An early-stage founder asked me for feedback on his fundraising deck, and I went over it with him. Then he asked me to also look at his data room and provide feedback.
The data room was well organized and included more detailed information than I’d expect for an early-stage company. I asked the founder about that, and he said it’s the expectation these days—without this level of detail, his chances of getting funded would be significantly lower.
My takeaway is that investors are focusing more on substance, and founders are starting to get the message. Investors are taking longer to evaluate investment opportunities and diving deeper into whatever data exists to help them make an investment decision. They want to understand the problem, the market potential, and whether the solution is adding (or could add) real value to customers. Founders looking to raise should be aware of this and prepare accordingly.