Brad Feld is co-founder of Foundry Group, a Boulder, Colo.-based venture-capital firm, and TechStars, a startup accelerator. He is a recipient of the 2017 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal for Growth & Innovation.
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Starting a Business
A long-term commitment and philosophy of inclusiveness are critical to sustainability and growth.
VC investors should know when to limit their involvement--and entrepreneurs should stand firm on where to draw the line.
Don't ask venture capitalists for referrals if they say they're not interested.
For maximum impact and interest, give potential investors something to play with.
When feedback from different investors is cloudy, go to each of them individually to gain clarity.
Should you let your employees talk directly to your VCs?
The inside scoop on what should and shouldn't be shared with your VC.
Know how to discern whether your VC gets it or if it's time to look for financing elsewhere.
The right strategy will likely take care of itself at the appropriate time.
Their weaknesses may vary , but there's typically a common characteristic not-great venture capitalists share: arrogance.
Ask your VC three questions to gauge its level of involvement.
Don't blow a financing opportunity by approaching the wrong source.
If you want to secure venture capital, avoid these 8 mistakes.