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This article was published on September 27, 2009


    Infographic: Why it sucks to talk to a VC

    Infographic: Why it sucks to talk to a VC
    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

    CEO and co-founder, TNW

    Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

    VC notesLast week I had some drinks with a few investors while we talked about start-ups. We looked at some of the companies they invested in and some of the companies they didn’t invest in. They would say “We didn’t invest because they just weren’t ambitious enough” or “We invested in them because they saw a clear niche”.

    As I heard that I started noticing some inconsistencies and wrote them down on a piece of paper. Today I translated my notes into an infographic.

    Basically whatever you say to a VC can be turned around and used against you. You want to conquer the world? They will say you are being unrealistic. Have a great local opportunity and they will say you aren’t ambitious enough and you should aim at conquering the world.

    So here is a list of things that you will always get wrong. Choose the answer on the left and they will tell you the answer on the right is the correct one. Mention the right one first and they will say the answer on the left. The rick, of course, is to work both options into one answer, without sounding like you can’t make up your mind. Hey, we never said this was going to be easy!

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