068: How to Fund Your Vision and Find Investors



You have the perfect business idea, but where do you get the money to make it happen? What options are available for those of us who don’t have Mark Cuban on speed dial? Matt McKee is an expert in this area, having secured millions of dollars in funding for multiple projects and startups. Today, he’s sharing his advice with us.

Welcome to episode 68 of The Executive Minds Podcast.

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Links + Resources:

Matt McKee on Twitter

Circle with Disney

Parent Chat: The Technology Talk for Every Family by Matt McKee

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman

Three Takeaways:

1. You’re not the only person investors are meeting with.

Investors are typically looking at up to 100 different deals at a time. Usually they know what kinds of businesses, products and people they’re looking to invest in. The odds are, it’s not going to look like Shark Tank where you pitch to four people and get to decide which one to go with. You’ll be turned down, a lot. Don’t let it stop you from moving forward. With each pitch, you’ll get better and better. In fact…

2. Be prepared to pitch at least 50 times until you feel any traction.

Until you’ve pitched at least 50 times, you might not even know if there’s a market for your product or idea and if there are investors in that space. If you’ve got a great pitch, what will happen is that you’ll hear “I like what you’re doing, but this isn’t my space… go talk to XYZ.” After going through that around 50 times, you’ll start to get a feel for which investors you need to set up meetings with.

3. Vision is great, but a business plan is better.

You might have the ultimate problem to solve and a genius solution, but if you don’t have a solid business plan then investors won’t be interested. All investors are asking “If I give you this money, what are you going to give me back?” without a business plan, you can’t answer that question.