Tonight, I tuned in to a great conversation that various diverse investors on a panel were having. One of them said this about early founders: “There is funding for what you want to do, but you have to convince people that it’s worth the investment given the lack of data points.” This was a great point and I totally agree.
When a business has traction, it starts to be derisked from an investment perspective. A growing customer base and revenue are metrics that can indicate the business’s trajectory and help investors gain confidence. When the business is at an early stage, those data points just don’t exist. And in that situation, it’s the founder’s responsibility to articulate their vision in a way that investors can easily grasp and that excites them. When early founders can do that, they’re more likely to convince someone to invest!