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What VCs Look For

What VCs Look For

It's important to understand how to leverage your unique skills when it comes to acquiring VC funding as a founder with a nontraditional background. 

When planning your pitches, start with these steps:

  • Embrace your ability to think like a buyer
  • Speak multiple industry languages
  • Flex your skills from past experience

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For Nontech Entrepreneurs

For Nontech Entrepreneurs

Investors may find a thousand reasons to tell you no, but take heart: Your background probably isn’t one of them. A 2020 Pitchbook survey found only 15 percent of investors value background, which is less than half of what it was the year before.

Even better, the same study showed that wher...

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Having A Non-Traditional Background

Having A Non-Traditional Background

In a world where everyone seems to have a million-dollar idea, finding support and investors who believe in yours, even in the tech world, can be challenging. Another factor that may seem like a barrier? Coming from a nontraditional background outside the FAANG realm — meaning, without experience...

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