December 6, 2023

Killer traction slides require collecting as much favorable customer and market data as possible, such as recurring revenue, customer acquisition costs, and conversion rates.

For the first time, you have the opportunity to demonstrate and build investor confidence at the same time. But what if you don’t have any victories to brag about yet?

For startups that aren’t yet profitable, the traction slide should “describe the risks you design into your business,” such as regulatory uncertainty, Haje Jan Kamps said.

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“To figure out what investors fear most, talk to them and pay attention to the questions they ask,” he wrote. “Then you can design an experiment around that and report your findings as traction.”

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5 Key Questions Climate Tech Founders Should Ask Impact Investors

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Globally, companies addressing environmental and social issues are worth more than $2.3 trillion, according to a study.

Entrepreneurs in the space have big ambitions, but enthusiasm can only get you so far, says Agnes Svensson, chief impact officer at Norrsken VC.

“To help drive more trackable impact investing, all founders should consider asking impact investors the following five key questions to compete for a spot on your equity structure table.”

Can European Cannabis Markets Avoid America’s Mistakes?Investors step in

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U.S. medical and recreational marijuana markets take off after decades of prohibition, but Anna Heim interviews European investors who are ‘wary of the mistakes they made in the U.S.’

Now that the German regulator has recently “downplayed its legal reform plans,” she asked the group how they advise portfolio companies, whether the way they invest has changed, and whether they accept lukewarm advice:

  • Oliver Lamb, Co-Founder, Óskare Capital
  • Emily Paxhia, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Poseidon Investment Management
  • Matt Hawkins, Founder and Managing Partner, Entourage Effect Capital

“Experiments in mixing entertainment and medicine have been conducted in North America, and there have been so many hard lessons learned that it would be reckless to ignore them,” Lamb said.

A fund of funds could be the perfect vehicle to support a diverse emerging fund manager

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Dominic Madori-Davis explains that collective investment funds, better known as funds of funds (FoFs), offer limited partners and investors “a way to get into the market, and sometimes even into early-stage deals.”

But will the evolving model foster a more diverse community of investors (and, hopefully, founders)?

To learn more, she interviewed several fund-of-funds managers and found that “as with most debates about diversification in venture capital, the debate always boils down to who is willing to take the risk.”

Pitch Deck teardown: CleanHub’s $7M torrent platform

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CleanHub closed a $7 million seed round to expand its marketplace, connecting consumer brands with local waste companies that process plastic materials.

The company is “building a market for a circular economy for plastics”, writes Haje Jan Kamps:

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FedNow Instant Payments Are About to Unlock Fintech Investment Opportunities

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FedNow, a new initiative by the Federal Reserve that will enable instant payments 24/7/365, has officially launched.

Last month, TX Zhuo, managing partner at Fika Ventures, predicted at TC+ that the launch will create new avenues for fintech companies of all sizes, “and the effect can be realized as early as next year.”