Who are your startup competitors?

Who are your startup competitors?

As a founder raising, you can be darn sure this question is going to be asked: “Who are your startup competitors?” As with much of life, there is never a perfect answer, but there sure is a bad answer. Now the dumbest answer goes a little something like this: VC: Who are your competitors Founder: It’s amazing, we have no …

How founders should dress when pitching a VC your startup

How founders should dress when pitching a VC your startup

Dress code. Really? You have so much stuff to deal with growing your company with like, no resources, and having to beg investors for cash to make the hires you need to close. Seriously, now we’re talking about fashion with VCs? Well, you’re reading this blog, aren’t you? 😉 Doing stupid things isn’t on your to-do list (hopefully). Don’t worry, …

Founder confidence

Founder confidence. How you answer investors’ questions matter

I’ve written a hundred thousand words or so on questions and answers that venture capital investors will ask when you are pitching during the fundraising process. I think that’s pretty useful. But that’s only part of the equation to a successful raise. There’s something missing here. Knowing the answers is not enough. How you say things matter In 1971, Albert …