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SCUBA Diving and Seed Money are More Connected Than You Think

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This story appears in the October 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

One of the venture funds I work with specializes in seed investments: early-stage deals that are often made with young, bright, first-time entrepreneurs who’ve been working hard to get the chance to build their dream company. After enduring a tough diligence process, they couldn’t be more excited to nab some funding and start working. Or so you’d think. Fact is, so much effort goes into scoring the money that when the dust settles, some entrepreneurs don’t know what happens next.  

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When it comes to guiding entrepreneurs through this transition, I like to use the analogy of a scuba tank. For pre-revenue companies, starting out is like working

underwater at progressively deeper depths. There is a balance between getting as much done as quickly as you can and knowing the right time to go up for more air. The key is learning what to do to ensure there is another tank (a new funding round or other capital raise) waiting for you when you head back up to the surface.

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