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Our Teaser Pitch Deck Template

When communicating with investors in your fundraising funnel you will need to make sure you are telling a compelling story as to why they should invest in you. Pitch decks are a powerful tool that can help you tell that story. Different investors will have different opinions about pitch decks. Some investors might want to receive them before the meeting, some might only want them sent via PDF or link, and some investors might not care if you have a pitch deck at all. Through all of the noise one idea we have seen emerge is having a send away (or email deck) founders can share with investors before a meeting. Brett Brohl of Bread & Butter Ventures recommends a 4 or 5 slide deck that can be easily shared…

This Week in Hiring & Talent — January 27th, 2022

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. 9 Tips for Scaling Your Engineering Team After Your First Big Funding Round Olly Headey, Co-founder of FreeAgent, draws on his experience hiring over 100 engineers to help leaders with hiring and scaling their engineering teams. Read more A Year And a Half Later, Here’s How The Four Day Workweek is Going at Buffer Nicole Miller of Buffer surveys their team and breaks down the results from using a 4 day work week for the last 18 months. Read more The Control/Responsibility Matrix Seth Godin, business author, offers a simple matrix using preferences for…

This Week in Hiring & Talent — January 20th, 2022

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. How to Hire Your First VP Engineering Niniane Wang of Basis Set Ventures offers an in-depth guide to help leaders find and hire their first VP of Engineering. Read more The Best Managers Don’t Fix, They Coach — Four Tools to Add to Your Toolkit The team at First Round Review shares four practical coaching tools for founders and startup leaders. Read more Lessons from PayPal on Building a World-Class Startup Culture Courtney Weinstein of 500 studies PayPal to explain how they built a world-class culture. Read more  

This Week in Fundraising — January 20th, 2022

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. Our Teaser (5 slide) Pitch Deck Template Share our 5 slide pitch deck with potential investors before a meeting so they have the context they need to book a meeting and have a conversation about your business. Check it out here: Download Now Maximize Your Venture Capital Experience Sunwoo Lee of Groove Capital explains how and why founders should be regularly communicating with their investors. Read more How to Outline Important Milestones for a Series A Round The team at Underscore VC highlights different milestones that show your company is ready to raise a…

How to Write a Business Plan For Your Startup

While a business plan might feel like a dying practice for startups there are countless benefits of building out and thinking through a plan. A startup business plan can be the backbone of pitch decks, investment memos, and strategy as you set out to build your startup.  Related Reading: How to Secure Financing With a Bulletproof Startup Fundraising Strategy In our guide below, we lay out 8 concepts that will help you build a business plan as you begin your startup journey. You can skip around to specific sections below: Eight Key Concepts To Include In Your Business Plan As we mentioned above, the 8 concepts below are a great starting point to think through when forming your business. Inevitably, you’ll face questions and issues around all of the issues…

This Week in Hiring & Talent — January 13th, 2022

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. The Quick and Dirty Startup Founder’s Compensation Guide Michael Wolfe of Point Nine Capital walks through “a series of principles that underlie compensation and specific tactics you can use.” Read more Why You Should Always Check a Candidate’s References Noel Andrews, Founder of JobRack.eu, makes the case why founders should always check a potential candidate’s references. Read more Thomas Edison’s Weird Job Interview Trick Is Actually Backed by Modern Science Jessica Stillman of Inc.com shares why Thomas Edison made job applicants eat soup in front of him. Read more  

This Week in Fundraising — January 13th, 2022

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. Elizabeth Yin on Investor Excitement Elizabeth Yin, Founder of Hustle Fund, shares a Twitter thread to help founders spot the difference between “investor excitement” and “fundraising interest.” Read more How do VCs Find Companies to Invest in? Jarrid Tingle, Founder of Harlem Capital, explains how he sources deals using social media and Twitter. Read more Pitch Deck Designs That Will Win Your Investors Over On the Visible Blog, we break down the basics of a well-designed and thought-out pitch deck. Read more  

23 Top VC Investors Actively Funding SaaS Startups

As venture capital continues to grow year-over-year, so do the available venture capital funds and funding options. While the venture capital space alone has been rapidly growing, SaaS investments and companies have been a point of focus.  With more SaaS companies entering the market, the more SaaS venture capital options we have seen emerge. In order to help you navigate the space, we’ve laid out a list of VC firms with a proven track record of investing in SaaS startups. Using data from our investor database, Visible Connect, we highlight investors across different stages (if you’re looking for only seed-stage investors check out our list of 60+ Active Seed Stage SaaS Investors) check out our post, and geographies.  You can check out our entire database of SaaS investors here.  1517…

This Week in Company Culture — January 6th, 2022

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. The 4-Day Workweek: Malomo’s 6-Month Trial Yaw Aning, Founder of Malomo, shares the reasoning and data behind their decision to test a 4-day work week for 6 months. Read more Why and How Bolt Switched to a 4 Day Work Week Ryan Breslow, Founder of Bolt, offers the 5 principles they used that ultimately guided them to a 4-day workweek. Read more Culture as a Product: How HubSpot Built its Famed Startup Culture The team at Underscore interviewed Dharmesh Shah, Founder of HubSpot, to understand how HubSpot defined and built their culture. Read more…

How to Write a Problem Statement [Startup Edition]

Raise capital, update investors and engage your team from a single platform. Try Visible free for 14 days. Quick Navigation What is the Purpose of a Problem Statement? Best Practices for Writing a Problem Statement 3 Ways to Enhance Your Problem Statement Start Your Fundraise with Visible At the core of every business or startup is a big problem they are trying to solve. Founders are putting forth their expertise and skills to build a solution to help solve this big problem.  In the early days of building a business, many investors and stakeholders will ask to see a business plan to address how you are attacking a market and solving a problem. When going out to raise capital (from angels, VCs, etc.) making sure that investors clearly understand the…

This Week in Leadership — January 6th, 2022

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2021 The team at First Round Review offers 30 tips and tactics to help founders transform their companies and careers in 2022. Read more How to Find Your Zone of Genius Mathilde Collin, CEO of Front, shares a method to help individuals find their “zone of genius.” Read more Learnings and Tips from Bob Iger Elizabeth Yin of Hustle Fund breaks down her learnings from reading Bob Iger’s book, “The Ride of a Lifetime.” Read more  

This Week in Fundraising — December 23rd, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. Raising Your Next Funding Round? Here’s Advice From 3 Successful CEOs Maddy Cutler of High Alpha interviews 3 founders to understand how they successfully raised capital. Read more Our 5 Favorite Quotes About Pitch Decks from the Founders Forward Fundraising was a constant theme throughout season 2 of the Founders Forward Podcast. Many of our guests shared their thought processes and what they like to see from founders during a pitch. Check out our 5 favorite takeaways about pitch decks here. Anti-Dilution: The Unloved Child Tilman Langer of Point Nine Capital breaks down anti-dilution…

This Week in Hiring & Talent — December 23rd, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. What to Look for When You’re Hiring a Head of Growth Andrew Chen of Andreessen Horowitz shares a framework to help founders hire their first head of growth. Read more Building Your Best Team The team at Greylock discusses tactics and strategies to source, recruit, and hire top talent. Read more Your First VP Does Not Have to Be a VP of Sales Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, explains why the first VP hire a founder makes does not necessarily need to be a VP of Sales. Read more  

10 Venture Capital Funds in Dallas You Need to Know

Fundraising is difficult. On top of building a strong business, founders need to build their investor funnel from start to finish. They need to find the right investors, build relationships, and successfully pitch their company with hopes of a check. In order to better help founders tackle finding investors for their business, we’ve built a totally free, community-sourced investor database, Visible Connect. While the world has certainly become virtual over the last few years, there are still benefits in keeping tabs on the local tech and startup scene. For founders located in the Dallas area and Texas, we’ve put together a list of the 20 venture capital funds you need to know: Blossom Street Ventures About: From the team at Blossom Street, “We’re don’t believe in high burn, go big or…

Pitch Deck Design Cost Breakdown + Options

Raise capital, update investors and engage your team from a single platform. Try Visible free for 14 days. Quick Navigation Pitch Deck Design Options How Much Does a Pitch Deck Design Cost? Easily Share Your Pitch Deck with Visible Decks Storytelling is an integral aspect of a successful VC fundraise. A pitch deck is a visual tool that founders can leverage to tell their stories.  However, as a founder, it can feel like you’re getting pulled in a hundred different directions, and finding the time to build the pitch deck might feel impossible (or design just might not be your strong suit). Thankfully, there are countless resources, tools, and options to help you get your pitch deck designed and shared with potential investors.  Pitch Deck Design Options There are countless…

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