05 December 2013

Investors, Startups, Crowdfunding

Investors in Startups, what are your expectations? I hope it matches reality--your investment is illiquid, subject to dilution, complete failure and loss, and in the meantime, you will get very little information about what is really going go -- welcome to world of investing in startups:

.@EdGrapeNutZimm: What McDonald's Coffee and #Crowdfunding Have in Common - The Accelerators - WSJ: "...So here’s the bottom line: The ways in which people and funds invest in startups differ significantly from how people and funds invest in public company stocks. The expected hold period is dramatically different (I expect seven to 10 years of illiquidity for each startup I back) and the need to follow on is significant in startups (I expect that my initial investment will be a third or a fifth of my entire investment in the company over time). If you want to dip your toes into the water with a public company, you can track things on the Web and get in and out with relative speed. Not true with startups...."

So are your EXPECTATIONS realistic? Illiquidity, Dilution, Little Information, High Risk of Complete Loss?

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