Mark Cuban said that if founders have an exit strategy that means they ‘ain’t’ passionate about what they do. What type of VC will NOT fund these founders?

I won’t.

The thing is, it’s just so hard to make money investing. Even from a relatively small fund — say $60m — even a $1b IPO may be barely enough for the fund to get truly into the black.

Selling is rational. I sold my first start-up for $50m after 12.5 months. It was awesome. No regrets on that one. But even though we’d sold > 50% of the company in our seed round, and the VCs made 500% on the deal in about a year … the VCs still didn’t come close to “returning the fund” on that deal (i.e., making 1x their total fund). It didn’t really move the needle for their nine-figure funds.

So if you don’t see a bit of craziness, a bit of have to build a big, public company no matter what anyone says, a bit of seeing huge upside and limited downside from pushing on … it’s really hard to invest.

And it’s nothing personal. I sold, I get it.

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Published on October 1, 2018

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