So A VC Passed On You? 4 Ways To Turn The As*Hole Into An Ally

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At Tau Ventures we get 4-5 pitches a day, almost a 1000 a year, and end up investing in 3-4.  A few companies don’t get our attention because the idea is terrible or there are questions of integrity. But most are very legitimate efforts, it’s just they are outside focus for any number of reasons — differing views (market, defensibility, competition etc), overlap with a portfolio company, stage, geography, timing, round dynamics (valuation and all the other factors), among others. So if you heard a no from one VC it doesn’t mean your idea doesn’t have legs. Obviously if you…...

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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.