What I Learned From 263 Venture Capitalists

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet, pitch, get rejected, and accepted by lots of investors. After building two companies that were venture and angel backed in aggregate of millions of dollars and then being a part of another that raised tens of millions in additional capital, I learned a lot about the world of venture capitalists. My latest position as head of B.D. at Alma has me reaching out to even more VC’s, many who I know, and others who I’ve never met before as we, like all companies, evaluate our funding options.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of time to dig into my old relationships with investors, explore new ones, and think through how I would approach my next round of funding (for my next startup) whenever that may be. I recorded the data of 263 firms in a Google spreadsheet and the following is what I discovered. Some of the information below represents general themes I noticed and while a few bullets represent hard data.

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