In the startup world, it’s common to poke fun at the “Startup” language and optimistic spin so common in early-stage founder pitches. I was joking with a fellow angel investor a few weeks ago about how the pitches we hear often start to sound the same, and how therefore I’m constantly writing similar words and phrases down in meetings with founders (because I’m old-school and take hand-written notes). That was the inspiration for this satirical early-stage investor “stationary”, ideal for taking notes during your first meeting with a founder (soon to be offered on Amazon.com for $14.99 for a 20-sheet pack — “the ideal gag gift for that VC that doesn’t need anything!”).
Every week I seem to read a few articles centered around why we are or are not in a tech / VC bubble. Most of these focus on key metrics then vs. now, graphs comparing investment dollars in private/public markets, and other compelling insights. In this post, I will highlight why I believe there has been a fundamental shift in where innovation occurs which has rationally triggered an increase in private venture capital investing.
Victor Gutwein of M25 Group introduces his firm to the world and highlights their ‘unique’ early-stage investing strategy in “M25 Meets World”.