Brooklyn VC writes rules for fundraising - Brooklyn

Aug. 1, 2017 12:30 pm

Brooklyn VC writes rules for fundraising

Charlie O'Donnell wants everyone to keep it real. Honesty is the best policy.
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures’ Charlie O’Donnell shares some of his knowledge at #notapitch, Sept. 24, 2015.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures' Charlie O'Donnell shares some of his knowledge at #notapitch, Sept. 24, 2015.

(Photo by Tyler Woods)

In his newsletter Monday, leading Brooklyn venture capitalist Charlie O’Donnell laid out some rules of the game for fundraising.

Many of his points were fundamentally about the importance of just being honest. It saves people time.

For VCs, O’Donnell writes, “Don’t take multiple meetings and then pass for a reason that you should have passed on at either the e-mail state or after the first meeting. ‘We just can’t get there on a consumer deal’ is not a reason for passing after five meetings.”

O’Donnell is the founding partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, the largest VC in Brooklyn. His piece this week is called “Some Rules for Fundraising.”

For founders:

Be transparent around where you are in the fundraising process. Does the VC need to call a special partner meeting because you already have three term sheets or is this the beginning? I know you want to move fast, but don’t make a VC prioritize your timing when I’m literally the first meeting. I have other founders who literally need to know tomorrow or the round will close.

Also, O’Donnell says, don’t take these meetings over drinks. Just have a regular work meeting.

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