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5 Powerful Resources to Help You Raise Capital for a Business

Friday, September 30th 2022 (1 day ago)

So you’ve nailed down your business plan and you think your startup is ready for primetime. Nice work! Now it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll raise the capital…

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Is Equity Crowdfunding a Good Fit for Your Startup? Here’s How It Works

Tuesday, September 20th 2022 (11 days ago)

Equity crowdfunding is a relatively new addition to the toolset for early-stage startups. It opens up a whole new market of potential investors who have never before…

9 Great Alternative Funding Options for Your Early-Stage Startup

Thursday, September 1st 2022 (30 days ago)

The biggest thing that separates successful startups from the huge field of failed startups is that the successful startups avoided running out of money long enough to turn…

How To Crush Your Financial Model: A Guide for Founders

Friday, July 29th 2022 (2 months ago)

As a founder, a great financial model is the single most valuable asset you have to understand and interpret your runway, revenue, expenses, and many other important…

How to Present Your Financial Model: 3 Steps to Success

Thursday, June 30th 2022 (3 months ago)

When you’re trying to raise capital for a startup, no tool is more valuable than a solid financial model. With a good model in your corner, you have data to support your story…

Annual Budget vs Financial Model – Which One Should You Use?

Thursday, June 30th 2022 (3 months ago)

In today’s competitive economic climate, early-stage founders must be able to track and report their success using data. Investors want to see metrics, benchmarks, and…

13 of the Best Startup Tools to Achieve Great Financial Hygiene

Thursday, June 30th 2022 (3 months ago)

Compare a startup in its first month against that same startup three years later, after it has closed its Series A funding round. You might think you’re looking at two completely…

How a Startup Financial Model Can Boost Your Business: A Monthly Playbook

Wednesday, June 29th 2022 (3 months ago)

The learning curve is always steep when you’re starting a new business from scratch. You don’t always know which marketing channels will be effective, which product features…

How To Use A Financial Model in Your Pitch Deck: 3 Tips

Wednesday, June 29th 2022 (3 months ago)

As an early-stage founder, you know how difficult it can be to raise capital. Sometimes it feels like an impossible task. First, you fight tooth and nail to prove your…

5 Critical Questions a Solid Financial Model Answers for You

Tuesday, June 28th 2022 (3 months ago)

Ahh, yes, the exhilaration of being an early-stage startup. And by “exhilaration,” we mean terror. Just total, complete, absolute, abject terror. Look, we get it. We’ve been there…

How Financial Models Save Time and Money: An Analogy

Tuesday, June 28th 2022 (3 months ago)

An analogy that was shared with us by Troy Henikoff from MATH Venture Partners. It demonstrates the role a financial model can play for you as a founder, and we’d like to share…

Top 5 Softwares to Raise Capital for a Startup Business

Monday, June 27th 2022 (3 months ago)

Cash is oxygen, as they say. The need for startups to raise capital is beyond critical. And it’s much harder to do without the right software to help you organize your raise and track…

How a Startup Budget Helps Keep Your Business Accountable

Monday, June 27th 2022 (3 months ago)

You’re probably familiar with this common myth: With hard work and dedication, any entrepreneur can turn their business into a success story. But you’re probably also…

Concrete Steps to Help You Prepare for (and Survive) the Economic Downturn

Wednesday, June 8th 2022 (4 months ago)

Whether the downturn is mild or major, early-stage startups need to take it seriously and start getting prepared now. You need to define your runway as accurately as possible, and start…

5 Inspiring Series A Funding Success Stories: 2022 Edition

Tuesday, May 24th 2022 (4 months ago)

2022 has been weird. Thankfully, halfway through the year, the moment remains hot for start-ups seeking Series A funding. In this post, we highlight five of the most inspiring examples…

Raising Capital? Here’s How to Build the Ultimate Investor Pipeline

Monday, May 23rd 2022 (4 months ago)

Raising capital is often the single most important challenge facing early-stage startup founders. A well-documented investor pipeline is one way veteran investors help ensure success…

Forecastr Beta Update – Apr 22, 2022

Friday, April 22nd 2022 (5 months ago)

You used to be able to export your Financial Statements as individual CSVs. Now you can download each Section of the Assumptions tab as well. The CSV download button is located to the left of the purple “Add” buttons.

Community Round: Why Settle for 1 Angel When You Can Have a Choir?

Wednesday, April 6th 2022 (6 months ago)

Over the past few years, the business of raising startup capital has changed drastically. Perhaps most importantly, raising capital from your community and network has become…

Why You Should Update Your Financial Model (and How To Do It)

Thursday, March 31st 2022 (6 months ago)

To get the most out of your model, you’ll need to update it every month. This post will tell you why, and, most importantly – how – to keep your financial model up to date with…

How To Build a Financial Model in Excel: Tips from the Pros

Thursday, March 31st 2022 (6 months ago)

Building a financial model in Excel can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with complex spreadsheets. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with…

Series A Funding Guide for Founders: How To Lock In the Big Round

Wednesday, March 30th 2022 (6 months ago)

This post guides you through the entire Series A process, from drafting your tear sheet to signing your term sheet. We share tips about the timeline, common stumbling blocks…

Pre-Revenue Valuation for Startups: 3 Valuable Techniques

Monday, March 28th 2022 (6 months ago)

Startup valuation is a tricky business. With typical business valuations, you’re looking at an established company’s financial reports. It’s much easier to calculate a business valuation…

Financial Model Color Coding Guide: How To Stand Out From the Pack

Monday, March 28th 2022 (6 months ago)

A financial model is more than just a spreadsheet. If an investor shows interest in your pitch, they will immediately start to ask questions. Most of their questions will be answered…

6 Important Things To Do After Raising Your Series A Round

Sunday, March 27th 2022 (6 months ago)

If you just closed your Series A funding, congratulations are in order! Raising the funds to get your startup to this stage was no small feat. In many respects, you’ve already…

10 Reasons Why You Need a Great Financial Model (Today!)

Saturday, March 26th 2022 (6 months ago)

Being the founder of a startup can be both exciting and scary, particularly when raising capital from investors and managing your company’s finances. If this sounds…

What Is Series A Funding? A Simple, Plain-English Explanation

Saturday, March 26th 2022 (6 months ago)

Maybe you have a friend or a family member who has been talking about their Series A. Or maybe you’re just a curious person. Either way, we’ve put together a simple…

5 of the Best Financial Model Software Tools Compared

Saturday, March 26th 2022 (6 months ago)

A financial model can help you build trust with investors, improve the efficiency of your operations, and unlock valuable insights about your business. However, not all…

The Largest Series A Funding Rounds in History: 5 Awesome Stories

Tuesday, March 15th 2022 (7 months ago)

Series A funding rounds are essential to the growth and success of a startup. It’s the first major round of funding after a seed investment, and it’s an important predictor…

8 Financial Model Best Practices for Startup Founders

Tuesday, March 1st 2022 (7 months ago)

A great financial model is critical for every startup. It allows you to get a glimpse of your future financial data. It allows you to make better decisions, and understand…

Seed Funding vs. Series A: 5 Key Differences To Understand

Monday, February 28th 2022 (7 months ago)

What are the differences between seed funding and a Series A? Raising capital is always a complex job, and each stage of financing brings its unique challenges and…

Focus on These 5 Series A Metrics for Fundraising Success

Friday, February 25th 2022 (7 months ago)

Raising Series A funding is a critical and challenging stage for any startup. For many new companies, this is the first time in their financing lifecycle when they’re required to share…

Do You Know How Big the Average Series A Funding Round Is?

Thursday, January 13th 2022 (9 months ago)

Fundraising records are being broken all across the board. But how big is the average series A round in this environment? We surveyed three leading sources to get a solid…

Crush Your Series A Pitch Deck With These 10 Sure Fire Slides

Friday, January 7th 2022 (9 months ago)

If you’re a founder with a new business concept, there’s a good chance you’re already working on a shiny pitch deck for your series A funding. You’re setting the stage to wow investors…

Forecastr Beta Update – Jan 5, 2022

Wednesday, January 5th 2022 (9 months ago)

Our ability to have multiple Scenarios for your business was very valuable to many of you, but it was time-consuming to create new Scenarios from scratch. Enter Scenario Clone!

What Is Venture Debt? (And Is It a Good Option for Startups?)

Thursday, December 30th 2021 (9 months ago)

Venture debt provides financing to venture-backed startups that typically do not have significant cash flow or assets. Learn more about how venture debt works and find out if it’s a good…

Understanding Convertible Notes: A Quick Guide for Founders and Investors

Friday, December 10th 2021 (10 months ago)

A convertible note is a form of short-term debt that later converts into equity at the time of future financing round.

When you raise money on a convertible note, you create debt with a maturity date, which denotes the date on which the note is due, at which time the company needs to repay it.

How to Raise Capital in the Midwest: 3 Helpful Tips for Startups

Friday, November 12th 2021 (11 months ago)

When most people think “startup,” they envision success in Silicon Valley, New York City, and other major coastal cities.

It’s true, these metropolitan hubs are fraught with blossoming startups, investor money, and generally more social media relevance than that of a smaller Midwestern city. As a result, most people assume…

Fundraising for Startups: The Art of Friend-Raising

Thursday, October 28th 2021 (11 months ago)

Fundraising for your startup can prove to be a full-time job. Particularly in the early days of building investor relationships, founders may spend more time growing their network and perfecting pitch decks than running the business.

Top 5 Excel Formulas for Financial Modeling

Thursday, October 21st 2021 (12 months ago)

This post outlines the five of the most important/most used formulas used when building a financial model in Excel…

10 Metrics That SaaS Founders Need to Know Before the Pitch

Wednesday, October 13th 2021 (12 months ago)

In our last post, we shared that the number one reason startups fail is running out of money due to cash planning mistakes. Founders must prove a promising financial model to investors to achieve a successful fundraise and grow the business. Founders often acquire the initial financial model for the pitch, but fail to understand…

3 Cash Planning Mistakes Founders Make

Monday, October 4th 2021 (12 months ago)

According to Investopedia, about 90% of startup companies fail, nearly 30% within the first two years alone. If you are a founder, this information likely comes as no surprise. Between identifying the correct target market, finding the right investors…

Forecastr Beta Update – August 3, 2021

Tuesday, August 3rd 2021 (about 1 year ago)

Investor Access lets you share your model quickly and easily: One of the main reasons people use Forecastr is to send their model to potential and current investors. Historically, you had to either send screenshots…

Forecastr Beta Update – July 20, 2021

Tuesday, July 20th 2021 (about 1 year ago)

Formula View On Hover has been added to the Data Table:
Ever wondered where the numbers in each cell are coming from? Formula View On Hover lets you see the underlying inputs and formulas of individual cells just by hovering over them.

Startup Founders: How to Talk Valuation with VCs – Part 2

Wednesday, March 31st 2021 (over 1 year ago)

Last week, we began a discussion on how to talk valuation with VCs. Even experienced founders fail to forge deals with VCs because they…

Startup Founders – How to Talk Valuation with VCs

Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 (over 1 year ago)

Most venture capitalists bear witness to thousands of investment deals and have an advanced intuition on market valuation. Founders,…

Forecastr Featured on Startup Competitors’ Podcast!

Thursday, February 18th 2021 (over 1 year ago)

Last week, the CEO of Forecastr, Steven Plappert, had the pleasure of joining Mike Kelly on the Startup Competitors’ podcast. The team at…

Tips to Finding and Vetting Co Founders

Thursday, February 4th 2021 (over 1 year ago)

Perhaps the most pivotal building block for every startup exists on the foundation of its team. If you have a great idea or you are in t…

Three Ways to Validate that Your Startup Will Make Money

Thursday, January 21st 2021 (over 1 year ago)

Do you have a solution for an important customer pain point? You may have a great business idea. However, if you are a first-time entrep…

Fundraising 101: Equity versus Convertible Notes

Friday, December 18th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

Click here to check out our other videos! Raising money for a startup can prove extremely difficult, even under ideal circumstances. In t…

Are Accelerators Worth It?

Thursday, December 10th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

Forecastr went through the Techstars program in early 2020 and it was a game-changer for our business. As one of the most competitive acc…

3 Reasons You May Not Want to Fundraise

Thursday, December 3rd 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

Perhaps you are a founder with a great idea or minimum viable product. Perhaps you are an entrepreneur with a small business that you wan…

How Can Startups Make the Most of Holiday Season?

Saturday, November 28th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

The holiday season is the time when everyone is cherishing their free time with their loved ones, taking time off from the daily 9 to 5 g…

How to Build the Ultimate Revenue Formula

Tuesday, November 17th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

As founders, almost every action we execute supports maximizing revenue, whether directly through sales or indirectly through our mission…

Should Your Company Use Paid Ads? (Free Calculator)

Friday, November 13th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

Paid advertisements are a highly popular, often effective strategy to increase website traffic and grow your startup. They are also a gr…

Our Top 10 Favorite Financial Modeling Articles

Wednesday, October 28th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

If you’ve searched “how to build a financial model” on the Google machine recently, you’ve already seen an information overload on confli…

Top 5 SaaS Analytics Tools to Grow Your Startup

Monday, October 12th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

Here at Forecastr, we constantly preach the importance of understanding your growth metrics to forecast the future. Marketing analytics …

The 4 Best Productivity Hacks for Founders

Thursday, October 8th 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

The importance of productivity for founders transcends the outdated time management principles of large corporations. With limited resou…

Do You Really Need To Hire a Fractional CFO Before Your Series A?

Thursday, October 1st 2020 (almost 2 years ago)

Statistically speaking, the future is bleak for most startups. According to a Forbes study, approximately 90% of startups fail, including…

5 Critical Assets You Need for Series A Fundraising

Friday, September 18th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

If you are a founder about to fundraise, you may be wondering exactly what you need to be prepared to engage and achieve investor money. …

4 Books Every Startup Founder MUST Read

Friday, September 11th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

From hundreds of books on the Amazon marketplace, we have selected our top four favorite reads for voracious founders.

Time Management for Startups: Knife Fight, House Fire, Cancer

Friday, August 28th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

You’ve got three big problems in front of you. A knife fight, a house fire, and cancer. Which problem do you tackle first? And be care…

3 Fundraising Finance Mistakes Founders Make

Monday, August 17th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

Particularly for first-time founders, fundraising poses one of the most daunting tasks toward starting a business. Far too often, we see…

How to win investors over with your financial model in 5 steps

Wednesday, August 12th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

The investor pitch creates a narrative behind the vision of your startup. As founders, we spend hours perfecting the slidedeck and build…

Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes in Front of Investors

Monday, August 3rd 2020 (about 2 years ago)

A financial model can make or break your fundraise. Your model is the backbone of data behind what is otherwise a well-rehearsed pitch f…

6 Software Tools to Supercharge Founders

Monday, July 27th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

In startup mode, small teams typically afford minimal staffing and resources dedicated to what most large companies consider standard ope…

How COVID-19 can IMPROVE your startup?

Wednesday, July 22nd 2020 (about 2 years ago)

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every human life in some shape or form, whether directly from the virus itself, from restrictio…

Income Statement 101

Tuesday, July 14th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

As a business founder, I’ve discovered people start companies for two fundamental reasons: (1) to solve a problem in the world and (2) to…

Financial Modeling for Operations: Part 3 – Capitalization Plan

Monday, July 6th 2020 (about 2 years ago)

If you haven’t already, check out the first and second installments of of this series where I shared the first three key initiatives in o…

Financial Modeling for Operations: Part 2 – Revenue & Expense Plan

Friday, June 26th 2020 (over 2 years ago)

Last week, I discussed how to optimize customer acquisition using objectives from the growth plan in your financial model. Like I shared …

Financial Modeling for Operations: Part 1 – Growth Plan

Friday, June 19th 2020 (over 2 years ago)

A crucial driver of your company’s growth is the effectiveness, and efficiency of your customer acquisition. To optimize revenue as a bu…

Make Your Model “Fundraise Ready”

Wednesday, June 10th 2020 (over 2 years ago)

Check out our full webinar covering how to use a financial model for fundraising A strong financial model is one of a founder’s most powe…

How Financial Modeling Can Help You Build Trust With Investors

Thursday, May 14th 2020 (over 2 years ago)

The pandemic we are currently enduring has created an environment unknown to the modern world. Public equity markets are volatile. Invest…

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