VC Red Flags

Luke Versweyveld
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VC Red Flags

I recently had Robin Singhvi, Founder of SmartCue, on the Backseat Startup to answer a question posed by a founder on Reddit. The founder had a pitch that didn't go very well, with the investor encouraging them to outsource development work overseas. Robin and I broke down whether we think this is a red flag.

"No" is part of the VC fundraising game

Starting a business can be a challenging and daunting task, especially when it comes to securing funding. One option for funding is venture capital (VC), but it can be frustrating when VC firms decline to offer funding. However, it's important to remember that this is a common occurrence in the VC industry, and it doesn't mean that your business idea isn't viable.

If at first you don't succeed...

So, what can you do if a VC firm turns you down? First, continue to work on your idea and build traction. This could include creating a landing page, building a waitlist, and even taking on some early customers. Building in public, or sharing your progress on social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn, can also help drum up interest and potentially lead to funding from other sources.

It's also a good idea to consider finding a technical co-founder or seeking out prospective customers. Having a strong team and demonstrating market demand can make your business more attractive to potential investors.

Get comfortable with rejection

Ultimately, the key is not to get discouraged by the possibility of not receiving funding from a VC. Keep working on your idea and building traction, and you may be able to go back to the VC firm with even more momentum. And remember, there are always other funding options available, such as seeking out angel investors or crowdfunding.

So, if you've been turned down by a VC firm, don't give up. Keep pushing forward and you'll find success in your entrepreneurial journey.

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Luke Versweyveld
Founder of Startup Founder Daily and Flintworks. Husband, lawyer, and vino 🍷