A data room can be an effective tool to show investors the value of your business and its potential. It is utilized for due diligence in M&A transactions, but can also be beneficial for fundraising, IPOs and other investor meetings. But, preparing a information room is a time-consuming and sometimes overwhelming job. How do you know which documents to include, how they should be arranged and grouped, and how do you set permissions?

As a startup, you should provide data that can support your narrative. This will differ based on the stage, for example that startups in the early stages may need to share data on market trends, regulatory shifts and compelling “why now” forces; whereas growth-stage companies should be focused on trends in key metrics, such as new revenue, customer acquisition and the like.

It is essential to avoid adding too much data. A lot of data can be overwhelming investors and indicate that your team does not know how to move the needle for the business. Also, make sure that any metrics you share are representative of the complete data rather than selectively presented (like showing only “bright spots”).

An annotation tool lets users add their own questions and comments to any document that is in the data room. This keeps discussions focused and simplifies the Q&A process. To minimize the risk that sensitive information is shared with third parties, it’s essential to have granular permissions on documents and folders. Also, look for a company that offers a range of reporting tools that track user activity that includes which documents are being read and the times they are viewed.

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