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"The Ten Venture Capital Commandments"

  by Gideon Tolkowsky
Date: Thursday, September 05, 2002
  • No deal is too good to pass on.
  • ‘Good enough’ entrepreneurs don’t make it.
  • The real good deals are those nobody else wanted. So are the real bad ones.
  • Never trust other people’s market analysis, and certainly not your own.
  • No good use will ever be made of money invested beyond what the entrepreneur asked for.
  • Constantly seek news from management, because no news is bad news.
  • Lend an ear to management – this is the most value a VC can add.
  • Your ultimate goal vs. management is to make yourself redundant.
  • Walking spreadsheets don’t make good VC’s.
  • Posterity will judge you by your IRR, not by your designer shirts.
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