Practical Founders Podcast

#98: What VCs Don’t Tell Founders About Raising Big Funding (Part 1 of 2) – Greg Head

In episode 1, Practical Founders Podcast host Greg Head discusses the most important things that venture capital investors don’t tell new SaaS startup founders. He emphasizes that VCs invest in very few businesses and are looking for big wins. Greg highlights the importance of understanding the game of venture capital funding and the alternatives available to SaaS founders.

Also check out episode 2 of this series here. 

Quote from Greg Head, Host of the Practical Founders Podcast

“If you’re thinking about raising VC investment, do your homework so you know what you are signing up for before. VCs are not evil people, and it’s not a bad business model—for them. 

“The world has changed for SaaS founders in the last 5-10 years, and it’s still changing. You no longer need VC funding to start most B2B SaaS software companies.

“It’s 10 times cheaper to create a sellable SaaS product and go to market now. And founders can get higher multiples earlier when they sell their companies. VC funds are also much bigger, so it’s riskier for founders to play that game.

“You just don’t need to make a crazy all-or-nothing bet that your company will create a billion-dollar exit in seven years, which VC investors require to win. The best case scenario for 80 to 90 % of software companies is NOT to raise big institutional venture funding.”


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Greg Head recorded this on episode on June 21, 2024 for the Practical Founders Podcast see all of the episodes.

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