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Getting Funded with Venture Capital: Why It May Not Be Such a Good Idea

Getting Funded with Venture Capital: Why It May Not Be Such a Good Idea | Online Business Models |

"You are more than three times as likely to crash your startup as you are to ring the NASDAQ opening bell."

Robin Good's insight:

Rachel Chalmers illustrates five key reasons why it may not be such a great idea to get your startup funded by venture capital.

These include: 

  1. Not getting a fair hearing

  2. Rising capital means losing the YOU and giving in to financial interests as the primary drivers

  3. The majority of VC funded companies will not ever generate any venture success

  4. You are not going to have full control anymore

  5. Venture math is a harsh mistress 

Key advice: VCs are optimizing for a very specific outcome (making a large as possible profit fast). Share that alignment, or don’t take their money.

Chances to convert a startup into a VC-funded success, are not very high, if you look at the numbers. But worse than that, is what you have to endure and give up to achieve that goal.

Useful. 7/10

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Startups Knowledge Base: The Curated Archive for Startup Advice

Startups Knowledge Base: The Curated Archive for Startup Advice | Online Business Models |
Robin Good's insight:

The Startup Knowledge Base is a curated content archive focusing on startup topics. All content included has been reviewed, vetted and tagged as to provide only the cream of the crop.

This resource has been created for two groups of people:

  1. those who are new and need to get up to speed quickly.

  2. those who are experienced entrepreneurs and want to stay of top of their game.

The objective behind this free project is to provide an easy path to learn what needs to be known for a startup without being sucked in by the latest article or hype. Attention has therefore been given to quality content independently of its published date.

From the original site: "We've screened the web's best startup advice, summarized, categorized, and tagged it for you."

210 articles covering a time span of five years, completely summarized.

All original articles and authors are properly credited.

Free / pay with a Tweet or FB post or donate something.

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malek's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:26 AM

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Startup Gurus Suck: Talk To a Fox Next Time You're Looking for Advice

Startup Gurus Suck: Talk To a Fox Next Time You're Looking for Advice | Online Business Models |

Startups and bad predictions

Robin Good's insight:

Andrew Chen asks why we are so bad at predicting successful startups. He writes: "...we’re all so bad at predicting what will work and what won’t. I’ve written about my embarrassing skepticism about Facebook, but hey, I’m just a random tech guy.

For the folks whose job it is to professionally pick winners, the venture capitalists, they aren’t doing very well either.

It’s been widely noted that the venture capital asset class, after fees, has lagged the public markets- you’d be better off buying some index funds."

In his view, much of the disappointing results are due to the "generic startup advice" being offered online. He writes that generic principles cannot be effectively applied to all situations. And he is right.

But more than anything Andrew stops at analyzing what are the kind of people who often provide such predictions and strategic advice:

"[There are] two categories: hedgehogs, who view the world through the lens of a single defining idea and foxes who draw on a wide variety of experiences and for whom the world cannot be boiled down to a single idea."

"...Silver clearly identifies as a fox, and contrasted his approach to the talking head pundits that dominate political talk shows on TV and radio. For the pundits, the more aggressive, contrarian, and certain they seem, the more attention-grabbing they are.

Rather similar to what we see in the blogosphere, where people are rewarded for writing headlines like “10 reasons why [hot company] will be killed by [new product].” Or “Every startup should care about [metric X]” or whatever."

"The solution to all of this isn’t easy- to be a fox means to draw from a much broader set of data, to look at the problem from multiple perspectives, and to reach a conclusion that combines all of those datapoints."

"Over my 5 years in Silicon Valley, the biggest lesson I’ve learned from trying to predict startups is calibration. They talk about it in the video above, but the short way to describe it is to be careful with what you think you know versus what you don’t."

Insightful. Right on the mark. 8/10

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