by: Emily McDaid

question-mark-button-thumb304974-150x1501Today’s VC Mike blog has an interesting post which tracks back to Redfin originally, about the questions entrepreneurs should ask their VCs before jumping into bed together. For once, entrepreneurs get to be on the other side of the questioning. :-)

The three questions are quite simple but also powerful – all quoted direct from Mike’s blog:

  1. How do you see our market changing over the next few years? Your investor has to develop her own ideas about your business sooner or later. At this early stage, this question is mostly an IQ test.
  2. When times have gotten tough for your portfolio companies, how have you helped them out? Anybody can get lucky with an investment that takes off like a rocket; all you have to do is hang on for dear life. A VC’s true measure is how she gets all her other companies pointed in the right direction.
  3. Who are your favorite entrepreneurs? Some people genuinely like entrepreneurs, notwithstanding their volatility and constant intellectual jousting. Most people fake it. If the investors’ fave five is composed of people she hasn’t worked with, she’s faking it.

We’re biased, but we’d add a fourth:

4. How do you find the companies you invest in? A true measure of whether a VC gets the 2.0 world is how they draft in their recruits.


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