“I Wanted to Do the Deal But Couldn’t Convince My Partners:” A Handy Explainer

Hunter Walk

An entrepreneur raising their A Round recently shared that one potential VC passed while telling them they wanted to do the deal “but couldn’t convince my partners.” This (and other variations such as “our partnership couldn’t get aligned around this one”) can be confusing. Here’s my guide on how to interpret:

1) “I Didn’t Want to Do This Deal & Never Even Showed It To My Partners”

Ahh, the soft pass. Didn’t really want to tell you know so blamed “the process” even though it was never even shown to the partnership. Bad VC.

2) “I Did Want to Do the Deal but Got Pushback & Didn’t Have Conviction/Time/Political Capital to Spend”

Ok, this one can be a little more complicated. It’s more like Frustrating VC, not Bad VC. Partnerships are supposed to have a constructive tension to these sorts of discussions and consensus deals rarely turn out to be the…

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