Nov 6 2007

What Is The One Common Element You’ve Seen In Successful VC’s?

Here’s a question from the dustbin as I try to clear out my backlog of old, neglected questions.

Q: What is the one common element you’ve seen in successful VC’s?

A: (Brad) This is an easy one.  Before the snarky ones in the crowd answer “nothing”, I’d suggest that its “optimism.”  I have yet to meet a successful VC that isn’t optimistic about the future and the companies he is involved in.  I particularly like the Wikipedia description of optimism, which is “the overarching mental state wherein people believe that things will more likely go well for them than go badly.”