26 questions you have to answer correctly to get funding for your startup 寻求融资？请先想清楚这26个问题 December 22, 2011Posted by Ian Cheng in Funding.
Goran Duškić co-founded a game development team Generation Stars when he was a teenager, and he co-founded hosting and web develpoment company GEM Studio (which was sold in 2011). He co-founded tech startup WhoAPI and has 10+ experience in business development, online marketing strategy and PR.
It’s been a crazy week. On Monday we announced that our project received funding. Member of the Croatian Angel Network – CRANE, Mihovil Barančić believes that we have what it takes to create something big and worth mentioning. But I am way ahead of myself. We’ve started to explore the possibility of getting an investment roughly a year ago. So here are some questions that we got during that time.
Why do you need an investment?
Why don’t you sell your house/company/whatever if you believe that much in your product?
Do you believe in your service?
What does your service do?
Why is that better than company x?
It’s good that your share all this info, because otherwise you’re a bozo (tm Guy Kawasaki-Steve Jobs)
What if some big company decides to copy your service?
What if your competitor or newcomer decides to copy your service and offer it half the price?
Is there any competition?
Can you see your company becoming a 10 million dollar company?
Why don’t you start localy first?
Why don’t you go global from the start? Since we were going global right from the start, we weren’t asked that question (but some probably will).
Can you bootstrap?
What experience do you have?
How did you get your idea?
Do you have a working prototype or a proof of concept?
Why should I invest in you instead of hiring 1/2/3 people and outsource the whole project?
Would you be willing to relocate to: capital city/London/Sillicon Valley?
If you make any kind of statement, be prepared for questions about backing up that statement with facts.
Do you have an executive summary?
Do you have a business plan?
How are you going to get your customers?
Who needs your service?
Who is you target audience?
What is your business model?
Do you have an exit strategy?
Are you prepared to give up 10%/20%/30% of equity?
How much money do you need?
Why that ammount?
I am 100% positive there were more questions, but these were the ones that first came to my mind. Good luck in finding the answers. Please, please, please help share this questions and help other startups that want to receive funding!
原文作者Goran Duskic是科技创业公司WhoAPI的联合创始人，本周刚获得一笔投资。Goran Duskic十几岁时就是游戏开发团队Generation Stars的联合创始人。后来又与人联合创办了GEM Studio，并在今年将其出售。他在商业发展、网络营销以及公交关系方面有超过10年的工作经验。