Network Distance Affects Efficiency of Matching

I had a great chat about matching with a founder friend today. We agreed that great companies are built when founders are matched with capital, knowledge, and resources. The matching is the important part—and the most difficult part at the early stages. The more inefficient matching is, the less likely it is that resources will reach founders who will use them best.

Matching is network driven. The closer founders’ networks are to the networks of people who have capital and expertise, the more likely effective matching is to occur. The farther away they are, the less likely it is to occur. Said differently, network distance affects how efficient matching of high-potential founders and the resources they need is.

If we want to match capital and resources with high-potential founders, we have to reduce network distance to make the matching process more efficient.