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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Venture Capitalists

VCs aren’t rockstars. They can just seem that way at conferences.

As a serial entrepreneur building venture-style tech companies, I spent the first decade of my career fetishizing venture capital. I’d follow VCs on Twitter like they were celebrities, I’d attend conferences if well-known VCs were speaking, and I’d brag to my fellow founders about pitch meetings at Andreessen and Sequoia and Benchmark. Despite not raising money from any of those firms, I’d…




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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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