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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Dec 29, 2022

Circle of Competence

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Circle of competence is the area in which one has a skill or expertise.

Tom Watson the founder of IBM once said, “I’m no genius.  I’m smart in spots and I stay around those spots.”

You don’t have to be an expert in everything to be successful.

You do need to know a specific area and where the limits are.

The founder needs to know their circle of competence and operate within it.

Those who move to a new industry may find it challenging as their expertise no longer matches the domain.

The more narrow the circle of competence, the deeper one can go into it.

Founders and investors should assess their skills, experience, and what gives them an edge.

Is the founder moving outside that area?  Will they have the same edge in the new domain?

Some of the best deals to fund are those where the team’s circle of competence covers the startup’s domain completely.

Investors reviewing a startup for investment should estimate the circle of competence of the founder. 


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