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5 Stupid Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Say When Fundraising

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During nearly two decades of building venture-backed startups, I’ve had roughly a thousand investor meetings. I’m not sharing that number to brag. Instead, considering how few of those meetings turned into investments, it means I’ve screwed up a lot. To be blunt, I said lots of stupid things that prevented me from raising capital. If you’re fundraising right now, you’re probably…




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Aaron Dinin, PhD

Aaron Dinin, PhD

I teach entrepreneurship at Duke. Software Engineer. PhD in English. I write about the mistakes entrepreneurs make since I’ve made plenty. More @

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