1 Hr 8 Min
1 Hr 8 Min
We made a list of all the most common questions we hear from founders when it comes to raising Seed funding. Then we sat down in front of a camera to answer them all!
Our seed funding video series equips founders with the knowledge and tools to avoid common pitfalls and be set up for success. Through the series, we cover are four key aspects of a Seed fundraise:
All these insights are framed within the context of what matters most at Seed vs. later stages.
Ready to get started? Let’s jump in.
Prefer to listen on the go? You can tune in to an audio-only version on Spotify.
Underscore VC partner Lily Lyman provides an overview of Seed investing from three perspectives: founders, venture investors, and limited partners. She also shares information to help founders determine if raising venture capital is right for their business.
How do you determine Seed round valuations? Underscore VC operating partner James Orsillo shares an overview of valuation and offers tips for how to value a startup for Seed funding.
In this segment, Lily shares how to approach an investor and build a trusting relationship that sets your fundraise up for success.
Underscore VC partner Richard Dulude shares how to vet an investor at both a firm and personal level, so you can streamline your fundraising process and make the best choice for your business.
How much traction do you really need to raise a Seed round? Underscore VC investor Brian Devaney shares what investors are looking for in a team, market, and product.
From scripting to practice to ordering slides, Underscore VC partner Chris Gardner shares best practices for how to pitch your startup.
From experience, to attitude, to strengths and weaknesses—Underscore VC investor Sooah Cho shares what Seed investors are looking for in a founding startup team.
Chris explains how to describe the problem you’re solving, the solution you’re building, and the customer pain that it addresses—all in a value proposition.
It can be challenging for a founder to pitch a huge vision for a business—while also staying focused on making progress in the here and now. Sooah explains how to strike the right balance of vision and execution in your pitch.
Investors know that an early-stage revenue model is likely to change over time—but they still want to hear how you’re thinking about it. Lily explains what to focus on when describing your business model in a Seed-stage pitch.
What’s the most convincing way to measure your market opportunity? Richard shares best practices for how to calculate market size.
Every business has competition—even if it’s not direct. Chris outlines how to talk about your competitive landscape in a Seed funding pitch.
How much money should I raise in a Seed round? Jimmy shares advice to help founders answer this question.
What should founders expect during venture capital due diligence? Brian walks through the process and shares how to best prepare for it.
There’s still plenty of work to do once you get a term sheet. Jimmy shares tips for negotiating term sheets, working with legal counsel, closing the deal, and updating investors.
When you file your Form D with the SEC, it becomes public record. Get your ducks in a row before you get scooped. Underscore VC marketing director Devin Nash shares how to announce your Seed funding.