The Pop Up Report by Ethan Song
The Pop Up Report
E31 - Pop Up Report: Manica Blain on Successful Fundraising
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E31 - Pop Up Report: Manica Blain on Successful Fundraising

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Ethan Song and Manica Blain of Top Knot Ventures discuss the fundraising process and the investor founder relationship. Manica shares lessons learned advising entrepreneurs over the past two decades in investment banking, private equity and venture capital.

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Show Notes:

07:23 Top reasons to raise money

11:05 Sources of capital

13:25 The fundraising process

17:02 Valuing your business

22:55 Founder traits investors look for

27:02 Investor traits founders should look for

35:56 Debt financing

40:36 Bootstrapping

42:46 Post-fundraising

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Past guests on the Pop Up Report include Lanny Smith (Actively Black), Drew Green (Indochino), Ryan Babenzien (Jolie Skin Co). 

Stay tuned for new episodes from upcoming guests including Jaime Schmidt (Schmidt’s Naturals), Griffin Spolansky (Mezcla) and many more.

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The Pop Up Report by Ethan Song
The Pop Up Report
Ethan Song interviews DTC and CPG founders to uncover how they fostered and scaled their communities to create profitable businesses. Gain a deeper understanding of the tools, tactics and retention strategies that build true customer loyalty. Ethan was previously the Co-Founder & CEO of Frank & Oak a sustainable apparel brand that generated 9-figures in revenue before being acquired by private equity in 2020. He’s now the Co-Founder & CEO of RareCircles. For more Pop Up Report content subscribe and visit www.thepopupreport.com. This podcast is brought to you by RareCircles, a membership platform that blends community engagement with rewards and benefits. Learn more at www.rarecircles.com.