Raising capital and running a Silicon Valley business are high-pressure endeavors. Jason Tan and his team have raised over $100,000,000 to build their company vision of Sift. As we hear, being human is one of the best things you can do to run a successful business.
Jason is also an alumnus of the famous Y Combinator incubator program and explains how his role as a leader is continuously evolving. He speaks candidly about his battles with depression as an entrepreneur as well as some solid lessons you can apply when financing your business.
“I think it’s just remarkable how, in professional sports, these players have five different types of coaches, and it’s expected. Yet, in business, we don’t really celebrate that type of culture and attitude as much as I think we should and need to. Having a coach for your mind is one of the most high-leverage investments anyone can make.” — @jasontan [0:29:11]
When asked about building relationships with VCs, Jason made a point about investors being curious people, and suggests leveraging this by helping feed their curiosity so they are better off for meeting you. Another coffee meeting is not what a professional investor needs.
“Investors I’ve found to be very naturally curious people, and they really enjoy learning. At a bare minimum, if you two are connecting, you can help each other learn.” — @jasontan [0:37:40]
Enjoy the show!