Every one of the above lines was directly or indirectly fed to me by a VC referring to themselves as an “early stage” investor; Indeed, almost every early stage entrepreneur I meet has been hit by this rhetoric at some point or another in their fundraising journey.
Look, I get it. You want to communicate the fact that you’re an exciting company and are only interested in ‘the best’ developers. The thing is, the best developers don’t usually look in the mirror and congratulate themselves on being better than the rest. Typically, they are more interested in continuous personal development and mentoring more junior colleagues. The best developers don’t actively seek out companies that will put them on a pedestal. They seek out companies that will challenge them and encourage them to become even better developers.