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Questions: Venture Capital Firms and Angel Investors might ask?

if you're running a startup then as an entrepreneur you should spend some time mastering common questions that might be asked by Venture Capital and Angel investors. The better and clearer you can answer these common VC questions, the more likely you are to get funded.

The following is a list of key questions the entrepreneur should answer in the pitch or anticipate getting asked:

What Venture Capital Firms and Angel Investors might ask you:

What does the company do?
What is unique about the company?
What big problem does it solve?
How big is the market opportunity?
Where are you headquartered?
How big can the company get?
What is the actual addressable market?
What percentage of the market do you plan to get over what period of time?
How did you arrive at the sales of your industry and its growth rate?
Why does your company have high growth potential?
Who are the founders and key team members?
What relevant domain experience does the team have?
What key additions to the team are needed in the short term?
Why is the team uniquely capable to execute the company’s business plan?
How many employees do you have?
What motivates the founders?
How do you plan to scale the team in the next 12 months?
Why do users care about your product or service?
What are the major product milestones?
What are the key differentiated features of your product or service?
What have you learned from early versions of the product or service?
Provide a demonstration of the product or service.
What are the two or three key features you plan to add?
Who are the company’s competitors?
What gives your company a competitive advantage?
What advantages does your competition have over you?
Compared to your competition, how do you compete with respect to price, features, and performance?
What are the barriers to entry?
How does the company market or plan to market its products or services?
What is the company’s PR strategy?
What is the company’s social media strategy?
What is the cost of a customer acquisition?
What is the projected lifetime value of a customer?
What advertising will you be doing?
What is the typical sales cycle between initial customer contact and closing of a sale?
What early traction has the company gotten (sales, traffic to the company’s website, app downloads, etc., as relevant).
How can the early traction be accelerated?
What has been the principal reasons for the early traction?
What do you see are the principal risks to the business?
What legal risks do you have?
Do you have any regulatory risks?
Are there any product liability risks?
What is the likely exit - IPO or M&A?
When do you see the exit happening?
Who will be the likely acquirers?
How will valuation of an exit be determined given market comparables?
What key intellectual property does the company have (patents, patents pending, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, domain names)?
What comfort do you have that the company’s intellectual property does not violate the rights of a third party?
How was the company’s intellectual property developed?
Would any prior employers of a team member have a potential claim to the company’s intellectual property?
What are the company’s three-year projections?
What are the key assumptions underlying your projections?
How much equity and debt has the company raised; what is the capitalization structure?
What future equity or debt financing will be necessary?
How much of a stock option pool is being set aside for employees?
When will the company get to profitability?
How much burn will occur until the company gets to profitability?
What are your unit economics?
What are the factors that limit faster growth?
What are the key metrics that the management team focuses on?
How much is being raised in this round?
What is the company’s desired pre-money valuation?
Will existing investors participate in the round?
What is the planned use of proceeds from this round?
What milestones will the financing get you to?

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