Hey. I’m glad you followed up. So, if I understand your question correctly, my answer would be this: Investors aren’t banks, they offer a whole lot more than just writing a check. They know a lot about how to get a startup from low growth to high growth, and they have connections, insight, and resources to help an entrepreneur make this happen.
I know a lot of investors because a lot of them have said no thanks to investing in me or a company I was involved with at the time we met. But no doesn’t mean forever, and I cultivate these relationships not just for a possible future investment, but for those connections, insight, and resources. One of my bigger exits started with an introduction from an investor who had never invested in me. He also didn’t invest in the startup that resulted from that introduction. But without that introduction, that startup, and that exit, would never have existed.
I said in the post, I don’t make connections to trade them, but I do make connections for the mutual benefit of me and the person I’m connecting with. See the “three meetings and out” part of this post towards the end. If there isn’t something useful, and if I don’t see a friendship there, then they just stay in the connection pool until that changes.