Pareto Guide: Goalposts for Funding Rounds

by Hari Raghavan in July 17th, 2020

Terminology and norms for funding rounds are constantly shifting. Here’s a “state of the raise” for early-stage fundraising in 2020. While it’s hard for us to predict how further macroeconomic changes will play out, the early-stage market has rebounded from any COVID-related effects, at least for the moment.

Here are the 4 boxes that might be checked during each stage of an early stage fundraise (not necessarily in order). Each of them is key questions around the fundamental feasibility of the company:

  1. Team
  2. Market
  3. Product
  4. Repeatable Traction

1 Seed 2 Series A 3 Super angel 4 Earned insight

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