Are you frustrated by how long it's taking to raise money for your StartUp?
Have you tapped your entire network for funding and still come up short?

You need cash now.  You want investors.  You need to refill your funnel with prospects.  You are running out of time and energy.  

SmartMoney Startups is a step-by-step process that will reinvigorate your fundraising with the highest probability investors.  

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et a fresh target list of SmartMoney Investors right now.
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Our founder, J.D. Davids, has developed this process over the course of 25 years of raising capital in Silicon Valley and he now has a team of investment professionals that can work with your startup to get a customized list of high probability investors for your company.

Unlike most of the investor platforms and crowdfunding pages that simply list investors based on self selected areas of interest, our team takes a deal centric approach to finding investors; we only want active investors who have actually written checks in your space.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a team of investment professionals who have completed deals before conducting intense investor research for your company?

Better yet, why not let our team mentor and guide you as you become the expert in building target lists based on our methodology?

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Created by J.D. Davids

J.D. is one of the most accomplished startup dealmakers in the world.  He has completed well over $1 Billion in financial transactions over the last 25 years.  This includes raising money from Venture Capital firms, Angel investors, and Strategic Corporate Investors as well as completing IPOs and mergers and acquisitions – both from the buy side and the sell side of the deal.  

J.D. has served on the management teams of 8 VC backed startups and 3 of those companies completed successful IPOs and 3 of them were acquired by large corporations.  In a market where the success rate for startup companies is less than 15%, J.D.’s success rate of 75% places him squarely into an elite class of startup dealmakers that understand how to get deals done. 

Now, J.D. has dedicated his life to helping thousands of entrepreneurs raise money, build great companies, and close exit events that generate huge financial returns for entrepreneurs and their investors.  Companies that work closely with J.D. are able to transform from merely "good entrepreneurs" into Accomplished Dealmakers.  The difference is 85% of "good entrepreneurs" simply have never been taught how to navigate the waters of fundraising and exit.  J.D. helps good entrepreneurs become part of the "Elite 15%" who break out of the pack and deliver a financial return to their investors' cash investments and to their teams for their hard work and sweat equity.  

J.D.'s foundational methodology is to seek what he calls "SmartMoney".  

Download the SmartMoney Playbook now for free and learn the secrets of the "Elite 15%."

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"The SmartMoney team's knowledge in the fundraising space and your ability to convey information to us has made me more comfortable in this new land, in this new environment, and I'm feeling that we're on better footing because of the things that SmartMoney StartUps has done to communicate to us how the world of fundraising and investors mindsets work."

- Chris Fawcett, Founder and CEO of StickShift

"JD understands how to finance and monetize innovative new technologies and provides sound advice that is helpful to any entrepreneur at any stage of growth." 
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LESSON LEARNED: THE COST OF NOT
RAISING SMART MONEY


I was employee number five in a company that launched the same month as YouTube. Our team had built an online video platform just like YouTube’s. During the first six months, our traffic was essentially the same as YouTube’s. We monitored the traffic metrics and knew we were onto something big. We began pitching investors. In short order, we got a local venture capital firm to commit to half of a $5 million Series A round, with one caveat. We had to find another firm to invest the other half.

Sure, we went to Silicon Valley to pitch a few high-profile VC firms. But we spent most of the time with investors in our own backyard. Why? Because they were local and enthusiastic, which made getting a deal closed faster and easier for us.

In hindsight, we focused on getting the FIRST investors rather than getting the BEST investors. It didn’t take us long to raise the $5 million and we were ecstatic that YouTube had only raised $3.5 million.

We thought that we were way ahead.

While YouTube raised less money, they raised it from Sequoia Capital. And, Sequoia was one of the top VC firms in Silicon Valley, with a long history of successful exits in the consumer Internet sector. In fact, they were
one of the original investors in Google and had funded Apple, PayPal, Tumblr, Dropbox and many others.

YouTube’s investors could literally march those founders into Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s office and tell them why they should buy the company and how much it was worth. We had very intelligent and wealthy investors, but they didn’t have these kinds of relationships.

As time passed we raised a total of $30 million while YouTube raised only $11.5 million.

So, how did it all turn out?

Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion. That acquisition occurred less than a year after YouTube raised its series A round of financing. Both companies had great products, great traction and a great team. The reason
YouTube was acquired and we weren’t wasn’t because they had a better  product.

It was because they had “SmartMoney” investors that brought relationships to the table that were essential to getting a successful exit regardless of who had the better product.

This painful lesson for our team illustrates how important it is for you to get more than just cash in your deal.  

You have to get SmartMoney. Otherwise, it can mean the difference between getting over a $1 billion deal and getting nothing.



 
The SmartMoney Playbook teaches a methodical process to accelerate your fundraising, get a deal closed and get back to building your business. 
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