Would You Have Invested? 7 Lessons In How Venture Capitalists Decide

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Hindsight is 20/20 — once a company has succeeded its success almost seems pre-ordained. But when it is just starting that is hardly the case, in fact, chances are if you poll even experts the consensus will be the company will fail. Divining whether a particular idea will actually beat the odds is essentially why venture capital exists. This post presents the core framework by which VCs make decisions and identify a winner — like Microsoft pictured above. Frameworks are not exhaustive and there are always exceptions, consider this a practical guide for creating your 12-15 slides that will serve…...

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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.