4. Angels don’t come here (neither do Investors)
February 28, 2014, h.18:51
Friday night .
Finished work, but I’m still here .
I look forward to a routine call “confirmation ” to close everything .
I’ll have to deal with the traffic & the consequent boredom.
Then home and shower.
No Relax . I’ll eat pasta, then we’ll have the chance, after afortnight , of meeting, all 8 members of our startup. The problem, that we are trying to solve , is not a small problem whatsoever.
We are thinking about where to find the money. I don’t like call it money, I prefer calling it the funds: all the resources you need to cover start-up costs and the implementation of the first evolutions.
Today was another day by Survivor, while the unemployment rate rose to 12.9 % (they say it’s the highest, but I have not figured out whether since 1990 or since 1977 ), and people still complain. Surely in Italy the Great C is one of those variables that helps to increase the difficulty of raising funds with a too high taxation too high and with a government that in recent years has done nothing. And for these reasons and others, Investors don’t come here. I understand them. But we need them: foreign investors.
Let’s step back . Essentially, in the research of funds, the first thing to do is to “see what funds you can get your hands on.”
You, your team, your parents and the parents of the members of your team, and even friends, yours and your team’s.
Usually, as in our case, you can’t hardly ever raise the money required.
Because we have to face a series of tasks that increases more and more : the constitution of the company, advertising and marketing, taxes , servers & domains, production of the product. In our case (CLUE No. 1) do not have to face costs of physical production of the products, nor rent rooms(we use the house of “I Nerd per caso”), because our startup is linked to the web.
Consequently, if you find yourself in our situation, fortunately, there are still many doors to knock on.
During a crazy brainstorming, 15 days ago, we named among others:
– Find someone foolish ( and hungry ) , with lots of money , who is willing to invest in us ;
– Venture Capitalists;
Another big problem , which comes from the previous consideration is, “are you willing to give up some of your shares in the company to give them to someone definitely bigger and more powerful?” Some of our team say that this is a bit like selling out, or sell off the idea, however, I believe that it is at least a solution to evaluate.
Finally came the phone call. I can leave this place .
Here in Italy, an ordinary person can’t think about new projects, future ideas or new business developments in the markets. They think only about the present, to survive the Great C in this present. For this reason, we are trying to come into contact with foreign investors: Venture Capitalist, Foolish or Angels, it’s the same thing.
Then I remember one thing.
Angels don’t come here.