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The best way to reply when a VC asks about your startup’s valuation
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When a VC inevitably asks about your valuation expectations, it’s a trick query: In case your response is simply too excessive, it’s a pink flag, whereas a lowball determine undervalues the corporate.
“We’re letting the market worth this spherical” is an applicable reply, however provided that you’ve already gathered substantial knowledge factors from different traders — and might hearth again with a couple of questions of your individual, says Evan Fisher, founding father of Unicorn Capital.
“If that’s all you say, you’re in hassle as a result of it will also be interpreted as ‘we don’t have a clue’ or ‘we’ll take what we’re given,’” stated Fisher.
As a substitute of getting in chilly, he advises founders to pre-pitch traders from their subsequent spherical and use takeaways from these conversations to form present valuations.
Within the article, Fisher contains pattern questions “it would be best to ask each VC you communicate with,” together with different ideas that can assist “once they pop the valuation query.”
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