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If immigrant-founders knew the difference it makes to speak excellent English, they would be working harder at it. You must be fluent if you want to succeed.

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Funding founder inevitability

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.

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Founder Authenticity

Why are you and your team the right people to solve this problem? Founder authenticity is paramount when funding a startup.

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Don't ask for introductions if the VC turns you down

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.

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Personally, I’ve been learning a lot from reading them. There is a clear correlation between the quality of the update and how well the startup is performing.

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If you are a founder reading this, it’s important to understand that you are our customer, and we live to serve you, not the opposite.

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Do not use your Gmail to communicate with investors! You lose the opportunity of advertising your startup on the URL and to look professional.

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The supreme pitch deck

I must have seen >2500 pitch decks, in the past four years. Most founders over-complicate pitch decks. 10 slides are everything you need.

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