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Category: Fundraising

Act Like You’ve Been There Before…

Recently, I saw someone share a tweet from a young, aspiring VC who posed a GIF on Twitter depicting an irreverent character in an effort to share his frustration that investors aren’t keen to invest in first time managers. My first reaction was to chuckle as it was indeed pretty funny. My second reaction was to think, “kid, you don’t get it yet and you probably need a mentor.”  There are two short takeaways for entrepreneurs from this. First, that young VC was partially right;  LPs don’t invest in first… Read more Act Like You’ve Been There Before…

Who Benefits From Your Success?

Since I started mentoring at Techstars back in 2007, I’ve sat and talked with hundreds of founders trying to raise seed rounds and I’m often left scratching my head at the lack of strategic thought that goes into figuring out who to pitch. Most founders defer to attacking a list of known investors with little or no thought given as to what motivates those investors, what excites them and what sectors they understand. They wind up competing with every other startup in their community trying to raise capital at the… Read more Who Benefits From Your Success?