Early stage companies often lack the time or expertise to create “investor-ready” financial packages that are formatted for the needs of the startup investment community.
• At the same time, some investors lack resources to evaluate non-conforming entrepreneurial target companies. They have to leverage their limited staff in other areas.
• As a result, both companies and investors sometimes miss opportunities to connect
Angel financing is a multi-step process. Startup companies focus on their pitch deck - highlighting their product or service. BUT after passing that hurdle, they need a business model to show how they are going to deliver returns on investment. Kathleen Baxley creates financial models and tools for entrepreneurs to do this. invest in startups angel investment
Financial forecasts of operating performance and capital requirements
Capitalization and valuation tools
Organization/strategy for funding
Coaching on financial strategy and terminology
Confidence in your ability to respond to investors questions
Achieving scale in business means selling the profit potential of your idea to potential investors. Catching investor attention requires a compelling story, fully rounded analysis and credible forecasts. It's hard to do if you are a member of the financial boys club but even harder if you are a woman, often underrepresented and discounted at the negotiating table.
· Financial: more than 25 years of experience preparing financial models, business plans, market analysis and valuation tools, mostly at JPMorgan and Oppenheimer. Provided each firms’ global equity sales desk with investment recommendations based on strategies/events/trends and their impact on company valuations. Focused on healthcare, consumer products and print media companies.
· Entrepreneurial: launched and operated 2 startup companies in 6 years: a hotel-based restaurant and a line of Cashmere lingerie. Responsibilities included business plan creation, product design, manufacturing, marketing, sales, staffing and financial management. Built inroads to Seattle startup community.
· Personal: relocated from New York to Seattle in 2009 to turn around a historic hospitality business, spend more time with family and, more generally, improve quality of life