The Temporal Dependence of a VC’s “No”

If Marc doesn’t stop writing such great posts I’m going to personally hunt him down and unplug his Macbook. It’s making the rest of us look like unthinking layabouts.

Anyway, here he is with a new entry on the temporal dependence of a VC’s “no”:

Being told “no” by VCs in 1999 is a lot different than being told “no” in 2002.

If you were told “no” in 1999, I’m sure you’re a wonderful person
and you have huge potential and your mother loves you very much, but
your plan really was seriously flawed.

If you were told “no” in 2002, you probably actually were the next
Google, but most of the VCs were hiding under their desks and they just
missed it.

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Comments

  1. Richard Rodgers says:

    Paul,
    I agree. He’s kicking your butt ;) Nothing like a competitive environment to keep you going.
    Richard

  2. dub dub says:

    Quality, not quantity… :)

  3. Dean Fragnito says:

    OK already with the “look with Marc said posts”. They are everywhere. We all have subscribed to his feed so please add some value to what to he says. One of the blogs I read goes so far as to suggest to read Marc’s blog instead of his.
    It reminds me of a game of pictionary I played. That’s the game where you have to guess what your partner is drawing. Well there is a round called All Play where everyone draws the same thing and the first of the non drawing partners to guess correctly wins the round. During these rounds my partner (my friend’s father) would just put his pencil down and point to the other drawings.
    So Stop pointing and keep drawing!!

  4. I have to agree with the above comments. You may not have “such great posts” all of the time, but at least you have great posts once in a while. I think that’s enough. People are still willing to go back to your site and read up on your thoughts, hey that means a lot already! :)