Startup Week: Not all new companies are ready for venture capital; investors offer insights

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Chris Marks, founder and managing partner of Boulder-based Blue Note Ventures, will spend the first 10 minutes of a meeting with eager entrepreneurs trying to convince them not to raise venture capital.

“The majority of the companies that come and talk to us about fundraising really aren’t cut out for venture funding in the first place – either because of the market they are going into or because, quiet frankly, the way the founders want to grow the company,” he said.

Marks was among five investors from Colorado venture capital funds who talked Thursday at 2016 Denver Startup Week with entrepreneurs about which companies even get a meeting with an investor, how investors choose companies and what questions they should be asking investors but never do.

About 12,500 people from around the country are registered for the more than 300 free events in downtown Denver at the fifth-annual Denver Startup Week, which started Monday and includes panel discussions, workshops and social events for entrepreneurs in all stages representing all industries. The event closes Friday.

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