I had a good friend recommend that I start an “Ask The VC” series of posts on Pittsburgh Ventures, modeled after the very successful, but somewhat retired, Ask The VC blog run by the guys from the Foundry Group out in Boulder, CO. So I am going to give it a shot.
I have been in venture capital for about five years now, and I think I am just starting to get dangerous. As my friend Joe Juliano would say, “I think I am at about Step 2, of 10.” It is for that reason that I think I can be helpful to any of you who read this who may have questions about how venture capital or startup business works, or should work. I will endeavor to be thoughtful and will also seek outside expertise on topics that I don’t think I know much about.
This is a role that I often fill with some of our portfolio companies, and I really enjoy it. I believe it adds a ton to the conversation in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and hope that you will think so, too.
Here is how it works: get me a question, anyway you care to – via the comments section on this blog, at a networking event around town, or via my Pittsburgh Ventures email address: pittsburghventures [at] gmail [dot] com. If you would prefer to keep your identity confidential, I am happy to do so.
But remember, no question is a stupid question! In my industry, as in most financial industries, the process and jargon don’t necessarily make sense – they have been invented to intimidate the common man. So please ask away.
I look forward to shedding some light for (and with) you!