THE SHOW: Why You Shouldn't Chase Venture Capital

Episode 3.4: The Last One With Thad Lewis





In our final episode with special guest Thad Lewis, we talk about sales and we talk about funding, the way they're related, and how they're different. Thad Lewis is an NFL quarterback, and in that, he's got a couple of things working in his favor that the average entrepreneur does not, namely, connections and money. But this doesn't necessarily give him a leg up.

We talk about Venture Capital. Thad doesn't need it. Thad doesn't want it. But he could get it, and he can also get money from other sources (friends, the bank, etc.) Outside funding should be the last thing on the entrepreneur's mind until they absolutely know they need it, so we talk about that here.

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Thad can also trade on his name, so to speak, and we get into a pretty hilarious but serious discussion of what his outbound messaging should look like -- to investors, partners, customers, and so on.

Finally, we talk about rejection. Every athlete and every entrepreneur has to go through rejection multiple times for multiple reasons. Athletes are lucky (or unlucky), in that they get a lifetime of failure and rejection on their way to becoming who they are.


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