Co-Founder & CEO, Foundersuite
Nathan Beckord is the CEO of Foundersuite.com a venture-backed startup that makes the leading CRM platform for entrepreneurs who are launching, raising capital, and scaling. Prior to starting Foundersuite, Beckord spent ten years working with over 150 startups as interim CFO, Business Developer, and Advisor.
Beckord specializes in advising early stage Internet, B2B software, mobile and consumer product startups and in the past has worked with several crowdfunding companies, including Kickstarter and Appbackr. Currently, he is on the Advisory Boards of five startup companies, where he helps shape the business strategy and make introductions to investors and partners and prepares companies for acquisition.
In addition, Beckord produces Fundingv2.com, StartupBD.com and StartupExits.com, conferences that have educated more than 2,000 startups on business development and exit strategies. He has also taught classes at General Assembly on raising capital.
Beckord has an MBA in Entrepreneurship, a BSC in Finance, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). In his free time, he enjoys sailing, traveling, and climbing.
Raising capital is harder than it looks. Nathan Beckord, MBA CFA spent ten years as interim CFO and helped companies raise over $120m in funding. He will share methodologies for “running fundraising as a structured process” including how to: i) build a list of investor leads; ii) drive momentum around a deal, and iii) leverage the collective rolodex of your incubator. It will be full of actionable tactics for helping your startups succeed on the fundraising trail.
I have given this talk (occasionally to standing ovations!) at WeWork Labs, Draper University, StartupHouse, Tampa Bay Wave, Mach37, 500 Startups, General Assembly, and at numerous other incubator and startup hubs.
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Even in a booming startup market, raising your first round of capital is harder than it looks: less than 5% of startups successfully raise their seed round, and fundraising often becomes a huge time sink and distraction for the company. Further, founders often “screw it up” by doing it wrong or running an unfocused, inefficient raise. Nathan Beckord, MBA CFA spent ten years in the trenches as interim CFO or advisor at over 100 companies that collectively raised over $120m in funding. He will share his methodology for “running fundraising as a structured, efficient, sales process.” In this workshop you’ll learn: +How to build a focused target list of investor leads +How to research and qualify investors and secure a “warm intro” (and what to do if you cannot find a mutual connection) +How to reach out to and pitch investors and drive momentum around the deal +How to run a streamlined process designed to increase your odds of success +How to leverage the “collective rolodex” of startups in your incubator so that everyone succeeds Nathan will take us through his successful seed round, chock full of fresh funding hacks and war stories and show actionable tactics for helping you help your startup companies succeed on the fundraising trail.