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Evaluating the Team as an Early Stage Investor

Professional investors cite ‘team’ as the single most important criterion that influences the investment decision. Yet, there are no precise metrics that guide the evaluation of the team. The assessment is often fuzzy, vague, and based on how the investor ‘feels’ about the team. This episode presents three tips that early stage investors should keep in mind when evaluating team:

  1. Early stage investing is subject to behavioral bias. Be aware of your biases.
  2. Separate fact from opinion and focus on the facts when evaluating team.
  3. Ask questions to cross check facts. E.g., who is really on the payroll vs. an advisor at large.
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