3 Common Mistakes Founders Make During Fundraising

3 Common Mistakes Founders Make During Fundraising

Jeff Erickson, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Forecastr

Preparing for fundraising can be a pivotal moment for startup founders, but it's also fraught with potential pitfalls. Here are three common mistakes founders make and how to avoid them.

Not Knowing Your Numbers

One of the cardinal sins of fundraising is not having a firm grasp on your company's financials. Investors want to see that founders understand their numbers inside and out, including revenue projections, expenses, and key performance metrics. Without this knowledge, founders risk appearing unprepared and may struggle to instil confidence in potential investors.

To avoid this mistake, founders should invest time in thoroughly analyzing their financials and be prepared to answer detailed questions about their business's financial health.

Not Having a Clean and Updated Cap Table

A messy or outdated cap table can be a significant obstacle in the fundraising process. When potential investors request a cap table and founders are unable to provide one promptly, it can signal disorganization and lack of attention to detail. This delay may result in losing momentum and the interest of investors, as they may move on to other opportunities while waiting for the cap table to be cleaned up by an attorney.

Maintaining a clean and updated cap table is crucial for founders to demonstrate transparency, professionalism, and readiness for investment. Regularly reviewing and managing the cap table ensures accuracy and allows founders to respond promptly to investor inquiries, maintaining momentum and maximizing their chances of securing funding.

Not Paying for a Good Startup Lawyer

Skimping on legal expertise can be a costly mistake for founders preparing for fundraising. A seasoned startup lawyer can provide invaluable guidance on the complexities of fundraising, including structuring deals, negotiating terms, and ensuring compliance with regulations. Founders who try to cut corners by forgoing legal counsel can expose themselves to legal risks and miss out on opportunities to optimize their fundraising strategy. Investing in a good startup lawyer can ultimately save founders time, money, and headaches in the long run.

In summary, preparation is key ahead of fundraising and requires careful attention to detail and strategic planning. By avoiding these three common mistakes as a founder you are already putting yourself in a better position for success in securing the funding you need to fuel your startup's growth.

Hear more from Jeff Erickson from Forecastr in our upcoming webinar on Fundraising, Forecasting & Financials: How to impress Investors!

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