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2009 ISSUE




VC NON-ADMISSIONS
    THINGS A VC WILL NEVER SAY
                                 Courtesy of
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




                      HUMILITY
              “QUITE FRANKLY,...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




                AVAILABILITY
                 “MONDAYS AND F...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




                COMPETENCE
                      “I’VE NEVER...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




                 CONFIDENCE
                     “I WILL NOT...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




          SELF-AWARENESS
                 “I’M STEPPING OFF ...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




                           HONESTY
                     “IN ...
VC Non-Admission #    1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8    9 10 11 12




               ACCEPTANCE
                     “THE ONLY V...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




           ATTENTIVENESS
                           “IT WAS ...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




                     GRATITUDE
            “MANAGEMENT’S STR...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




              PREPARATION
                “I DIDN’T REVIEW T...
VC Non-Admission #    1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8    9 10 11 12




                      PATIENCE
                     “WE HA...
VC Non-Admission #   1 2   3   4   5 6   7 8   9 10 11 12




                 EXPERIENCE
               “I KNOW NOTHING A...
i > u
“JUST ONE BOARD MEETING OUGHT TO PROVE IT. “
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A range of CEOs and VCs contributed to a thread on ExpertCEO to produce the top twelve things you'd never hear a VC say. Pages of phrases were submitted, and it was hard to pick the top 12. Hopefully The result was just too good not to package!

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  1. 2009 ISSUE VC NON-ADMISSIONS THINGS A VC WILL NEVER SAY Courtesy of
  2. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 HUMILITY “QUITE FRANKLY, I’M NOT THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM.”
  3. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 AVAILABILITY “MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS ARE NOT GOOD FOR ME BECAUSE THEY IMPINGE ON MY LONG WEEKENDS IN TAHOE.”
  4. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 COMPETENCE “I’VE NEVER RUN A REAL BUSINESS, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO RUN YOURS NOW.”
  5. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 CONFIDENCE “I WILL NOT LET MY ABSENCE OF DIRECT EXPERIENCE REDUCE THE INTENSITY OF MY OPINION.”
  6. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 SELF-AWARENESS “I’M STEPPING OFF THE BOARD SO YOU CAN FILL THE SEAT WITH SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT ANYTHING.”
  7. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 HONESTY “IN HINDSIGHT, MANAGEMENT WAS RIGHT AFTER ALL.”
  8. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ACCEPTANCE “THE ONLY VALUE WE BRING TO THE DEAL IS MONEY.”
  9. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ATTENTIVENESS “IT WAS RUDE OF ME TO CHECK MY BLACKBERRY DURING THE MEETING.”
  10. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 GRATITUDE “MANAGEMENT’S STRATEGIC DECISIONS TWO YEARS AGO WERE EXCELLENT. HERE’S 5% MORE OF THE COMPANY AS A REWARD.”
  11. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 PREPARATION “I DIDN’T REVIEW THE BOARD PACKAGE AND AM NOT READY TO BE A CONSTRUCTIVE VOICE IN THE MEETING.”
  12. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 PATIENCE “WE HAVE NO TIMELINES FOR FORCED LIQUIDITY. YOU’LL KNOW WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT TO EXIT.”
  13. VC Non-Admission # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 EXPERIENCE “I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT YOUR PRODUCT OR MARKET, BUT MY FIRM THINKS WE NEED TO BE INVESTING IN THIS SPACE. “
  14. i > u “JUST ONE BOARD MEETING OUGHT TO PROVE IT. “
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A range of CEOs and VCs contributed to a thread on ExpertCEO to produce the top twelve things you'd never hear a VC say. Pages of phrases were submitted, and it was hard to pick the top 12. Hopefully The result was just too good not to package!

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