So the generous DH Kirk has only gone and made a part two of his little revelatory insight into the seldom combed mind of a VC, and as someone who is currently up to his ears in Executive Summaries and such currently I for one am bloody glad that he did.
Check the good stuff here http://cimota.com/blog/2009/08/24/kirkisms-funding-by-numbers-part-2/
To borrow a little from the late great Bill Hicks (something we’ll never apologise for doing) venture capitalists are like the Gideons, no-one’s ever met one but they’re all over the world leaving Bibles in hotel rooms (or in this case investing into high risk companies, but you get the analogy…)
I’m going to capture a VC. I’m going to leave the world’s best executive summary in a prominent spot, hide behind a wall and then when they come (probably under dead of night like some high worth ninjas) I’m going to pounce. Boom, my very own VC! Then you’ll all want to be my friend right?
Well such extreme and hilarious tactics maybe won’t be necessary at all as one of our own very successful folk, venture capitalist and all round business bonce D H Kirk has decided to let us in on the inner sanctum of how all this investment stuff works. There’s a great starter for one over at http://evertb.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/funding-by-numbers-part-1-of-2/ on the black art of company valuation from a VC’s perspective.
And better still Mr Kirk, along with our own human energy ball Matt Johnston and others, has been instrumental in pushing forward a software strategy for Northern Ireland that is palatial in its scope and ambition. It’s called NISW and has an open forum and NING group you can join over at http://nisw-ftw.ning.com
Also very worth following @dhkirk on Twitter for a rolling stream of all of this good stuff, and he replies too, so you can properly engage. It’s all very inspiring, if not exactly easy to follow at times but like they say, it’s our strategy and we should contribute. We’ll be doing our best to do just that.