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Understanding reasons for VC rejections – Why are you different?

From Mathijs de Wit - Newion Investments (@mathijsdewit) Approximately 1-2% of relevant deal flow for a VC firm will become a portfolio company. Hence, rejecting entrepreneurs is something a VC professional will have to do as  part of his job. As most people have an intrinsic urge to be liked, I believe most VCs want to be honest about their...


Attending a Tech Conference? Prepare Yourself.

From Pieter Welten - Prime Ventures (@WeltenPie) Next week I will be attending the Web Summit in Dublin for the third consecutive year. Together with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Web Summit belongs to the largest tech conferences in Europe. Within only five years the event managed to attract +30,000 attendees and speakers such as...


The Underlying Assumptions of a Financial Plan.

From Pieter Welten - Prime Ventures (@WeltenPie) As a venture capitalist (and in this case a typical growth investor) you review hundreds of business plans a year. Often we find at the end of the business plan a financial section, including financial projections. Part of my responsibility is to assess these projections. Why do we assess financial...


Why a Good Deck is Indicative for being a Good Entrepreneur.

From Jan Andriessen - henQ (@JanAndrssn) I am quite sure that one of the greatest pains of all VCs is that they are spending so much time on reading ‘poor’ investor decks, essentially wasting a bunch of time that is the cost of ineffective information sharing. The quality of an investor deck is not correlated to the sexiness of the pictures and...


The Importance of a Good Business Case.

From Jan Andriessen - henQ (@JanAndrssn) When I talk to start-ups that might be eligible to receive henQ funding, a lot of founders seem to find my focus on their business case annoying. When I ask them about their view on the market size for example, or on sustainable competitive advantage, their eyes roll and they seem to be thinking: “this guy...