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My lecture to MBAs who don't "get it" (but want to) at Georgetown University - DROdio
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Fundraising Cribsheet: George Zachary of Charles River Ventures Speaks To Entrepreneurs

As part of my Fundraising Cribsheet series of blogs to help entrepreneurs raise money more quickly and efficiently, I interviewed today George Zachary, a Venture Capitalist with Charles River Ventures.  CRV is very well known out here in Silicon Valley, as is George, who's been in the business for 15+ years.

Previously, I interviewed Naval Ravikant of AngelList, and interviewed Shai Goldman of Silicon Valley Bank, and I participated on a panel about the differences raising an angel round vs. a Series A round.  Before the end of 2010, I'll be writing in-depth about the 14 weeks my co-founder Sean and I spent raising $1MM for AppMakr, so subscribe to my blog (top right corner) if you'd like to get more in-depth updates as I share them.

Before I started the interview with George, I tweeted a request for questions, and Shai responded with a question about George's outlook for 2011 and any impending bubbles, which I asked George during the interview below.

In this awesome 45 minute interview, George touched on a range of topics, including:

As part of my Fundraising Cribsheet series of blogs to help entrepreneurs raise money more quickly and efficiently, I interviewed today George Zachary, a Venture Capitalist with Charles River Ventures.  CRV is very well known out here in Silicon Valley, as is George, who's been in the business for 15+ years. Previously, I interviewed Naval Ravikant of AngelList, and interviewed Shai Goldman of Silicon Valley Bank, and I participated on a panel about the differences raising an angel round vs. a Series A round.  Before the end of 2010, I'll be writing in-depth about the 14 weeks my co-founder Sean and I spent raising $1MM for AppMakr, so subscribe to my blog (top right corner) if you'd like to get more in-depth updates as I share them. Before I started the interview with George, I tweeted a request for questions, and Shai responded with a question about George's outlook for 2011 and any impending bubbles, which I asked George during the interview below. In this awesome 45 minute interview, George touched on a range of topics, including: The best way to pitch George an idea, including what he loves, and what he hates What areas he considers hot right now, and would be willing to fund today Consistent mistakes he sees entrepreneurs making in their businesses, and when pitching VCs Why the Valley has a culture of giving "polite no's" and what he does differently Whether an entrepreneur he has passed on should be persistent and follow up with him How best to interact with investors once they've funded you What the lack of exits & IPOs means for the VC landscape What an entrepreneur should do to get favorable terms from VCs, and how the terms can be affected by other factors like valuations Why CRV is doing small angel-type investments ($100k-range) and how it's paying off What George's outlook is for 2011, and what George calls the "angel bubble" How you can contact George directly, and what he likes to see when you do so And a lot more.  Lots of great stuff in this interview, so enjoy it; I hope it's helpful.  Please post any comments in the thread below and if I get enough interest and/or interesting questions/comments, I'll follow up with him to get you answers. And a huge thank-you to George for being such an awesome and amazing VC to our company, and to the Valley in general.  The fact that he took 45 minutes out of his day to give entrepreneurs access to the wealth of knowledge he has says a lot about him and CRV. Here's the video:

Why

On Steven Dowd

After seeing the TED talk on the golden circle, I decided that I had not given enough thought to why I am doing this.

When I first started conceptualizing this trip, I did start with the why, but I only got to the superficial level of seeing the world and meeting people until I moved on to the how and the what. Is that the real reason, or only the means to another end? I will now revisit my earlier thoughts and continue to the core reasoning. I will start with the shallowest reason, and continue asking why until I get to an abstract, encompassing answer.

I am going on this journey to see the world and meet as people as I can. To learn about as many cultures as possible. To see how people are different and how they are the same. To overcome my western biases. To see the world as it really is. To find my place in the world. To find a cause to dedicate my life to. To make a positive change in the world.

Do I stop here, or do I analyse why I want to change the world? Do I keep going deeper, or will it never end and lose all meaning? The reason why I would want to change the world is just personal motivation. Does it matter why I want to change the world? I think it can be changed for the better. So why not do it?

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