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Our Romulus Teammates who were once-upon-a-time interns.

Best way for 1-on-1 convo, pitches, questions — Twitter @JoeyJinKim.

Venture capital has become sexy. Your job is to hear pitches from the most passionate entrepreneurs working on the coolest ideas and give them money. It certainly is the best job I’ve ever had. But it can be seen as an exclusive Ivy-educated old boys’ club or something only attainable after a lifetime as a successful executive or a founder.

But here’s the truth about breaking into venture capital in the 2020s.

You don’t need a prestigious degree. Hell, you don’t need any degree.

You don’t need to have the…


One Thing Founders Do that Upsets Me as an Investor

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This study of why startups fail blew my mind. Top reason why startups fail: “No market need” which is just a nice way of saying “No one wanted to buy your useless shit”.

Of the 1,100+ startups I’ve evaluated in the past year, there were two times I was curt towards the founders. Both times, it became painfully clear during the pitch that I knew more about the nuances of their business than they did.

Disappointed, I asked them how many customers they’ve…


When entrepreneurs go from Seed to Growth Stage

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Work Session with Krishna K. Gupta, General Partner at Romulus Capital

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As an investor, I don’t create anything. I don’t provide goods or services. I sit around, talk to people smarter than me, and make decisions to invest in a given company.

Decisions. That’s my only product.

In fact, if you’re a founder, that’s eventually going to be your only product too. …


Honest Observations from a Venture Capitalist

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Come talk with me on @JoeyJinKim where I converse with techies, founders, investors, and everyone in between.

Every year, I go to London in May and find myself in a room with the richest people I’ve met. It’s Romulus Capital’s Annual Summit where we invite our investors (aka Limited Partners or LPs) and showcase some of our top startup investments and their CEOs.

I sit in the room, wondering how much wealth is represented here.

There are money managers from Europe, families of business tycoons from Asia, and literal royal families from the Middle East, whose assets under management and…


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First Introduction Conversation with Venture Capital

Come talk with me on @JoeyJinKim where I converse with techies, founders, investors, and everyone in between.

This is the cut-the-BS, transparent blog series on the criteria that I use as an investor when evaluating a startup as a potential investment. This post will focus on the first conversation startups have with VCs and what’s actually going through the VC’s mind. If you’re curious about how a VC decides to initiate the first conversation, you can start with Part 1.

What the First Conversation is Really About

They say fundraising is like dating, and the intro conversation is like the…


First 3 Criteria Venture Capitalists Look for in a Startup

Come talk with me on @JoeyJinKim where I converse with techies, founders, investors, and everyone in between.

Raising from a VC can be a repetitive, ego-crushing, and worst of all, opaque process. So here’s the cut-the-BS, transparent blog series on the criteria that I use as an investor when evaluating a potential investment, and founders can hopefully use this as a resource to navigate when, where, and which investor to focus on throughout their fundraising process.

This post will focus on the initial “top-of-the-funnel” stage when evaluating a Seed or Series A startup.

It helps to get in the mindset…

Joey Kim

Partner @ Romulus Capital, focused on B2B tech early-stage investing.

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