As an investor, what are the most important items that a startup must have for you to invest?
- Large and growing market
- Real domain expertise
- Provable product need
- Scalable business model
- Competitive advantage
- Platform/partnership/bizdev/API strategy
- External validation (ideally traction and/or passionate customers)
- Viable business structure and cap table
- Reasonable valuation
- Proven team (tech/product/design/marketing/sales/domain/etc.)
But most important of all, it must have an entrepreneur on whom I’m willing to bet. And the attributes I look for in that entrepreneur are:
- Startup experience
- Personal domain expertise
- Operating skills
- Leadership ability
- Commitment to the venture
- Long-term, extensive vision
- Realism and pragmatism
- Even temperament
- Alignment on vision
*original post can be found on Quora @ http://www.quora.com/David-S-Rose/answers *
Written by David S. Rose
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