Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson quotes on investment

Co-founder of Tiny. Owners of Dribbble, MetaLab, and many others. Buying, starting and investing in wonderful internet businesses since 2007.

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1

I love how VCs criticize founders who derisk by giving themselves a market salary or taking secondary, yet none of them are willing to give up their 2% management fee.

2

It’s a huge competitive advantage to just speak in normal, non-douchey terms with founders. PE firms: “We are a $1.5BN mid market 10-year fund focused growth fund specializing in B2B SMB” Us: “We own a bunch of profitable internet businesses. We’d like to buy your company.”

3

I totally empathize, but nothing bothers me more than when the CEOs of companies we invest in stop sending updates. It's often because things are going poorly and they don't want to share bad news, but that is precisely when they should be tapping their investors for help.

4

Entrepreneurship is just delegation. Investing is its most extreme form.

5

“Beware the investment activity that produces applause. The great moves are usually greeted by yawns.” - Warren Buffett

6

It’s a generational right of passage for young investors to lose all their money in speculative stocks. Pain is the best teacher, and this time is always different.

7

Most companies aren’t venture scale and are ill suited to raise venture (can’t grow at 100%+ per year). Yet most people starting tech companies think they need to raise venture.

8

For buyers of technology businesses, two new investment screens: "Could this company run remote?" "Is this business simple enough to switch to NoCode?" Both have a profound impact on margins.

9

Way too many non-venture scale businesses raise venture and put themselves in a binary outcome: 1. Grow at all costs 2. Die trying You wouldn’t mortgage your house using credit cards. Why think of your business any differently? For most, it’s your entire net worth.

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