Do you have a great business or business idea?
That, with an infusion of millions of dollars could become a huge success story?
If so, you should be talking with venture capitalists or VCs. As you probably know, VCs are the folks with the big checkbooks. Who have funded numerous successful companies like Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Twitter, Federal Express, and more.
So, how can you meet a venture capitalist?
Well, the best way to meet a VC is to be introduced to them. Perhaps you have a consultant that knows a VC. Or a lawyer that knows a VC. Or a Board Member that knows one. Etc.
But, even if you are extremely well connected, it's virtually impossible to have a connection to every VC you want to meet.
So, below I've included the six best places to meet VCs.
1. Meet Them on Their Blog
Most of the top venture capitalists maintain their own blogs. For example, VC Brad Feld's blog is located at www.feld.com, while VC Fred Wilson's blog is located at www.avc.com.
Once you find the blog of the VC you would like to fund your company, read their blog posts. And then comment on them. Your comments should add valuable insights to the posts; showing that you're smart and someone the VC would want to know. After a few comments, the VC will start to recognize you. And when they respond to one of your comments directly, you'll have the chance to respond asking them if they'd like to meet in person.
2. Meet Them on Twitter
Many VCs are active on Twitter. So find them on Twitter and then follow them. See what they're posting about and use that to start a dialogue with them (via direct messaging, replying to a tweet, etc.).
3. Meet Them on LinkedIn
LinkedIn makes it very easy to find and get connected with VCs. As you grow your LinkedIn network, you'll gain more and more connections to VCs.
Once the targeted VC is in your network, send them a LinkedIn message.
4. Meet them at Industry Events
All industries have events. And at these events venture capitalists who are interested in funding companies in that sector will come.
For example, next month I will be attending the AdTech conference in NYC to learn about the newest online advertising technologies. One of the speakers at the event will be Tim Chang, the Managing Director of Mayfield Fund. In addition to Tim, I'm sure lots of other venture capitalists will be there.
5. Meet them at Local Events
Every major city has local technology and other events that attract venture capitalists.
One of the best ways to find out about these events is at http://www.meetup.com/.
I just searched on "venture capital" within New York City and found tons of local events that VCs will be at. Most smaller cities have less, but still plenty of events for you to attend to meet the right VCs for your business.
6. Meet them via Email
The final way to meet venture capitalists is via email.
Many VCs still list their email addresses on their websites. If not, subscribe to a database that offers them, or simply call the VC firm and ask for the email address.
VCs get tons of emails, so just send them a teaser email with no attachments (teaser emails give just a few exciting points about your company to get the VC interested).
So, there you have it. Even if you don't have any connections to VCs, you now have six places you can go to find them and contact them. And once you do, you could be on your way to a multi-million dollar funding check which allows you to build a phenomenally successful business.
Suggested Resource: In Venture Capital Pitch Formula, you'll learn exactly how to find and contact venture capitalists, exactly what information to include in your presentations, and how to secure your financing. This video explains more.