As of 2021 is a very dated (a decade old!) selection of references, opinions and comments on topics of interest to entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business and raising money from VCs. Multiple conflicting opinions are presented because there is no right answer. All these are worth reading - some more than others, but that's for you to decide! Disclaimer: these represent the opinions of their respective authors and not those of Richard Dale, nor of my employer.
A little whimsy: VC Truisms as seen on my twitter stream.
Beware of Boomerang Founders Syndrome
Packaging and presenting
10 steps to pitch a VC (A VC’s advice on how to pitch VCs)
Business plan templates from Score.org
What to send a VC
The SaaS Business Model from David Skok at Matrix
A Magic Number for SaaS Companies - how to decide if you should step on the gas
Angels and VCs
Interesting intro materials: LearnVC.
VCs don't sign NDAs
Talking Termsheets and Terms
Now we're cookin'
Can you outsource sales? from a sales recruiting firm.
Or we're not ... help!
RIP Good Times (the famous Sequoia Capital slide deck)
Hiring (and firing)
Peggy Thompson of Summative recommends 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hireby Paul Falcone.
Ben Casnocha shares the best reference check strategy ever
Board, not bored
Albert Wenger on boards
Brad Feld on boards
Exit ... pursued by a bull
David Shanberg comments: