VCs Suck – 5 Practical Ways For Entrepreneurs To Minimize The Pain

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I hear on an almost daily basis a startup complaining about VCs, mostly about lack of response or lack of clarity. Having been both an entrepreneur and an investor I often find bell curves at work ie that a minority causes either a lot or almost no headaches, and a majority of cases that will occasionally have tension. Some of it is inherent given the asymmetric relationship — entrepreneurs are seeking capital, VCs have checkbooks. VCs incidentally have their own asymmetric relationship with their LPs, which is a topic for another day. What this post will focus on are 5…...

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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.