Startup Market Swings Call for a More Balanced Fundraising Plan

This article was originally published on The Information’s Forum. As a founder, the market’s wild mood swings can leave you feeling like no matter what you do, your business is never good enough. In 2021, the market message was that companies weren’t ambitious enough and should be raising more capital to grow faster. If you…

The Right Questions to Ask Investors When Fundraising in a Down Market

A version of this article was originally published on TechCrunch.  With rumblings of a recession and ongoing market uncertainty, fundraising in the current environment may feel especially daunting. For both first-time and experienced founders, a proper fundraising toolkit can make or break a successful round — even more so in a down market. So what are…

8 Steps for Building a Financial Model to Calculate your Fundraising Needs

A version of this article was originally published on TechCrunch.  The ongoing market downturn and layoffs at tech companies have caused a great deal of alarm across the startup and venture capital worlds, but growth-stage startups are expected to bear the brunt of the impact. Early-stage startups have an opportunity to capitalize, as investors with…

A Founder’s Guide to Calculating CAC and LTV the Right Way

A version of this article was originally published on TechCrunch.  As a former venture capitalist, I always tell founders that the most powerful tool they can employ while fundraising is a data-driven pitch. Leading with data is even more valuable during periods of uncertainty and market volatility. With investors looking to de-risk their investment decisions,…

3 Keys that Unlock Data-Driven Startup Fundraising

A version of this article was originally published on TechCrunch.  For companies in the midst of startup fundraising, news of rising interest rates, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, market volatility, and falling valuations are painting a daunting picture. Understandably, founders are eager to understand how current public market conditions may impact startup fundraising in the private…

Hum Capital 2021 Year in Review

2021 has been an exceptional and exciting year at Hum Capital. We’ve grown our team and put together a dynamic executive leadership team, introduced our funding platform to the world, and closed our next round of funding — all in support of our continued mission of “connecting great companies with the right capital.” After two…

Hum Capital Expands into Equity Financing, Bringing True Choice to Fundraising

Less than 6 months after launching our Intelligent Capital Market (ICM), an AI-driven funding platform offering private companies a new way to raise non-dilutive financing, we are excited to announce our expansion into supporting equity financing. With our newly-secured broker/dealer license, Hum can now advise companies on equity raises, advancing our mission to become the…

Reinventing the Financial Exchange for the Private Markets

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When you think of a financial exchange, you probably think of NASDAQ or ICE Group. I bet you don’t, however, think about Goldman Sachs or alternative asset managers like Blackstone. But the way I see it, investment banks and asset managers are the exchanges of the private markets. Investors give them capital and they turn…

Hum Capital Raises Series A to Become the Go-To Fundraising Destination for Private Companies

At Hum Capital, we are on a mission to connect great companies with the right capital by putting data at the core of how fundraising decisions are made. Just months after the public launch of our cloud-based funding platform, the Intelligent Capital Market, we are excited to announce Hum’s Series A fundraise. With this new…

Every fintech founder should know these two rules (and a law)

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Why does one lender borrow at 3% and lend at 15% while another borrows at 10% and lends at 8%? Moreover, why can some originators who sell off their loans command meaningful origination and servicing fees while others earn slivers?  These questions were top of mind when I saw Frank Rotman take to Twitter to…