Assume the answer is no, and focus on improving your pitch

Tl;dr: You’re going to hear no continually from investors. If you expect to hear a no you can focus on how to improve rather than managing your emotions from being rejected. If you’re fundable, you just need to keep practising and hitting up investors till you get a yes. Fundraising is a harrowing experience Startup is hard so people keep …

Given the amount of capital Sequoia has to deploy, why doesn’t it make a lots of small bets on pre-seed rounds? While the vast majority will fail, the winners will far outperform.

1/ do lots of deals 2/ do pre-seed Two different points. They do early stage. You can only do so many deals, especially if you are ‘active’ investor. I know partners there that have done so in a region. I’ve met the founder recipients at the parties. You just don’t know it. There aren’t that many pre-seed or even seed …

How can I get seed funding without giving away the idea?

The pitch You: Hey give me $500k. VC: For what? You: I can’t tell you… VC: Sure, I’ve never heard of you, so of course! What’s your IBAN? 6 months later… VC: Btw, what do you do? You: Nothing. I just live on your money The lesson Many people complained they had the same idea as Uber. The only difference …