Founder Issues

What the greatest technology investors say about Founder Issues


The following is a list of the post titles by author under this topic.  Scroll further down this page to find the actual blog post by your selected author.   Author’s posts appear in reverse alphabetical order.  For example, following this list, Fred Wilson’s posts appear towards the beginning of the blog page, and Boston Millennia Partners’ post appears towards the end of the blog page.   


Boston Millennia Partners: Early Stage Investing is Far from an Exact Science


Jeffrey Bussgang:  How to Select a Venture Capitalist

Jeffrey Bussgang:   Be Wary of Term Sheet Tactics 

DAVID COHEN  (1 post)

David Cohen: Many Successful People are Deliberate about Randomness

RON CONWAY   (1 post)

Ron Conway:  What Ron Conway Looks For in a Deal

CHRIS DIXON  (8 posts)

Chris Dixon:  How Much Seed Money to Raise

Chris Dixon:  Think of Dilution over the Company’s Life & How Much to Raise

Chris Dixon: Product/Market Fit: The Only Thing that Matters for a Startup

Chris Dixon: Problems Taking Seed Money from Big VCs

Chris Dixon:  Nothing More Dilutive & Morale-Crushing than a Down Round

Chris Dixon: Never Share Your Minimum Valuation Number with Investors

Chris Dixon:  The Company’s Stage: Weighing  Investor Quality vs. Valuation

Chris Dixon:  Tranching Can Create Misalignment of Interests

BRAD FELD  (1 post)

Brad Feld:  Brad Feld: 3 Types of Angel Investors


Brian Garrett: Do More with Less Before Raising Outside Capital

KENT GOLDMAN  (1 post)

Kent Goldman:  Pivoting is One of the Most Critical Challenges

BILL GROSS  (2 posts)

Bill Gross:  Lessons from Flops

Bill Gross:  Balance Entrepreneur's Strengths

ROB HAYES  (3 posts)

Rob Hayes:  Going for Growth vs. Revenue

Rob Hayes:  Successful Entrepreneurs’ Common Trait

Rob Hayes:  Red Flags: Signals Not to Invest


Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha:  What Great Silicon Valley Companies Have in Common

Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha: Focus on Learning over Profitability

Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha:  Success is Fragile - Be Paranoid

Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha:  Smart Adapting & Pivoting

Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha: Pivot to Real Market Need

JOSH KOPELMAN  (3 posts)

Josh Kopelman: The Unwritten Term on the Term Sheet

Josh Kopelman: Companies are Bought, not Sold

Josh Kopelman: High Valuations Can Limit Exit Opportunities


Jason Mendelson:  Investors Only Care about Two Things

Jason Mendelson:  Investors Only Care About Returns & Control

HOWARD MORGAN  (2 posts)

Howard Morgan:  Only 2 Numbers to Know for Internet Businesses

Howard Morgan:  Fail Quick & Cheap

BABAK NIVI  (3 posts)

Babak Nivi:  The Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs make when Raising Money

Babak Nivi:  Tips When Raising a Seed Round

Babak Nivi:   The Option Pool Lowers your Effective Valuation

BASIL PETERS  (6 posts)

Basil Peters:  The Exit Strategy is the Most Important Business Plan Element

Basil Peters:  Why VC's Block an Exit

Basil Peters:  Angels Need a 20-25%/yr Return

Basil Peters:  When Can You Sell?

Basil Peters:  How to Maximize the Selling Price

Basil Peters:  How to Ensure There's Alignment on Exit Strategy


Naval Ravikant:  Valuation is Temporary, Control is Forever

Naval Ravikant:  5 Main Qualities of an Exceptional Startup

Naval Ravikant:  Social Proof is Powerful

MARK SUSTER  (12 posts)

Mark Suster:  Be Leary of Too High a Price

Mark Suster:  Fundraising Terms Pile Up with Later Stage Investors

Mark Suster:  Mark Suster:  Angels Need Five Skills to Excel

Mark Suster:  Early Stage Technology Investments Come Down to 4 'M's'

Mark Suster:  Mark Suster's Financing Advice for Entrepreneurs

Mark Suster:  Select the Highest Quality Investor Available

Mark Suster:  Dilution Benchmarks & Fundraising

Mark Suster:  VCs Want Big Outcomes & May Block a Sale

Mark Suster:  The VC “Squeeze” and Dilution

Mark Suster:  Angels vs. Series A vs. Series B Characteristics

Mark Suster:  Successful Entrepreneurs have these Qualities

Mark Suster:  The VC Assumes there’s an Option Pool

DAVID TISCH   (1 post)

David Tisch:  Startups are Constantly Failing


Andy Weissman: Overnight Successes Never Are

FRED WILSON  (17 posts)

Fred Wilson:  Sustainability by Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson:  Hire Slowly & Wisely, not Quickly

Fred Wilson:  Two Rules of Thumb for Early Stage Fundraising

Fred Wilson:  Building the Business First

Fred Wilson:  Sustainability:  Short Term Profits vs. Long Term Health

Fred Wilson:  An Option Pool is about Price

Fred Wilson:  Fred Wilson: Never Seen VC Board Control in Early Stage Deals

Fred Wilson:  Fred Wilson:  Board Chair Responsibilities

Fred Wilson:  Fred Wilson:  Thoughts on Well-Functioning Boards

Fred Wilson:  Fred Wilson:  Board’s Role & Responsibilities

Fred Wilson:  Fred Wilson:  Board’s Main Job is Providing Strategic Advice

Fred Wilson:  Fred Wilson: The Reality of Founder Control

Fred Wilson:  Board Member Chemistry is Critical 

Fred Wilson:  Culture, Values & a Vow to a Great Workplace are Everything

Fred Wilson:  Fred Wilson's Comfort Zones on Fundraising & Valuation

Fred Wilson:  No One Gets More Diluted than the Founders

Fred Wilson:  Wear your Failures as a Badge of Honor