Brad Feld: Essential Advice When Raising Capital

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In this 25-minute video Brad Feld shares his essential advice for companies looking to raise capital. This is not just theoretical information - Brad is a legendary investor himself!

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Topics include:

  • Investors come in many "archetypes" - learn how to choose the right investor.
  • Raising money is not always the best way forward.
  • Always raise the right kind of money at the right time.
  • The entrepreneur should try to be in control of the process.
  • Pursue all your opportunities as far as you can.
  • Don't ask for an NDA right away.
  • No means no.
  • Don't ask for referrals from those who choose not to fund you.
  • Never lie.
  • Reflection on his particular "investor archetype" and how he's influenced the industry.

This video is part of a 5-video series with Brad.

Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars.

In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC.

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.


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Chapters for Brad Feld: Essential Advice When Raising Capital

Chapter Name Start Time (HH:MM:SS)
Investors "Archetypes" - Learn How to Choose the Right Investor 00:00:08
Raising Money is Not Always the Best Way Forward 00:01:22
Raise the Right Kind of Money at the Right Time 00:02:19
The Entrepreneur Should Try to Be in Control of the Process 00:05:24
Pursue All your Opportunities 00:07:48
Don't Ask for an NDA Right Away 00:09:01
No Means No 00:09:53
Don't Ask for Referrals From Those Who Choose Not to Fund You 00:02:29
Never Lie 00:13:59
Reflection on His Particular "Investor Archetype"
and How He's Influenced the Industry
00:17:48

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