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Larry Chiang shares some ideas about how to get a VC's attention, including:

  • Don't ask them for investment (that will turn them off)
  • Ask for a phone call, not for coffee
  • Follow up methodically at the right times, consistently over a period
  • Write articles naming the VC directly to set off their Google Alerts
  • Process all their advice to show you're listening
  • Keep showing that you're paying attention to their advice
  • Ask for their phone number
  • Publish thought-leadership articles that the VC will want to repeat to their contacts

Good method on the whole, but be careful about being too aggressive. No one, not even VCs, wants to have a personal spammer.

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