VC funding benchmarks for startups

"Back the right people. People make products. Products don't make people. Only a tiny percentage of people possess the managerial and motivational capabilities to build extraordinary growth companies." (Thomas J. Davis, Jr.)

Venture capital funding for startups
Venture capital funding for startups

FUNDRAISING GUIDE

Due to popular demand, we've updated our VC funding benchmarks guide for startup founders preparing to fundraise from very-early stage to late stage.

"The best startups would push the frontier of technology, thereby guaranteeing market power and selling opportunities for their products." (Thomas J. Perkins, Co-founder of Kleiner Perkins)
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"Back the right people. People make products. Products don't make people. Only a tiny percentage of people possess the managerial and motivational capabilities to build extraordinary growth companies." (Thomas J. Davis, Jr., Co-founder of Mayfield Fund)

If you're preparing to fundraise for capital, may you find these recommended readings helpful to increase your fundability in the changing landscape of venture capital market, particularly during this market downturn.

If you're new to venture capital funding, check out these videos:

By the way, here's the embedded Google Sheets for your ease of reference.

If you wish to estimate your pre-revenue business valuation with proven models and frameworks, try our free pre-revenue business valuation simulator.


Authors

  1. Paul Lee, Co-founder & CEO, roiquant
  2. Josshua Chong, Associate Data Scientist, roiquant
  3. Danyal Johan Thani, Finance & Securities Analyst, roiquant

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Forbes. (2016). If you know nothing about venture capital, watch this first. Retrieved 1 September 2022, from https://youtu.be/a4aUX5u90oA

Hillenbrand, P., Kiewell, D., Ostojic, I., & Springer, G. (2021). Scale or fail: how incumbents can industrialize new-business building. Retrieved 31 August 2022, from https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/scale-or-fail-how-incumbents-can-industrialize-new-business-building

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Last edited on 1 September 2022.