What is the most important way in which an investor can add value to your startup?


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How would you force-rank (1 being highest to 8 being lowest), in terms of value to your startup, the following 8 services provided by an investor:

  • Warm introductions to potential customers
  • Warm introductions to potential strategic partners
  • Access to great candidates for key positions you are recruiting for
  • Sounding board in discussions about strategy
  • Access to a network of entrepreneurs at sister portfolio companies
  • Support in managing PR and communications
  • Support in managing future financings (equity and venture debt)
  • Support in achieving a great exit

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asked Feb 24 '11 at 21:58
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Zippy
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  1. Warm introductions to potential customers
  2. Sounding board in discussions about strategy
  3. Support in achieving a great exit
  4. Warm introductions to potential strategic partners
  5. Support in managing future financing (equity and venture debt)
  6. Access to a network of entrepreneurs at sister portfolio companies
  7. Support in managing PR and communications
  8. Access to great candidates for key positions you are recruiting for
answered Feb 25 '11 at 04:06
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Elie
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  • Surprising that you would put help in recruiting last. – Zippy 8 years ago
  • It depends on the position, but except for the management team, I don't see investors getting involved at that level. It was a debate between 7 and 8 which would get which position. – Elie 8 years ago

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