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Confidentiality Statement: Please note that this document or presentation is and remains the property of Finance Tree ltd. We will enforce our copyright to all material. Reproduction or use of this material is only permitted with prior written consent of Finance Tree ltd. A VC’s view of raising investment 8 October 2014 Jonathan Gold 1
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USA… VC view of startups and VC “Entrepreneurs can benefit by knowing how to take off without venture capital, and to… … use venture capital only if they cannot dominate without it – as fuel for the fire, not as a crutch or catalyst…. …your odds of getting venture capital from larger, more established venture-capital funds before proof of success are slim….”
Edison “ I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison
Edison built… Track record Western Union Telegraph Company with several inventions of his relating to the telegraph, especially the quadruplex telegraph system Edison thought of asking for about $2000, but instead he turned the question around and replied, "Well suppose you make me an offer." Edison was offered … $40,000!
Edison … the Venture Investors Thomas Edison sought $30,000 in R&D funding for the Incandescent light bulb He obtained this financing from a syndicate of financiers, including J. P. Morgan and the Vanderbilt family. THE VC and Angels of their day !
TEAM…. CRUCIAL !! Founders with vision... Bringing in experience...Eric Schmidt Mutual respect (vital to a senior team) Shared values (all were engineers) Different skills and perspectives Larry Page & Sergy Brin