When you are involved in startup fundraising, it is important to provide information about your company to investors. It can speed up the process, boost trust and increase your chances of obtaining the term sheet. However, the number of documents that you need to be able to share with potential investors can quickly get out of hand. In this article, we will discuss the ways to run an investor data room efficiently and efficiently.
The first step is to design separate rooms for each stage of the investment process. This allows you segment access to documents according to investor desires. You could, for instance utilize an easy folder system to organize information for early stage investors who have expressed an interest in the company but are not yet ready to invest. This stage typically contains documents like strategy documents, pitch decks and product plans.
In the second phase you can add additional, more specific information for investors that are moving closer to a decision. This could include a complete model and forecasts both projected and historical legal documents including customer contracts and supplier contracts, intellectual property information and market research.
These documents will give investors a an in-depth view of your company and give them the confidence that you’re thorough. It is also possible to include past updates to investors, which will show the investors that you value transparency and communication with investors seriously. Additionally, your investor information room should allow you to keep track of who has accessed which documents and for the duration of. This will allow you to spot any suspicious activity and take corrective action if necessary.