51. The Hunt for Investors, Part 1 (Mark Peter Davis)

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Mark Peter Davis of Interplay Ventures joins Nick to cover The Hunt for Investors, Part 1. We will address questions including:

  • Can you walk us through your background and how you became involved in startup investing?
  • Can you talk a little about the startup foundry concept and how Interplay differs from the standard venture model?
  • Today we’re talking about the hunt for investors and we’re doing it from a bit of a different perspective as we’re looking at it from the standpoint of the entrepreneur. Let’s start off w/ setting a strategy for a fundraise… Why is it important for entrepreneurs to develop a fundraising strategy and what are some of the key components they should include?
  • This process isn’t just about finding any money but finding the right money. From your standpoint, what should entrepreneurs think about when selecting investors to pursue and do you have any thoughts on the due diligence entrepreneurs should perform on their investors?
  • Assuming one has an idea of the type of investors they’re looking for, what are your thoughts on where or how founders should look for investors?
  • You’ve cited the three documents an entrepreneur needs… The bait, The Presentation, and The How. What are each and why are they necessary?
  • With regards to the bait… Any key red flags that most often jump out at you and disqualify a pitch from further consideration?

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