May 26, 2022

after victory In 2013, at the gaming-updates Meetup and Pitch-Off, I decided to drop out of business school to pursue my startup full-time. After two years and two award-winning iPhone apps, we finally decided it was time to sell our Snapchat technology.

At the time, I returned to Harvard to complete an MBA, and after graduating I joined a venture capital startup in Palo Alto.

Through my startup experience, and now that I’ve invested in over 10 startups with Wing, I’ve learned that finding the right VC for your startup is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. In many ways, it’s like finding the right partner.

Good venture capital does a lot more than just write you a check. You want someone with a high level of empathy and curiosity who asks the right questions and challenges you and is a shock absorber in the face of bad news. VCs should never give chair advice or cross the line with micromanagement.

Constant communication is important, but it’s not just about putting recurring meetings on the agenda.

The best founder-VC relationships are built on trust and partnership; It should be a relationship that is nonjudgmental, supportive and constructive. As many founders can attest, the startup journey can sometimes be lonely. Having a true companion to help you navigate the ship, when sailing is smooth or otherwise, can be a game changer.

Here are some tips I’ll give founders on how to choose the right venture capital and get the most out of a relationship.

Choose someone who can help you overcome your blindness

As a founder, you can easily get caught up in the details. In my case, I was so focused on the product experience that I didn’t think about other strategic initiatives like marketing, partnerships, or sometimes fundraising.

For example, it wasn’t until an investor asked me that I began to spend time and energy building a relationship with Apple to get my app on the Apple Store. This App Store feature changed the company’s trajectory, and it came about as a result of an investor pitching it to Apple.

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