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Want to start a startup? Get funded by Y Combinator. August Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want: But the second biggest cause of death is probably the difficulty of raising money.
One reason it's so brutal is simply the brutality of markets.
People who've spent most of their lives in schools or big companies may not have been exposed to that. Professors and bosses usually feel some sense of responsibility toward you; if you make a valiant effort and fail, they'll cut you a break.
Markets are less forgiving. Customers don't care how hard you worked, only whether you solved their problems. Investors evaluate startups the way customers evaluate products, not the way bosses evaluate employees.
If you're making a valiant effort and failing, maybe they'll invest in your next startup, but not this one. But raising money from investors is harder than selling to Essay dealing disappointment, because there are so few of them. There's nothing like an efficient market.
You're unlikely to have more than 10 who are interested; it's difficult to talk to more. So the randomness of any one investor's behavior can really affect you. All investors, including us, are by ordinary standards incompetent. We constantly have to make decisions about things we don't understand, and more often than not we're wrong.
And yet a lot is at stake. The amounts invested by different types of investors vary from five thousand dollars to fifty million, but the amount usually seems large for whatever type of investor it is.
Investment decisions are big decisions. That combination—making big decisions about things they don't understand—tends to make investors very skittish. VCs are notorious for leading founders on. Some of the more unscrupulous do it deliberately.
But even the most well-intentioned investors can behave in a way that would seem crazy in everyday life. One day they're full of enthusiasm and seem ready to write you a check on the spot; the next they won't return your phone calls.
They're not playing games with you. They just can't make up their minds. Startup investors all know one another, and though they hate to admit it the biggest factor in their opinion of you is the opinion of other investors.
No one is interested in a startup that's a "bargain" because everyone else hates it. So the inefficient market you get because there are so few players is exacerbated by the fact that they act less than independently.
The result is a system like some kind of primitive, multi-celled sea creature, where you irritate one extremity and the whole thing contracts violently. Y Combinator is working to fix this. We're trying to increase the number of investors just as we're increasing the number of startups.
We hope that as the number of both increases we'll get something more like an efficient market. As t approaches infinity, Demo Day approaches an auction.
Unfortunately, t is still very far from infinity. What does a startup do now, in the imperfect world we currently inhabit? The most important thing is not to let fundraising get you down. Startups live or die on morale.EASILY the most striking thing in the history of the American Negro since is the ascendancy of Mr.
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