Entrepreneurship · Startups

What are some dumb questions you have been asked by investors?

Carol Lee

August 30th, 2016

Fundraising is one of the most important things to have in place in order to build a successful venture. I wonder what are some of the most dumb questions that you’ve heard in the process of raising a round of financing.

Shingai Samudzi

August 30th, 2016

I disagree that fundraising is one of the most important things in place.  Silicon Valley is littered with the carcasses of companies that could fundraise, but couldn't turn a profit...

Viet Ngo Software

September 1st, 2016

Investors are very smart people, so if they ask a dumb question, it could show they are not interested in the idea/business, or sometimes it is just a test of founder personality/confidence etc
Could be something like "what is the weather like in your city etc" 

Trevor Doerksen CEO and Founder, Mobovivo

August 30th, 2016

I don't find too many questions dumb, but I do find this often heard comment pretty frustrating:

"I don't get it. Of course, I don't get Facebook or Twitter either."

Alejandro Cremades Author of The Art of Startup Fundraising & Serial Entrepreneur

August 30th, 2016

I was asked by an investor once what was the difference between my company and another one operating in a completely unrelated sector... I was obviously in shock, but replied politely to keep the convo moving forward. I understood the type of value this investor could bring to the table at that point.

Leslie Wolfe Founder - ThunderAccess.com ... WhaleOfAnIdea.net

August 30th, 2016

I need to fund raise for my project, but have found that to many other startups have very little insight as to how their company will be monetized.