George Tziralis

aligning interests at Openfund


I’m facing the very same struggle — knowing things that can help many people across our community a lot, yet not being sure if it makes sense to talk about them in public.

In private, I think it is more straightforward; a non-positive recommendation suggests one shall rather avoid working with the relevant person (I still prefer to avoid naming specific behaviors and threats, in the hope that the…


Some pretty rough thoughts on seed investing in consumer startups

Seed and consumer almost feel likes an oxymoron. How would you tell the difference between an instagram and a burbn before they existed? Is it mindful to invest -or pass- in a consumer idea on the basis of its description alone? How could one judge what can only be judged by traction before any kind of traction can realistically…


First Things First


The public discourse in startup land has recently focused on the value add an investor can bring to the table. Value add indeed does make a difference; at the same time…


Some Notes on How to Present Your Startup


Presenting in front of people is hard. Being an entrepreneur and making your idea look simple is also genuinely difficult. Here is a rough…


On Conviction


Things take time, facts are the last to take shape. Yet there are times when you believe in something for a fact. Evidence may not be in place, but you are perfectly sure what to do next. If it really feels right, then it probably is. This is what you call conviction.

You can’t make it on demand; it’s a long, painful way to end up there. You need to fully get…


Memory is a Skill of the Past


I spent a couple of hours playing Trivial Pursuit with some friends today. After very many years since the last time I played, it felt, well, slow and dull, but…