Am I ready? Is my startup fundable? How do I start and run a company? Does my financial model make sense? How do I manage equity? What am I missing? It’s normal to have a million questions when you’re starting up. Hours of research, navigating conflicting information and piecing together the answers for yourself can be overwhelming. We get that. That’s why we built Mission Control: Launchpad. It’s here to help you save time, streamline and get big ideas off the ground quicker so you can focus on the important part—bringing your idea to life.
Gust has been building products and education for founders, startups, accelerators, and investors for over 15 years. David S. Rose, Founder and Chairman of Gust, founded New York Angels, the largest angel group in the United States, and literally wrote the books on starting a startup and angel investing. We know what we’re doing and we’re experts at sharing our comprehensive perspective without requiring you to have previous startup experience or an MBA.
Over 5,000 startups
incorporated with Gust Launch
Hundreds of webinars and office hours attended by more than 10,000 founders
Startups raised more than $100M on Gust in 2022
Content sourced from experts. Digest at your own pace.
Purpose-built software and services to apply what you’re learning.
Expert and peer sessions to work through roadblocks and get feedback.
You’ll receive an email introducing the component(s) you’ll be building, the background material, and the tools you’ll use.
You’ll attend a Get Unstuck Q&A session designed to offer in-depth answers to questions about the material and help you make progress on the components you’re building.
You’ll attend a Recap and Review to discuss and review your work and get feedback from experts and your peers.
What type of company am I building? Is my company Angel- or VC-backable? What am I getting into? What are typical exit scenarios and timelines?
Who will be my first investors? How will I find them? What terms do early investors typically invest at? How do SAFEs and Convertible Notes work? How much money do I need to raise? Can I raise from friends and family? What’s an accredited investor? Is crowdfunding right for my venture? What is dilution and how does it work?
Who do I need on my founding team? How do founders navigate their current employment? How do I divide equity among co-founders? How do I issue stock to early employees? What are the legal implications that come with expanding my team? How do I work with an advisor? When do I need an option plan? How do ownership and vesting work?
How do I incorporate properly? What are the legal, compliance, and tax obligations after I have incorporated? How do I run the company? How does company ownership work?
How do I build confidence in a business model? What type of financials will investors expect? What should I focus on in my pitch? How can I effectively present my vision and the business opportunity?
What’s the most critical next step for my startup? What if I have even more questions?