VC Minute

VC Minute

Quick advice to help startup founders fundraise better. Founders, do you feel like you're fundraising on an uneven playing field? You are. The VC minute is here to help you level up. Venture capitalists navigate pitches and negotiate investments every day. They know the ins and outs and are up-to-date on the current funding environment. But as a founder, it may be your first foray into fundraising, and no matter how much success you've had in other areas nothing truly prepares you for the fundraising journey. The VC Minute was created to help founders close this gap. While it may seem like securing an investment at the seed stage is mostly driven by luck, there are steps founders can take to increase the odds of successfully raising a round. And that's what we're going to cover on the VC Minute through a series of short episodes. I'm going to share with you insights to help navigate the seed stage financing dynamics. I'm Rich Maloy, Managing Partner at SpringTime Ventures with 25 years business experience a dozen years in the startup ecosystem. I've applied my experience from sales, finance, and venture investing, to help startup founders fundraise better.

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May 5, 2022 1 min

Founders, do you feel like you're fundraising on an uneven playing field? You are. 
The VC minute is here to help you level up.

Each episode is less than 2 minutes and is packed with fundraising advice.

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Raising a seed round is like throwing a pool party.

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, and reach conviction independently. Our ini...

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June 13, 2022 1 min

Your job as the Chief Pool Party Officer involves organization and communication. 

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, and reach con...

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The only way other investors will know that there are other people in the pool is if you tell them

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quic...

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June 13, 2022 55 sec

If you state that you have a million committed, there better be a million dollars worth of capital in that pool, ready to party. 

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a peopl...

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June 13, 2022 1 min

Show High Interest Then Stall - the VC strategy you hate.

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, and reach conviction independently. Ou...

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June 14, 2022 55 sec

Expect that over the next few months, you are going to get a lot of the SHITS from investors. 

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, a...

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June 15, 2022 1 min

You can't force conviction, but you can drive action.

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, and reach conviction independently. Ou...

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June 16, 2022 2 min

Working within an investor's system means getting through their process. 

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, and reach convicti...

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June 17, 2022 1 min

That's a wrap for the first week of VC minute. I hope you enjoyed the kickoff . We're going to pick this back up next week on Monday.

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We b...

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June 17, 2022 19 sec

Bonus episode today: Put your email in your pitch deck. That is all.

About SpringTime Ventures
SpringTime Ventures seeds high-growth startups in healthcare, fintech, logistics, and marketplace businesses. We look for founders with domain expertise, forging a path with a truly transformative technology. We only invest in software-based businesses in the USA. We bring a people-focused approach, work quickly, and reach conviction indep...

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June 20, 2022 1 min

Do you have an investor update list? Are you using a CRM? You should be doing both. 

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June 21, 2022 1 min

You need to treat your fundraise like a sales process. The difference is that with fundraising, you need to close everyone all at once.

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June 22, 2022 1 min

Pooled Interest or Soft Circled investors is how you use your system  to move through investors systems. 

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June 23, 2022 1 min

The last piece in your toolkit for driving action is deadlines. When you've got enough capital around the table, it's time to pull it in. And nothing drives action like a deadline. 

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June 24, 2022 58 sec

Your lead investor needs to be the one having the most fun at the pool party.

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