On this episode of The Pitch Deck, our guest is Mark Peter Davis. Mark is the Founder of Interplay Ventures, an investment and incubation firm based in NYC. He is also the author of The Fundraising Rules, a handbook designed to help entrepreneurs raise capital, and the founder of both the Columbia Venture Community and the New York Venture Community.
Mark has always been an entrepreneur, it has not something he choose. Entrepreneurialism and working with entrepreneurs has been a passion, a hobby, which started as early as elementary school. He has grown from selling baseball cards in elementary school, candy in jr. high and computers to graduating high school students. In college, he started five different companies and later worked in two different venture firms before starting his own.
Mark joins us here today to share a behind-the-curtain look at how VC’s make their decisions and why. Although you may get many no’s, you have to learn that it may have nothing to do with whether you and your company are a good fit for the VC. Listen in to hear Mark’s phenomenal advice that will help you find the right VCs ready to invest in you.
Listen To The Full Interview:
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Why Mark feels that entrepreneurism is a part of who he is.
- Why he says that failing in the fundraising process is just a part of the game.
- The reasons that some investors say no, when you have done everything right.
- How you can tell if a VC is reputable.
- 2 tactical tips to get an edge in your pitch.
- Why you need to keep your pitches as uncomplicated as possible.
Featured On The Show:
- Connect with Mark on Twitter
- Interplay Ventures | Columbia Venture Community | New York Venture Community | MPD.ME
- The Fundraising Rules by Mark Peter Davis
- Tim Draper
- Simon Sinek Ted Talks
- Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
Interplay Ventures Companies that Service Startups:
- DevSpark: Tech/Product Development
- Founder Shield: Insurance
- Nomad: Finance
- Truman James: Office Space
- Twenty Pine: Recruiting
- Venwise: Learning
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