Posts Tagged ‘VCs’
How should we look at startups? Through the lens of finance alone? Or should we assess them through the lens of the product? Or both?
And, what about the management team? Isn’t that the most important factor?
Do too many startups are focussed on raising money as if money were the answer to all problems. Whilst a focus on giving business angels and VCs ‘what they want’ is admirable, it often comes at the cost of not focussing on the relationship.
What can you do about this?
Here’s a round of three top business angel and startup investment article and blogs on the web this month.
We’ve got discussions on why startup entrepreneurs should approach business angels first, why VCs are in investing in their health (and entrepreneurs should too) and lastly, what is the one thing every entrepreneur or startup really needs to succeed?
There are three questions that every business angel (or Venture Capitalist, for that matter) will ask, and hence, these are the three questions that every entrepreneur and investment proposal needs to answer. That is, assuming the entreprenuer wants to get funding.
“I’m not investing in that, I’m out!” If only it was that that simple. TV makes the process of selecting and getting involved in start-up business investment seem easy. The reality for business angels is somewhat murkier.
With this in mind let’s take a look at 5 things likely to keep business angels awake at night…
Should business angels listen more carefully to the needs of start-ups as well as working on their own image?
Most of what we read about business angels’ relationships with start-ups revolves around how much they should invest and what start-ups can do to attract business angel funding.
Anyone who watched this week’s brutal episode of Dragons’ Den may have been surprised to find Theo Paphitis talking about sticking pins in his eyes and Duncan Bannatyne behaving a bit like a spoiled toddler who’d just been handed a carrot instead of a lolly – should business angels adopt the modus operandi of the VCs in Dragons’ Den?