Understand Startup Funding In 2 Minutes

You know what ruffles our feathers?

When professionals try to over-complicate a topic to make you feel like you aren’t smart enough to make a decision unless you have a fancy degree. Not hating on higher education (we all went), but startup funding isn’t rocket science.

Yes, there are complicated pieces, but overall, the message is pretty simple.

There are 6 main stages:

  1. Idea Stage
  2. Co-Founder Stage
  3. Friends and Family
  4. Seed Round(s)
  5. Series Round(s)
  6. IPO

This infographic by Anna Vital breaks the progression down in a digestible format. So easy that we have this poster in each of our conference rooms at ScaleFactor HQ.

Have questions on anything you read? Want to know if debt or equity is the best route?

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Reader Interactions


  1. R. Paul Singh says

    I am interested in using this infographics for one of my classes I will be teaching on Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. I will give you credit but would like a better version of this chart that I can use in my presentation. Please let me know if that is possible.

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