Fundraising Lessons From Two Exits & a Unicorn with Waseem Daher, Pilot


27-06-2022 • 52 mins

On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI welcomes Waseem Daher, Founder and CEO at

Fundraising is never easy, but the right preparation can make all the difference.

Waseem joins us to share the KPIs and questions that investors look at during various stages of investment.

Waseem is a three-time founder with two successful exits (Ksplice acquired by Oracle and Zulip acquired by Dropbox) and he has recently raised $100+ million from Jeff Bezos (and other notable funds) at a $1.2 billion valuation.

Today, Waseem covers:

1:42 - The backstory behind how he got started

7:35 - Metrics investors may look at during a seed round

10:35 - Determining product market fit

16:02 - What drove the decision-making that led to a $1.2 billion valuation

17:17 - The right time to start fundraising

20:13 - The average process of raising capital and getting money in the bank

23:32 - Top factors driving valuation in the market

28:31 - Most crucial items in your data room

32:37 - Top three reasons why investors decide to invest in a company

38:38 - How founders should think about dilution

43:15 - Building your executive team

45:04 - Making sure everyone is aligned with your vision and values when you're not in the room

47:21 - What the CEO should focus on when the right team is in place

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