Access and Community are more important than Capital, Deal Flow and Judgement

Written by Paul on April 18th, 2013

Investing in companies, especially early stage, has historically been about capital, deal flow and judgement. If you had the money, you would get the deal flow and then you could take your time picking your favorites.

Capital, deal flow and judgement are table stakes today. You need those three things to get into investing but it’s simply not enough to make any money. Investors today need to be thinking about access and community.

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Curation and Urgency: Two Requirements for any Startup (and Community)

Written by Paul on April 15th, 2013

When I think about the typical community building events I see around the country, I see events that are designed to cater to anyone remotely interested in entrepreneurship. It almost always ends up being a …

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moving on: introducing

Written by Paul on March 28th, 2013

It’s been a wild and crazy ride here at 500 Startups: over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, fund hundreds of ambitious …

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