Fundraising is both a science and an art. The method that a startup uses to raise money helps determine its financial situation and how much help and advice the startup receives along the way.
Startups may initially use personal or family funds to start the business, but crowdfunding has also grown in popularity. Still, venture capital funding is the dominant source and is at an all-time high in recent years; CB insights reports that U.S.-based venture capital investments totaled $130 billion in 2020.
John Danner of Dunce Capital created it as a way to track the progression of a startup from ideation to Series A. The stages are benchmarks for measuring product market fit:
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