I Finally Figured Out Why VCs Refuse to Say “No” — It Wasn’t for the Reason I Thought

Investor rejections are more thoughtful than most entrepreneurs realize.

Aaron Dinin, PhD
The Startup
Published in
6 min readJun 1, 2023

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Back when I was fundraising for my startups, I noticed a pattern in the way venture capitalists ended meetings. If they weren’t interested in investing, they’d always end meetings by saying something…

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Aaron Dinin, PhD
The Startup

I teach entrepreneurship at Duke. Software Engineer. PhD in English. I write about the mistakes entrepreneurs make since I’ve made plenty. More @ aarondinin.com