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What investors really look for


No one knows the fundraising game like Mark Cuban, serial entrepreneur, investor, and star of Shark Tank. For founders, identifying the right source of capital, under the right terms, can provide a thermal updraft. But as Cuban explains, there are always strings attached when you bring on a financial partner — and those strings can pull you crashing down if you don’t understand them properly. Cuban shares what investors look for in a founder, and what entrepreneurs should be looking for in return.

“Raising money is not an accomplishment, it’s an obligation.”

— Mark Cuban
About the guest:
About the host:

Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Noel Durity is the inventor of the Twist It Up hair comb for Afrocentric hair, funded on Shark Tank.

Lani Lazzari is founder of the skincare company Simple Sugars. She was a contestant on Shark Tank and received an investment from Mark Cuban.

Brad Schultz is founder of Future Proof, owners of BeatBox Beverages. Brad, along with his co-founders, were contestants on Shark Tank. Mark Cuban invested…

You need to act like a founder – with hunger, speed, and humility – but have the mindset of an investor.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: What investors really look for
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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