One should only invest in inevitable founders. A good investment is the one that needs you the least but gets to the final destination faster once we partner.
Founders and investors must understand that the vast minority of companies are supposed to be venture-backed, not the opposite.
I struggled with how I should react & respond to cold emails in the workplace during the first two years of my career as a VC.
Once a week, right after a formal turndown, I get a founder asking me if I can introduce them to other investors. This is a weak and stupid ask.
Stoicism is helpful for startup founders and investors. Stoicism helped me find my dark side. Every founder should read the work of Marcus Aurelius and Seneca.
As a Venture Capitalist, you must be able to sell (1) you and the firm, (2) the company, and (3) returns. Sell these 3 well and you might win in VC.