Startups And Saying No To A Large Investor

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Hot startups are often thought of that way because of who is involved and how bold the idea is. And they get disproportionate and arguably undue attention. If you are finding yourself in that situation chances are you getting big funds knocking on your door for earlier rounds, say a $1B+ fund wanting to invest in your seed. There are obvious reasons to accept the investment earlier, the key ones being having easier access to more capital in the future and leveraging the investor brand, especially towards hiring and sales. But there are many reasons not to do it, which…...

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Amit Garg I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years -- at Samsung NEXT Ventures, running my own startup (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.