What are some warning signs to look for in dealings with VC firms and individual investors?

Ian Jeffrey of Founderfuel Accelerator Program

Ian is the General Manager of FounderFuel and Venture Partner at Real Ventures. Originally from Montreal, Ian spent the last few years of his career in Silicon Valley. It was there in 2006 when he was VP of Marketing at Tiny Pictures that he helped launch Radar, the first mobile photo sharing social network. Following the acquisition of Tiny Pictures by Shutterfly, Ian acted as Director of Marketing of the mobile and social media team. There he launched Wink, a mobile service that lets users create photobooth-style prints directly from their iPhone. Ian started his career in 2002 as half of the two-man team behind Nomad, the now defunct Street Intelligence Agency of Cossette Communications. Specialized in word-of-mouth marketing and insight generation, Nike, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s were among Nomad’s major clients.

 

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Author: Prajakt Raut

Prajakt Raut is the founder of Applyifi.com, and author of the book for startups - ‘Starting Up & Fund Raising’ Prajakt personal goal in life is to encourage and assist a 100,000 people to become entrepreneurs. _____________ Prajakt is the founder of Applyifi - an online platform that provides startups a 36-point scorecard and assessment report on the venture's investment readiness [www.applyifi.com], and helps them improve their odds of getting funded. Prajakt is also the founding partner of The Growth Labs, a platform where growth-stage companies get sharp, incisive advice from senior professionals and experienced entrepreneurs. [www.thegrowthlabs.in] Before starting Applyifi, Prajakt was the head of operations at IAN, founding member of a leading incubator, and the Asia-Director for TiE (2004 - 2007). Previously Prajakt had co-founded Orange Cross, a healthcare services company, and was part of the founding team member of Idealake Technologies. While in college Prajakt had founded a printing business and has spent over 10 years working in leading advertising agencies. Prajakt’s book, ‘Starting Up & Fund Raising’, helps startups understand an investor’s perspective, and helps them improve their odds of getting funded. The book also helps entrepreneurs understand the building blocks of a business.

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