GenuineVC David Beisel's Perspective on Digital Change

March 24, 2005

I mentioned in my last post that, I am a venture capitalist. I have been an entrepreneur, and hope to return to wearing an entrepreneur’s hat again in the future. But for now, I am a VC. And I love it – it’s a great job to have.

But what about “genuine?” Why include that word in the title of this blog?

There are different three levels to the meaning of genuine that pertain to this site:

1. Valid & True: One a fundamental level, the facts about my own background and the topics I write about will be entirely correct to the best of my knowledge.
2. Applicable & Relevant: The thoughts conveyed will relate to venture capital, entrepreneurship, and technology-enabled change. My hope is that they will be applicable to others and relevant to present scene.
3. Open & Authentic: Most importantly, my expressions will be an authentic and faithful reflection of my own real beliefs and opinions. They may not necessarily prove out to be correct – in fact many will not – but they will be an accurate reflection of my current thinking. I’m going to call it like I see it, without any sugarcoating. More on this important subject in future, but the bottom line is that I try both here and in my life to be sincere and open without any undue outside influences or motives.

My thoughts here will be genuine. I myself strive to be genuine. I like working with and for other people that are genuine. I’ve only ever tried to hire people that are genuine. And I want to help find and build companies with other genuine entrepreneurs.

About Me

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  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    @rseanlindsay but just to be clear, we've invested at pre comparable / higher w/ 1st time founders that have exceptional traction
  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    @rseanlindsay in investments w/ proven founder, yes it's typically dominant factor driving pre at seed stage - later stages still traction
  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    @rseanlindsay all things being equal, proven entrep can raise w/ less traction or raise more $$$ or at higher pre (or all 3) than unproven
  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    @rseanlindsay we do not… we look both at is entrep proven but also is it concept stage or already post-prod, plus other factors
  • David Beisel
     - 1 day ago
    Lesson #4 (among others) for Startup CEOs from @robmay: "Gets lots of advice, but ignore most of it."