A founding team must (not shall) display a strong belief and deep commitment to their business. The teams that constantly shift their business model on the feedback of funders eventually find themselves lost at sea. So, there are many times to pivot your business – but a failed attempt at raising a round of capital just isn’t one of them!
As Investors, we evaluate businesses with a limited vision periscope and often, “tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.”
At Artha, we remind ourselves and founding teams through the disclaimer in our rejection emails.
“Please note, these are only recommendations and as venture capitalists, we are only required to be right 20% of the time to be amongst the top VCs in the world. We can be (and are) wrong 80% of the time in our investments, so please do not consider this as the final word for your business.”
Therefore, it is sane advice to any founding team out there that is currently raising capital.
- Utilize the funder’s feedback to alter your business’ investment pitch.
- Utilize the pitches that didn’t result in a sale to alter your business’ sales & marketing pitch BUT
- Only take your customer capitalist’s (read: paying customers’) feedback into account, to pivot your business