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When pitching to investors to fund your startup, it's important to understand a key aspect that may make or break the commitment to invest: your intellectual property (IP) strategy. In Mary's latest Forbes blog, she reviews five key tips to becoming the savvy entrepreneur that investors are looking for, and ensuring that you're able to answer their questions about your IP.

Impress them with the following five tips before you start your fundraising process:

1. Use a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) whenever possible.

2. Have solid co-founder agreements in place

3. Know your IP strategy

4. Own everything all the time

5. Be careful when publicly pitching


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