Thursday, 14 March 2013

How to get 100 meetings with Top VCs

A friend of mine recently concluded a trip through Silicon Valley, pitching his start-up to dozens of high-profile Venture Capitalists. 
When I asked him how he got so many high profile people interested, he told me an interesting how-to which I thought I'd share:

"The simple answer is network. The longer answer is spend some time thinking about your connection with each of them, why they would speak to you and not the 100+ emails they get daily, and you'll get through.  In order or priority, intros from the following are best:

  1. Founder of a VC's existing or previous portfolio business OR the VC's friend a
  2. A super angel / someone that the VC respects
  3. Another VC
  4. An entrepreneur the VC respects / knows / random connection
If all else fails, go cold email, but make it a very individualised email."

Nothing surprising but it's good to have a reminder that success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. 

OK, back to perspiring. 


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