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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you always ask for a board seat?
  2. What is the best way to reach you? Do I need an introduction?
  3. How can I be sure you'll keep my idea confidential?
  4. What information will you need in order to evaluate my business?

1. Do you always ask for a board seat?
We have found that sitting on the board of our portfolio companies allows us to make the maximum contribution to their success. Because we are primarily looking for businesses to acquire, we expect a board seat.

2. What is the best way to reach you? Do I need an introduction?
While we prefer surface mail contact initially, we welcome business plan submissions by email, fax, or surface mail. It is not necessary, but always helpful, to be referred by an industry contact or friend of the firm. Contact information can be found at Contact Us.

3. How can I be sure you'll keep my idea confidential?
As a normal business practice we do not disclose information provided to us. However, we will execute an appropriate NDA (nondisclosure agreement), if requested, before information is exchanged.

4. What information will you need in order to evaluate my business?
A complete business plan is always very helpful, but a concise executive summary can usually give us the information we need for a preliminary evaluation. While we don't require any particular format for submissions, the following is a suggested checklist of information to include. Being able to quickly identify answers to the following questions will enable us to get back to you quickly with our feedback.

  • What major role in industry will your company play if successful?
  • What is your company's positioning statement?
  • What products or services will you develop to obtain this position?
  • Who is your customer and what is your customer acquisition strategy?
  • What unique competitive advantages will you have or attempt to build?
  • Who or what is your current competition?
  • Where are you in building the company? (If a startup, please describe your major milestones to success over the next year. If your product or service is in development, alpha, or beta describe how you have validated that the market is ready–customer contacts are the best validation.)
  • Who are you and who is part of your team now? (Please include key bios, number of employees.)
  • What is your current capitalization structure? (Please list the owners and other investors of the company and the percentage each owns.)
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Information Checklist:

In order to properly access the viability of a relationship with CF Ventures, please have the following information available:

  • Assets and Liabilities
  • Quarterly Financial Statement
  • Balance Sheets for 3 years
  • Profit & Loss Statements
  • Company's Positioning Statement
  • Company Bio – Please include a brief history of the company and projected
    future growth direction.
  • Forecast Profit & Loss and Cash Flow Statements

 

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