What is Product-Market Fit?

The term “product-market fit” is tossed around with the fervor of a magical incantation. Marc Andreessen stated that achieving product-market fit is the only thing that matters for a new venture. Yet, despite its ubiquitous use, the definition of product-market fit often remains nebulous and subjective. The Hazards of Subjectivity ChatGPT informs us that: “product-market …

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Are you Ready to Raise Capital?

One of the most frequent fundraising questions I get asked is: when should I raise money? It’s a question that doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all answer. So, how do you know when the time is right? The answer lies in a simple mantra that founders who have met me have heard me say: “When you …

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Customers, Not Capitalists

In today’s startup landscape, with the ever-evolving VC market conditions, it’s more important than ever to have early revenue before dedicating valuable runway to seeking out and knocking on investors’ doors. In 2024, the venture capital market is as competitive as ever. While there’s still ample capital available, savvy investors are becoming increasingly selective. The …

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The Accelerator Stack

The most successful accelerators are the ones that can consistently attract the best founders and, in turn, venture investors. However, that’s becoming increasingly more difficult for any single program to do, as the number of accelerators continues to surge and virtual-first programs create global competition. It’s become more challenging for accelerators to stand out in …

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The 2022 SaaS Funding Napkin

Christoph Janz (PointNine) recently published the 2022 version of his popular SaaS Funding Napkin. As the name implies, the SaaS Funding Napkin aggregates primary SaaS milestones required to raise venture capital and summarizes them as if on the back of a napkin. The SaaS Funding Napkin is useful reference material for any SaaS founder.   …

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Flight Rules: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life in a Startup

With Mars in the headlines, I recently re-read Commander Chris Hadfield’s book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.” It offers a rare glimpse into an industry premised on iteration and built on decades of astonishing successes and spectacular failures; a program that attracts extraordinarily high-performing, risk-taking individuals powered forward through a lifetime of struggle …

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