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Thinking about investment for your VR Startup

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October 22, 2015

Thinking about investment for your VR Startup

Presented at VanVR Business of VR, Oct 22, 2015

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Boris Mann

October 22, 2015
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  1. http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo VanVR: The Business of VR Thinking about

    Investment for your VR Startup Q4 2015
  2. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo Boris Mann

    • COO, HUMAN — http://ishuman.co • Managing Partner, Full Stack — http://fullstack.ca • Founding Director, Open Angel — http://openangel.ca • Over 10 years of community building in Vancouver
  3. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo Venture Businesses

    • Are you building a venture business? • All businesses are not a candidate for venture investment • Big idea, big market, big growth, big outcomes • For the purposes of this presentation, I’ll be talking about venture businesses
  4. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo Big Hairy

    Audacious Goal • You need a BHAG • Vision and purpose that form core passion & “true north” for the company & team • You also need an execution plan: • What can you build and sell today? • Prove you can ship • Charge money to prove early demand OR show end user traction OR find investors who believe in your big vision
  5. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo Early Stage

    Funding • Pre Seed: < $500K • Working code & customers • Seed: > $500K to $1.x M • Paying customers or significant traction • Series A: $1M++ • At least one known, repeatable sales channel / distribution model Day job F&F $30K prototype Cofounder Accelerators Futurpreneur Consulting
  6. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo VR Landscape

    - 234 companies, $13B • Application / Content • Tools / Platform • VR Content Studio • Reality Capture • VR Content Distribution Platform • Infrastructure • HMD • User Input
  7. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo Market Segmentation

    • Types of VR Experiences • Film • Gaming • Practical • Types of Headsets • Powered Headsets • PhoneVR
  8. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo What’s your

    business model? • Film / Gaming Studio • Hits driven • Large teams • Need to continually sell units • Need “web” marketing & advertising skills • Any plans for recurring revenue? • Hardware • It’s hard, and the giants are in already • B2B / SaaS • Find early customers, solve their pain • Charge money right away • Recurring revenue • B2D • Dev tools, SDKs, analytics, etc. • B2C • Works at scale • Really hard, lots of $$$ to get to scale
  9. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo 11 Pitch

    Types (Jason Shen) • #1 Traction • #2 X for Y • #3 Personal Story • #4 Pivot / Offshoot • #5 Evolution Next • #6 Painting the Future • #7 Service at Scale • #8 Wouldn’t it be cool if • #9 Insane Tech • #10 The Dream Team • #11 Consumerification of Enterprise
  10. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo Prayer is

    not a strategy • I’m praying that I can sell units in the future • How do you de-risk? • How do you stay alive as the wave crests?
  11. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo The Consulting

    Trap • We’re going to do consulting while working on our product on the side • Wow, we’re busy and need to hire people to work on these projects! • (too busy to work on product) • Wow, we have all of these people and need to find more consulting work to pay them • (too busy to work on product)
  12. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo The Consulting

    Upside • Learn using other peoples’ money • Involvement in a number of different areas • Invest in internal tooling, expertise • Feel the pain yourself, discover then build
  13. –Mark MacLeod, @StartupCFO The best investors don’t want to just

    fund revenue growth, they want to create the future. When you look back at the biggest startup successes, they are all based on a simple, clear insight about the future of a market.
  14. http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo THANK YOU Email: boris@ishuman.co Twitter: @bmann /

    @isHumanCo
  15. Boris Mann, @bmann HUMAN • http://ishuman.co • @IsHumanCo References •

    VR Landscape, Venture Beat • http://venturebeat.com/2015/10/12/the-landscape-of-vr-is-complicated-with-234- companies-valued-at-13b/ • 11 Startup Pitch Archetypes, Jason Shen • http://www.jasonshen.com/2012/eleven-compelling-startup-pitch-archetypes-with- examples-from-yc-companies/