Success is simply hard work

Success is simply hard work

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Welcome to VC View: a column by venture capitalist Ben Narasin.

I recently struck out to raise my own venture capital fund.

I raised half my target in just four weeks, before I even finished my marketing documents.

That caused the sin of pride. Then I realized: it wasn't four weeks but 13 years.

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We often see "overnight" success stories of startup founders that were able to get millions of fundraising dollars for their nascent companies and wonder: how could they get so lucky, so quickly? But things are seldom as they seem. Take for instance, Procore, a startup that recently went public that was a darling of investors over the past few years. It took over a decade of bootstrapping and battles for it to get to that point. In other words, success is simply hard work.And for me, my hard work as an investor for the past 13 years has seemingly paid off.
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