Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Silicon Valley’s much talked about venture capitalist company, a16z, has plans to own the future. That means having super power instincts when it comes to making big investment calls backing start-up founders in the upstream funding rounds.
What does he look for? We love the New Yorker’s skill in getting to the essence of the man.
“Entrepreneurs want to raise money from us so the natural thing when we say “What if you did this?” is to tell us what we want to hear. It’s a delight when they look at you with contempt - You idiot – and then walk you through their idea maze and explain why your idea won’t work’...
‘The key to investing is to be aggressive and to fight your instinct to pattern match’.
His take is that all of us can only take so many new ideas at once, so recognise this in ourselves and push through our own fear of change overload.