VC Insights
Customer References: Why Investors Need Them and How to Make Sharing Them Less Painful
So you’ve decided to raise capital and have figured out what your ideal partner would look like – great! If...
by Ricky Pelletier
VC Insights
Mapping the Ideal Qualities of Your Perfect Investment Partnership

Raising capital is tough, but knowing what you want to get out of an investor take you a long way towards an ideal investment partnership.

by Ricky Pelletier
VC Insights
6 Common Roadblocks to a Productive Introductory Conversation

The introductory conversation between a venture capitalist and a potential investment company is too crucial to allow these six roadblocks to get in the way.

by Ricky Pelletier
VC Insights
VC Investment: The Classic Case of the Chicken and the Egg

VCs want to see growth before we can invest, and you need the investment before you can show growth. How do we get out of this cycle?

by Ricky Pelletier
VC Insights
Turned Down By a VC? Don't Take It the Wrong Way
You’ve put in the work.  By the 23rd iteration, you feel your deck is ready.  The assumptions and drivers in your...
by Ricky Pelletier
VC Insights
How My 7-Year-Old Beat the Stock Market!
I don’t pretend to know much about the public markets, so when my seven-year-old son asked me about “the stock...
by Ricky Pelletier
Startup Strategy
More Data, Please: Understanding How to Track Success
It’s a fact: VCs love data. Many love data so much that they are even focusing some of their investing...
by Ricky Pelletier
Startup Strategy
10 Concepts Many Successful Entrepreneurs Have Mastered
[caption id="attachment_9327" align="alignright" width="300"] Image Provided By: {link:http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2354}Kookkai_nak / FreeDigitalPhotos.net{/link}[/caption] As a venture capital associate, I’m privileged to speak with...
by Ricky Pelletier
Startup Strategy
With Blogging, You Have to Start Somewhere
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160" caption="Image provided by: {link:http://www.flickr.com/photos/andypiper/}flickr.com{/link}"][/caption] My first blog. Finally. In my first month here at OpenView, I’ve...
by Ricky Pelletier