As a startup founder with no connections, how can I get connected with mentors, investors, and friendly business owners?

We recently interviewed Elizabeth Yin of 500 Startups and asked her that very question.

Here’s what she said:

Ultimately, building connections with investors is still a relationship-game. So if entrepreneurs want to raise from the Silicon Valley, really it’s impossible to build many of those connections remotely. To a certain extent you can do this maybe with a handful of people, but to really do fundraising right, you need to be meeting with a ton of investors. So, to this end, probably the easiest option is to get into a well-connected accelerator based in the Silicon Valley. 500 Startups, for example, connects its startups with both angels and VCs in the seed program, and we invite 100–200 investors to do office hours with our companies in each batch.

Outside of that, however, you can also build your own network of relationships by spending a few months in the Silicon Valley networking.

Read the full interview here on Quora: Elizabeth Yin of 500 Startups in Raising Your Seed Round by Raad Ahmed on LawTrades Blog

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