Esther Dyson is an active angel & operates as the Internet’s court jester. She does business as EDventure, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20+ years before selling to CNET. Her board seats include 23andMe, Airship Ventures, Voxiva, Eventful, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, Midentity, Yandex & WPP Group. Some of her other investments include Flickr, Del.icio.us, BrightMail, Orbitz, HealthTap, Medstory, Powerset, Dopplr, Mashery, PatientsLikeMe, Resilient, Square, Technorati, & ThingD.
An event is simply a point in time but your company is extending over time.
Just as in hiring, in looking for investors you want to find people who are complimentary rather than redundant.
People should say 'Oh, this is what I want!' not 'this is a cool company.
A lot of entrepreneurs see some great problem to which they have a solution, but it wasn't really a problem for most people.
The ideal angel investor depends on you and what you've already got.
The media used to reach your customers really depend on who your customer is.
Way too many people have role models and they think they should be just like the role model, but the role model might not be the right one. . .
The important thing is not what you say, but what they hear. Understand the context of the people that you're trying to talk to.
In the end, you've got to get people better than you are to take the company forward.
Many people don't understand, an angel investor is not simply trying to get the best return, they are trying to do something they believe in.
You need to acknowledge your mistakes quickly and then go fix them. . . Failing properly is really important.
Most ideas aren't really as great or unique or unheard of as the founder thinks. It's their ability to actually take the idea and execute it.
Just because you think it's really cool doesn't mean hundreds or thousands, or millions of people will.
A mistake entrepreneurs often make is trying to hire people like themselves so they get along really well, but they're redundant. In the end, you've got to get people better than you are to take the company forward.
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