Startup CEO’s can spend a lot of time privately sharing investor horror stories. But we also trade the good guy tales too.
In that vein, I was recently swapping “great backer” stories with another entrepreneur. He’d been delighted when one of his investors flew him in a private plane to the Nantucket Conference. Anything that can reduce road warrior wear and tear is better than chocolates or champagne. (I’d had a similar investor “gift” of a jet taxi ride, and also loved it.)
One of our investors actually topped my private plane ride experience two days ago when he personally gave me a few more productive hours at my desk. How? I was whining to him about my long to-do list for the short Thanksgiving week. He pushed me to think about what I could “outsource.” And then he became investor-of-the-year by actually offering to make the five pie crusts I had to get done! He did it. The pies came out great. And I got a lot more work done that day.
So, from plane rides to pie crusts, there is no end to what a committed investor can contribute to a start-up.
I’d love to hear what other great investors have done for their portfolio companies.