Fri, 10 November 2023
Should you be an Advisor?
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.
Investors are often tapped to advise startups.
Here are some key points to consider when asked to be an advisor:
Are you interested in the startup and what they are doing?
If you’re not interested then nothing else really matters.
What is the time commitment requested?
Make clear what time limitations you have upfront.
What exactly do they want?
Ask probing questions to find out what they want from you.
Do they want industry-specific advice or general startup advice?
Make sure you are the right person for what they need.
Do they want introductions to potential customers, partners, and others?
If so, make sure you have the contacts that will work.
Is there any compensation?
For the most part, there will be no cash compensation but equity is a potential option. Ask about this upfront.
Do you think the team will succeed?
Choose startups that have a real shot at making it successful.
Turn the advisor role into a fairly specific project so there are no missed expectations on anyone’s part.
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