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Startup Funding Rounds EXPLAINED (The #1 Key To Get Funding FAST)

16 830 views | 4 Jan. 2021

Want to understand how

Want to understand how startup funding rounds really work? In this video, I'll deconstruct and explain the startup funding rounds, why they're created and how they're used.

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Let me demystify this complex, confusing strategy they call:

Startup Funding Rounds.

Yeah, you’ve heard the words thrown around before.

“We’re raising our series B”, and “I’m looking for a pre-seed angel investor” or “We’re gearing up for an IPO”...

They may as well be talking another language, right?

Except that somewhere between those phrases, letters and acronyms is a reliable, rock-solid funding strategy that is PROVEN to work again and again.

It has turned founders into billionaires…

Put CEOs on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine…

And transformed back-of-napkin ideas into living breathing companies.

So let’s cut to the bone and spell out the sequential funding rounds in PLAIN ENGLISH.


- What each funding round means

- How much money you can expect from each round

- Who provides that money

- How to tell which round a business needs next

- Who leads a company through each round

- Why the rounds even exist in the first place!

If there’s a part of you that feels intimidated because you don’t yet understand all the “CEO talk” (yes, I’m using air quotes here), then don’t worry.

I didn’t either.

Now I could write a dictionary on “corporate jargon” 3-houses-thick and I would never even recommend anyone reads it.

But in those early days, I was beating down doors to find someone - anyone - that could spell out the basics when I was trying to start my first business.

By the end of this video, startup funding rounds will finally make sense.

Drop me a comment if you’re still not sure about anything.

I’d love to hear from you.

Dan “plain-English” Martell

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“You can only keep what you give away.” That’s the mantra that’s shaped Dan Martell from a struggling 20-something business owner in the Canadian Maritimes (which is way out east) to a successful startup founder who’s raised more than $3 million in venture funding and exited not one... not two... but three tech businesses: Clarity.fm, Spheric, and Flowtown.

You can only keep what you give away. That philosophy has led Dan to invest in 33+ early stage startups such as Udemy, Intercom, Unbounce, and Foodspotting. It’s also helped him shape the future of Hootsuite as an advisor to the social media tour de force.

An activator, a tech geek, an adrenaline seeker and, yes, a romantic (ask his wife Renee), Dan has recently turned his attention to teaching startups a fundamental, little-discussed lesson that directly impacts their growth: how to scale. You’ll find not only incredible insights in every moment of every talk Dan gives - but also highly actionable takeaways that will propel your business forward. Because Dan gives freely of all that he knows. After all, you can only keep what you give away.

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Constance Landsberg SE

Great video especially that you talked about the ticket sizes. I am always amazed about the valuations and investments in early stage rounds in the US. They are much lower in Europe.

Dan Martell

“AAARGH!” - you shake your fist! “Why won’t someone explain funding rounds for startups in plain English?!” Alright… I got you covered. Here’s the A-to-Z as simple as can be.

Sam Gaudet

Awesome video Dan!


We have put over 150k of our own money into our software and just recently started bringing on our beta users. However, money is super tight and we are looking for investment.

Not sure how to put a valuation on a startup that isn’t yet cash flowing.


Dan, me an the team are inspired by you, keep it up !! ?

Official Team KrK

Big fan thank you for the help

Ayush Kovind

Loved the video, Dan. The best thing about the video was that you actually gave us an idea of what kind of funding and pre-evaluation to expect from each round which is not talked about a lot. Would be really cool to see an elaborated version of the same and which is more geared upon SaaS companies.

Dan Martell

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George Georgiadis

Dan. I hear this a lot. Can you make a video about should we raise it or not for SaaS?

Frank Abrams

great video - demystifies !

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Rounds of Funding for Startups

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What are all those rounds

What are all those rounds of funding? Series A? Series B? What is a seed round? Landon Ainge from Assure Syndicates gives a brief overview as part of our seven-part series on venture capital and funding your startup.


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E830: Jeff Clavier Uncork Capital "Seed Funding Strategies": prep, pitch, valuations, traps, more

52 606 views | 20 Jun. 2018



Jeff Clavier of Uncork Capital shares seed funding strategies: understanding VC, prepping the pitch, setting valuations, targeting investors, avoiding traps & more @ LAUNCH Incubator

Janis Berzins

Startups should pay Jason to advertise their services (prototyping their vlaue propositions) to validate their business model hypothesis through the TWIST ads.... I feel like that is what they are aiming for but so far very little of that can be seen.
Hey TWIST.. perhaps it is time to innovate your own business model within, not just educate us and scout for innovations :)

Wesley Harper

Should I start my company in Delaware and is C corp or LLC preferred? Looking at raising funds and what will VC's want?

Shi Huang

Good job! Ads are as annoying as before.