Relationships Between Founders and VC Investors

2 min read


“You don’t want to take advice from me, you want to take it from founders who are living it right now…” -Annie Kadavy

So you’re a founder looking to raise capital today or likely in the near future. Maybe you’re at Seed Stage, excited about your vision and focused on finding your product/market fit. Or maybe you’re a Series A startup with your roots firmly planted and ready to take on the world. Regardless of where you are, it’s never too early to build authentic relationships with investors who can help you at the next step—the best practice is to start now.

Last Wednesday, a small group of Founders Network members, including Stephen Backer of 2ndLine, Shaheen Kazi of Tryfy and Leah Eichler of r/ally Inc, sat down with Annie Kadavy of Charles River Ventures for a private fnMentoring session. Kadavy led an intimate roundtable discussion, sharing valuable insights about raising venture capital for early stage Consumer Internet startups.

During the session, Kadavy covered a wide range of topics–from prioritizing product development and fundraising activities, to understanding basic vernacular around Seed and Series A funding. Our favorite quote spoke to the value of peer mentorship for tech startup founders: “You don’t want to take advice from me, you want to take it from founders who are living it right now. Similarly, founder introductions are our best source of deal flow.” Kadavy also stressed the importance of building authentic relationships with investors as the best way to approach fundraising discussions.

A huge thanks to Annie for her time and mentorship!  We look forward to cultivating authentic relationships between her and our members. Members can listen to the full session recording here. For the opportunity to access FN’s many benefits, including an invitation to our next fnMentoring session, apply here.

Latest Posts

26 min readScaling a startup is like building a skyscraper from the ground up. It requires careful planning, precise execution,...
Read More
4 min readFor decades, Silicon Valley Bank was the financial institution of choice for tech startups and venture capital firms....
Read More
15 min readUnderstanding how to manage startup equity distribution successfully is one of the core pillars of ensuring your early-stage...
Read More
3 min read To learn more about influencer marketing for startups, click here to attend Sarah’s webinar on April 25....
Read More
3 min read To learn more about building a sales pipeline from scratch, click here to attend Patrick’s webinar on...
Read More
3 min readAccording to a new report, recent rounds of tech layoffs are leading to a surge in entrepreneurship as...
Read More

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.