Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on investment

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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Investing in the stock market can turn $10,000 into $100,000. Investing in starting your own business can turn $1,000 into $1,000,000.

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Investing advice: only buy something when you can afford two of it. Buy the product, then buy the company's stock.

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"Raising money" would be a lot less popular if it were called "selling company."

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Founders should be asking VCs: What have you built?

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Simple rule for founders: don't take money from people you wouldn't hire. Simple rule for investors: don't give money to people you wouldn't work for.

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Put your money where your mind is.

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Everyone should angel invest.

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Investing your time will lead to greater returns than investing your money.

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Most investors want to invest in companies that would succeed without them. Most employees want to work on products and teams that would succeed without them. The best way to get help is to get yourself to a place where you don't need help.

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How the size of a VC fund relates to how much they actually invest in new startups... A “$40M fund” deploys $32M towards startups (-20% in management fees). Then at least half is reserved for follow-on capital: $16M. Cash is deployed over 3+ years. So $40M fund → $5M per year.

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All work is remote, it’s just a question of how remote. All communication is asynchronous, it’s just a question of how delayed. All companies raise money, it’s just a question of who they raise money from: owners, investors, or customers.

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There should be a fund that invests $1 for .0001% of your business so that everyone can be an accredited investor.

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I see a lot of investors get blamed when startups prioritize growth at all costs instead of sustainability. It turns out, while VCs are nice enough to play bad cop, it's probably the CEO/founders who are still responsible for making the ultimate decision. So, blame accordingly!

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