1) Teaser PROTOCOL SHEET
we will remove names, etc when presenting to investors initially before NDA is signed.
• Full Name (contact)
• Contact Phone Number
• Contact Email
• Company Name
• Company Website
• Type of Investment
• USP: Unique Selling Proposition
• Target Market
- Location of Investment (city, state, country)
• How much investment needed
• ROI: Return on Investment
• ROI: Time Frame (when will investors receive their ROI)
• Type: Equity or Debt Play
• What is the fee agreement?
• What is the equity share offered for raising capital?
Add whatever additional requirements above we might need for SKINNY
2) FULL PROTOCOL SHEET
review and remove questions below that you feel are not needed:
How big is the market opportunity?
What percentage of the market share do you hope to get?
Who exactly is your best customer?
How long will this take?
How do you come up with these figures?
What is your PR strategy?
Who do you most aspire to be like?
Who do you least want to be like?
Why is this the right time for this product or service?
What is your marketing strategy?
How much feedback have you received so far?
What changes have you made based on that feedback?
How many actual users do you have?
How long do users stay on average?
How many actual sales have you made?
What is the annual growth rate?
Total rate of growth?
Has growth been linear and consistent?
What has held back your growth?
Can you provide a demonstration of the product or service now?
Where are your headquarters?
Who are the founders?
Who are key team members?
Any existing board members?
What key roles may need to be hired for soon?
What experience do you have in this industry?
Why are you the right person to bet on to achieve this?
What motivates you?
Are any of the founders willing to be bought out now?
Are there any other people who may claim they are owed or responsible for your ideas?
Who are your competitors?
What are your strengths and advantages over your competitors?
What are your weaknesses or disadvantages?
What barriers to entry or scale are there for you?
Where is the competition letting down customers?
Why haven’t your competitors done this yet?
How do your features differ?
How do you compare on price?
How do you compare on service?
How do you compare on customer satisfaction?
How are you marketing your product or services?
How much is your marketing budget?
What are your per customer acquisition costs?
How much is your customer lifetime value?
How much equity and debt has been raised in the past?
Who participated in earlier rounds of fundraising?
What is your burn rate?
How long will it take to become profitable?
What are the key metrics your team is focused on?
What stock options have been given already? What is the distribution of equity between founders?
What is unique about the company?
What big problem does it solve?
What legal risks do you see?
Are you aware of any product liability risks?
What regulatory risks could impact this business?
What intellectual property do you own?
Who developed any intellectual property owned?
Have any employees or partners have left who may challenge these rights?
Are there any additional patents pending or planned?
How are any current intellectual assets owned?
Use of Funds
How will these funds be allocated?
How much will be spent on founders’ salaries?
How much will be spent on overhead versus expansion?
What if you don’t get all the money you are asking for?
What assets will be invested in with this capital?
What are your milestones?
What are the biggest risks to my investment?
Why are you choosing this method of raising capital?
How much of this money will be used for future fundraising efforts?
How much are your personal expenses each month?
Which specific marketing channels are you using?
Why are you using these marketing channels?
What is your plan B if these sales channels are interrupted?
What profit margins are you operating on?
How will scaling impact profit margins?
What pivots have you already made up until now?
Can you tell me a story about how a customer has decided to choose you and their experience with your product?
Who in this organization is most replaceable?
What unique features are you working on?
What other streams of revenue can be added to this?
How is the company currently organized?
Who holds which titles?
How are shares split?
Is there an existing board or advisors?
Where is the company registered?
Who handles accounting?
What unique skills and talents does each owner contribute?
Name someone you chose not to include as a founder and why?
Who filed the company?
Who is the registered agent on record?
Existing Financing Round
What is your exit goal? (i.e. IPO, M&A)
What is your expected time frame for this?
Who do you imagine will help you exit?
When do you expect you will be conducting a follow up round of fundraising?
How much is your pre-money valuation?
How are you determining current valuation?
How much are you trying to raise now?
How many previous investors will participate in this round?
What is the next milestone this money will take you to?
How else do you hope an investor will help beyond money?
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