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The Newest VC Discrimination: If Your Startup Has A Small Team, Investment Is Harder To Get December 30, 2011

Posted by Ian Cheng in Funding.
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Boonsri Dickinson, Business Insider

If you’re a small startup without a sizable engineering team, it’s going to be much harder to get venture capital backing, Deborah Gage at the Wall Street Journal reports.

Gage notes that this has always been a problem, but unlike in the past it’s much easier to do a startup by yourself, or with a few partners.

Despite this change, VCs appear to be slow to catch up:

“You need a full complement of senior engineers,” says Sanjay Subhedar, a managing director at venture-capital firm Storm Ventures in Menlo Park. Mr. Subhedar says Storm has delayed and denied funding for companies that don’t have a strong technical leader or team. “If you need to hire eight to 10 engineers after the funding, do you know who these guys are? If you say yes, good. If you say no, it’s very difficult.”

We asked Brian Singerman, a partner at Founders Fund, for his take on the situation and he told us:

“The reason people are more insistent on a team than ever before is due to the large number of startups now. It is hard to recruit talent, so the ones that can recruit talent have a better shot. How will you be able to get employee number 20? It’s easy to get the first couple employees, they all get a decent amount of equity. It’s easy to recruit number 100 cause you obviously have a very successful company at that point. But how do you get 20 when they can go start their own iPhone app company?”

VC新歧视:小团队融资将愈发困难

如果你只是一个小创业公司,没有大的技术团队,那么融资可能将愈发困难。现在不再像过去那样自己或是与几个伙伴就能成功创业。或许正因如此,VC们的想法也在逐渐转变。

风险投资公司Storm Ventures的投资经理Sanjay Subhedar说到:“至少你需要一个完整的高级工程师团队。”如果没有强大的技术团队,Storm将会延时或拒绝向创业公司提供资金。他还说:“假如你在获得资金后需要雇佣8到10个人,你知道这些人是谁吗?如果你知道,那很棒。如果你不知道,那将很难从投资人那里获取资金。”

对此,创业者基金合伙人Brian Singerman根据自身情况如此说道:

现在的创业公司很多,投资人比以往任何时候都更重视团队。因为现在想要招聘人才很困难,所以那些能聚拢人才的团队,对投资者来说无疑是更好的选择。你怎样才能招到20名有才能的员工呢?招募最初的几个人或许很容易,因为他们可能将获得可观的股权收益。当公司做成功时,你想要招到100个员工都不成问题。但是,如果你是一个开发iPhone应用程序的公司,怎样去招20名有才能的人?

可能大家在不同的场合都有听说过VC对团队是如何重视,而一些投资人在给创业者建议时也会经常提到。团队建设状况似乎直接影响到融资的成败,而这也逐渐成为了融资“潜规则”。

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