Thoughts on Why Good Venture Investors Turn Down Good Deals

Paul Jones, co-chair of Venture Best, the venture capital practice group at Michael Best, has been selected as a regular contributor of OnRamp Labs, the newest blog addition to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering start-ups and other Wisconsin technology news.

Paul’s most recent contributed piece “Thoughts on Why Good Venture Investors Turn Down Good Deals”  can be found under their Business Tab in the Business Blog section. Click here to view his latest blog.

Here is a short excerpt:

If you know anything about venture capital investing, you probably know that most plans that come across the desks of venture capitalists (and angels, for that matter) are not fundable. That is, they are of so little merit that no half-way competent investor would back them at any price.

While lots of plans get rejected because they are frankly bad, in my own experience as an entrepreneur, angel and institutional venture capitalist I have been struck by how many fundable deals get turned down by so many competent investors. (If you don’t believe me check out, where Bessemer Ventures reviews some of the ultimately hugely successful deals that they turned down over the years.) Herewith some of the reasons good venture investors turn down good deals. Click here to read more of Paul Jones’ OnRamp Labs blog post located under the Business tab of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s website,



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