Product development, team coordination, market activities, stakeholder management... You have a lot on your plate.
To raise capital, you need to be fundable. This means having a strong business case. Many founders overestimate things or hope that a nice PowerPoint will save them!
There is a lot that goes into investment readiness. After more than two decades in entrepreneurship as a (co) founder, business consultant, and mentor I can easily identify the problems: weak business case, misaligned customer needs, inadequate competitive advantage, tepid market response/traction, vague or unrealistic roadmap, sloppy financial projections.
Most important, I know how to address these challenges!
Entrepreneurs and their teams take a lot of risk and put a lot into their startups. Success depends on doing the right thing at the right time.
You have some customers and they are happy with your product, but converting new ones takes a lot of work. You feel stuck in the "doing okay, not great" zone. Sounds familiar?
It is possible that you are trying the wrong things!
If you have satisfied customers (problem-solution fit) but not fast and effortless conversions (product-market fit) then probably your obstacle is "friction".
"Friction" is all the things that get in the way of your customers flowing smoothly through the provided journey. It is the cluttered landing page, the clunky user interface, the complicated onboarding process, the non-existent tutorials and wizards, the insufficient support.
To fix this, you get to look at your data, and continuously identify and address weak links in a systematic way. You also get to streamline your internal processes so you can quickly respond to the unexpected.
I have more than two decades in entrepreneurship as a (co)founder, business consultant, and mentor, helping startups launch products, gain market traction and raise capital. My goal is to support companies that combine market success with social good. Coaching is also about helping the founder be a better entrepreneur and evolve as the company grows. I look forward to working with you!
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