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Why Entrepreneurs Struggle Raising Their First Round of Venture Capital

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“That was one of the best presentations I’ve heard in a while,” the VC said. “You’ve clearly got something special here.”

“Thanks!” I responded. My first company was participating in a startup accelerator, and I was wrapping up a meeting with a VC I’d been connected to through the program. I’d never raised capital before, and, to that point…




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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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