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Networking with Investors

By October 21, 2019September 21st, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Seeking funding for your startup or business venture? Contrary to popular networking practice, start forging connections with investors well before you need their money.

Key takeaways:

  • Too many entrepreneurs fail to connect with investors
  • Early stage investors invest in people
  • Ideas without a network don’t launch, scale, or sell
  • Build your peer network
  • Communicate consistently with your network

What to listen for:

  • 01:43 Investors are not endless funding resources – they invest in people
  • 03:50 When should you begin building your relationship with investors?
  • 06:20 Advice on how to connect with investors


“Yes, investors are interested in ideas and the overall size of the market – but ideas evolve and markets can change. People do not. It is imperative that you keep this in mind: investors invest in people.” [02:11]

“When should you begin your relationship building with investors? As soon as you have an idea…. Investors want to know how founders approach identifying and creating solutions for a problem. It’s the stuff of observation, over a period of time.” [03:50]

“I realize you’re working on your idea 24/7 but somewhere in the day you have to prioritize relationship building. Relationships add fuel to your ideas.” [05:23]

Before you start sending out pitch decks randomly to investors or annoy your start-up community connections with “do you know any?” emails, carve 10 minutes in your schedule to listen to this Episode of the Build Your Dream Network podcast.

J. Kelly Hoey

Networking Expert + Career Transformation Coach + Author + Speaker, Kelly Hoey looks at "networking" through a new, modern, fresh lens, offering you (who are pursuing and perhaps struggling with your big ambitions), advice on how to connect for success in a hyper-connected world that is woefully short in its attention span. Her network-building advice is relatable, instilling confidence with actionable insights and practical information.