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What a $20 billion startup looks like when it's just starting out, and everyone thinks the idea is stupid: Here's Airbnb's first-ever pitch deck

But when Airbnb was first getting started in 2008, the founders struggled and would-be investors snubbed their idea.<p>The founders shared their first pitch deck with an MBA student, back when it wanted to be an air mattress rental company. Here's what it looked like:

Startups

Businesses Report a More Uncertain Funding Future in 2015 | Inc.com

Despite last year's full-throated thirst for tech-company investments, this year could be downright ho-hum, possibly taking the wind out of the sails of those who suggest we're in bubble territory.<p>The latest survey of technology executives for Silicon Valley Bank reports some increasing uncertainty …

Venture Capital

Legendary investor Fred Wilson: Here's how much money a startup needs to raise

Mark Suster, a partner at Los Angeles-based VC firm Upfront Ventures, interviewed Wilson about how much money a company needs to raise to be successful.<p>"I just think if you're forced to figure out how to get from here to here on a million bucks, if you're good, you'll figure out how to do it," …

Venture Capital

5 Things A Startup Must Do To Raise A Venture Round

Venture capital is incredibly important for startups and their founders. Not only does a venture round provide important funds for sustainable growth, but it also comes with the added benefits of industry connections and expertise. However, despite what you may have heard over the years, there are …

Venture Capital