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The truth about getting funded

VC funding isn’t the end of the entrepreneurial journey, it’s the beginning of a new trip – here’s how to navigate it.

Watch experienced entrepreneurs land a round of funding, and you likely won’t see big parties or champagne flowing. That’s because they realise that they now own and control a little less of their company, and the path to success has taken on a whole new direction. That’s the bargain they made to help take their dream one step closer to successful reality.

But even the definition of “success” can vary among funded companies. The topic of “metrics for entrepreneurial success” recently came up during a board meeting for a business plan competition with which I’m involved. The board almost unanimously decided that the best metric for measuring the success of the companies in the competition was – get this – how many had gone on to raise more money. Success to these people had nothing to do with the product, team or profits. As one of the few entrepreneurs in a room full of investors and business service providers, I cringed.

I put this out there to remind people that landing investors is not the end of the entrepreneurial journey. It’s really the beginning of a new trip, one with a new map, directions-and potential dead ends. Here’s the truth about getting funded.

…to read this article in full, visit leading US entrepreneurial resource, Entrepreneur.com

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