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Edition 13: How to say no; Discipline during fundraising; Getting things done;
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Sharing the good, the bad and the ugly provides accountability and a forcing function. If you see numbers that are less than great, you’ll be tempted to make an excuse, point to another bright spot, or hold off on sharing until things improve. Or you might shift gears and work on another project as a distraction. But you can’t afford to do that.
How to say no in any situation:
While GTD requires an upfront investment in time and energy to set up, it pays off with consistent use. You’ll no longer worry about forgetting a deadline or missing an important task. Instead, you’ll be able to respond to incoming information calmly and prioritize your time confidently.
You are either fundraising or you are not
We see many founders are often swayed into fundraising before they are ready. The temptation to rush into raising can come from many sources, like an investor who sends a cold email wanting to meet for coffee, or the latest funding announcements that convince founders it’s the perfect time to fundraise.
“Activate “fundraising mode” by compiling:
➡️ key milestones and a list of relevant investor prospects;
➡️ sufficient leverage to build investor demand;
➡️ an intentional plan for focused fundraising efforts.
Take an intentional approach:
🎧 Cut out the distractions: Fundraising can totally sidetrack the team and mess up the focus. So, here's the deal: let one person (usually the CEO) handle all the fundraising. That way, the rest of the team can keep our eyes on the business and not stress about money all the time. If an investor wants to meet everyone before they write a check, that's cool, they can all join in. But those team-wide fundraising powwows are pricey (time is money), so important to be smart about when to do them.
🏁 Keep the pedal to the metal: Fundraising eats up time and energy, and if you spend too long on it, you'll lose your edge in being fast and growing. Don't fall into that trap! Set a clear goal for how long you'll hustle for funds. By going all-in on fundraising mode, you can close the round and keep our growth game strong.
😉 Get that money smartly: Remember, the point of fundraising isn't to show off or get the fanciest price tag. It's all about getting funds to build and grow. Wrap up this funding round as quickly and smoothly as possible, with terms that won't bite you later. Then get back to building awesome stuff in no time.
The bottom line, if you're not careful, it can drag the team off course and eat time. Don't get dragged into fundraising at the wrong time – plan it out and stick to the plan, no matter how tempting other options might seem. That's how you'll set yourself up for even bigger wins down the road!
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