What mistakes do startup founders make when raising Venture Capital?

Getting Started

Mistakes founders make when raising VC money…

  • Talking to them too late. Start yesterday. In lieu of that, start now
  • Expecting an NDA
  • Not distinguishing VCs from Angels, business investors, private equity investors, and crowdfunders
  • Neglecting credible exit scenarios. Not wanting to exit
  • Not having a capable executive team on board
  • Neglecting the history of their market / industry
  • Not shopping their term sheet terms
  • Disregarding competitors
  • Thinking too small
  • Not listening. Not hearing.
  • Taking their feedback too seriously
  • Over confidence in the product
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