Understanding Value

Understanding Value

The concept of value is something that I find fascinating. 

The value that a person puts on anything is a matter of perspective and is unique to that person – whether that person is a customer, supplier, founder, investor or even commentator.

The diversity of these ‘unique’ perspectives creates an interesting dilemma for businesses and is one of the factors contributing to business uncertainty and shaky consumer confidence.  Only this week, the iconic Oroton announced that after a period of poor performance it was moving into voluntary administration.  It’s since been reported that customers have flooded the online and outlet stores to find themselves a bargain. 

Delivering on investor expectations

Delivering on investor expectations

Know your investor

You will learn a lot about your investors through the fundraising stage and if you planned your investor approach, you will have identified investors who
fit with your venture and your team.

The fundraising stage lays the foundation for a relationship built on trust, so be open and honest with your new investors, particularly when you’re discussing risk and challenges. 

It’s a good idea to conduct a strategic partnership or investor review prior to progressing too far with each investor – dollars are vital but you also need alignment with values,
goals and vision. 

Navigating the Growth Traps

Navigating the Growth Traps

Now it’s time to accelerate that success and transition from a startup to a sustainable business 

Growth traps are an inevitable part of scale and knowing some of the traps can help you to prepare. Preparation doesn’t mean you will avoid them, but it will allow you to be on the front foot, to be more responsive and less reactive when fighting the fires. 

You’ll have a better chance of realising the milestones in your roadmaps.

What to do after you’ve raised the funds

What to do after you’ve raised the funds

Congratulations! You’ve raised your funds and now it’s all systems go to build your business and grow like you’ve never grown before.

There’s excitement mixed with a little anxiety – you have the chance to really make something of your venture, but you’re doing it with other people’s money and you don’t want to stuff it up. Sound familiar?

Your growth plans are probably ambitious and aggressive. You have so much to do and it seems it all should be done in such a short timeframe. So, how will you get it all done?

Now is the time to prioritise and understand the outcomes you need so that you can make good decisions.

Are you investment ready?

Are you investment ready?

Thinking about raising capital to scale your venture? Position yourself for investment success.

Raising capital for your business can be a challenging and time consuming process.

The good news is that there are things you can do to relieve some of the pain and possibly shorten the timeline to funding

By understanding your investment readiness you’re better equipped to approach potential investors and have more engaging and productive conversations.

If you’re considering raising capital in the next 12 months, consider the following points before
you reach out to investors.