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Is it worth your time and ours, really?


Is it worth your time and ours, really?


'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take'. - Michael Jordan


We receive literally dozens of unsolicited requests per day either soliciting funding, advice or help so we needed a process to filter out legitimate requestors and committed entrepreneurs from the rest.

We genuinely want to help. This is out of respect for your time as much as ours since we would not be able to give appropriate consideration to proposals without the necessary context.

Don't get mad at us for channeling your enquiry this way, please go on reading:

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Chances are you've been reaching out to every profile available out there with the word 'investor' 'venture capital' or 'funds' in it, or sending undiscriminate linkedIN invites including a hit on any of our partners.

By this time, you've probably realized trying to grab attention for your products or services this way is not as easy as LinkedIN ads want us to believe.

Don't worry, it's not your fault, you simply haven't been properly informed or educated on how US business is conducted and what 'solicitation' means.

Just bear in mind Silicon Valley is the world's epicenter of new ideas & startups and the people you are targeting receive dozens or maybe hundreds of requests like yours PER DAY (hence yours ending up here).

No worries, we got you, we've been through it, and, we have helped many others like you (specially outliers, nerds, quants & other outer space alien forms) to understand the underlying rationale behind doing business in US.

Here is the deal, if you are serious about your request and want us to take a serious look at your proposal, including allocating time and resources on our side, as well as providing formal feedback, we kindly request you consider making a donation, as a way to signal your commitment level as well as a token of appreciation to others.

This is the cost of an Uber ride to be donated to our charity of choice, as a micro-loan to help entrepreneurial people in need (see Kiva.org).

If you are serious about your company sign up for it below and talk to us. We will match your donation accordingly.

With love and true appreciation.

'You miss 100% of the shots you don't take'.

Michael Jordan*



We had to do it...

We receive literally dozens of requests per day soliciting funding or requesting our time, so we needed to filter out real committed entrepreneurs and legit requests from 'wannatrytogetyourmoneyandpaymyselfasalary'.

We genuinely want to help so, this is just a way to see how much you are really committed to before we spend our people's time and resources on it.

Think about it: if you were to visit an investor/VC in Bay Area, the cost of riding an Uber back and forth from San Francisco Airport to Palo Alto is roughly $80.

Now, if you won't be willing to invest an Uber ride amount why should anyone, and investors in particular, spend their precious time on a costly due diligence of your company when so many others are? .... Wouldn't be fair don't you think?


...an Uber ride from San Francisco to Palo Alto

P.S.S: you could go on sending invites out through Linkedin, and that's fine, just be corteous and make sure you don't cross investors' 'spam' perception line (if you ended up here chances are you already did it without knowing, by soliciting to any of our partners).