:48
service essentially to help more of you
02:50
benefit from
02:51
these same opportunities that have done
02:53
well for me and and many other folks
02:55
so um so enough about me if you want to
02:58
know more about me you can go to
02:59
scottfox.com or there's a page about me
03:01
on wikipedia
03:02
and today we're going to talk about um
03:04
well startup fundraising
03:06
i've got uh kelly here and aruna both
03:09
are going to come on camera looks like
03:10
and um i want to thank let's see
03:14
um okay right so this community service
03:16
so i could use your help
03:18
so the quick commercial is there's no
03:19
sales pitches today but the quick
03:20
commercial is
03:21
i'm doing my best to share knowledge so
03:24
if you like this and you find it useful
03:25
please give me some feedback
03:27
you can email us or even better is to
03:30
post on linkedin page to post on
03:31
facebook
03:32
post on instagram wherever you hang out
03:34
and let the people know about the show
03:35
we're doing it the first tuesday of
03:37
every month
03:38
at the same time and hopefully that hits
03:40
a lot of time zones and a lot of people
03:41
around the world
03:42
to help you um you know get your startup
03:44
going farther and faster
03:46
if you have a question you can submit
03:48
that in advance
03:49
and we'll give you free tickets to our
03:51
next masterminds workshop so that's
03:53
another service i run once a month we do
03:54
workshops
03:55
with 30 40 50 entrepreneurs from around
03:58
the world these days they're all on zoom
03:59
not surprisingly
04:00
and do a networking and peer group
04:03
coaching and pitch practice which is a
04:05
lot of fun
04:06
so that's more information on that is at
04:08
mastermindsworkshops.com
04:10
okay so please follow please subscribe
04:12
please do all that social stuff
04:14
all right now so um
04:17
another quick note this these are public
04:18
and recorded discussions
04:20
so please be aware of that don't share
04:22
anything too confidential
04:23
and two things i want to talk about
04:25
before we get to the questions
04:26
one was an article that i read today
04:28
that i think is really useful for
04:30
anyone that is watching this we're going
04:32
to publicize this
04:33
wide and far if i can this is a new
04:35
study that came out today that i thought
04:37
was really
04:38
useful and it's about why startups fail
04:42
now the conclusions from this are not
04:44
earth shattering
04:45
but they are really useful because most
04:47
of the numbers and attention that i've
04:50
seen
04:50
around startups are given to the big
04:52
companies right you know
04:53
airbnb went public or you know the early
04:57
stage
04:58
rise to the top the media likes to focus
05:01
not surprisingly on the billion dollar
05:02
exits the unicorns right
05:04
and especially the solo founder the mark
05:06
zuckerbergs of the world
05:07
who managed to build a colossus from
05:10
essentially nothing from an idea out of
05:12
his head right so
05:14
i think what is more interesting and
05:16
what's more actionable for regular
05:17
people
05:18
is to do things small because that's how
05:21
you start
05:21
everybody starts small with you know no
05:24
investors and no subscribers and no
05:26
customers it's just you
05:27
or hopefully you and a friend or a few
05:29
friends to build a team
05:30
so this study i'm going to share with
05:31
you here visually i just think this is
05:34
pretty cool and you can check it out on
05:35
your own time
05:36
but this is a study that i ran across
05:38
just today this is brand new at least to
05:40
me
05:41
from wilbur labs and i don't know wilbur
05:43
labs
05:44
but this is called why startups fail
05:45
those of you who can see the video
05:47
this is it you can see it if you're
05:49
listening on the podcast or elsewhere
05:51
this is wilburlabs.com in the blueprints
05:53
section
05:54
and it's called why startups fail
05:56
lessons from 150 founders
05:58
so these folks phil santoro shout out to
06:00
him whoever he is
06:02
thanks for actually looking at early
06:03
stage founders right and there's a lot
06:05
of data
06:06
here and it's not a huge data set it's
06:07
150 startups but this is where it gets
06:10
interesting
06:10
why startups fail now some of this is
06:13
obvious but
06:14
i'm going to get to a point here real
06:15
quick watch so why the most common
06:18
reasons they fail they ran out of money
06:19
well that's no surprise that's why you
06:20
guys are here today right
06:21
no financing or investor interest that's
06:24
starting to be interesting
06:26
no business plan or model okay those two
06:29
go together
06:30
no financing or investor interest and no
06:33
business plan or model
06:34
that means you didn't talk to investors
06:36
you didn't have a good model
06:38
that appealed to people that's a
06:40
research question
06:42
not an ability question right in other
06:44
words that's solvable
06:46
then you move down to lost focus okay
06:48
well that life gets in the way sometimes
06:49
i get
06:50
not the right team you're out competed
06:52
okay but then there's another one no
06:53
market need
06:55
so you mean you started a startup
06:56
without knowing anybody cared
06:58
that's a little that's a little
07:00
aggressive even for me right so
07:02
these are the kind of things that we
07:03
talk about in these office hours and in
07:05
my books the startup founders forum and
07:06
especially at the masterminds workshops
07:08
and here's what i think is interesting
07:10
the recommendations the founders in this
07:12
study at least
07:13
do more research create a plan to make
07:16
sense
07:17
and get to know the investors these
07:19
three things are well over the majority
07:22
of failure points right and these are
07:24
solvable there's some cool graphs in
07:26
here on you know the
07:27
the evolution of these different reasons
07:29
over time because obviously
07:30
the covid pandemic impacted a lot of
07:32
things more recently
07:35
and then down here's yes okay so here's
07:37
the advice this is the takeaways
07:39
learn from your mistakes okay this is
07:41
advice that everybody's parents gives
07:42
them but it's hard to do but with a
07:44
startup
07:45
it's only when my first startup failed
07:47
by the way i'm not perfect
07:48
i lost a lot of money almost everything
07:50
i had with my first startup
07:54
one of my cousins said to me something i
07:55
still remember it's only a mistake if
07:57
you don't learn from it
07:59
right so you have to be in learning mode
08:01
it's real easy when you're a founder to
08:02
get caught up in your own vision
08:05
and ignore feedback but that's dangerous
08:08
second listen to your customers honestly
08:10
that's even more important
08:11
i can't tell you how many startups i
08:13
meet that haven't talked to actual
08:14
customers
08:15
they're so convinced of the how clever
08:17
their idea is that they haven't gone out
08:19
and talked to anybody that's really
08:21
dangerous there you can see it
08:22
at 53.8 percent of the failure and third
08:25
is very related
08:26
tied for that in second place and sure
08:28
there is a market yeah
08:30
your ideas nobody cares about your ideas
08:33
unless it benefits them right
08:34
what's in it for me that's what
08:36
everybody wants to know and you get the
08:37
idea here create a solid business plan
08:39
and so forth
08:40
and passionate is down there in one two
08:42
three four fifth place
08:43
down here fifth place so if that's fifth
08:46
place
08:47
a lot of the advice that you're seeing
08:48
in the world um in terms of startup
08:50
success is about your passion and so
08:52
forth but you really gotta have your
08:54
crap together first right
08:56
figure out if there's a market figure
08:58
out what the competition looks like
08:59
figure out if investors will support it
09:01
like this is basic blocking and tackling
09:03
stuff
09:04
that you can do without spending a lot
09:06
of money and without
09:08
raising money this is the kind of
09:10
research that we're talking about here
09:11
today and all the services that i
09:13
offer uh to you as an aspiring
09:15
entrepreneur
09:16
so if that sounds interesting to you
09:17
you're in the right place welcome to
09:19
masterminds
09:20
okay so startup office hours what we're
09:22
really here doing
09:23
is talking about questions uh so
09:26
questions so i've got
09:26
two folks on the line here we're going
09:28
to start with that and if other folks
09:29
have comments
09:31
on youtube live or facebook live
09:34
or anywhere else you're seeing this and
09:36
you type them in they should show up
09:38
uh in this dashboard i'm using we'll see
09:40
hopefully they do
09:42
and i'll be happy to help you as well if
09:43
you'd like so comments are welcome as
09:45
well
09:46
okay so we've got uh let's let's do this
09:48
here uh
09:50
i'm going to invite my guests on screen
09:52
hopefully this let's see here
09:54
here comes kelly and here comes aruna
09:57
all right there we go that's good start
09:59
now let's see if we can hear you guys
10:00
can i hear you
10:02
hey how you doing scott there's kelly hi
10:04
scott
10:05
hi kelly excellent good to see you guys
10:07
okay all right so kelly
10:09
had a question about customers and aruna
10:11
had a question
10:13
about her business model so who who
10:14
wants to go first you guys can you can
10:16
fight it out
10:20
i guess i'll go okay there you go
10:23
all right so aruna we'll come back to
10:25
you in a few minutes and happy to see
10:27
you both
10:27
and if anybody else like i said you want
10:29
to join us message over and we'll try to
10:31
get you on the air as well okay rooney
10:32
we'll be back in a couple minutes okay
10:35
okay there you are kelly hey good to see
10:36
you today um
10:38
so you wrote in why don't you why don't
10:41
you frame the question for us and we'll
10:43
see what we can discuss here together
10:44
so we are a brand new startup using
10:46
basically friends and families money we
10:48
got an investment about 250 000
10:50
we've we've hired a vendor to basically
10:53
get our product
10:54
out so we can start getting in basically
10:56
to sales and actually getting something
10:57
in the market
10:59
and they've become increasingly
11:01
difficult and
11:02
started trying to upsell us really
11:04
unreasonably
11:05
um a lot and the problem is is
11:09
we've got friends and family money it's
11:11
very limited funds you know we're not
11:12
even we're not even earning an income
11:14
yet
11:14
um but they keep upselling us the
11:16
problem is is we need our product
11:19
so what's the balancing act how do you
11:21
deal with the difficult vendor when
11:22
in a sense we need the product more than
11:24
they need our money
11:26
um and so how do we deal with that with
11:28
not being suckers and just giving in to
11:30
every demand that they have
11:32
but also we need the product we have to
11:34
you know it's vital for the company that
11:36
we get this
11:37
that we get this product done what
11:39
they've given us so far you know we have
11:40
milestones and they've got they've
11:42
done fantastic work but they just keep
11:44
coming up with some really unreasonable
11:46
charges
11:47
and trying to figure out kind of the
11:48
balancing act between okay the you know
11:50
paying this to get the product but also
11:53
not blowing our entire budget because
11:54
you know it's you know pretty much every
11:56
dollar is accounted for
11:57
so yeah kind of that balancing act on
12:00
how to deal with just a difficult vendor
12:02
so we can get that and get out into the
12:03
market right right okay
12:06
first of all sorry that sucks
12:10
well it does happen and that that's
12:11
exactly right so for anybody else that's
12:13
watching this
12:13
i'm sure a lot of you are nodding your
12:15
heads going yeah that sounds familiar or
12:16
shaking your heads i should say
12:18
um so first of all don't feel bad kelly
12:20
this happens all the time it's not
12:22
you're not
12:23
you haven't done necessarily anything
12:24
wrong right i mean this is just this is
12:26
business right so
12:28
um and it sounds like you get that but
12:29
just to say that for everybody else this
12:31
happens right um and it's the good
12:34
news is that you were smart enough to
12:35
put milestones into the deal
12:37
so that they're getting paid presumably
12:39
based on accomplishment so that's a
12:41
recommendation for everybody else
12:42
listening right
12:43
don't just do a fixed price for the
12:45
finish line
12:47
try to squeeze it out into three four
12:49
six whatever milestone payments
12:51
so that incentivize the vendor to keep
12:53
delivering right
12:55
and certainly don't give them too much
12:56
upfront because sometimes they'll just
12:58
take you know half or whatever and
12:59
disappear
13:00
especially if you're talking with about
13:01
smaller uh smaller companies or vendors
13:05
the other good news kelly is that
13:07
they're doing good work so that's great
13:08
news as well so they're not absconding
13:10
with your money so
13:11
i know it it you're not in a good place
13:13
but man it could be worse
13:15
agreed yeah whatever that's worth okay
13:17
so can you can i ask a couple more
13:19
questions just to flesh it out a little
13:21
absolutely um what you don't need to be
13:23
too confidential here don't reveal
13:25
anything because this is a public
13:26
broadcast but
13:27
but what kind of vendor is this and what
13:30
is the product just
13:32
what is it they're delivering we have
13:33
basically a muscle memory device
13:35
it basically can track a thousand um
13:38
movements per second
13:39
and so they're more or less developing a
13:42
hardware and software kind of
13:44
combination for that um they're about
13:46
eighty percent done right now
13:48
right now it's just going to be used for
13:49
table tennis but we're going to expand
13:51
other sports
13:52
um once you know we first get our
13:53
initial product so that's kind of what
13:55
they're developing
13:56
about 80 percent done um it'll use that
13:59
you know basically
14:00
an ai coach for table tennis and we'll
14:02
branch out to further sports
14:04
so this is sorry this is this is a
14:06
physical product
14:07
it's actually a device it's a physical
14:09
product with they're also doing you know
14:11
kind of a code and getting us
14:12
ready for you know like a google play
14:14
store and getting us like the app
14:16
developed
14:17
as well and then our software engineers
14:19
will kind of take over once they we get
14:21
the basic core
14:22
so is the piece so what are they holding
14:24
up the deliveries
14:27
yeah they're basically they're
14:28
developing the
14:30
they basically the hardware is already
14:31
there they're just kind of assembling it
14:32
in a certain way
14:34
um to get it to basically get it to
14:36
where we need to be and we mostly
14:38
we have a prototype they're just mostly
14:40
shrinking it to you know about
14:42
the size of a nickel um and so that's
14:45
that's kind of what they're what they're
14:47
doing and for that and then giving us
14:49
code too so it can you know we can
14:50
communicate with the device
14:51
it can store provide feedback things
14:53
like that all right well sounds cool
14:55
okay so this is not a typical software
14:57
delivery issue this is right
14:58
it's more complex than that okay too bad
15:01
that's all right so okay and are they on
15:04
shore are they offshore
15:06
they're in canada canada okay so near
15:09
near shore i guess
15:10
yeah okay okay so all right so what are
15:13
my ideas and anybody that has
15:14
suggestions in the chat please go ahead
15:16
this is a common issue and there's lots
15:18
of ways to slice this
15:19
the honest answer is i don't have a
15:21
great answer i mean they've got you
15:24
where they want you right and especially
15:26
if the amounts of money you're talking
15:27
about are not materially significant to
15:28
them
15:29
i what are you gonna do right right yeah
15:32
and yeah and there we know that they're
15:35
not really making much money off of the
15:36
project that's kind of why they kind of
15:38
keep trying to come up with these costs
15:41
yeah you know
15:42
the contract is you know favorable for
15:44
us but that really just doesn't matter
15:46
because we need the project we need we
15:47
can't start off with another vendor
15:49
so we're just trying to you know what
15:51
how do we figure out okay
15:52
you know they keep coming up with these
15:54
costs that are kind of you know
15:56
unreasonable but we need a lot of and
15:58
kind of stuff you know we've we've done
16:00
things in the past where we've we've
16:02
gotten on the phone with them we've
16:03
listened to their side
16:04
even though they're you know their
16:06
excuses were absurd we like hey you know
16:08
what let we pay it and we've done that a
16:09
couple times or you know just a few
16:11
thousand dollars
16:12
paid it just to try and kind of hey we
16:14
want both sides to be working together
16:15
we've done that and it still hasn't
16:18
they're still just like
16:19
almost like oh well these guys are
16:20
suckers
16:25
and so you know or just is it a big is
16:28
it a big firm or a small group
16:31
they're they're decent sized they
16:33
they've they've
16:34
lost a lot with covid the we talked with
16:37
their ceo and they've lost about
16:38
50 to 60 percent of the company with
16:40
coven so they're
16:42
they're experiencing hard times too yeah
16:45
okay well i guess i have sort of three
16:48
ideas um one is to talk to the ceo
16:51
privately
16:52
i mean that's it sounds like you've
16:53
probably already tried that and try to
16:55
build a relationship and just be honest
16:57
you know and
16:58
he's screwing you over and he's gotta
16:59
stop the second
17:01
is uh the backup of you know threatening
17:04
legal action that's why i asked where
17:06
they're located
17:07
um especially apologies to any canadians
17:10
online but
17:11
you know canadians tend to be pretty
17:13
nice people and
17:15
and they don't like litigation so um
17:17
that might
17:18
have more weight than it would carry in
17:20
the united states the good thing is to
17:23
you know the canadian legal system you
17:25
might have a chance at least you know if
17:26
they were in
17:27
another country with farther away it
17:30
might be harder to pursue them legally
17:32
um and along with the legal threat of
17:34
course goes the social media threat
17:36
which and i i'm not a threatening person
17:37
but
17:38
you know if you're getting desperate you
17:40
know they're pushing you into a corner
17:42
then maybe you need to make them aware
17:43
that a
17:44
cornered animal acts desperately and you
17:46
don't want to do that i mean
17:48
it sounds like a just a kind of a bare
17:50
knuckle negotiation
17:52
razell is okay brazil that's a good
17:54
point i'll get i'm going to quote what
17:56
he just said there
17:57
the other piece is um well let me
18:00
actually say this roselle is in the chat
18:02
um over from youtube he says
18:04
i think they're uh struggling to deliver
18:06
on the price
18:07
so that might be something to dig into a
18:09
little more um and then he says
18:11
this is kind of summary what i was
18:12
saying best to sit down with them and
18:14
reevaluate position work on a
18:16
partnership and
18:17
that's where i was going is that the
18:19
things i started with all the negatives
18:20
but the positive is
18:22
maybe there's some way you can
18:23
incentivize them i'm sure you've thought
18:24
of this and you don't have a lot of cash
18:26
but worst comes to worst you know maybe
18:29
there's some sort of
18:30
um profit sharing or revenue split
18:33
or even equity i mean i hate to do that
18:36
but you know if you're stuck
18:38
you got to do something right so time is
18:40
money for you and if
18:41
if you don't think you have enough
18:43
resources to keep going
18:45
or raise more money then i think your
18:48
options are limited which is why you're
18:49
here
18:50
talking to us i guess right um so maybe
18:52
there's some sort of
18:53
i would rather than going negative or
18:56
it's that you know kind of the carrot
18:57
and the stick right we talked about the
18:58
stick right carrot is more some
19:00
you know what can you offer you know
19:02
what what it what else do you have in
19:04
your bag of tricks
19:05
um you know even if it's just something
19:07
nice like sending the ceo a bottle of
19:09
wine you know or something i mean
19:10
you know think outside the box a little
19:12
you know get their attention
19:13
because um hopefully with your
19:16
milestones you still have some money
19:17
that you still owe them i mean
19:19
you know the options for him sound to me
19:20
like look you either get no more money
19:22
from us and you force us out of business
19:24
in which case
19:25
i go social i go ugly on social and have
19:28
to sue you
19:29
which i hate to do or hey look i just
19:31
sent you a nice bottle of scotch and
19:33
you know how about i give you a two
19:34
percent on sales for a year or something
19:37
you know like help
19:38
me out here i mean it sounds like you're
19:40
at that place and
19:41
we're fortunately not a desperation
19:43
stage um but we do
19:44
you know we've brought on kind of a an
19:46
engineer that we're paying and
19:48
you know they're starting to at first
19:50
they were just a few thousand dollars
19:51
here and there but they're starting to
19:52
get
19:52
much larger kind of on their on their
19:54
increases and that's going to cut you
19:56
know we kind of know where we need to
19:58
get you know
19:59
our software engineer for x amount of
20:00
time to get where we need to be
20:02
for you know to get this product out and
20:04
to do what we need to do with it
20:06
and you know they're cutting into that
20:08
so you know we're still able to finish
20:10
the contract if the problem is you know
20:12
down the road we're not going to be able
20:14
to
20:14
to you know keep the engineers on and
20:16
and things like that to
20:18
what we need to do to get to the finish
20:20
line to where we can
20:21
you know move to the next stage yeah
20:24
that's awkward is a nice word for that
20:26
right yeah
20:28
sorry we're trying to keep from getting
20:30
desperation i guess
20:31
okay okay well all right well then we've
20:33
outlined the worst case scenario for you
20:34
hopefully you don't get there but
20:36
maybe some of those tips that helped
20:37
yeah yeah i know no that's that's
20:39
interesting
20:39
i mean you know i think the
20:40
incentivizing thing i know that they've
20:42
uh you know
20:43
they're hurting too so maybe we can
20:44
figure out some way to
20:46
work it out and just see what their
20:48
issues are i guess maybe just get on get
20:49
on with them again
20:50
and um you know have a blunt
20:52
conversation like you know
20:53
yeah and if you can do very friendly
20:56
yeah yeah and it sounded like you're
20:58
um you had a conversation with the ceo
21:00
but maybe it was in a group
21:01
but if you could do it one on one you
21:03
know where he's not one of his people
21:04
and you're not in front of your people
21:06
or whoever whoever the decision makers
21:07
are on both sides
21:08
you know maybe he's not the decision
21:10
maker honestly you might poke around on
21:11
that too the ceo may not be actually the
21:12
boss
21:13
there may be somebody else pulling the
21:14
strings who's the chairman or the
21:16
chairwoman you know or their
21:17
lead investor is his dad you know or
21:19
something right i mean there may be
21:21
something else going on that you could
21:22
poke around at
21:23
um and see you know to make sure that
21:25
you're actually talking to someone who
21:26
has the ability to
21:27
change the game in a positive way for
21:29
you okay perfect
21:31
all right well greg good to see you um
21:34
thanks for joining us
21:35
and uh we're going to bring on aruna and
21:37
if this is the kind of stuff guys that
21:38
we talk about all the time
21:40
uh in the mastermind startup founders
21:42
forum so if you haven't checked that out
21:43
go ahead
21:44
be happy to see you over there okay so
21:47
that was kelly hopefully that was
21:48
interesting and useful to folks alright
21:50
so now we're going to talk to our friend
21:51
aruna
21:52
and like i said if you have a question
21:54
or a comment
21:56
sounds like it isn't working on youtube
21:57
okay brad thanks for posting that
21:59
not much i can do at the moment i guess
22:01
um but i'll look at that for next time i
22:04
guess but if you're watching this
22:05
or listening uh it sounds like it's
22:07
working on facebook live so
22:09
head over there although we're getting
22:10
actually a bunch of you look like you're
22:12
on youtube so
22:13
maybe brad there's a couple different
22:14
youtube links try going to uh
22:17
facebook. sorry youtube.com scottfox
22:20
that hopefully that one okay so aruna is
22:24
up next aruna we're going to talk about
22:25
um
22:26
well i'll let aruna tell you what we're
22:27
going to talk about hey rona nice to see
22:29
you
22:29
hi good afternoon yes good afternoon
22:32
thank you thank you for having me over
22:34
so
22:35
um my concept is more service based but
22:38
it is
22:40
more based on an i.t platform this is
22:43
supposed to happen
22:44
not in the united states but outside of
22:46
the country
22:48
my concern was two things
22:51
one was um where should i go
22:54
to raise funds two at what time should i
22:58
go to raise fund like do i do i
23:00
get my um you know some kind of a proof
23:04
of concept before i go
23:06
uh to vcs or investors trying to invest
23:09
in this
23:10
or should i just say this is what the
23:12
concept is this is the number
23:14
i know there is potential i know there
23:16
is need
23:17
um and i've done a mock test before for
23:20
myself and just go ahead from there
23:22
based on my experience my past
23:24
experience
23:25
i'm a little confused there because i'm
23:27
hearing two things
23:28
one get an mvp um you know try to go
23:32
that route
23:32
two do a mock-up and give some live
23:35
examples so you can tell them exactly
23:37
what your
23:38
product is and what you're trying to
23:39
resolve uh
23:41
the reason why i'm going between these
23:43
two is because it's very intuitive
23:46
um uh solution into the
23:49
intuitive solution where it's very
23:52
apparent you can see it you can see what
23:54
i'm offering
23:55
and that is my concern and that's where
23:57
i am right now
23:59
okay so there's a couple questions in
24:01
there um
24:03
and all good ones you're in the right
24:04
place so let's
24:06
start let's start at the beginning so um
24:09
how to raise money basically um can you
24:12
do it with a mock-up
24:13
can you do it with or do you need a mvp
24:16
um
24:16
and for those of you listening that's
24:17
minimum viable product if you're not
24:19
familiar with that terminology a better
24:20
way to say that is minimum valuable
24:22
product
24:23
um something that other people because
24:24
that implies that other people
24:26
actually care about the product not just
24:28
that it's viable but it's valuable
24:30
and i credit that to my friend barry
24:31
james folsom um maybe he got that
24:33
somewhere else but anyway
24:34
uh minimum valuable product um the short
24:37
answer is
24:38
the rules that you read about or hear
24:40
about online all the time there's no
24:42
rules really it's just
24:43
it's a continuum right these aren't
24:45
discreet silos and you're smart enough
24:47
to know that but just to make it clear
24:49
if you can raise money with a minimum
24:51
valuable product
24:53
uh sorry with just a mock-up then
24:55
absolutely do that right
24:56
um if it takes more than do that if it
24:59
takes less do that
25:00
right you raise money however you can
25:01
right so you just gotta it's more a
25:03
question of
25:05
who i would turn the telescope around as
25:07
it were
25:08
and think about who are the likely
25:09
investors um i
25:11
this is the kind of research i was
25:12
talking about a few minutes ago it's
25:14
really easy as a product driven founder
25:16
and i
25:16
am one myself
25:20
to get caught up in the product and the
25:22
features which is good because you need
25:23
that of course
25:24
but if you really think you need to
25:25
raise money then you need to do the
25:27
research on the investors right
25:29
so who are the likely investors in this
25:31
what do they want to see
25:32
how have they funded uh people in the
25:34
past and what do they require
25:36
so if you have an uncle who's in you
25:38
know the textiles business which is your
25:40
focus
25:41
and has some money well you know all it
25:43
might take for him is a greeting
25:45
a birthday card right because he's your
25:46
uncle right so
25:48
that's a different different situation
25:49
than going to you know sequoia or
25:51
kleiner perkins or andres and horowitz
25:52
who are going to require absolutely a
25:54
minimum viable
25:56
product but actually traction in the
25:57
market and user growth
25:59
metrics that are impressive right so i
26:01
think um
26:02
a lot of it is about the investor target
26:04
uh not just the product target
26:06
so that's kind of a wishy-washy answer
26:07
but hopefully that heads you a little
26:09
bit in the right direction
26:11
and the other thing i would say is that
26:13
the um
26:16
the question of whether you want to
26:17
raise money at all is really
26:19
the threshold question there you know
26:21
the gating question why raise money at
26:23
all right
26:24
everybody thinks they need to do that
26:26
but i'm here to tell you the less money
26:27
you raise the happier you will be
26:28
right if you if you can make it without
26:30
the money right so
26:32
you have some experience we've talked
26:33
about actually roon is a member of this
26:35
forum we're talking about
26:36
i think we traded some messages there
26:38
about uh you having bootstrap some
26:40
previous stuff is that right
26:41
yes yeah okay so so you have some
26:44
experience in that
26:45
so here here's the short answer the
26:47
longer you can bootstrap the better
26:50
because that's likely to obviously keep
26:51
other people out of your business
26:53
literally um but also give you something
26:56
increasingly positive to show
26:59
the fact is that anyone who's looking to
27:02
raise growth money these days which is
27:04
what i
27:05
call uh angel investor money or venture
27:08
capital type money or private equity
27:09
money
27:11
those businesses and they are businesses
27:13
they're looking to invest in companies
27:14
that are
27:15
already moving right you have to already
27:18
have built the car
27:19
and they're just adding additional
27:21
gasoline right
27:22
they're not looking for ideas anymore
27:25
there's just too much product in the
27:26
market
27:27
too many business plans too many smart
27:29
people the internet makes it too easy
27:31
for everybody to reach each other
27:32
these are all good things i think but
27:34
from their point of view they get
27:35
overwhelmed with
27:36
business plans and opportunities so why
27:38
wouldn't they hold out for the one
27:39
that's already proven it can make some
27:41
money and hopefully some significant
27:42
money
27:43
and not only make money but it's growing
27:44
quickly right so the bar is really high
27:47
i haven't heard of anybody raising any
27:48
money recently
27:50
with just an idea or even just a mock-up
27:53
or a business plan
27:54
or a powerpoint you really need
27:59
demonstrated what they call traction
28:01
meaning revenue
28:02
um but again that goes back to my first
28:04
point how many who are you talking to
28:06
right so if you're talking to your uncle
28:08
hey you know
28:09
happy birthday uncle fred you know here
28:12
is this thing i'm working on
28:13
you got 50 grand right i mean that
28:15
that's a does that is that helpful i'm
28:17
just trying to give you the goal posts
28:18
here
28:19
uh it is in a way but it is also the
28:22
problem with this
28:23
venture is you either you go big or
28:27
you're going to be like squashed by
28:31
the other people that are there in the
28:33
online
28:34
uh space yeah so this has
28:37
like the the amount of money that i'm
28:39
gonna start off with is about two
28:40
million dollars
28:42
and i require that for the technology
28:44
that i'm going to be putting in
28:46
the other back-end stuff that i have to
28:49
set up
28:50
um in order to and and i need to have a
28:52
minimum number of customers which i
28:54
don't have an
28:55
issue with because of the population and
28:58
the need
28:59
um and not not just the population but
29:02
the right amount the targeted audience
29:04
that
29:04
we're looking for for my kind of a
29:06
project
29:07
um the issue however is that i you
29:10
either go big or you go home
29:12
yeah unfortunately that is that this is
29:14
that kind of an idea and i've been
29:16
through ideas
29:17
that has started in my home started in
29:20
like a small
29:21
thousand square feet uh space
29:24
all that stuff great but unfortunately
29:28
because of the technology because of the
29:29
database because of everything that is
29:31
in the back end
29:32
that contributes towards the success of
29:35
this particular
29:36
project so to speak i cannot go
29:39
like i can't do like a mock-up i mean i
29:42
could do a mock-up
29:43
do some virtual stuff but i can't do
29:46
like the
29:46
mvp the website and whatnot because it's
29:49
going to be of no use
29:50
yeah okay so you're
29:54
i've got the answer that you don't want
29:55
to hear you got to do it anyway
29:58
right nobody's going to give you two i'm
29:59
going to do that anyway yeah okay now i
30:01
started saying those but you know this
30:02
right
30:03
you got to do the mock-up to get to the
30:05
mvp anyway
30:07
you have to do this all anyway if you're
30:08
going to do this then
30:10
you need to change your mindset already
30:12
about what you're going to do
30:13
and say this is what i'm doing right
30:15
you're right i can see you're right at
30:16
that threshold right i meet
30:18
entrepreneurs like this all the time
30:19
like
30:19
i'm going to do this i'm going to do
30:20
this i'm like well then do it
30:22
right and there's you don't have any
30:24
choice here right i mean you're gonna
30:25
have to do a mock-up anyway
30:27
right so i think you're kind of um
30:31
i mean you're smart right you want to
30:32
avoid your minimize your risk i get it
30:34
right totally but you're going to have
30:36
to do a mock-up anyway so get going
30:38
and if you need somebody along the way
30:40
who your mock-up impresses enough to
30:42
invest
30:43
yahoo right i mean that's that's the
30:46
whole point right
30:46
so you're going to have to sounds like
30:48
going to have to do that anyway so
30:50
so i would so here's here's another way
30:52
to help you along then so
30:54
the concern here is that you're wasting
30:56
your time right
30:57
and wasting your time your money your
30:58
effort um and this is everybody we all
31:00
face this as entrepreneurs so
31:02
i would think of this in terms of
31:05
i don't think this isn't one of my books
31:07
but i should probably write it down
31:09
a budget and people talk about budgets
31:12
all the time in terms of money
31:13
but i'm talking about a time and
31:15
motivation and energy budget right
31:17
like i don't know the rest of your life
31:18
and we don't have time to talk about it
31:19
right now but like
31:20
think about this like how much time do
31:22
you have to invest in this and i'm
31:24
talking about time money it helps right
31:25
but you need time because it's you this
31:27
is all coming out of your head right so
31:29
do you have two hours a week 10 hours a
31:30
week 100 hours a week
31:32
you know and figure out how to allocate
31:34
this and write yourself a project plan
31:36
and you know the steps we've just talked
31:37
about them right you've got the idea
31:39
and then you've got you know a minimum
31:41
like a mock-up and then hopefully it
31:42
goes to this to this to this
31:44
and then give yourself some sort of
31:45
timeline and see what you can execute
31:47
in that amount of time and put yourself
31:49
like it is a business because it is a
31:50
business it's just a business of so many
31:52
customers investors or revenue yet
31:54
right and get going um and then
31:58
out of then here's where i'm going with
31:59
that so if you're if your pie is this
32:00
big
32:02
maybe you can carve out 20 percent of
32:04
that to also be doing research on
32:05
investors
32:06
as you go because this is a big problem
32:08
with people they do this all the time
32:10
um our next masterminds workshop the
32:13
workshops i run
32:14
are once a month also the next one is
32:17
next week
32:18
and i'm getting questions in already and
32:19
people people do this all the time
32:21
i built this thing now i want to go find
32:23
investors it's like
32:25
you're doing it wrong right you got to
32:27
be thinking about investors all along
32:30
you want to be building relationships or
32:32
at least researching who the investors
32:33
are in this space
32:34
so that they can be part of the journey
32:37
i mean you know every investor would
32:38
love it if people show up with some
32:40
fantastic high growth company
32:42
that has no previous investors you know
32:44
okay great i'll i'll invest
32:46
but that's not how it works right for
32:48
every month that you go along
32:50
uh it's getting more complex you're
32:52
you're bringing in cousins and friends
32:54
and family rounds and the cap table gets
32:56
difficult and then you've got a couple
32:58
old customers who don't do the right
32:59
thing or you get in the situation where
33:00
kelly is
33:01
it gets complex right so all this has to
33:03
happen at the same time and
33:05
there's no way out of it the point is
33:07
that you allocate some time for research
33:09
to investors along the way
33:10
so that they grow with you and that way
33:13
they can help
33:14
their good and good investors are guard
33:16
rails that will help you avoid those
33:18
kind of problems
33:20
so that they can invest in you later
33:21
even if they're not investing today
33:36
okay i think we're back did we
33:41
okay so anyway i was just my point was
33:43
um go ahead and get going you're gonna
33:45
have to do these certain basic steps
33:46
anyway give yourself a budget
33:48
but allocate a chunk of that for
33:50
investor research and relationship
33:51
development just as you would for
33:53
marketing or product development or
33:55
recruiting and those other pieces right
33:57
um and um
33:58
i think that'll get you where you want
33:59
to go
34:02
fair enough okay all right well great
34:04
well good to see you i'm happy to happy
34:06
to have you here
34:07
going to move on here to uh some other
34:09
questions and i hope to see you again in
34:11
the
34:11
in the founders forum again soon alright
34:15
okay so uh let me head over back over to
34:18
chat hey roselle hi ariel hey jerry
34:20
um you guys uh brad it looks like if
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you're refresh
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refresh on youtube that will work again
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okay so a couple more things here um and
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if you want to type anything into the
34:32
chat rooms go ahead we can try to
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address those as well
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let's see what did i have here oh okay
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so i wanted to talk about
34:41
i found a great resource today
34:44
and it's online a lot of the questions
34:47
that we get are about early stage
34:49
funding
34:50
documentation meaning you know what kind
34:52
of um
34:54
well first of all what kind of structure
34:55
do you use to use a convertible note
34:57
or a series seed equity
35:00
or do you use a safe note or a kiss note
35:03
or a post money safe there's all
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different kinds of structures and this
35:05
can be very confusing
35:07
uh to a new founder uh it's confusing
35:10
even if you're an experienced founder
35:11
it's confusing even to a lot of
35:12
attorneys right
35:14
but i found a resource today i wanted to
35:16
share which is from the coulee law firm
35:19
which uh shout out to cooley um they're
35:22
not a current sponsor
35:23
of my work but um uh they were the first
35:26
law firm that
35:27
helped me with my first startup back a
35:29
long time ago
35:31
and very helpful and generous with their
35:34
time back in the day
35:35
but anyway they have a portal now called
35:37
coolygo
35:39
and what i found today here i will show
35:41
you is a whole series it's a document
35:43
generator let me get to the point right
35:45
it's a document generator
35:47
so that if you can you still need to
35:48
figure out which kind of structure to
35:50
use and that's a longer discussion that
35:52
we could have some time if anybody wants
35:54
to
35:55
but creating the documents is
35:56
tremendously expensive
35:58
if you hire attorneys to do it from
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scratch so just like you have kind of
36:02
like legal zoom or something where
36:04
you can create simple incorporation or
36:06
trademark sort of documents
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this cooligo and i'm going to share it
36:09
with you here on the live stream
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is a generator for that kind of stuff
36:14
and i'm not used this this is not legal
36:15
advice as i said a minute ago in the
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captions
36:19
not legal or financial advice you should
36:20
consult your own experts etc etc
36:24
but here it is okay so this is the
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national venture capital association has
36:30
uh financing documents so these are
36:31
standard documents the national venture
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capital association uses
36:34
very useful to standardize this stuff
36:36
because all this stuff used to be custom
36:38
every time it was very expensive
36:41
but the national venture capital
36:43
association has model
36:44
venture financing documents and then
36:46
this thing at cooley go
36:48
um actually you can generate
36:51
i see here it's a series seed equity
36:53
financing package
36:54
or safe financing documents generator
36:57
and you can click on that and you
36:58
basically fill out the forms
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and you can fill out the forms and it
37:05
will generate the documents
37:06
now like i said this is not qualified
37:09
legal advice
37:10
but this is a great place to start
37:13
because then you have something at least
37:14
to work with
37:15
and at least some of the documents like
37:16
the safe documents which stands for by
37:18
the way simple agreement for future
37:20
equity
37:20
are designed that you really could do
37:23
them yourself
37:24
now i as a non-attorney founder is what
37:27
i'm saying
37:28
here's the link for that by the way in
37:30
case you missed it
37:32
but i don't recommend that i think you
37:35
really should have qualified
37:36
um legal and financial advisors
37:39
absolutely and i'm not one of them but
37:43
this can give you the base documents
37:45
that you need to
37:46
at a minimum just learn this stuff
37:48
yourself of course but also to have
37:50
something to propose
37:51
or and here's the real point to give to
37:53
attorneys so that they don't bill you
37:55
for every minute
37:56
of creating this stuff which they're
37:58
really probably pulling it out of a
37:59
template library anyway
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right but it gives you a base format to
38:02
use which is standard in the industry
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and then you can more worry about
38:08
filling in the details correctly rather
38:10
than
38:10
you know rebuilding the whole house from
38:12
scratch so that can be a very valuable
38:14
thing and i recommend that kind of thing
38:16
to you guys
38:17
if you're looking to raise money so i
38:18
was impressed and thank you to cooley
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uh to cooley for that okay let's see
38:24
here
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back over to the chat and we'll see what
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else we go uh
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yeah latonya let's see that can you see
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that yeah latonya says
38:32
tanya esquire looks like latonya is an
38:34
attorney
38:35
like me and she even says at least do
38:37
the documents and then get an attorney
38:38
to review exactly latonya thank you
38:40
that's
38:41
you said that better than i did it's a
38:43
good place to start right
38:44
uh rozelle says uh what's the uh
38:49
salary for ask for decent salary not
38:53
excessive just not something that will
38:54
not be limiting
38:55
people will tell me that i need to ask
38:57
for a minimum okay
38:58
so roselle uh sorry i'm just looking at
39:01
the chat here real quick what kind of
39:03
salary can we ask for as a founder cr
39:04
cto in my initial proposal
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okay so um yeah
39:10
founder salaries are a tough uh tough
39:14
equation right because every dollar you
39:15
take out doesn't go into the company and
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if you're using investor money they
39:19
don't like that
39:20
like when i invest in companies i you
39:21
know i don't i don't want to invest in a
39:23
company to see them immediately spend
39:25
the money
39:26
on something not directly related to
39:28
acceleration of the business that's
39:30
why i'm investing i'm not investing to
39:32
help you cover your mortgage
39:33
you know or pay your kid's school
39:36
tuition or
39:36
you know feed your dog right it's to
39:39
grow the company and hopefully make
39:40
money back because from the investor's
39:42
point of view it's an investment
39:44
right so
39:47
keeping sale salaries for founders and
39:49
cto in your example their
39:51
result low is is a tension that always
39:54
occurs in the relationship between
39:56
investors and founders and early stage
39:58
hires
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there are guidelines online you can look
40:02
at this kind of thing
40:05
i don't know if you've googled that
40:06
question but there are
40:08
standards that have emerged and
40:11
generally
40:12
you know depending on how senior you are
40:14
and how well the company is funded
40:16
and uh the field you're in and the
40:18
living costs where you live that kind of
40:20
stuff you know those are all moving
40:21
targets right
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but it means that you know a very
40:24
experienced senior person
40:26
might be able to live on 50 grand a year
40:28
if they're living in a
40:29
in a more affordable part of the country
40:31
or the world
40:32
but if they're living in the bay area
40:35
you know or in manhattan they might need
40:37
10 000 a month
40:38
easily right just to to live
40:41
and eat and if they have kids and you
40:44
know dependents and that sort of thing
40:45
so
40:46
there's not a hard and fast answer
40:49
a few thousand dollars a month certainly
40:51
seems reasonable
40:53
rather than picking a number or giving
40:55
you a number i would suggest that you
40:58
work backwards from how much financing
40:59
they have and figure out what is
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reasonable
41:01
and fair especially compared to other
41:04
team members
41:05
and here's the key is that it's not
41:07
forever right
41:08
there's no reason this is gonna this
41:10
boils down to some sort of contract or
41:11
agreement
41:12
or at least a set of emails or something
41:14
and there's no reason it has to be
41:15
forever right
41:16
so um you know if you can if you can
41:19
survive on
41:20
whatever you think is reasonable three
41:22
five eight thousand dollars a month i
41:23
don't know what it is
41:24
you start there but put in an escalator
41:26
uh so that
41:28
you say you know after 90 days it goes
41:29
up a thousand dollars or two thousand
41:31
dollars after six months it goes up this
41:33
much more
41:34
and or instead of just time key it to
41:36
milestones
41:37
once we get you know the the product
41:39
launched it goes to this once we have
41:41
our first
41:41
x dollars in revenue it goes to this you
41:43
know and if you can get that kind of
41:44
stuff
41:45
sorted out up front it should kick in
41:49
automatically assuming everything goes
41:50
well of course the reason we have
41:52
contracts is because things often don't
41:53
go well so you need to figure out what
41:55
else happens
41:56
um but uh that's the uh that's the
41:59
challenge for you is to negotiate that
42:02
and within reasonable ranges for
42:05
everybody else especially if you're
42:08
coming in as a leader of the company you
42:09
want to be a good example
42:10
uh and and show that you're you're doing
42:12
your share and
42:14
um and i'm sure you would right i mean
42:16
that's what you're trying to do
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okay let's see what other folks say
42:19
about that uh uriel suggests uh to
42:22
resell that it all depends
42:23
my clients in the san francisco early
42:26
stage startups take a salary of 60k
42:28
which makes it hard to survive in the
42:29
bay but once they reach series a
42:31
they up the salary to 12950 they go
42:33
that's pretty much what i just said in a
42:35
more succinct way
42:36
uh thank you ariel that's that's right
42:38
right so you're starting like 5k a month
42:40
to 10k or 15k a month depending on where
42:42
they are
42:43
and you know the the stage and funding
42:45
of the company yep
42:46
um okay uh let's see
42:50
roselle what's the best way for this
42:51
chat okay so good point so next time i'd
42:53
love to have more of you on camera
42:54
that's fine
42:55
and you need to rsvp in advance and fill
42:57
out a little form so that i can give you
42:58
a special link i can't give it right now
43:00
because i'm busy
43:01
but if you'd like to do this again first
43:03
tuesday of next month i'll be back
43:05
and you can find the rsvp form online
43:08
it's posted on
43:10
youtube and facebook and linkedin and
43:12
eventbrite
43:13
uh all my places
43:16
uh and there's a form you can fill out
43:18
um and
43:19
um and then i'll get you the link we get
43:22
on camera like kelly and aruna did
43:24
okay um okay let's see
43:27
so uh sorry i think we covered that but
43:30
let me just scroll down here
43:32
um
43:37
okay sorry i wasn't we didn't lose the
43:39
connection there i'm reading okay
43:40
okay i think we covered that one for the
43:41
moment um here's another one that i got
43:46
this is a common one uh how can i get
43:48
attention or publicity from my startups
43:50
new services or products okay yeah well
43:52
that's a typical
43:54
uh question that i have a special answer
43:56
for actually
43:58
the typical growth marketing approach
44:00
these days is to raise some money and
44:02
spend it on
44:04
paid advertising essentially buy traffic
44:06
on facebook
44:07
is very typical and not a bad thing if
44:10
you can do that
44:11
in an additive way right you put a
44:13
dollar and get
44:14
two dollars out right so that your
44:15
customer acquisition costs are
44:17
reasonable
44:18
and that's a fine thing i have another
44:21
angle that a lot of people neglect that
44:22
i think is kind of cool
44:24
and that is podcast publicity
44:28
so podcasts are a growing area you guys
44:30
all know this
44:32
and especially during the pandemic audio
44:35
listening has gone up
44:37
you've got formats like a clubhouse that
44:39
are audio only getting lots of press
44:41
anyway a different way that isn't talked
44:44
about much that has
44:45
had great success for me and i think
44:47
good for you guys too
44:48
is to go on podcasts and get interviewed
44:51
about your product
44:52
now this is more obviously for consumer
44:54
focus type brands or products
44:57
although there are podcasts on just
44:59
about everything these days and there
45:00
are business to business podcasts
45:02
so even if you have uh you know some
45:04
sort of enterprise service or
45:06
or like kelly's example you know maybe
45:07
the product is something
45:09
that helps um you know with physical
45:11
therapists or doctors of a certain kind
45:13
you know
45:14
there might be a podcast about that and
45:16
by the way if there isn't
45:17
why don't you start one right podcasts
45:19
are easy to start and they're fun
45:21
um but where i was going with this is
45:22
that podcasts are a good place to
45:25
promote yourself and this is one of the
45:27
businesses i run actually there's a
45:29
site and a service called
45:30
radioguestlist.com and i started this a
45:33
dozen years ago or so when my
45:35
my second book came out um because i
45:38
wanted to get publicity and
45:40
it's a free service by the way free
45:43
and you can there they're upsells of
45:45
course
45:46
but you can get leads for podcast
45:49
interviews
45:50
uh and uh get yourself booked on shows
45:54
to talk about your favorite stuff which
45:55
is you
45:56
and what you're building right and there
45:58
are a lot of shows about startups these
45:59
days
46:00
and if that's your thing i'd recommend
46:03
radioguestlist.com
46:04
as well as the podcast directory
46:08
here i have one over here this is a book
46:11
this is a 2018 edition
46:13
but we publish a huge directory of
46:16
listings of podcasts and shows that you
46:18
can get on and the new one just came out
46:20
that's why i was thinking about this
46:21
literally it's just coming out this week
46:25
and you can find easy ways to get
46:26
publicity so if that's
46:28
interesting to you check out
46:30
radioguestlist.com it's a really ugly
46:31
website by the way don't hate on it
46:34
but it works it's like craigslist ugly
46:35
but it works
46:37
okay what else we got here uh well we're
46:39
45 minutes in already i'm glad you guys
46:41
are finding this interesting thanks for
46:42
sticking around i appreciate you being
46:44
here by the way i'm doing this
46:46
for free trying to help everybody
46:48
community service basically
46:50
just as i give the profits from my books
46:52
to charity
46:53
to help inner-city kids back in detroit
46:55
where i grew up
46:57
but i could use your help promoting this
46:59
so if you think this is useful if you
47:00
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47:02
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47:09
those verbs right
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47:12
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47:16
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47:18
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47:19
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47:21
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47:23
okay so i saw a couple more things in
47:25
the in the chat room there
47:27
let's see what we got here uh
47:31
sorry
47:32
[Music]
47:34
okay a lot of potential investors
47:38
ask how will i get paid back or
47:40
liquidate this is from
47:41
tri vista media i have experience
47:44
creating public companies for other
47:46
people how much easier is it to raise
47:49
funds as a public
47:50
entity okay so try vista i would do it
47:54
as a bdc
47:56
so any share sold our free trading no
47:58
reg a
47:59
financing okay i'm not sure what a bdc
48:02
is trevista so if you can fill me in on
48:04
that
48:06
the first so i'm a little confused about
48:08
the public company
48:10
raising funds as a public entity
48:13
unless you're just talking about share
48:14
sales for a publicly traded vehicle
48:16
already but maybe you can clarify that a
48:18
little looks like you're on youtube go
48:19
ahead and
48:20
post a little clarification there but i
48:22
can certainly talk about how to
48:23
the first part a lot of potential
48:25
investors ask how will i get paid back
48:27
or liquidate
48:28
absolutely that is the goal of investors
48:31
right
48:33
i invested in a company uh last month uh
48:35
known
48:36
uh two months ago december uh great
48:39
company
48:39
very exciting um but uh he's doing
48:43
so well that he may not raise any more
48:45
money right so i got in uh
48:48
and put some money in and now suddenly
48:50
they've got revenue coming at them from
48:52
left right and center
48:53
and um so what if he never sells right
48:56
so
48:56
great the ceo and the team end up making
48:58
a couple million a year maybe
49:00
why would they sell right it's a nice
49:02
life
49:03
so it's a very common concern and
49:06
especially
49:07
um this is especially important for any
49:09
of you who are
49:10
taking money from venture capital firms
49:12
because venture capital firms
49:14
they're not like me an individual where
49:17
this kind of the money
49:18
more or less comes back into my
49:19
checkbook a venture capital firm is set
49:22
up
49:22
with limited partners right so they
49:24
don't have money of their own they raise
49:25
money from what they call lp's limited
49:27
partners so so limited partners
49:29
each chip in say 10 million dollars and
49:31
the vc fund has a 100 million dollar
49:33
fund
49:33
and they go and invest that but here's
49:35
the trick they have a life span
49:37
expectation for that
49:38
that over six or eight or hopefully 10
49:40
years at most all the things that they
49:42
put money into all the companies that
49:43
they invest in
49:44
exit to return the money back of course
49:47
a lot of them fail a few
49:48
do okay and hopefully a couple are big
49:50
winners right but the point is the lps
49:52
want the money back they
49:54
they can't benefit they don't want their
49:56
10 million
49:58
um to come back you know 400 000 a year
50:01
forever as dividends that's not the
50:03
business they're in they need the money
50:05
back
50:05
the principal sum the whole thing in in
50:08
large
50:09
volume ideally right so so
50:12
um uh so how will i get paid back or
50:16
liquidate so
50:17
um that is the point you have to put in
50:21
um a uh you have to put in some sort of
50:24
exit strategy
50:26
some of the in-betweens on that this is
50:28
probably what you're digging for
50:30
are that you can have sort of exit
50:32
clauses this is
50:33
contracts which is a lawyer word for
50:35
meaning make up that we agree on
50:38
right so you can do contracts and you
50:40
can have an agreement that
50:42
when the company gets to x um dollars in
50:45
revenue
50:45
or x customers or a certain amount of
50:48
profit or ebitda
50:49
or x y and z then the company has to
50:53
start paying back
50:54
right sometimes that's done as a
50:56
percentage like in the form of interest
50:58
on a note
50:59
like you get 10 interest on your note
51:01
every year maybe forever or some time
51:03
period
51:04
another way might be a percentage of the
51:06
actual sales or profits
51:08
that they buy you out it may just be a
51:12
recurring revenue stream back to the
51:14
investor um
51:16
but again that might be okay for
51:18
somebody like me and that is what i
51:19
negotiated with the company i
51:20
was just talking about but for a vc fund
51:23
they want you out
51:24
they want the company to be sold so
51:27
uh the short answer is you got to
51:28
negotiate it and figure out a way
51:30
uh to give them liquidity because if you
51:33
don't expect to give them liquidity they
51:34
will not invest
51:36
their business is to give you money and
51:38
then get it back
51:40
and hopefully double triple 10 times
51:42
right so
51:44
that's that's the opportunity and the
51:45
challenge um
51:47
uh let's see so trivista is bdc is a
51:50
business development corporation
51:51
technically a closed and mutual fund
51:54
but it is a public company
51:58
okay okay so okay in that case so
52:00
travista i'm not familiar with that
52:02
structure
52:02
that's not a typical venture structure
52:05
at all but it sounds pretty cool
52:06
uh speaking as a former investment
52:08
banker that's very interesting
52:09
um so a business development corporation
52:11
essentially is a publicly traded vehicle
52:13
so this is almost like a spac right this
52:15
a special purpose acquisition company
52:18
that you can put out there so that the
52:20
public markets
52:23
have stock that trades so that's not
52:25
typical for venture investment at all as
52:27
far as i know
52:28
but yes it would allow you to raise
52:30
money from the public assuming that the
52:31
public is interested in buying the stock
52:34
so that's um that's beyond my expertise
52:37
quite frankly and beyond the world of
52:38
venture investing
52:40
in that case you'd have to engage in
52:41
investment bank or brokerage firm or
52:42
somebody
52:43
to market the thing out or maybe it's
52:46
more of a crowdfunding thing i'm not
52:48
even sure but you just have to market
52:49
and get public interest
52:50
in the stock um that is very different
52:53
than the venture model so
52:55
um happy to learn more or discuss it if
52:57
you'd like to join us in the startup
52:58
founders forum maybe we can figure out
53:00
an angle for you but
53:01
um that that's not a thing that i i can
53:04
help you with much more
53:05
um but liquid liquidity yes the
53:07
investors are gonna want liquidity
53:09
okay all right well we're almost out of
53:11
time here it's almost been an hour
53:12
already um
53:14
i don't see any more questions at the
53:16
moment or maybe i missed them and i
53:17
apologize
53:18
if i did there are plenty of questions
53:20
out there
53:21
obviously um let's say
53:25
let's talk about what's next okay so um
53:29
let's see sorry just look at my notes
53:33
okay so what we've got is upcoming
53:36
events
53:37
so there are other events like this i do
53:39
this twice a month
53:40
once publicly like this this is uh
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startup office hours
53:43
this is this first tuesday of every
53:45
month and then sometime in the middle of
53:47
the month
53:47
we do the mastermind startup accelerator
53:50
workshops and those are private
53:51
group functions where both of our
53:54
question askers today are veterans of
53:56
that actually
53:57
so a lot of people come to those and
53:58
those are open worldwide thanks to zoom
54:00
so if you're listening and like to join
54:01
us
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free tickets are available if you ask a
54:03
question or
54:05
if you are a underrepresented
54:08
underrepresented minority in the venture
54:10
world
54:10
basically meaning you don't look like me
54:12
then we'd be happy to help you out if
54:14
you
54:14
need help attending uh because the
54:16
tickets cost a grand total of ten
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dollars
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or twenty dollars we just do that to
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keep out the knuckleheads so that we can
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have legit conversations between
54:23
founders and help everybody get up to
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the next level
54:25
i'd love to see you there the url is on
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the screen it's mastermindsworkshops.com
54:31
mastermindsworkshops.com
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at least right now the next one is the
54:34
11th which i think is next
54:35
thursday night and we'd be happy to see
54:37
you there if you'd like to join us
54:40
we also have if you like the way i'm
54:42
talking if this is helpful to you
54:43
there's over 100 episodes of the scott
54:45
fox
54:46
podcast posted on your favorite podcast
54:50
service so if you go check out itunes or
54:51
elsewhere
54:52
please leave a review plenty of me
54:54
talking about this kind of thing if
54:56
that's helpful to you
54:57
my youtube channel is another couple
54:59
hundred uh
55:00
clips about different aspects of startup
55:02
life and you're welcome to
55:03
drown yourself in that stuff as well if
55:05
you'd like but most importantly if you
55:07
would like to work together personally
55:08
the startup founders forum
55:09
i'm there every day helping out our
55:11
members so
55:13
um oh i was gonna give you a code for
55:15
the workshop so if you would like to
55:16
join us for the next startup accelerator
55:18
workshop
55:19
you can use a code save big
55:22
all caps save big and we'll give you
55:23
half off if you want to join us so half
55:25
off ten dollars
55:26
half off 20 bucks this is a community
55:29
service really like i said the
55:30
ticket fee is just a gating factor so
55:33
make sure that everybody's there for the
55:34
right reasons and we hope to help you
55:36
next time last i want to thank our
55:38
sponsor oh wait we don't have any
55:39
sponsors yet so if you're listening and
55:40
you'd like to help sponsor this
55:42
it does take some money and time to keep
55:44
this going my assistants and staff
55:46
get the word out and help you help help
55:48
me help you i'd be appreciative
55:50
of your support and last please review
55:54
share like comment um and uh
55:57
review on any and all platforms we'd
55:59
really appreciate it
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so that's what i got for you today i'm
56:02
scott fox from masterminds in the
56:04
startup council service
56:06
that's hopefully helpful to you and your
56:09
startup dreams
56:10
let's get together and help make the
56:11
world a better place entrepreneurs are
56:13
the ones to do it
56:14
thank you for joining me today and we'll
56:16
be back again on the first tuesday of
56:18
next month
56:18
and like i said please go share like
56:20
comment review
56:22
and all that stuff thanks for being here
56:23
appreciate the folks who join me on
56:25
camera and if you'd like to do that next
56:26
time please
56:27
do rsvp send in a form and we'll talk to
56:30
you too
56:31
thanks for your time i appreciate you
56:32
being here bye

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