What’s the best way to know if an investor is interested?

Paul Graham (Co-Founder & Partner at Y Combinator)
How to Raise Money

Occasionally you’ll encounter investors who describe themselves as “valuation sensitive. ” What this means in practice is that they are compulsive negotiators who will suck up a lot of your time trying to push your price down. You should therefore never approach such investors first

What’s the best way to know if an investor is interested?

Paul Graham (Co-Founder & Partner at Y Combinator)
How to Raise Money

If some investor isn’t returning your emails, or wants to have lots of meetings but isn’t progressing toward making you an offer, you automatically focus less on them. You have to be disciplined [about this]

What’s the best way to know if an investor is interested?

Paul Graham (Co-Founder & Partner at Y Combinator)
How to Raise Money

Investors prefer to wait if they can. They seem like they’re about to invest right up till the moment they say no. If they even say no. Some of the worse ones never actually do say no; they just stop replying to your emails. They hope that way to get a free option on investing.

What’s the best way to know if an investor is interested?

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
The Pro-Rata Opportunity – AVC

When a company hits escape velocity, the investors in the inside are the first (after the entrepreneurs) to realize it. And if you’ve watched hundreds of rockets go up in your career and dozens hit escape velocity, you start to be able to smell escape velocity coming. That means that “capturing pro-rata” is an opportunistic thing.

What’s the best way to know if an investor is interested?

Sam Altman (President at Y Combinator)
Sam Altman on Twitter: “investor translation: “i love you but …”, “we’d rather pay a higher price at the next round”, “i want to be helpful anyway” all mean “no””

investor translation: “i love you but …”, “we’d rather pay a higher price at the next round”, “i want to be helpful anyway” all mean “no”

What’s the best way to get your lead investor?

Paul Graham (Co-Founder & Partner at Y Combinator)
How to Raise Money

Avoid investors who don’t “lead. ” Why do investors use that term [lead]? Because it’s a more legitimate-sounding way of saying what they really mean. All they really mean is that their interest in you is a function of other investors’ interest in you. In essence, the spectral signature of all mediocre investors.