Minnesota Tech Investor Turned Entrepreneur Chris Smith: To VC or Not to VC?



By Christopher Smith

“I am surprised at how often most tech founders assume that to build a high growth start-up requires raising venture capital.

I happen to have a distinct perspective on this. I spent ten years of my career as a growth stage venture capitalist working with a well regarded investment fund. Conversely, I also spent the last number of years building a company that never raised institutional capital nor will it ever need a venture capital financing. I have a decent network in the venture business, and understand exactly how to raise venture dollars. Oddly, I chose not to.”

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