20 thoughts on “Video: The State of Angel Investing & What Startups Can Learn From It, According to Keith Rabois”

  1. Like the “not to follow ‘herd’ mentality part quite a lot”.

    Desirable situations for investment from an entrepreneur perspective might be as follows (in order of desirablity):
    1. money + connection or experience in the target market.
    2. money + investment in a project which has direct relationship with the enterpreneur’s product/serivce
    3. money + genuine interest in working with the entrepreneur
    (best not having invested in too many projects or you won’t have time…)

    Additionally, link to VC would help with the future… but the focus is NOW…

    If none of the above, money would be no different than a loan from bank.

  2. Thanks Keith, loved the insights! I like your undergirding theme that at the end of the day, it always comes down to relationshipins between people: some examples you mention are: 1) the matchmaking between the entrepreneur and the VC; 2) the entrepreneur who doesn’t go with the crowd; 3) understanding the motivations of the mass market. I loved every minute of the video!

  3. I am going to try and do more of these. any requests on who you would like to hear from. I am drawing up a line up of interviews.

  4. Very interesting, but none if this really matters anymore. In the coming years increasingly the government will run everything, directly or through “public-private partnerships”. The way to succeed as an “entrepreneur” will be to toe the right political line and have the right political connections.

  5. As a private investor in Slide, I wish Keith would pay more attention to the growth and future of Slide. To say that this investment has gone south is an understatement. Slide has been struggling for 3 years now since it first grew as the first large Facebook app developer. SInce then it has tried and failed on various business models (direct sales, brands, virtual goods, social games, etc.). At this point in time, my guess is that Slide is heading fast towards deadpool status. What exactly is Keith doing as EVP (btw: if you’re a start-up and there is an EVP title you are already doomed!) to salvage this investment? It seems to me he’s spending most of his time focusing on other investments and sparring with Chris Dixon on Twitter.

  6. My freaking God this guy is an Assclown! First of all he’s failed to realize that the Valley Girl has been dead for over a decade. For crying out loud, learn how to speak. Every phrase should not end with a question mark? Next, up, entrepreneurs are at their prime in their twenties? Ha! History and data suggest they are at their prime in their forties. Lastly, if your “not qualified” to understand a “technology” company (what the hell is the difference between a technology company and an Internet company? Does he mean B2B vs B2C?) then how can you be investing in one and not the other? Good luck with Slide, I hope the company survives you’re idiotic advice…

  7. Om, it’s great that you’re bringing video onto the site. But this video needs a lot of editing and shortening – it should have been a 3-minute clip.

    To be honest, after watching half of it, I wanted to strangle the interviewee. Did he have too much coffee, or was it something stronger? Gawd:)

    Sorry, i was trying so hard to be positive 🙂

  8. Reminds me of TED talks, very convenient to listen to. I like Keith’s summary and insight. In my business, it is hard to be too entrepreneurial or innovative in terms of the actual products, since those are delivered by third parties, but we can try to enhance our services in an innovative way, ultimately helping our customers by adding actual value.
    I’m looking forward to the day I’ll feel comfortable devoting some time to try another business endeavour and possibly invest into some young talent. Thank you for the inspiration, Om!

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