Hacking the Startup Fundraising Matrix

Read Full Story Here – By Rafe Furst

  1. Hacking the Startup Fundraising Matrix
  2. How to Leverage Social Currency
  3. The Eightfold Path to Investment
  4. The Five Hindrances to Getting Funded

The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” – Morpheus

The Big Idea

Contrary to what you may believe, there is a proven formula for raising capital. It’s what the world’s best CEOs and expert fundraisers have been using for decades. And now with fundraising and investing moving online, this formula can be amplified, and exponentially more valuable to you.

As we’ve shared this formula with founders raising on Crowdfunder, the data shows that those who follow this formula raise ten times the amount of investment as those who don’t. Founders who follow the formula on Crowdfunder attract $240,000 (founders who don’t raise only $24K). Founders who follow the formula close money 50% of the time from interested investors, whereas founders who don’t close less than 10% of the time.

I will show you how to hack this matrix, but first you need to understand what the agents are doing…

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Top 5 Angel Investor Hacks

By Rafe Furst, Crowdfunder Co-Founder

I recently published a comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs called Hacking the Startup Fundraising Matrix. This is based on my 20 years of experience as a fundraising entrepreneur and as an angel investor myself. Here I’m going to share my favorite hacks for evaluating a deal as an angel investor*.

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Startup Investing Guide

We have seen massive growth within the crowdfunding industry over the past 5 years. In 2010, the crowdfunding market was relatively small comprised mainly of early adopters. Fast forward to 2015 where projections show the crowdfunding industry to be an estimated $34 billion.

Crowdfunder is at the forefront of this burgeoning industry where over 100,000 entrepreneurs and investors connect to fund startups. As startup investing continues to move from boardrooms to the online platforms, accredited investors will continue to leverage this to gain access to trending startups to invest in.

In this post, you’ll learn the most important things to consider when investing in startups on Crowdfunder. This includes following the lead investor as this means the Deal terms are set and it also provides social proof that they’ve done their diligence. We will also cover how to evaluate the management team as well as what metrics to look for that will point to success down the line. Lastly, we will look into industry trends and startups Deal terms.

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Trending Startup: Hang w/

Trending Startup: Hang w/

Hang w/ is a live streaming mobile platform with celebrity endorsers and millions of users. They are currently backed by 50 Cent, Timbaland, Elton Brand, and “Larry the Cable Guy.”

“I believe we are entering a golden age in technology. Creative minds are harnessing what’s possible to take human relationships to the next level. Hang w/ weaves together some of the most powerful technological elements – including mobility, social media and live streaming – into one platform.” – Jared Leto, Advisor

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LiveAnswer Wins Crowdfunder Prize at Tech.Co Startup of the Year Competition

LiveAnswer, the next evolution of customer communication, recently placed 3rd out of a  thousand companies across the United States competing to become Tech.Co’s CELEBRATE 2015 Startup of the Year. As a Celebrate 2015 finalist, the Miami-based startup qualified for the opportunity to choose one of the grand prizes offered by leading companies – a total combined value of $250,000.

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PingTank Raises $450,000 Through Crowdfunder

PingTank recently raised $450,000 from 4 investors through Crowdfunder. PingTank is a social media platform that enables users to add 2D/3D overlays to their images. We we’re able to catch up with Lars Halvor Jenson, COO of PingTank, to hear about their success on Crowdfunder. Here’s what he had to say.

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NEWS: SEC Proposes New Rules For Title III Equity Crowdfunding

Today the SEC passed rules to implement Title III of the JOBS Act marking the start of true equity crowdfunding including non-accredited investors.

This is a momentous shift as it will be the first time in 80 years that everyday citizens will be able to invest in early stage companies.

This will have massive implications for both the entrepreneur and investor alike as it will open up a tremendous amount of new capital to startups while allowing investors to further diversify their portfolio.

Title III is slated to go live in 90 days and here’s what to expect.

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Success Story: Bitvore Raises Over $1,000,000 To Scale Sales + Marketing Efforts

Bitvore recently raised over $1,000,000 from 10 investors through Crowdfunder.

Bitvore collects vast amounts of data from the Internet and turns it into clean, organized intelligence that’s ready for use.

We we’re able to catch up with Jeff Currie, CEO of Bitvore, to hear about their success on Crowdfunder. Here’s what he had to say.

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Platform Update: Followers + Messaging

Investing is inherently social. Investors are investing in the founders and their team just as much as the idea. That is why we made it easy to interact with Founders and Investors through our new Follow and Messaging functionality.

Now it will be easier than ever to interact with your Followers and Message them relevant news and updates about the business. This will lead to more Investors engaged around Deals and eventually more deals funded as a result.

Check out the new Follow and Messaging tools to see how you can start leveraging it to grow your network.

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