Cardinal Sin #2: Being A Phony
I hate suck ups. I always get ambiguous emails from people who read my articles and it somehow magically changed their life enough to “reach out” to me. But it always turns out to be a bunch of BS because what they really want is my money. I can’t stand it when people beat around the bush about wanting funding because unclear intentions are a waste of my time.
There are dozens of articles that tell entrepreneurs to commiserate or praise in order to build rapport with VC’s, but that’s just awful advice because I already know all the tricks in the book. This isn’t a god damn high school romance where you are being shy and stuffing love notes in your crush’s locker.
What you should do instead:
Just stop being such a sycophant and grow some balls. Tell me about your startup and that you need funding. Just be straight with me and I will do the same.
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