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How This Man Raised $31 Million in VC Funding in 4 Years Greg Marsh unlocked the secret: Start with old-fashioned networking, then grow your own network.

By Brittany Shoot

This story appears in the May 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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When Greg Marsh moved to New York City, his wife kept locking herself out of their apartment. "Then she'd wait an hour for a locksmith to charge $150 for two minutes of work," he says. That got Marsh wondering about the locksmith industry -- which is $7.5 billion and totally fragmented.

He came up with an idea: KeyMe, an app that scans and stores digital copies of keys, which can then be printed at kiosks or ordered by mail. In just four years, he'd go on to raise $31 million of venture capital in three equity rounds. Here's how he did it.

Marsh knew he needed cofounders with technical skills. He was a Columbia Business School student at the time, so he approached engineering professors and asked to meet their best students. "A series of in-depth conversations later, I had two amazing, skilled cofounders," he says.

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