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Startup Fundraising 101 with Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Innovation Expert Rachael Qualls

Posted August 22, 2017

Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

A brief glimpse at Rachael Qualls’ resumé will convince you that she’s a true innovator in the world of venture capital and angel investing. A brief meeting with her at a Powderkeg pitch night in Kansas City, MO, convinced me that I had to invite her on the podcast to share her deep knowledge of fundraising and investing with our community of entrepreneurs.

Qualls has a decade of experience building and investing in companies, first among the flourishing tech ecosystem in Nashville, TN, and now in her hometown of Kansas City. She’s seen firsthand how difficult it is for founders to raise money, and she’s passionate about making it easier. Her current company, Venture360, aims to do this through a private equity portfolio management platform that helps entrepreneurs and investors close deals and track investments with fewer hassles.

In our interview, Qualls gives in-depth and practical advice on all things fundraising, touching on such topics as researching investors, generating interest, assembling an appealing pitch deck and making a good impression at your first meeting. Qualls is also an expert on innovation, and she provides insight into the latest industry trends—online investing, crowdfunding and ICOs—and how they’re likely to revolutionize investing in the near future.

This episode is packed with insider information that should provide valuable context for any founder or investor looking to increase their fundraising IQ. It should also be an enlightening resource for anyone interested in the current state of investing and the exciting places the industry is headed.

In this episode with Rachael Qualls, you’ll learn:

  • What it takes to scale an innovative tech business (5:04)
  • The biggest obstacles that prevent entrepreneurs from getting funded (9:13)
  • What she’s doing to get more people interested in venture and angel investing (13:36)
  • How the nature of investment is changing in response to tech and government legislation (17:40)
  • Why you should always be raising capital and detailed steps for doing so (23:54)
  • Expert tips for assembling your pitch deck and meeting with investors (34:17)
  • Why ICOs will be huge for the future of digital investing (43:34)

Please enjoy this conversation with Rachael Qualls!

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Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $500 million in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors. @hunckler