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104. Going Off Script with the Fundraising Angel, James Spurway

104. Going Off Script with the Fundraising Angel, James Spurway

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Key takeaways

1) A mentor is indispensable for founders; lacking one can put you at a disadvantage right from the beginning.

2) Initiate early conversations with potential investors by keeping them in the loop about your progress and seeking their guidance, not just their funds. 

3) Demonstrate product-market fit and unit economics to show investors how your business model scales sustainably, instead of relying solely on long-term financial forecasts.

In this episode of WealthTech Unwrapped, founders at any stage of their startup journey will uncover invaluable insights. Serial entrepreneur and investor, James Spurway, shares battle-tested wisdom on crucial topics like fundraising, bootstrapping, and the art of nurturing a sustainable business.

James offers practical, investor-ready advice, emphasizing the significance of initiating early conversations and showcasing product-market. For those seeking funding or mentors, he shares strategies for making your startup truly compelling.

Ned and James also discuss their perspective on major decisions like whether to raise capital or bootstrap. The two key considerations to bear in mind are your lifestyle aspirations and your stress tolerance. Drawing from James’ wealth of experience in his own ventures and mentoring endeavors, you’ll gain valuable insights into the diverse challenges and opportunities spanning different regions and business models.

Meet Our Guest Speaker

James Spurway

The Fundraising Angel

James Spurway, the Co-Founder of Indochina Consulting, is a Fundraising Expert known for his Strategic Vision. James actively participates as a mentor and judge in startup accelerator programs and demo days hosted by leading entities such as 500 Global in San Francisco, MassChallenge in Boston, Creatella Impact in Singapore, and Silicon Beach in Melbourne. Over the past three decades, James has called various countries home, including Hong Kong, Vietnam, Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, the USA, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Australia. During this time, he initiated ten businesses, exiting from seven, closing down two, and retaining one. Between 2003 and 2020, he achieved two successful exits from Unicorn startups, maintaining an impressive average ROI of approximately 5X to date.

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