April 27, 2005

Promiscuity

Promiscuity I figure the title will entice someone new to read this (although he or she might be sorely disappointed with the actual content).  Fred’s posting today about VCs’ conflicts of interest, besides giving me fodder for my weekly counter-cliche posting, brings up another interesting point, one about entrepreneurs and their levels of confidentiality or secrecy about their business plans. I heard a quote once from Vinod Khosla of Kleiner Perkins that has stayed with me for years:  that “to be successful in the new economy you must be open to the point of promiscuity.”  I think Khosla is right.  As Fred says, VCs are notorious for meeting lots of companies before making an investment, and as an entrepreneur on the other side of the table, it’s impossible to completely protect your ideas and thoughts if you want to attract outside capital.  You just have to trust that the VCs are going to be as honest as possible in how they use the information you share with them.  Same goes for potential partnerships and even M&A as well.  You simply can’t have productive conversations on those topics without opening the proverbial kimono at least a little bit. But being promiscuous […]