1. Thinking it is easy. It will typically take 3–6 months of full-time effort. 80% will fail.
2. That the “Idea” is worth something. It is not worth $0 because anyone can copy an idea and do better at marketing, sales, product development or just dump capital on that idea
3. Thinking VCs are the best source, they are the worst for 90% of businesses. They finance at most 1 in 200 plans and represent a tiny percentage of business financing. A narrow niche of rapid growth, technology based companies mainly.
4. A company has value on day #1. It does not! Value and pre-money valuation come from team + plan + market research + product development. Investors generally put money in only AFTER value is created.
The pitch deck is critical. It separated out the 75% of people looking for money that did not do their homework. A good angel or VC can glean a lot about the team from this 5-minute read. An investor...